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This is THE easiest Cooked Eggnog recipe I’ve made. It’s so simple you can make it in under 20 minutes. And it tastes better than ANYTHING you can buy in the store.


This thick creamy cooked eggnog recipe is lightly spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg, and best served ice cold. You can make it alcoholic or NON-alcoholic too!

Cooked Eggnog

One of the fears with making homemade eggnog is the raw eggs. And I know that gets a LOT of people. Me included and I have my own clean chickens and the freshest eggs!

The usual wisdom for people who don’t like the idea of raw eggs in their drink is that the alcohol makes the eggs safe. Apparently, alcohol kills salmonella.

You could ALSO try the pasteurized eggs if you don’t like the idea of raw eggs and alcohol in your nog.

But that’s still raw eggs, and I struggle with that. Do you?

Prefer Cooked Eggnog?

You’re not alone! There are tons of people out there that prefer just skipping the raw egg part of nog. That’s where I come in because I’m there too!

A lot of people feel like cooking the nog is too hard. Or that they’ll do it wrong. But cooked eggnog is actually easy. And I’m going to give you all the steps to make this cooked eggnog!

What do I need for a Cooked Eggnog Recipe?

  • Eggs
  • Sugar
  • Heavy Cream
  • Milk
  • Vanilla
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Saucepan
  • Whisk
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Wooden Spoon
  • Booze if you want it!

Can I Add Alcohol to this Cooked Eggnog Recipe?


If you want to add alcohol to this cooked eggnog first cut the milk by 1/2 cup. And THEN just add 1/2 cup of your preferred alcohol AFTER you’ve taken the eggnog off the stove.

What Kind of Alcohol Goes in Eggnog?

You can use just about ANY kind of alcohol in eggnog, I don’t think there’s a wrong answer. It’s whatever tastes good to you! Some classics are:

  • Brandy
  • Rum
  • Spiced Rum
  • Scotch
  • Bourbon

Any of those will work!

Ingredients for fresh homemade eggnog recipe.

How to Separate Eggs

  1. There’s a simple way to divide eggs, you don’t need any tools either. Set out two bowls, break an egg into one bowl. Then scoop it up into your hand spread your fingers out a bit, let the whites run out. Put the yolk in the other bowl. Repeat as needed.
  2. OR you can use an egg separator. With this tool, you still need two bowls. Lay the separator across one bowl. Crack an egg in it and let the whites run out.
  3. You can also just move it back and forth between the two halves of the eggshell. Letting the whites drain away. You still need two bowls for this method.

If you’re making ANYTHING with whipped egg whites I don’t recommend the shell to shell method. If you get ANY yolk in whites they won’t whip up to a meringue.

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Let’s Make Some Eggnog!!

Yield: 6 servings

Cooked Eggnog Recipe

Cooked Eggnog Recipe

This is THE easiest Cooked Eggnog recipe I've made. It's so simple you can make it in under 20 minutes. And it tastes better than ANYTHING you can buy in the store. This thick creamy cooked eggnog recipe is lightly spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg, and best served ice cold. You can make it alcoholic or NON-alcoholic too!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Cooling Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 20 minutes


  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • cinnamon
  • 1-2 TBSP vanilla, or to taste
  • 1/2 nutmeg, plus extra for garnishing


  1. Beat the egg yolks together with the sugar until pale and very runny
  2. put the milk and cream in a saucepan
  3. whisk in the eggs
  4. stir with a wooden spoon over medium-low heat, about 10 minutes or until the mixture starts to thicken up
  5. be sure to scrape across the bottom of the pot while you're stirring to keep the milk and eggs from sticking while they thicken up
  6. after 10 minutes or so your eggnog should begin to get thick
  7. get a fresh spoon and taste it, it should feel thickened
  8. if it's not thicker keep cooking
  9. as soon as you feel it's thick remove it from the heat
  10. whisk in the vanilla, 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, and the nutmeg
  11. pour it through a sieve into a bowl to strain out any lumps
  12. if you're adding booze add it now!
  13. fill the sink with cold water and set the bowl in the water for 5-10 minutes to continue cooling
  14. taste and add more spices as needed, remember it will be stronger in taste after cooling
  15. pour into a quart jar, cap it and refrigerate
  16. you can drink it as soon as it's cold but it tastes best after a minimum of 4 hours, even better after 24 hours

Nutrition Information


6 servings

Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 299Total Fat 21gSaturated Fat 12gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 237mgSodium 73mgCarbohydrates 19gFiber 0gSugar 13gProtein 7g

This nutrition information was calculated using a computer program, results may vary.

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