Eggnog Bread

By Maria Lichty

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Eggnog Bread-this easy eggnog quick bread with a sweet eggnog glaze is a Christmas favorite. It is great for breakfast or dessert. 

Eggnog Bread Recipe

We drink a lot of milk at our house. We go through about four gallons a week. Caleb and Maxwell are little milk chuggers. The other day we were at the store and Caleb spotted the eggnog. He told Maxwell it is Santa’s special milk because stores only have it at Christmas time. The boys begged to get some so I picked up a half gallon. When we got home, I poured them a little glass and decided I would do some baking with “Santa’s special milk.” I made a loaf of Eggnog Bread with a sweet eggnog glaze and I think Santa would approve. This easy Eggnog Bread is the perfect holiday treat.

Eggnog Bread Recipe

To be honest, I am not really a big eggnog person. I love the flavor, but I don’t like to drink it. That is why eggnog baked goods are perfect for me. I get all of the delicious flavor in a special baked treat!

Eggnog Bread Recipe

There is eggnog in the bread which gives the bread tons of flavor and it also keeps it super moist. I also add in nutmeg, vanilla, and rum extract.

Eggnog Bread Recipe

Because it’s the holidays, I added a sweet eggnog glaze. The glaze makes the bread extra beautiful and extra festive! We go all out during the holiday months.

This easy eggnog quick bread is great for breakfast, snack time, or dessert. And guess what? I think the bread is even better on the second day so you can make it in advance. It is great to have around to serve to friends that might stop by or guests that are staying with you. It would also make a great gift, mini eggnog loaves would be so adorable!

Celebrate the holiday season with Eggnog Bread. The boys enjoyed a slice of bread with a glass of cold eggnog and they said they wish Santa sold his milk at the stores all year long..ha! They loved it!

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Eggnog Bread

This easy eggnog bread is a holiday favorite. Serve it for breakfast, snack time, or dessert. It also makes a great holiday gift!
4.43 from 140 votes


For the bread:

For the eggnog glaze:


  • Preheat oven to 350° F. Spray a 8 ½ x 4 ½ loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  • In a separate medium bowl, combine the eggnog, oil, eggs, vanilla extract, and rum extract.
  • Slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Stir until combined. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan. Pound on the counter so the loaf cake is evenly set in the pan.
  • Bake for 65-70 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean. Place the loaf on a cooling rack and cool for 15 minutes. Loosen the sides of the bread with a knife. Carefully remove loaf from pan. Let cool completely on wire rack.
  • While the bread is cooling, make the eggnog glaze. In a small bowl, whisk together powdered sugar, eggnog, vanilla extract, rum extract, and nutmeg. Drizzle the glaze of the cooled loaf cake. Cut into slices and serve.
  • Note-if the cake isn't done and the top is browning too much, drape a piece of aluminum foil over the top and finish baking until a toothpick comes out clean.

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  1. Looks Delicious , I’m gonna try this recipe for my Lovely Wife ! five star for your eggnog bread

    Thanks for sharing

    Warm Regard’s
    Alexis 😀

  2. Darnit, I was hoping this recipe would create the eggnog flavor for us American expats living where commercial eggnog is unavailable.

  3. Looks delicious!! My son would love this! Do you think it would work ok making it with a gluten-free flour blend and dairy-free eggnog?

    1. I haven’t tried it with gf flour or dairy free eggnog, but let me know if you try it! It might be a little different, but should still work.

    2. I just made this using Bobs Red Mill gf flour added some xantham and also used SO Delicious brand coconutmilk nog and substituted coconut oil for the other. It turned out wonderful.
      My son who doesn’t like the taste of nog, had a small piece and said he liked it! My daughter gave it 10 stars! Super easy to put together and makes the kitchen smell oh so good.

    3. Thanks for the update Heather! I’m going to give it a whirl for my Egg Nog loving GF/Dairy free little guy!!!

  4. Definitely trying this recipe! Although I *do* like to drink eggnog (we recently “invented” Firenog by using Fireball cinnamon whiskey as the “spiking” element, yum!), this looks easy and dellish. I love your story of eggnog being Santa’s special milk. Think we’ll start calling it that at our house, too. Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas!

  5. I am constantly making eggnog bread and eggnog pound cake and eggnog cookies this time of year. It is something my family loves loves.

    1. If you don’t have rum extract, you can use rum or just leave it out and add a little more vanilla.

    2. If I do not have rum extract, you said to add more vanilla – would it be the same measurement as the rum extract?

  6. could you make this in little bread loaves for holiday gifts? Also does it freeze well?

    Love all the recipes I have tried so far.

    1. Yes, you can make little loaves just adjust the baking time. The little loaves won’t take as long. Yes, the bread freezes well. Enjoy!

  7. I certainly should not view your delicious recipes before breakfast!!
    This eggnog bread looks so good, I bet it is moist and perfect with coffee…
    I’m going to give it a whiz…
    Thanks for the recipe and keep those great recipes coming.
    Happy holiday!!

  8. Ugh…my canola oil has gone bad, and I’d like to make this today to take to a party tonight…can i substitute butter and if so, how much?  MANY MANY THANKS!

    1. I haven’t tried it with butter. Do you have vegetable oil or coconut oil? If you have to use butter, use the same amount and let me know how it goes!

  9. This is in the oven right now…my hubby and I are drooling. It smells absolutely amazing!!! Thank you so much for all of your awesome recipes!

  10. 5 stars
    My family absolutely loved this! It came out pretty dark so next time I’d cover it in foil at the end and maybe bake 5 less mins. I’m going to make it again for a Christmas eve brunch this week. Thanks for the great recipe!

  11. 5 stars
    I’ve made a double batch of this TWICE in the last week!  The second time, I added a couple handfuls of fresh cranberries and loved this version. I’ve used 50% whole wheat flour and it’s still delicious and moist. Thanks for a great recipe!

  12. 4 stars
    Great recipe. I didn’t add the icing but it was great without it! It is very moist and not overwhelming eggnog favor. I used rum instead of rum extract. 

  13. 4 stars
    I’ve probably made this recipe easily a dozen times over last Christmas in this one. It tastes absolutely amazing every time but for some reason about two out of every three times I make it it doesn’t rise properly. I feel like I’m doing the exact same thing every time but obviously I’m not. LOL. Could you maybe offer me some insight as to what I would be doing wrong?

    1. No matter how many loaves l make following the recipe, l just have trouble with it rising while baking. Do you have any idea what lm doing wrong?

  14. 5 stars
    Great recipe and so easy. Made this many time over the holidays and gave as gifts. Everyone loved it. So moist. Since I like cinnamon and nutmeg I did add more. I also doubled the recipe since I was giving them as gifts to so many friends.

  15. 5 stars
    Totally amazing!! I wish I had more eggnog to make more! I will definitely have to learn how to make my own eggnog just so I can make more of this bread!!!!! The only change I will make the next time will be to spray and flour my pans to keep the loaves from sticking. Thank you for sharing this fabulous recipe!

  16. Looks so yummy. I’m going to make this gluten free. Can you let me know how much xantham I might need to add. Thanks

  17. 4 stars
    This bread is delicious, but every loaf I’ve made has stuck to the bottom of the pan – and they have all been sprayed very heavily with non-stick spray. Any suggestions?

  18. 5 stars
    This has become a new Christmas tradition for us! Came across your recipe last year when I had leftover eggnog. I’ve just made four loves for neighbors! It got rave reviews last year!

  19. 5 stars
    This has become a new Christmas tradition for us! Came across your recipe last year when I had leftover eggnog. I’ve just made four loaves for neighbors! It got rave reviews last year!

  20. Can you use gluten free flour for this? My sister-in-law cannot have gluten and I would love to make it for her.

  21. 5 stars
    Just baked this yesterday, and am very pleased with it!! Not too sweet, love the flavor of the eggnog, but its not heavy tasting. Certainly terrific for this time!!

  22. 5 stars
    I just the spiked eggnog from Costco. Oh my, so wonderful. Congratulations on being published in their magazine.

  23. I made this and it’s moist and good but doesn’t taste like egg nog at all. So my glaze was not white like in the photo, it was clear and runny. I followed the recipe exactly so I’d like to know what brand of egg nog was used and how to get the glaze so white and thick.

  24. My husband recently heard of eggnog bread and really wanted to try it. In pregnancy, sweet things don’t sit well for me, so I made it with half the sugar and no glaze. We both loved it (enough that it had to go in the fridge to stop munching it)!

    This half-sugar version isn’t sweet enough for a dessert, but it’s great as a snack or for breakfast. Lots of flavor and tender texture.

  25. OMG I have a bottle of JD eggnog from 2020 that was never opened and I just happened to have mixing for ice cream. Couldn’t resis…but I did halve the recipe

    OMG to die for….egg nog bread and egg nog icream on Seot 23

  26. 5 stars
    This eggnog bread was a hit at work everybody loved it and it was done so fast! The glaze though was a little runny and might of needed more p sugar or less egg nogg?? I dont know??

  27. 5 stars
    I have tried this bread using lactose free eggnog and it tastes just the same and bakes the same. Everyone loves it when I bake it at the holidays! Thanks for the recipe.

  28. This eggnog bread is delicious. I must confess, I skipped the glaze and glad I did. Would have made this bread way too sweet. For this gal. O, yes….. I added 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans.

  29. 5 stars
    I made this bread as teacher holiday gifts and it was a hit! One batch made 4 individual mini loaf pans nicely. Do no skip the eggnog glaze!

  30. Not a bad recipe but the glaze isn’t quite right. It should stiffen up once it’s poured over the loaf. Also I used 1/3 cup of oil and it baked more quickly—50 minutes—and was still moist with a nice crumb. I also substituted orange extract for the rum extract which lived up the flavor