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Eggnog Ice Cream + 5 Uses for Leftover Eggnog

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I made my very first homemade eggnog this season. I usually buy it from the store so we can each have a cup…..and only a cup. It’s RICH – and I don’t mean like Donald Trump. And honestly, I didn’t really like it that much – I just wanted to drink eggnog. It makes me feel cool. But then I came across this recipe from The Purposed Heart for Pumpkin Eggnog and it ROCKS MY FACE OFF! Seriously – it’s delicious. The stuff in the store doesn’t even compare – and plus, if you make this then you’ll know what’s in it….instead of the mysterious “natural flavoring.” What the heck is natural flavoring anyway? Do yourself a favor and make this. You’ll love it.

I had one cup of this nectar left over and I decided to whip up some ice cream using it. The result was a culinary holiday delight. It makes me feel cool to say “culinary holiday delight.”

You’ll need eggnog, maple syrup, heavy cream, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla extract and whole milk. That’s it. Stuff you should have laying around anyway….and if you don’t keep heavy cream on hand, start doing it. It’s good stuff, man. It’ll make you feel cool.

In a mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients. Now that I’m writing this out, I realize how super easy this recipe is. If you can measure, you can make this ice cream…..notice, I didn’t say “if you can do math” because I’m not a math genius, folks.  Math is not required for ice cream….thank goodness.

Pour your ingredients into something with a lid and stick it in the fridge for 2-24 hours. Yes, that’s a wide span of time. Meaning, put it in there and get it out again when you remember it’s in there.

After refrigeration, churn that puppy according to your ice cream maker’s instructions. This is my Cuisinart….and we’re in love. It’s my favorite new kitchen tool – even beating out my Nutrimill. Notice I didn’t say that it beats out Barry…..because that would be wrong. Very wrong.

Here it is in all its beautiful eggnog glory. It’s sooooooooooooo good. It goes well with cookies – or so I’ve been told by various people in my house….not me, because I would never just sit down and eat a bowl of ice cream with cookies. *Cough*

But, if you don’t have an ice cream maker and you still want to make lots of eggnog goodies with your leftover eggnog, here are some suggestions from other bloggers….and by the way, after Christmas you can get eggnog on clearance for super cheap to make these delicious treats.

Eggnog French Toast by Shugary Sweets

Eggnog Hot Chocolate from Your Thriving Family

Eggnog Latte from Quick and Easy Cheap and Healthy

Eggnog Pancakes from Being Suzy Homemaker

Eggnog Coffee Cake from Our Krazy Kitchen

Eggnog Syrup from Real Mom Kitchen

This post is linked at Hearth and Soul Blog Hop at Penniless Parenting, at Healthy 2Day Wednesday on Day2Day Joys, at Simple Lives Thursday on GNOWFGLINS, and at Frugal Days Sustainable Ways at Frugally Sustainable.

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About Stacy

Stacy is the author of Crock On: A Semi-Whole Foods Slow Cooker Cookbook and Keep Crockin': A Poorganic Slow Cooker Cookbook, and a stay-at-home and homeschooling mom to her three children, Annie (June 2009), Andy (August 2012) and Eli (September 2014). After an “awakening” in March 2011, her family switched to a more natural, whole foods diet. She likes to blog about how to live on less than you make and how to eat good food while doing it. Her passion is teaching others how to save money and she tag teams with her husband in this endeavor. At Stacy Makes Cents you’ll find information on how to save money in the kitchen, how to have fun with your kids, and how to be thrifty in all areas of life. Her passion is teaching others how to live debt free. Make sure to follow her on Facebook, Youtube, Pinterest and more to keep up with her daily antics.


  1. Don’t forget Eggnog Cheesecake bars! 😉 That’s OUR favorite, though Mike will be nagging me about this ice cream until I make it.

  2. I love eggnog ice cream. Looks delish! Thanks for the shout out on my french toast!

  3. Yum! Eggnog icecream sounds fantastic! And thanks for reminding me about my eggnog latte! I just bought my one-and-only eggnog carton for the season, and now I need to put it to good use:)

  4. Apparently (I say because the hubs invited them over and then informed me and ever since the first year of marriage he has not cooking interest) I’m making pancake breakfast for us and our friends from Nepal . . . just thinking about eggnog french toast now!
    I SO want an ice cream machine. Hmmmm, maybe I’ll save up those Kohl’s cards I will inevitably get for Christmas!

  5. Stacy! I love egg nog icecream! You always have the best icecreeam recipes!

  6. First of all, I have never liked eggnog, but it sounds like you haven’t either, but you are developing a taste for it, so perhaps I should try it!

    Now, you won’t believe this…BRACE YOURSELF…Ruth of Ruth’s Real Foods recently had a post about what “natural flavorings” are…ARE YOU READY? Supposedly, they are secretions from the male parts of beavers!!

    Check it out:

  7. I am a total EGG NOG JUNKIE!

  8. I love that you repurposed your leftover eggnog to make ice-cream! Your recipe sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing it with the Hearth and Soul Hop.

  9. Chyllis Pyllis says:

    Your writing style and wit are phenomenal. You crack me up.

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