Eggnog French Toast

Easy eggnog french toastConfession: I hated eggnog growing up. Do most kids like eggnog? It's sort of weird, right? It's super thick milk that tastes kind of egg-y. Not really kid-friendly.

Plus, lots of eggnogs tend to be spiked. Just for the record, that's not what I tried as a kid. I had the non-spiked version. But either way, I just didn't care for it. 

Easy eggnog french toast Honestly, it wasn't until I tried my first eggnog latte about three years ago that I got hooked. I try to keep the eggnog consumption to a minimum-ish during this season (mainly because there are too many good things to eat during the holidays). But every December I get in the mood to make something with eggnog.

Last year I made eggnog cinnamon rolls. Those are delicious, but they take a little while to make as the dough has yeast. So, I thought I'd make something easier this year. And french toast just sounded right. 🙂

How to make perfect french toastEggnog French Toast, serves 2-3.

6-8 thick pieces of (day old) bread
2 cups eggnog
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-3 tablespoons butter or oil

I'm not joking about day old bread. In my opinion that is the number one trick to making great french toast. Slice your bread thick and then leave it covered or in an open bag overnight (so it gets a little stale). If you just have stale bread on hand, then you're already there!

In a large bowl whisk together the eggnog, eggs, cinnamon, and vanilla extract. Dip the bread in the mixture so it becomes complete submerged (if you're mixture is too shallow, flip the bread so both sides get coated.

How to make eggnog french toastHeat a pan over medium heat. Add a tablespoon or two of butter or oil. I actually use a little bit of both because I prefer the taste of the butter but I like how the oil produces more crispy edges. You can choose your own adventure here. 

Cook the bread on each side for 3-4 minutes (or less depending on the thickness of your bread). Once the egg mixture looks cooked on both sides, remove to a plate and brush with a little melted butter (optional, but just do it).

Easy eggnog french toast  Continue until you have cooked all the bread into french toast. To keep the first pieces warm while you cook the rest, you can place them in a warm (200°F) oven. If you have a big, fancy griddle, then you won't have this issue. So… good for you (she said begrudgingly).

Just kidding. Make some french toast this week or weekend—tis the season! xo. Emma

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

  • Just made this for Christmas morning, so yummy! Everyone loved it, it will definitely be making some more appearances 😉

  • My Finacee works on Christmas Day, so what better breakfast to have ready for him when he gets home! Love these simple ideas xo

    Merry Christmas Gals!

  • How in 35 years have I never heard of the day-old-bread trick?!!? Thank you for making that tip stand out. I love french toast but hate it when it is too mushy. Can’t wait to try this! Pinned and ready for menu planning. Thanks!

  • Yum Yum….it sucks to be a foodie because you want things like this instantly!

  • Oh yum… I saw this post in the morning before breakfast. Now I know what I want 🙂

  • Ahh! This is so much like an old-fashioned Dutch recipe!

    We call them ‘wentelteefjes’ (free translation: turning ladies) and instead of using eggnog, which is not for sale in The Netherlands, we use milk. In the past, it was made so that people did not have to throw away stale bread.

    I love this and my boyfriend and I use to make this on holidays in France, with our old ‘pains’ 🙂

  • I always wanted to try eggnog since I’m old enough. So I tried some a few days ago at the Christmas market. It was awful.. To be fair it was a finished good, but some finished goods are really yummy. This one was not a good one.. Enough talk, I’m sorry.

    I was wondering, do you have a nice recipe? My Auntie and I we still want to try it at Christmas eve! 🙂

    Greetings from Germany


  • Oh my gosh. You guys are killing me!
    xoxo, Laura

  • I hated egg nog as a child, too. I tried it a few years ago and I still didn’t love it, but this recipes makes me want to give it another shot, as long as the egg nog issn’t too overwhelming. Who doesn’t love french toast?!

    M – Mocha and Moccasins

  • Egg nog? Really? Oh god, that looks like one of those things I would eat over and over, just because I can.

  • yummmm…..I’m going to try this with gluten free bread and coconut milk Eggnog…..

  • This looks so delish! I never liked eggnog either, and to this day will only drink it steamed. Cold eggnog is too eggy for me. But eggnog lattes are just about my favorite thing ever. Eggnog flavored anything, really. I can’t wait to try this french toast!

  • This sounds incredible. Just the name of the recipe has got my mouth watering!

    rae of love from berlin

  • This looks delicious! It’s 0:00 AM and now I’m hungry… I’m definitely going to try this!!!

  • My man has been a little down in the dumps the past couple of days and I think this is just the thing to perk him up – I’m totally going to surprise him with eggnog french toast tomorrow! 🙂

  • My dad loves egg nog! I may have to try this recipe out. 🙂

  • I can’t lie… this is my dream recipe.

    I love eggnog SO much that I named our new puppy (a mini dachshund) after the festive drink! I may have taken my obsession a bit far… My fiancé doesn’t exactly love shouting “eggnog!” at the dog park… hehe.

    Needless to say, I can’t wait to make this! xo

  • This looks so delicious! I would definitely try it. Thanks for sharing!

  • someone once shared with me a really good French toast trick you could also apply here – flip it lots of times! it get’s nice and caramelized that way, with a sweet crustiness that’s super good.

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  • How has eggnog french toast never crossed my mind before?!? This is brilliant!! Thanks for sharing another FAB idea! xo, D

  • This looks like the perfect dish for a breakfast brunch, and I’m guessing gone in no time!


  • This is a favorite at our house.

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  • This is such a brilliant idea! I made up a recipe for eggnog bread pudding last year that was so incredibly delicious. I imagine this would taste somewhat similar 🙂


  • I’m with you that I hated eggnog as a kid and it wasn’t until just a few years ago that I started to love it. This recipe looks so delicious – can’t wait to make it!

  • Last year I made your Eggnog Cinnamon Rolls and they were so delicious! A big hit at my house. I’ll have to try this recipe – easier does sound like a good idea this year; I might even say it sounds like a piece of cake!

  • You know, my 8 year old son love’s the stuff, But my 11 year old daughter does not. And for those who don’t like the thickness of Eggnog should try A.E. Milknog. Same flavor, and not as thick.

  • I’m not big into sweet breakfasts, but I do LOVE french toast! Thank you for sharing!!

  • This sounds amazing! I love eggnog and I love french toast, so this sounds like a match made in heaven to me. I’m thinking of maybe also trying it with brioche rather than bread? Or do you think that would be a little too indulgent? 😉

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