Eggnog Ice Cream ~ Savory Simple

I know it’s cold outside.  Ice cream isn’t necessarily the dessert you’re craving right now.  Well put on a sweater and get over it!  Eggnog ice cream is seasonal, easy and delicious (and also makes amazing cupcakes).  Don’t put away the ice cream machine just yet.

If you want to get really simple you can buy pre-made eggnog, make sure it’s cold and add it straight to your ice cream maker.  Does it get any easier?

Eggnog Ice Cream
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  • 6 egg yolks
  • 5 ounces sugar
  • vanilla extract
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ½ tablespoon fresh grated nutmeg
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon dark rum
  1. Add cream, milk, cinnamon, nutmeg and a splash of vanilla to a saucepan on medium heat. For an incredibly rich ice cream, you can use all heavy cream. Bring the liquid to a gentle simmer.
  2. While the cream is warming up, whisk egg yolks and sugar together in a bowl. Make sure they're well combined.
  3. When the cream is just starting to simmer (don't boil it), slowly temper it into the yolks while whisking.
  4. Pour the mixture back into the saucepan and turn the heat down to medium low. Stir in a figure 8 motion with a wood spoon for several minutes until the mixture coats the back of the spoon. Remove from the heat. Continue to stir over an ice bath until cool. Stir in rum.
  5. Chill in the refrigerator until cold.
  6. Make ice cream according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  7. Serve with fresh grated nutmeg and cinnamon on top.



Love eggnog?  Check out some of my other recipes:

Eggnog Pancakes

Eggnog Cupcakes with Rum Buttercream

Eggnog Recipes from Around The Web

Food 52- Warm Egg Nog

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  1. This sounds so yummy! I will definitely have to try it out! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  2. fifteenspatulas says:

    This looks spectacular! I can only imagine how good that must taste. Especially since you’re making the eggnog from scratch. This is a must try!

  3. eggnog ice cream! i gotta hide this one from my boyfriend…

  4. i’ve actually never tried eggnog before, but i do really enjoy silk soy milk “nog.” this ice cream sounds delightful – a perfect holiday treat!

    • I love Silk Soy Nog. I tried that before real eggnog. If you’re going to try the real thing, I recommend trying Organic Valley’s Eggnog. It has a very delicate, rich flavor. I find many other brands to be overpowering.

  5. This looks delicious! I can’t wait to make it, thanks!

  6. I have never tried eggnog; for some reason, it is almost unknown in this part of the world, but being addicted to icecream, I MUST try this recipe! Thanks!

    • I’ve always been very picky about my eggnog. Some of the store-bought brands don’t taste great to me. Homemade is definitely the way to go. Let me know what you think if you try it!

  7. Kay aka Babygirl says:

    I am such an ice cream lover and this eggnog ice cream recipe would go great around Christmas for me.. with apple pie.

  8. Oh this is *perfect!* A combination of summer and the holidays; I love it. :)

  9. Eggnog ice cream is a perfect dessert for the christmas season, but i’d eat it in the summer any day. I love ice cream. It tastes so good with crushed candy candies

  10. Yum! I can’t wait to make this towards to the winter holidays.

  11. YUM!

  12. Jennifer M. says:

    Good heavens, that looks fantastic! Simple, too! I think ice cream is good year-round, no need to limit it to summertime only ;)

  13. I love eggnog. This looks awesome!

  14. I’ve been making (and eating) a lot of ice cream lately (new machine) and am definitely going to try this. Printed it out. Can’t make it in time for my birthday celebration (today), but it will be a happy belated treat!


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