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Eggnog Creamer: Transform Your Coffee Into a Holiday Treat

It’s eggnog season which means it’s time to make some eggnog creamer again! This treat is the perfect addition to your daily coffee routine this Christmas season. Eggnog and coffee together? The answer is a resounding yes, and I’m here to guide you through the simple steps on how to use this creamer. And I’m excited to share with you my simple homemade recipe, so you can make your own.

Two cups of eggnog coffee with whipped cream and cinnamon rolls.

The holiday season brings a charming atmosphere, often found in the flavors and scents that define this special time of year. Picture your morning coffee infused with the warmth and cheer of the holiday season, all thanks to a splash of eggnog creamer. Let’s explore what makes this so special and how you can easily make homemade eggnog coffee creamer instead of buying it at the store. I’ll guide you every step of the way!

What is Eggnog Creamer?

Eggnog creamer is a shortcut to instant holiday pleasure. It mixes the creamy richness of milk with a hint of sweetness and a medley of warm spices. Just turn up the Christmas music and you’ll have happy vibes all over through the month of December, even while you’re organizing your home for Christmas, planning a holiday party, or even going through a Christmas tree allergy.

Making homemade creamer is also a great way to avoid the artificial flavors and preservatives that store-bought coffee creamers have, that’s why eggnog creamer is my first choice for my holiday coffees. I used Coffee Mate coffee creamer in the past, but I found it too sweet and it contained lots of carbs, too much fat, and too much sugar.

While regular eggnog has egg yolks and is typically sipped on its own or spiked with a splash of rum, eggnog creamer opens up a bigger world of possibilities. It’s a real holiday delight to be enjoyed in more ways than with just a cup of coffee. But more on that in a minute.

How to Make Eggnog Coffee Creamer

Are you excited to try this holiday favorite in a breakfast-friendly form? Whip up this seasonal treat with just a few simple ingredients that you can easily find in your local grocery store:

  • Half-and-half: The base of your creamer, where you can opt for full-fat for richness or a lighter low-fat version. Choose half-and-half with plant-based ingredients like unsweetened almond milk and coconut milk if you want to make a dairy-free and lactose-free version. Alternatively, you can also use heavy cream.
  • Sugar or sweetener: Choose from classic sugar, maple syrup, or even a sugar substitute for a sweet flavor.
  • Vanilla extract: For that warm, comforting aroma that rounds out the eggnog flavor and smells like sugar cookies.
  • Ground nutmeg: The quintessential spice that gives eggnog its signature taste.
  • Rum extract: While optional, it imparts that classic eggnog essence without the alcohol content. Don’t include this ingredient if you plan to serve to kids.

Eggnog creamer is a great way to fill your life with our favorite seasonal flavor. Follow these simple steps:

  1. Warm the half and half in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until it’s hot but not boiling.
  2. Dissolve the sugar into the mixture, and stir well to ensure it’s fully integrated with no granules left.
  3. Whisk in the vanilla and nutmeg.
  4. If you’re opting for rum extract, add it last for that subtle hint of traditional eggnog.
  5. Allow the homemade coffee creamer to cool before storing it in a glass bottle or jar in the refrigerator, ready to be enjoyed in a homemade eggnog latte whenever you desire.

Tip: I learned how to use a milk frother wand trying to make my eggnog creation creamier and frothier. Froth your eggnog creamer in a bowl before adding to your coffee for a richer, more velvety texture!

Two cups of eggnog coffee with cinnamon and whipped cream.

Can You Put Eggnog in Coffee?

Eggnog and coffee are completely different drinks. As you may know, just because two things are delicious doesn’t mean they work well together. These two are actually the best match!

Is the eggnog and coffee a match made in heaven? Absolutely! Eggnog makes a nice alternative and is a good idea if you’re out of your regular coffee creamer. However, note that it will have a stronger egg flavor and thicker texture.

As a coffee lover, I find that adding homemade eggnog creamer to a hot coffee is the best way to go, no matter what ground coffee brand you use. It’s lighter than eggnog and fuses the depth of coffee with the creamy, spiced notes of eggnog without being overpowering. Start with a moderate amount of creamer and adjust it to your taste preferences until you get your perfect portion.

You can also try it with different coffee styles, such as cold brew and espresso, to discover unique eggnog creamer experiences. Between the two, I would opt for eggnog creamer over the store-bought version unless I’m really crunched for time. The homemade creamer is quick to make, so there’s almost no excuse.

A person pouring creamer into coffee.

The Benefits of Homemade Eggnog Creamer

Creating your own eggnog creamer at home brings a host of benefits that go beyond just taste. It’s a heartwarming process that lets you put a personal touch on your holiday festivities. Here’s why you might want to consider making your creamer from scratch.

  • Tailored Taste: Adjust the sweetness, spice, and flavor to make a creamer that’s perfectly suited to your palate.
  • Health-Friendly: You’re in charge of the ingredients, which means you can opt for healthier alternatives and avoid additives found in commercial creamers.
  • Heartfelt Sharing: Homemade creamer is a thoughtful way to show care during the holidays, perfect for gifting or enjoying with loved ones.
  • Cost-Effective: Making creamer at home can save money, especially if you’re using ingredients already on your pantry shelves.
  • Eco-Friendly: Using fewer packaged goods and reusing containers reduces waste, making this a greener choice.

I like the homemade version because I know it’s made from whole food ingredients and not as expensive. It seems to be a success with others too. So far, all the bottles I gifted last week have been welcomed with big smiles. I also served a holiday charcuterie board when I had some friends over, and we finished it off with a cup of coffee with eggnog creamer and a piece of eggnog cookie on the side. I received nothing but praises for the creamer!

Creamer compliments my favorite Christmas blend coffees, too, so it’s a natural fit for company and a great way to get everyone in the mood and break the ice at family gatherings.

Creative Ways to Use Eggnog Creamer Beyond Coffee

Eggnog creamer’s versatility isn’t limited to coffee alone. Its rich flavor and creamy consistency make it an excellent companion to various beverages and dishes. 

Curious about creative ways to incorporate eggnog creamer into more than just your morning coffee? if you have some leftovers, here are some ideas worth exploring:

  • Tea: Skip the splash of milk and let eggnog creamer transform a simple cup of black tea into a comforting holiday beverage. This is perfect for tea drinkers. Skip your favorite Starbucks tea drinks for now and make homemade tea with this delicious creamer.
  • Hot Chocolate: An eggnog creamer complements a large cup of hot chocolate too. Top it with cocoa powder, and you will have that perfect non-caffeinated and kid-friendly drink to enjoy this winter.
  • Breakfast Toppings: Pour it over pancakes, waffles, or oatmeal to start your day with a hint of holiday cheer. Add a sprinkle of cinnamon to make it even better!

The versatility of eggnog creamer opens up a world of possibilities for culinary experimentation during the holiday season. Enjoy it in your coffee with toffee nut syrup, or get creative with other recipes, making your holidays more flavorful.

A cup of coffee with eggnog creamer on the side and coffee beans on a dark background.

Storing Your Eggnog Creamer

Once you’ve crafted the perfect batch of eggnog creamer, keeping it fresh is the key to preserving its delectable taste and creamy texture.

  • Refrigeration: Always store creamer in the refrigerator, ideally at or below 40F (4C) to maintain freshness and prevent spoilage.
  • Sealed Container: Use an airtight container, like a mason jar, to protect the creamer from absorbing odors and flavors from other foods in the fridge.
  • Shelf Life Awareness: Aim to consume your homemade creamer within seven days to enjoy its best quality.
  • Visual Inspection: Regularly check for signs of separation or changes in texture to indicate that it’s time to prepare a new batch.
  • Smell Test: Trust your nose; if you detect any off or sour odors, discard the creamer to avoid a disappointing cup of coffee.

Following these storage practices ensures that your creamer stays as fresh and flavorful as the day you made it. Store your creamer properly to avoid quick spoilage and food waste.

Two cups of eggnog coffee with whipped cream and cinnamon rolls.

Eggnog Coffee Creamer

Author: Jessica Haggard
Thanks to a splash of eggnog creamer, you can infuse your morning coffee with warmth and cheer. It mixes the creamy richness of milk with a hint of sweetness and a medley of cozy spices. 
5 from 48 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 20 (1-tablespoon) servings; 1.75 cups
Calories 36 kcal


  • 1 ½ cups half-and-half
  • cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon rum extract optional


  • Warm the half and half in a small saucepan over medium heat until it's hot but not boiling.
  • Dissolve the sugar into the mixture, stirring well to ensure it's fully integrated with no granules left.
  • Whisk in the vanilla and nutmeg.
  • If you're opting for rum extract, add it last for that subtle hint of traditional eggnog.
  • Allow the homemade coffee creamer to cool before storing it in a glass bottle or mason jar in the refrigerator.


Serving: 1tablespoonCalories: 36kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 1gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 11mgSugar: 4g
Tried this recipe?Please leave a review and share with me!


There’s nothing quite like the cozy comfort that homemade eggnog creamer brings to your morning routine. It’s not just about adding flavor – it’s about infusing each cup with the spirit of the season, a touch of homemade magic that warms your heart and your hands.

So as the days get shorter and the nights colder, don’t miss out on the opportunity to sip into this delightful season with your very own eggnog creamer. It’s like wrapping yourself in a warm, cozy blanket of holiday cheer, one cup at a time.

5 from 48 votes (48 ratings without comment)
Recipe Rating


Sunday 24th of December 2023

I love eggnog and this creamer is great for when I can no longer get it in the stores. It gave all of the great eggnog flavors for my coffee.

Easy Homemade Life

Thursday 28th of December 2023

True, technically it could be an all year long treat. Lol. Thanks for the comment, Sean!


Sunday 24th of December 2023

This creamer was delicious in our coffee this morning! can't wait to use it again tomorrow. The rum extract is such a great idea!

Easy Homemade Life

Thursday 28th of December 2023

It adds that little extra touch :) Happy holidays, Veronika.


Sunday 24th of December 2023

This was amazing! And I didn't even use the rum extract. I'm going to make some more right now to give out as presents. Thanks so much!

Easy Homemade Life

Thursday 28th of December 2023

Thanks for the comment, Alex. Glad to hear the recipe is a win.

Carrie Robinson

Sunday 24th of December 2023

What a fun flavor idea for a coffee creamer for the holidays! I might have to add a little more rum to mine though. ;)

Easy Homemade Life

Thursday 28th of December 2023

Lol, great idea Carrie. Ways to keep warm...

DK Park

Saturday 23rd of December 2023

I have no idea that this eggnog creamer is so easy to make. I love it!

Easy Homemade Life

Thursday 28th of December 2023

Easy peasy, right?! Thanks for trying the recipe, DK.