This festive item will be the perfect addition to your breakfast – eggnog pancakes add a rich, sweet flavor with a hint of nutmeg. If your holiday celebration isn’t complete without the thick, spiced drink, you’re going to love this brunch staple. These pancakes are one of my favorite recipes using eggnog, and your family will love eating Christmas pancakes while unwrapping gifts!
Eggnog is totally one of those things you either love or hate.
Growing up, it wasn’t Christmas without one of those shelf-stable cans sitting in the fridge, waiting to be poured into the special Rudolph cups my mom got specially each year.
(Side note: if you ever wonder why I get so extra around holidays, just look to my parents.)
As we got older, I learned about the magic of eggnog lattes (which inspired these eggnog latte truffles!) and my brother and I couldn’t get through a holiday without uttering the classic Christmas Vacation line.
“Can I refill your eggnog? Get you something to eat, drive you into the middle of nowhere, and leave you for dead?”
Because best. movie. ever.
Anyway, I now live in a home of eggnog haters. And by that I mean, my husband thinks eggnog is the devil’s work and I’m afraid to get my kids hooked on the ‘nog too young.
So every season, I’m stuck with a giant box of eggnog I bought with heart eyes the second it hit shelves. I use it in my coffee nearly every morning and sip half a cup plain before deciding I need to do something with it. To be honest, as much as I love it, I feel kind of gross drinking it straight.
Which brings us to eggnog PANCAKES!
While some families might have a huge Christmas feast or brunch, we were pretty simple as kids. Eggs, bacon, and pancakes decorated to look like snowmen, which is a tradition I’ve continued with my own kids. What better a place to use that extra than in eggnog pancakes!
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Tips for making the best eggnog pancakes
- Cook on low. The sugar in the eggnog makes the pancakes brown faster. To avoid burnt outsides and gooey insides, cook on medium, medium low depending on your cooking surface.
- Skip the sugar. You’ll see I haven’t added sugar to these – this is because, for my taste, eggnog has enough sweetness to carry the dish. If you want a sweeter pancake, add 1-2 tablespoons of sugar. I just serve with lightly sweetened whipped cream and syrup.
- Serve with homemade nutmeg whipped cream. Simply make it by whipping up heavy cream with 1-2 tablespoons of sugar and 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg,
- This doubles really well!
- Make ahead! To make breakfast even easier, cook these ahead of time. Then, just heat on a pan on the stove Christmas morning.
- I cook ALL pancakes in butter. It’s a rule in my house. I think the crispy edges are a million times better, which is why mine aren’t perfectly smooth or round. Feel free to cook in whatever you dig best.
These decadent eggnog pancakes are so delicious, you might want to serve them all year round. My boys inhaled them and I loved the light, sweet eggnog taste. It’s definitely not overpowering, just a hint of Christmas joy. They’re perfect even for people who aren’t huge eggnog fans
Whip up this easy Christmas breakfast item your whole family will beg you to make year after year!
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- 3/4 cup eggnog
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons butter melted
- 1 cup flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- Preheat pan or skillet to medium/medium low.
- Combine wet ingredients.
- Add in dry ingredients until just combined - some lumps are fine.
- Add butter to your pan or skillet and portion 1/3 cup scoops of pancake batter to the pan.
- Cook until bubbles appear on surface and flip, cooking an additional 2 minutes or so, until browned
You'll want to keep the heat low - the high sugar of the eggnog makes them brown very quickly.
If you want sweeter pancakes, feel free to add 1-2 tablespoons of sugar.
Serve with whipped cream sweetened with just a little bit of sugar and a dash of nutmeg, syrup, and, of course, sprinkles.
Okay, so tell me: do you love or hate eggnog? Let me know in the comments
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