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Eggnog Muffins

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posted: 12/06/23

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Eggnog Muffins are the perfect Christmas morning treat. They are easy to make the night before and make a delicious treat during gift opening!

Side view of Eggnog Muffin with a bite taken out

These eggnog muffins have been part of our Christmas morning tradition for more than 10 years. Every Christmas Eve, I make a batch. Then Christmas morning when my kids are busy opening their presents, but we haven’t had a chance to eat breakfast, these are the little guys that keep the peace. They hold off my hangry children and make Christmas morning as magical as we want it to be.

We love to make them as mini muffins, but they are perfect as regular sized muffins too. This is a great recipe to make for a Christmas morning brunch. Your family is sure to love these.

Overhead view of Eggnog Muffins on cooling rack with cinnamon sticks beside

How to Make Eggnog Muffins

This is a brief overview of how to make this delicious Christmas morning treat. For the full recipe with all of the measurements, see the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

  1. Mix together the dry ingredients. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, and baking soda.
  2. Combine the wet ingredients. In another bowl, whisk together the eggs, eggnog, melted butter, and sugar.
  3. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Then spoon the mixture into mini muffin tins.
  4. Bake the muffins. Allow them to fully cool, and then make the glaze of powdered sugar, rum, eggnog, and cinnamon. Dip the muffins and enjoy.

Glaze for Muffins

We are making a rum glaze to go on top of these muffins. I typically leave this off when making them for my kids, but the combination of the sugar, milk, and rum, makes an amazing glaze. All of that said, we are using 2 tablespoons of rum for about 24 mini muffins. So that is roughly 1/4 teaspoon of rum per muffin.

Eggnog Muffins on cooling rack with cinnamon sticks beside

Homemade Eggnog

While this recipe works great with store-bought eggnog, my homemade eggnog recipe will take this over the top. Made with simple ingredients, it is perfect for gifting around the holiday season or using in great recipes like this and my Eggnog Fudge.


Homemade Eggnog is so amazingly delicious, that once you make it from scratch you will never buy that store-bought container again. Made with easy-to-find ingredients, this is your new holiday tradition.
Overhead photo of homemade eggnog with whipped cream in a stemless wine glass with sparkling lights in background

Measuring Flour

One of the most common mistakes in baking is not using the correct amount of flour. The best way to make sure you have the correct amount of flour is to weigh it with a kitchen scale. The weight you need is available in the recipe card in grams.

If you don’t have a kitchen scale, follow these simple steps:

  1. Whisk the flour in the container you keep it in. This will help loosen up the flour, which will lower the chances that it is packed.
  2. Use a dry measuring cup. These are the measuring cups that come in metal and plastic and can be leveled off. Do not measure flour in a glass measuring cup.
  3. Spoon the flour. Rather than scooping the flour out of the container with the measuring cup, use a spoon. This also helps eliminate the packing issue.
  4. Level the flour off with a spoon.

Tips for Making Muffins

There are a few tips and tricks that will help to ensure that this recipe turns out perfect.

  • Ensure that you are using the correct amount of flour. Read all my tips and tricks for that above.
  • Check that your baking soda and baking powder are still fresh. These typically need to be replaced every six months. You can easily test them by adding baking powder to water or baking soda to vinegar. They should bubble immediately.
  • Note that baking soda and baking powder are not interchangeable. You will need 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder for this recipe and 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda.
  • Let the butter cool. If the butter is steaming hot when it is mixed into the batter, it might start cooking the eggs before the recipe gets into the oven which would leave egg pieces in your muffins.
Side view of a stack of two Eggnog Muffins with cinnamon sticks beside

Best Muffin Tin

Your muffin tin can really make a huge difference in how your muffins cook. I have several and I know that each one will bring a different result to the bottom of the muffins. My favorite is my silicon muffin tin. I grease it lightly and don’t use muffin liners and it works perfectly every time.


Silicon Muffin Tin

My favorite muffin tin by far, this one cooks the muffins perfectly every time!
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Making into Mini Muffins

As I mentioned above, I love making these as mini muffins for eating during gift opening Christmas morning. To do that, you will want to use a mini muffin tin that has been greased. Make the batter just as written, but bake for only 8 to 10 minutes.

Storing and Freezing

These muffins will last in an airtight container for about a week. As with all recipes, use your best discretion when it comes to leftovers.

These muffins also freeze great! Place them in a single layer on a baking sheet. Allow them to freeze for a few hours. Then transfer them to an airtight container and place them back in the freezer for about three hours.

Eggnog Muffins on cooling rack

Other Christmas Morning Recipes

If you’ve moved on from gift opening, and you are ready to eat brunch, try some of these great recipes.

If you try these eggnog muffins, please leave me a comment and let me know what you think.

Side view of Eggnog Muffin with a bite taken out
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Eggnog Muffins With Cinnamon Rum Glaze

Serves: 12 muffins
(tap # to scale)
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
Eggnog Muffins are the perfect Christmas morning treat. They are easy to make the night before and make a delicious treat during gift opening!


Eggnog Muffins

  • 1 1/2 cups flour (180 grams)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar (99 grams)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 cup eggnog (236.588 ml)
  • 1 egg
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter (113 grams) melted and cooled

Cinnamon Rum Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar (113.5 grams)
  • 2 tablespoons rum (read more about this in the post)
  • 2 tablespoons eggnog
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


  • Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and spray a muffin pan with cooking spray. Set aside
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
    1 1/2 cups flour, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1/4 teaspoon table salt
  • Whisk together the egg and eggnog. Then add the butter. Gently fold the egg/eggnog/butter mixture into the dry ingredients.
    1 cup eggnog, 1 egg, 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Gently fold the egg/eggnog/butter mixture into the dry ingredients.
  • Spoon into the muffin tin and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into a muffin in the middle of the batch comes out with just a few crumbs.
  • While the muffins are cooking, make the glaze. Mix together the powdered sugar, rum, cinnamon, and 2 tablespoons of eggnog.
  • When you bring the muffins out of the oven, let them cool until they won’t burn your fingers, dip them in the glaze, and set them on a wire rack.
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
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  1. Kim says


    I can’t wait to make these. Can you tell me what the measurement for the butter would be? I am thinking it is 1/4 cup?


    • Lisa Longley says

      Yes Kim! Oooh, I should make this a printable recipe, eeep!

  2. Sandy says

    For the eggnog muffins, the rum is that rum extract or rum you use in drinks?

    • Lisa Longley says

      The rum you use in drinks.

  3. Jane Ross says

    I would love to make your eggnog muffins with rum glaze, however I am making for church Christmas eve Sunday. Is there a substitute for the rum?

    • Lisa Longley says

      Just leave it out! I hope you love them!

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