Alright, we made it through Thanksgiving and I am more than ready to transition into holiday fun! Around this time of year, it seems that everyone can place themselves in one of two categories: eggnog lovers and eggnog haters. I, for one, am an eggnog lover. I probably only end up drinking one straight glass of the stuff to get my fill each year, but the past few years I have come to realize that as good as it is straight, it is absolutely wonderful in baked goods.

At this time of year when we’re all looking for some special sweet treat to share in goodie bags or on holiday tables, I give you these creamy eggnog crumb bars. They combine two of the best things about the season into one awesome dessert. I had a lot of taste testers for this particular recipe and they were a huge hit all around. If you haven’t tried before, grate whole nutmeg for these rather than using the pre-grated stuff. It definitely enhances the flavor. Happy baking!


For the dough:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • ¾ tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. coarse salt
  • ½ tsp. grated nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp. cinnamon
  • 12 tbsp. (6 oz.) cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 6 tbsp. eggnog

For the filling: 

  • 8 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup eggnog
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract


  • 01

    Preheat the oven to 350˚ F.  Line an 8 x 8-inch baking pan with foil or parchment paper.  To make the dough, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon in a medium mixing bowl and stir to blend.  Add in the butter pieces and cut into the dry ingredients using a pastry cutter or two knives until the mixture resembles coarse meal.  Add in the eggnog and stir with a fork or knead very briefly just until a crumbly dough comes together.

  • 02

    Transfer about two thirds of the dough mixture to the prepared baking pan and press down into an even layer. To make the filling, combine the cream cheese and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer. Beat on medium-high speed until smooth, light and fluffy. Blend in the egg, then the eggnog and vanilla until smooth. Pour the mixture over the layer of dough in the baking pan. Crumble the reserved dough and dot over the eggnog mixture.

  • 03

    Bake, rotating the pan halfway through baking, until just set, about 25 minutes total. Let cool to room temperature on a wire rack, then chill well before slicing and serving.
  • Oh Annie, these are perfect for the holidays! So delicious.

  • Clearly I need these in my life! They look incredible!

  • I have always wanted to bake with eggnog, but never have. I’m sure the fresh nutmeg sends them over the edge of deliciousness!

  • Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe

    Annie, these look amazing! What a perfect holiday treat!

  • Chris

    Oh, my. That looks very rich, as eggnog of course is already. Is it really 12 tablespoons of butter for an 8×8 pan? Skip dinner, and go straight for these is my plan!

  • Pam

    I classify myself as an eggnog hater (although it has been many years since I have tried it, perhaps my tastebuds have changed). With that being said, my husband adores eggnog and this looks like a perfect surprise treat for him. They look great!

  • Lindsay Weaver

    Yummmmmm!!!! Any idea if these would freeze well?

  • First, I LOVE your polka dot gold plate!

    Second, I must confess that I am an eggnog hater. It’s not really my fault, having been born and raised in the UK it’s not really a thing over here, it’s more a fear of the creamy, yellowy unknown. I’m sure it will creep over soon (we got black friday now!). But these bars do look delicious!

  • annieseats

    I haven’t tried but I think they would freeze just fine.

  • Joanne Voth

    I love eggnog, and these bars look amazing! Thanks Annie!

  • Michelle

    ooh!! Love eggnog. Going on my treat list for sure this holiday.

  • I made these last night, and they are delicious! I pulled mine out too early, so the middle was a little soupy (my fault) even after chilling, but I’m still going to make them again. Such a fun addition to a Christmas party…or any day you need a little celebration :)

  • These look delicious! I just made my first batch of eggnog yesterday and I love it, so now I’m looking for things to make and these look perfect!

  • Wow, these sound incredible. Can’t wait to make them!

  • Tracy

    I love eggnog desserts but they are never eggnog-y enough, these look like they might have enough eggnog flavor!

  • Francesca @ Love.Bake.Read

    My hubby would absolutely love these! Sounds like a lovely Christmas dessert option.

  • Eggnog is a bit too sweet for me to drink all on it’s own, but I have no problems with eating it in cheesecake bar form!

  • Mary

    I cooked mine a lot longer – maybe fifteen minutes – to get them set. Check every few minutes after the indicated cooking time.

  • Jess @ Floptimism

    Tray, I completely agree! I’m always so hesitant with eggnog desserts because they never quite live up to my expectations. I feel like having the eggnog in the frosting, not just the batter, in this one is promising.

  • Amanda Tutor

    I am not an eggnog fan but my husband is, well, I made these this week and I am a fan! Thanks for making me try something new! Still not going to drink a glass but I will bake with eggnog again!

  • Robyn Newton

    I made these and they were lovely! the only thing I changed was. to add more freshly ground nutmeg and eliminate the cinnamon”. They were enjoyed by colleagues at an impromptu Christmas brunch.

  • Kat Moore

    Made these for a Christmas party this year — huge hit, Annie! You always make me look so good :)

  • Annie

    So glad to hear that!