Please indulge me for a moment while I discuss how eggnog is weird for the third year in a row.

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I mean, it’s weird, but I like it. I don’t know. I have such mixed feelings. The minute I spy it in the store, I buy a jug and then probably consume less than a full glass. Maybe I just love the IDEA of eggnog?

Yeah. That’s probably it.

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I’m such a crazy dreamer that all year long I have these wonderful visions in my head of standing in a warm, fire-glowy house, decorating a tree and sipping on the perfect little glass of eggnog dusted with nutmeg in my perfect little life. Uh, perfect little life? You can show up now.

You’d think I’d learn year after year or something, but maybe my brain just freaks out and forgets eleven months later that rarely do I ever finish a container of eggnog. Ever. But no. Just keep on dreaming in my dreamer mind.

Anyhoo. What I’m really trying to say is that eggnog isn’t really my cup of, well… eggnog, when it comes to using it in beverage form. I love a few tastes throughout the season, especially if it’s spiked (but of course), but it’s almost too creamy and rich, even for me. And yeah, if I’m talking about something being too rich? It’s rich. This is the person that can eat like four slices of cheesecake in one sitting. Rich doesn’t have anything on my tastebuds.

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But the thing is, I really love the flavor of eggnog. And I clearly love the whole concept since I’m the most into-the-holidays cliche ever evah. So baking with it? Well, I’m all over that.

Last year I made an eggnog crumble crunch cake and because I’m a texture freak, absolutely loved it. I wanted to do something similar for the season, albeit a little simpler, in order to have an eggnog idea when it came to homemade gifts and snacks around the house. And I think we can all agree that while quick breads often end up being a dessert, they are totally a breakfast food. They just… are. It’s bread. You eat bread for breakfast. It all adds up. Simple addition.

I have no idea why I’ve always hated math so much.

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Eggnog Chocolate Chip Bread with Brown Butter Eggnog Glaze

Yield: one 9x5 loaf

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 50-55 minutes

Total Time: 1.5 hours


1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 1/8 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup eggnog
2/3 cup chocolate chips tossed in 2 teaspoons of flour

1/4 cup brown butter
1/2-3/4 cup powdered sugar
2-3 tablespoons eggnog


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x5 loaf pan and set aside. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, powder, nutmeg and salt until combined. Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk cooled butter with sugar until smooth. Add in vanilla extract, mixing until combined, then whisk in each egg one at a time until totally combined. Add half of the flour mixture, stirring with a large spoon, then stir in the eggnog until smooth. Add remaining dry ingredients and stir until just combined and smooth. Fold in chocolate chips. Pour in the greased loaf pan. Bake for 50-55 minutes, until top is golden and cake is just set. Let cool completely, then cover in glaze.

To make glaze, whisk together brownie butter, sugar and eggnog, stirring well for 1-2 full minutes until combined. If it still doesn’t appear glaze-like, add in eggnog 1/2 tablespoon at a time and mix again. Don’t worry if it becomes too liquidy – just add a tiny bit of powdered sugar until you get the desired consistency. Spoon glaze on bread then serve.

Note: this is not overly eggnog-y. The flavor is there but somewhat minimal. Chances are if you do not like eggnog, you will probably still enjoy this bread!

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So eat your breakfast.

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107 Responses to “Eggnog Chocolate Chip Bread.”

  1. #
    Kim@hungryhealthygirl — November 26, 2012 @ 8:07 am

    I’ve only ever had a sip of eggnog and didn’t care much for it. However, pair it with chocolate chips and I’m sure I could get on board!


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    Alicia Greenrabbit — November 26, 2012 @ 8:17 am

    What no bacon? Welllllllllllllllll since you added chocolate chips, that will be just as good. YUM!


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    little kitchie — November 26, 2012 @ 8:21 am

    going to have to give this one a try – my husband LOVES eggnog. i agree with you though – i love the idea of it, but never actually end up drinking it. but baking with it? yes, yes.


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    Amelia — November 26, 2012 @ 8:26 am

    I have mixed feelings about Eggnog. I don’t like to drink it (WAY too rich), but I love the flavor it projects in baked goods, especially breakfast scones. I use it instead of whipping cream. Holy delicious goodness!!!


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    amanda @ fake ginger — November 26, 2012 @ 8:27 am

    I’m kinda with you on eggnog – I really want to love it but I can’t get into it. This though, I could get into.


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    Kim in MD — November 26, 2012 @ 8:32 am

    I don’t think I have ever had eggnog! I have seen it the stores, but have never bought it. I have downoaded home made recipes, but have never made it. Wierd, huh? It sounds delicious in this bread, though!


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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — November 26, 2012 @ 8:34 am

    I made eggnog donuts last year and this year, I need to step off the pumpkin and into the ‘nog! I’m slow I guess! Your cake looks awesome and the glaze – yes! Brown butter plus nog. Mmm!


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    Kare @ Kitchen Treaty — November 26, 2012 @ 8:38 am

    I’m always tempted to buy it, but yeah, it would just end up sitting in my fridge. Years of childhood conditioning about lurking super-evil raw eggs, I guess.

    Eggnog lattes though, yum. I’m definitely down with those. And I would give just about anything for a slab of this bread go to alongside one right about now.


  9. #
    Amanda — November 26, 2012 @ 8:58 am

    Maybe the problem is you are buying your nog instead of making it yourself. From scratch is where its at and it isn’t hard at all.


  10. #
    Paula — November 26, 2012 @ 9:01 am

    Jessica, let me tell you why I love you this week (I mean, I always love you; it’s just that you give me different reasons all the time). While so many other bloggers are like “oh nooooo, we all ate sooo many unhealthy calories last week, we should make nothing but juices and salads until Christmas Eve!”, you plunge right into the holiday baked goods. Seeing this recipe this morning made me feel that all is right with the world. I will now plan to make this tonight — and since I was in the Bahamas last week and had no gluttony, eating the whole loaf myself only sounds appropriate.


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    Mallory @forkvsspoon — November 26, 2012 @ 9:12 am

    This looks amazing. Eggnog is such a weird concoction, but so delicious. Honestly, I have never baked with…but I see that changing soon.


  12. #
    Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) — November 26, 2012 @ 9:40 am

    What a good idea = this looks ammmaazing!


  13. #
    Robyn | Add a Pinch — November 26, 2012 @ 9:44 am

    I’ve never been able to embrace eggnog like I know I should. I think this bread could really be the thing that helps with that!


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    Joelle (on a pink typewriter) — November 26, 2012 @ 9:48 am

    This looks like a great gift to give out at Christmas! Do you think you can use soy egg nog (like from Silk)?


    • Jessica — November 26th, 2012 @ 10:41 am

      I do! Last year I made the cake with coconut milk nog and it worked perfectly so I think subs work.


      • Sharla — November 26th, 2012 @ 3:41 pm

        where can i get these alternate forms of nog? Please don’t say TJ’s because I don’t have one within less than a 2 hour drive!!!!

        • Jessica — November 27th, 2012 @ 8:11 am

          I can find soy and coconut milk eggnog at my local grocery store!

  15. #
    Alexis @ Hummusapien — November 26, 2012 @ 10:09 am

    There is a brand new carton of Trader Joe’s eggnog in our fridge…something magical may happen tonight! YUM.


  16. #
    allie@sweetpotatobites — November 26, 2012 @ 10:15 am

    I like the idea of eggnog too – then I buy it, take one sip and end up not drinking it. BUT I can get behind the idea of eggnog in baked goods.


  17. #
    Ashley — November 26, 2012 @ 10:17 am

    I have the same mixed feelings about eggnog and I sit here with THREE containers in my fridge for the doughnut recipes…haha


  18. #
    Kristen — November 26, 2012 @ 10:25 am

    I’m the exact same way. hence why I’m always baking with it. I think what I really like is ice cream before it’s frozen. If eggnog tasted exactly like that, I’d be a happy, fat camper!


  19. #
    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — November 26, 2012 @ 10:28 am

    Eggnog chocolate chip bread?? OH MY STARS YUM.


  20. #
    Aimee @ ShugarySweets — November 26, 2012 @ 10:38 am

    I love eggnog. No problems at all drinking it straight from the carton. Over and over :) Yummy bread Jessica!


  21. #
    Cookbook Queen — November 26, 2012 @ 10:39 am

    I always feel like eggnog is like drinking thick perfume. I’d MUCH rather bake with it for sure!!


    • Jessica — November 26th, 2012 @ 10:40 am

      OMG. Now I really don’t know if I can drink it again after that, ha.


  22. #
    Lauren — November 26, 2012 @ 10:55 am

    Haha my sister is the exact same way about eggnog. She insists on buying some every year at the holidays and then has a couple sips and leaves the rest of the container. So I’ve started collecting recipes I can try out with her leftover eggnog, I’ll definitely add this to the list!


  23. #
    Heather (Heather's Dish) — November 26, 2012 @ 11:13 am

    ugh, i die – eggnog is so dreamy!


  24. #
    Morgan — November 26, 2012 @ 11:15 am

    I am in the same boat when it comes to eggnog. I don’t think of it as a delicious drink, but the idea of drinking it next to a fire indulges me. I usually enjoy a sip or two and pass the rest to the boyfriend. Now, he is a freak about that stuff.


  25. #
    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — November 26, 2012 @ 11:36 am

    I have the same feeling–I guess most of us do after seeing all the comments, haha! I used to ask my mom to buy a small container of it during the holidays and most of the time, the majority of my annual glass would end up going down the drain. However, I really like the idea of it too!! And flavor. I think getting low-fat helps as well with the richness of it :)

    I wonder, since eggnog is sort of a custard, whether you could just whirl it up in the ice cream machine and make instant ice cream!!! If only I had a ice cream maker to see if that worked…. :(


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    Cookin' Canuck — November 26, 2012 @ 11:46 am

    Yeah, I get the “eggnog is weird” sentiment. We always buy a carton or two, but the only time I drink it is when we’re decorating the Christmas tree. And it has to be doctored up with dark rum and grated nutmeg. This bread, on the other hand, is something I’d happily eat every day.


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    Mandie @ Oh So Decadent — November 26, 2012 @ 11:54 am

    I’ve heard of this thing called eggnog, and I’ve heard of it being either a “love it or hate it” type of thing, but to be honest, no one I know drinks the stuff so I’ve never tried it. What does it taste like? Eggs? Nog? I have no idea. But if you put brown butter in it, I’m sure it tastes amazing.


  28. #
    Alyssa @ Kitchen Cures — November 26, 2012 @ 11:56 am

    OMG, this looks absolutely gorgeous. You had me at the title, I didn’t even need to look at the pictures or the recipe to know that I HAD to make this. I might even try adding a splash of rum too!


  29. #
    Kacy — November 26, 2012 @ 12:31 pm

    I’ve never had eggnog. Every year I say I’m going to try it, but then no one offers it to me and I can’t bring myself to buy any. But this bread looks fabulous, despite the fact that I don’t know what eggnog tastes like :)


  30. #
    Steph — November 26, 2012 @ 12:35 pm

    I can’t really stomach a glass of eggnog, but give me eggnog bread, cake, fudge, scones, cupcakes, and I can’t stop myself! So keep this bread away from me, because will devour it in seconds


  31. #
    Rachel@Running Daze — November 26, 2012 @ 12:48 pm

    That is such a great idea to put eggnog in the bread. I think i’m going to have to try this soon!


  32. #
    Alicia Greenrabbit — November 26, 2012 @ 1:22 pm

    Like you the idea of eggnog sounds good but doesn’t quite do it. I was racking my brain to remember an old cocktail that was yummy and reminds me of eggnog.
    Try a “Brandy Alexander” it’s creamy ,sweet and has freshly grated nutmeg on it and it will give you a good buzz!


  33. #
    Esther — November 26, 2012 @ 1:29 pm

    You should try mixing your eggnog with some milk. It helps tone down the richness and thickness but doesn’t detract from the eggnog flavor. I really like it that way only, cause I mirror your sentiments about eggnog by itself.


  34. #
    Erica @ Coffee & Quinoa — November 26, 2012 @ 1:31 pm

    Totally agree about eggnog – it is SO weird! But I bet it tastes amazing in baked goods :)


  35. #
    Allison @ Foodie Heart — November 26, 2012 @ 1:33 pm

    This looks so yummy! I am the same way with eggnog… it’s a little weird for some reason but the flavor is where it’s at! I have one of my MIL’s recipes for “overnight egg-nog french toast” and although I don’t typically just drink it, it’s delicious all baked into that. Mmmm happy that it’s that season again. :)


  36. #
    Mariah — November 26, 2012 @ 1:52 pm

    I love your blog. Clever, delicious, makes me laugh. Looks delish!


  37. #
    Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — November 26, 2012 @ 1:59 pm

    This makes me laugh, because Im the complete opposite! I love eggnog. In all forms…I can’t even tell you how many jugs Ive already gone through this season and its not even December yet! hah Ill definitely be trying this bread. Im eggnog-obsessed.


  38. #
    Kathryn B — November 26, 2012 @ 2:14 pm

    Jessica – I have something amazing for you. You’re not the only one confused/disgusted by eggnog. This absolutely classic “Bud Light: Real Men of Genius” about the Eggnog Inventor is amazing. I found this 5 years ago and it remains a tradition for my good friend and I to play it and laugh about it every holiday season. Enjoy. And also I’m making this bread this week.


    • Jessica — November 27th, 2012 @ 8:12 am



  39. #
    Mikayla Jayne — November 26, 2012 @ 2:31 pm

    Cut your egg nog with milk! I can’t handle an entire mouthful of egg nog… but growing up we always did half egg nog and half milk… it’s much tastier! Also… egg nog lattes. Delicious.


    • Jessica — November 27th, 2012 @ 8:12 am

      ugh, I totally would except… I hate milk with the fire of a thousand suns. Like drinking it. I know, I’m weird.


  40. #
    Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen — November 26, 2012 @ 2:35 pm

    For some reason I always expect eggnog to taste like a vanilla milkshake, and my taste buds are startled when it doesn’t. I do like it though! And this bread looks like a fabulous way to use it!


  41. #
    Amanda @ The Unfamiliar Kitchen — November 26, 2012 @ 3:01 pm

    Every year I try egg nog and every year it’s still a leeeettle hard to swallow. This is a great idea! Love it :)


  42. #
    Sharla — November 26, 2012 @ 3:43 pm

    I’m pretty sure Clark’s moose glass filled with eggnog is the reason I feel it is a necessary addition in our home each Christmas, but I never drink much either. Although I did try out your crumble cake from last year and have been thinking about it every time I pass the egg nog at the grocery this year!


  43. #
    tracy {pale yellow} — November 26, 2012 @ 4:11 pm

    I love eggnog, but I try to resist, what a great use so I don’t drink it all!


  44. #
    Katelyn — November 26, 2012 @ 4:13 pm

    If you’ve never tried replacing the milk in your favorite waffle recipe with eggnog, you should do that. Like, right now. I’ll wait here.


  45. #
    Katie @ Blonde Ambition — November 26, 2012 @ 4:28 pm

    I am with you on all counts re: eggnog. The first time I had it was spiked last year at the BF’s parents’ holiday party, and we had only recently started dating, so I didn’t want to be rude and turn it down. The flavor is fine but the creamyness is too much! The idea of eggnog glaze sounds perfect!


  46. #
    Noble Pig — November 26, 2012 @ 5:11 pm

    Send me a loaf…whoa.


  47. #
    Christina @ Be Mindful. Be Human. — November 26, 2012 @ 6:30 pm

    Wow! Looks delicious. I hate wasting things that I buy that I thought would be a good idea. Eggnog is one of them. I think it’s the fact that it’s so heavy and thick that I can only drink half a glass. Was thinking of making an eggnog latte but this sounds a lot yummier. Thx for the recipe.


  48. #
    Sundi Jo — November 26, 2012 @ 6:32 pm

    This looks delicious! Love the detailed pics. Thanks for sharing.


  49. #
    Liz @ Tip Top Shape — November 26, 2012 @ 7:04 pm

    Oh my word, I need this. Another way to fuel my eggnog addiction!


  50. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — November 26, 2012 @ 7:17 pm

    I am not an eggnog fan, but it is pretty good in bread! Love your recipe!!



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