Eggnog Ice Cream

With the unusually warm temperatures around here, it’s been hard to believe that Christmas is just a little over two weeks away! You already found out this week that I’m not a fan of sugar cookies, so I may as well tell you that I like cold weather. I should clarify. I like cold weather with snow. Snow is what makes it seem like Christmas. Sure you can put up lots of decorations, but when you look outside and see green grass, it makes it feel like you are only pretending that it’s Christmas in the middle of Spring.

You can obviously tell by now that I grew up in the North. I love my snow. :) So, to make it seem cold and snowy, I’ve made ice cream. At least my hands will feel cold if I hold the bowl too long! 😉 Along with making it seem more like Christmas, this ice cream is super easy to make. There are really only three steps. Mix the ingredients together, let your ice cream machine freeze it, eat it. I think everyone can handle the last step!

So if you’re struggling to get in the Christmas spirit, enjoy a traditional holiday drink in a creamy ice cream. Because the flavor of eggnog varies among brands, you may want to taste your eggnog first to decide if you want to add the additional spices that I used. Feel free to leave some out or add more according to the taste. Have a great weekend!

Eggnog Ice Cream

Yield: approx. 1 quart


  • 2 C lite eggnog
  • 7 oz fat-free sweetened condensed milk (or approximately half of a 14 oz can), chilled
  • 1 C fat-free half & half
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp cloves


  1. Whisk together all ingredients. Pour mixture into ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions.
  2. Enjoy immediately!


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  1. I agree, it just doesn’t feel like Christmas yet! I bet this eggnog ice cream would put us all in the mood! Love how simple it is to make!

  2. Eggnog ice cream-we usually make mint ice cream at Christmas, but I an going to suggest this! By the way, what on earth is fat free half and half? Half and half is cream and milk, right? Fat free=milk?
    Looks yummy, though!

  3. Ooh..this would go well with my egg nog donuts. lol

  4. I live in MN so we need snow for Christmas too, but it looks like it might happen this weekend. It’s that dang wind that gets me. I’ll take the snow but pass on the wind! I hate to admit I’ve never had eggnog!

  5. This is fun and perfect for the holidays. :)

  6. It’s finally starting to get a little chilly here in Nebraska… only 40 degrees though! I can’t wait for the crazy winter weather. Bring it on!

    I love this recipe, and I’d eat it anytime of the year! :)

  7. I don’t need help getting into the holiday spirit but I will still take some of this ice cream. Yum, yum!

  8. This recipe looks amazing! I’ve never been a huge fan of eggnog but I have a feeling that is about to change…

  9. I was telling my husband JUST TONIGHT that I wanted to make eggnog ice cream…and here it is! We’re definitely trying this out. Even though I don’t like the cold, I’m having a hard time getting into the Christmas mindset when we don’t really need coats–this ice cream should do the trick. Have a great weekend!

  10. brilliant!! i’m so addicted to eggnog, this sounds like such a delicious way for me to get my fix!

  11. Now that’s a perfect holiday treat!

  12. I loVe eggnog! In ice cream sounds even better!

  13. confession: i’ve NEVER made my own ice cream before! I feel as though I am completely missing out. I see all these wonderful recipes online and write them all down but never actually get around to making any! all you ice cream making gals are onto something. :)

  14. Now this is the way I like my eggnog! In ice cream!!!! What a delectable idea :)

  15. The idea of drinking a glass of eggnog totally grosses me out, but this ice cream I could totally get behind!

  16. A perfect X’mas dessert!

  17. This sounds amazing! I’ve never had eggnog in the US so I don’t really know what it’s supposed to taste like but they have this stuff called egg liqueur here. SO good! And I hate cold weather. And hot weather. I’ll take 60 degree weather year-round, please. :)

  18. Jessica….you are so right. When it’s cold, it feels like winter. But it doesn’t feel like Christmas till there’s snow! I grew up in New England, so that was not usually an issue. But here in Maryland, it can be hit or miss each year. So I have to rely on Christmas flavors to get me in the mood! And eggnog is one of my most favorite flavors. And my ice cream maker runs all year long! So I am very much looking forward to trying your recipe. My older son is an eggnog nut….so this will be perfect for him, too! This looks cream, crazy good! : )

  19. My goodness – Are we allowed to have eggnog ice cream in July?! Because this could be an ice cream I’d like to have around all year long. 😉 I love the switch to ice cream though; it’s a welcome refresher to the dozens of cookies going around right now.

    Lovely post!

  20. I love it! Eggnog, yum. Ice cream, even better. :)

  21. This sounds absolutely delicious! Up until today, it would have been perfect weather for this, but today it has turned cold and it might not turn back!

  22. Yummm! I wish I had an ice cream maker :)

  23. My husband loves eggnog AND ice cream! This looks so incredibly good!

  24. I’m right there with you Jessica! It’s been so warm here (until the last few days) so it makes it hard to get fully into the Christmas spirit.

    I just made some eggnog ice cream last week – my hubby loves eggnog so I try to eggnog-ify everything I can 😉

  25. Mmm! I’m a HUGE fan of eggnog, so this looks sublime! I think it’d be perfect on a hot bowl of cinnamon oatmeal or over a nice, warm brownie fresh from the oven.

  26. rebecca cherry says:

    all the comments so far only express excitement about making the ice cream, at some point so, I decided to make it and then report. I used full fat everything. The eggnog I used was bland (Organic Valley) so I spiced up the mixture with a tad more nutmeg, vanilla, and salt. I left the mixture to chill overnight because throughly chilled ice cream bases into properly frozen ice cream makers yields the best results. I make custard based ice-creams from scratch, thus was skeptical about this “throw together” recipe. However, it churned and set up beautifully; and, having just finished a scoop of it, I have to say… it is pretty darn tasty.

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