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Have Leftover Eggnog? Use It To Make the Tastiest French Toast

A seasonal spin on a breakfast favorite.


Eggnog is the quintessential holiday drink. The sweet flavor and creamy texture shines whether you’re sipping it plain or adding it to a festive cocktail. But to get your money’s worth this year, you’ll want to enjoy every drop of eggnog before throwing it away. If you’re looking to use up your leftover nog, try putting it into French toast for a seasonal twist on the breakfast staple. The best part: This dish requires only six ingredients and can be made in under 30 minutes. Here’s how to do it.

How To Make Eggnog French Toast

This Eggnog French Toast recipe from uses eggnog in place of milk or heavy cream, as it’s both thicker and more flavorful. While the recipe calls for using French bread, any slightly stale bread will work well. A bread variety like St. Pierre’s Sliced Brioche Loaf (Buy from Instacart, $7.99) is a great option if you’re looking to add some extra richness. Once the French toast is cooked, drizzle every slice with maple syrup before digging in.


  • 1 ½ cups eggnog
  • 2 eggs, beaten slightly
  • 1 ½ tablespoons ground cinnamon, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 12 slices French bread
  • Maple syrup (to serve)


  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Total: 25 mins
  • Servings: 6
  1. Whisk eggnog, eggs, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice together in mixing bowl until well blended; pour into shallow dish.
  2. Preheat pan over medium heat or electric skillet to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly grease skillet.
  3. Dip one slice of bread at a time into eggnog mixture, coating each side of bread thoroughly.
  4. Place prepared bread slices into preheated skillet and cook, turning once, until golden brown on each side.
  5. Place cooked bread slices on serving plate and cover with foil to keep warm until all slices are cooked. Serve immediately.

My Taste Test

Upon taking my first bite, I noticed the strong aromatic flavor from the cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice; this balanced perfectly with the custardy taste of Nellie’s Free Range Limited-Edition Eggnog, which I used in the dish (find where to buy it near you at Using brioche bread gave my French toast a nice buttery flavor without all the greasiness of melted butter. And a light dusting of powdered sugar plus a drizzle of maple syrup topped it all off with the perfect amount of sweetness.

Overall, I was impressed by the simplicity and deliciousness of this recipe. While I usually only buy eggnog during the holidays, it might have to become a fridge staple — just so I can make this French toast. A taste of Christmas year round sounds like a win-win to me.

Eggnog French toast (my taste test)
Alexandria Brooks
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