Eggnog Muffins Recipe

Looking for a new Holiday Breakfast idea? Kick start the Christmas morning frenzy with a batch of Eggnog Muffins hot from the oven!

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Eggnog mini muffins on a linen with one bite removed.

Why this recipe Works

We all agree there are really TWO breakfasts on Christmas morning, right?

There’s the “official” holiday breakfast.

This is the one you eat at the table together, the one where you use plates and forks and the whole 9 yards. In our house, this breakfast is usually Biscuits and Gravy or a Breakfast Casserole with hash browns and all the sides.

But first, we need something to nibble on while presents are unwrapped, coffee is sipped and we check out what Santa’s left us in our stockings. A breakfast starter, if you will.

These Eggnog Muffins covered in a sweet glaze are just the ticket for Christmas morning! Based on my trusty Donut Muffins, these ended up being just as delicious.

With all the flavor of eggnog, these mini muffins are moist, fluffy and taste amazing with that early morning cup of coffee.

Two eggnog muffins with eggnog glaze on top.

Ingredient Notes

I made these muffins with some leftover eggnog I had in the fridge. We have a bad habit in this family of buying and making more eggnog at the beginning of the season than anyone will drink by New Year’s.

Leftover eggnog is the mother of invention, though, because it’s lead me to create some pretty scrumptious treats, like Eggnog Fudge and now MUFFINS!

  • If you want a plain muffin instead of eggnog (or you don’t have enough eggnog), you can substitute whole milk instead.
  • Butter flavored Crisco shortening gives the muffins a fluffy texture and buttery taste. Unflavored shortening will do in a pinch!
  • Along with the eggnog, these muffins are flavored with a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg.
  • For the glaze, you’ll need more eggnog (or milk), nutmeg and lots of powdered sugar!

Step by Step Instructions

Here’s how I made these festive eggnog donut muffins:

  1. Make the muffin batter. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and spices together in a bowl. In a separate mixing bowl, beat Crisco with sugar until blended. Add eggs. Slowly add in flour mixture and eggnog.
  2. Fill muffin tin. Lightly spray mini muffin pan with baking spray (or grease with a small amount of butter). Fill the muffin cups to half full and bake for 13 to 15 minutes. Let the muffins cool for a couple of minutes in the pan, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  3. Eggnog glaze. Whisk together the rest of the eggnog, nutmeg and powdered sugar. Dip tops of muffins into glaze and allow to set about 15 minutes before eating.

Enjoy with a cup of coffee, hot cocoa or more eggnog!

Close up of mini eggnog muffin with eggnog glaze and a bite removed.

Tips and Tricks

  • To make these portable, put mini cupcake liners in the muffin cups before adding the batter and baking.
  • These muffins can be made the night before to be ready for breakfast the next morning!
  • Store muffins in an airtight container at room temperature or freeze for longer storage.

As an accompaniment to your Christmas morning feast or something to keep at hunger at bay while you open gifts, Eggnog Muffins set the mood for a joyful (and tasty) holiday.

You don’t need to wait for Christmas to enjoy your eggnog goodies, either! These portable baked goods get everyone into the holiday spirit when you bring them to work, school or church to share.

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Eggnog Muffins Recipe

5 from 3 votes
By: Aimee
These Christmas Morning Egg Nog Muffins are the perfect holiday breakfast.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 13 minutes
Total Time: 28 minutes
Servings: 72 mini muffins


For the Muffins:

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¾ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • cup butter flavored crisco
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup eggnog

For the Glaze:

  • ½ cup eggnog
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3 cups powdered sugar


  • In a small bowl, mix flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon together. Set aside.
  • In mixing bowl, mix Crisco with granulated sugar until blended. Add eggs. Slowly add in flour mixture and eggnog.
  • Lightly spray mini muffin cup pan with baking spray. Fill muffin cups 1/2 full and bake in a 350 degree oven for 13-15 minutes. Makes 72 mini muffins. Cool completely.
  • Whisk together eggnog, nutmeg and powdered sugar. Dip tops of muffins into glaze and allow to set (about 15 minutes). ENJOY!


  • To make these portable, put mini cupcake liners in the muffin cups before adding the batter and baking.
  • These muffins can be made the night before to be ready for breakfast the next morning!
  • Store muffins in an airtight container at room temperature or freeze for longer storage.


Serving: 1muffin, Calories: 70kcal, Carbohydrates: 12g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 2g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 13mg, Sodium: 71mg, Sugar: 8g
Course: Muffins
Cuisine: American
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Posted on November 18, 2012

Comments & Reviews

  1. I made these yesterday for my xmas eve get-together. Taste was great but everyone said they were very dry:( I found the batter very thick and even added extra try and thin it out. Anyone else make them and found the same?

  2. I’m right in the middle of making these, still waiting for the oven to preheat so I can pop the muffin tin in, and I’m wondering if the dough is supposed to be as thick as it is. It seems like drop-cookie dough, and muffin batter is usually thinner, more runny. I thought maybe I hadn’t added enough eggnog, but I checked your recipe and I did everything right. Is the batter normally thick than regular muffin/cake batter?

  3. I need this recipe for my egg nog loving grandson, I thank you and he thanks you!!!
    They look so good and I love their mini size 😉

  4. Ok – I feel a new tradition at our Christmas breakfast table! These look fantastic. I’d love for you to share this at Tuesday’s Table for the Holidays –

  5. I’m not even a huge fan of egg nog either, but these do look amazing! Same question as Elizabeth, possible to substitute directly with butter?

    1. I haven’t tried it with all butter, but most of my recipes work just fine to substitute. Be sure to use unsalted butter! Let me know!

  6. These look amazing but do you think I could use butter instead of Crisco? We don’t use shortening in this house 🙁

    And if you ever feel like moving, the house next door from me is for sale. I’ll make the coffee if you make the muffins.

    1. Haha, I’ll let my hubs know we are moving!
      I haven’t tried all butter, but most recipes you can easily swap and substitute. I imagine they would be just fine! Just be sure to use unsalted butter!

  7. Definitely loving these, Aimee! I’m sure Santa will, too 🙂 and I love that it makes a ginormous batch. Perfect for freezing like you said, and gift-giving later in the month!

  8. My brother loves egg nog so I know what I’ll be making for Christmas holidays. So glad I can freeze them too – good thinkin’! Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Yeah, I forget not everybody has eggnog available. I have seen some great recipes to make your own online! I think you need to do that, I have more eggnog recipes coming soon!

  9. Okay, I can drink eggnog by the gallon, sooooooo I’m pretty sure these wouldn’t last long in my house. I don’t know about Santa, but Mrs. Claus is going to put in a request for these Christmas Eve. They look divine–and that picture with the nutmeg flecks? Perfect!!

    1. We drink a lot of eggnog this time of year too! It’s a good thing I don’t make my own or we’d be in trouble all year long!

  10. I love eggnog a little too much…no way would these last long enough to freeze. Between my son and I, we would demolish the whole batch. Too funny because we leave Santa eggnog too:-)

    1. Trust me, they are too good you will HAVE to freeze them to keep yourself from eating them all. And I’m pretty sure Santa would love these with his cup of eggnog….

  11. Can I please move in with you? Or can’t we at least be neighbors, so you can bring me all these awesome goodies you make. As soon as I pick up a carton of eggnog, these muffins will be the first thing I make for sure!

  12. I’m preeeety sure that I can’t wait until Christmas to make these! They sound like a light and lovely Thanksgiving breakfast to me 😉

  13. Love these! I looooove eggnog. These muffins look fantastic! They’d never last, not even in my freezer. 🙂

  14. So, if I came down your chimney dressed as Santa I’d be greeted with some of these eggnog muffins? They look and sound amazing. I need to find a good homemade eggnog recipe as they don’t sell it at my local supermarket.

    I’d love it if you came over to my Sugar & Slice Sunday Link party and link these bad boys up!

    1. Haha, this cracked me up! Yes, you will find some of these muffins with a cup of eggnog.
      You definitely need to make some homemade nog…I’ve got more eggnog recipes coming soon!!

  15. I know what we’re having for breakfast Christmas morning!! These look like perfection! I am absolutely whipping up a batch, freezing them is such genius! We adore egg nog and have the same tradition 🙂 and I love nutmeg and muffins! Thank you tons and tons 🙂

      1. I posted them today! They’re so yummy! 🙂
        Thank you!

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