Spiced Eggnog Muffins with Streusel Topping

I am not an eggnog fan. But these Spiced Eggnog Muffins with Streusel Topping absolutely thrill me!

Growing up, a carton of eggnog could always be found in the refrigerator during the holidays. I remember Mom, who is especially fond of nutmeg, giving herself rationed permission to indulge in this annual tradition.

But my avoidance of eggnog isn’t about the fat and cholesterol that Mom was concerned with. It all comes down to texture for me. It’s just a little too thick for me to drink straight-up. But I do like the flavor. Alot.  So eggnog makes the perfect baking ingredient for me during the holidays!

These eggnog muffins come together quickly, and would make your Christmas morning breakfast ever so fantastic. Our girls LOVE them. The muffins are extra moist and dense and flavorful from the eggnog. And then a crunchy little streusel, flecked with a bit more nutmeg, caps it all off. Streusel topping is my muffin joy. Merry, merry, merry to you and you and YOU!

Spiced Eggnog Muffins with Streusel Topping

Yield: 12 muffins


    for the muffins:
  • 2-1/4 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • pinch ground cloves
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 c. eggnog
  • 1/2 c. unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • for the streusel topping:
  • 1/3 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 c. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 T. butter, at room temperature


for the muffins:

Preheat oven to 375°. Line 12 regular size muffin cups with paper liners and set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Make a well in the center of flour mixture and set aside.

In another medium bowl, combine eggs, eggnog, butter, and vanilla. Add mixture all at once to flour mixture. Stir just until moistened. Batter will be a bit lumpy. Divide batter between prepared muffin cups.

for the streusel topping:

In a small bowl, combine flour, sugar, nutmeg, and salt. Using a rigid pastry blender or fork, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle topping over muffin batter.

Bake for about 18 minutes, or until golden and a wooden toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Remove from pan and serve warm.


Adapted from Midwest Living magazine, December 2008, originally from the Washington House Inn in Cedarburg, WI.

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39 Responses to “Spiced Eggnog Muffins with Streusel Topping”

  1. #
    Amanda — December 14, 2012 at 7:54 am

    I think I might have to try eggnog if they were in a delectable muffin! Great job!

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    Living The Sweet Life — December 14, 2012 at 7:55 am

    I’m not a huge fan of actually drinking eggnog either, but I love how it smells and it adds an added yum-factor to sweet treats, so I certainly know where you’re coming from. Delicious recipe, I love the streusel topping!!

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    Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — December 14, 2012 at 8:07 am

    oh these definitely thrill me! I looove eggnog! yum!

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    Sheila — December 14, 2012 at 9:04 am

    I’m with you on the texture of eggnog…if I may be frank, snot. It’s too thick. But yes for backing fabulous! These muffins look so good ; )

  5. #
    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — December 14, 2012 at 9:05 am

    Brenda these look so festive and filling :)

  6. #
    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — December 14, 2012 at 9:20 am

    I LOVE eggnog, but can never finish a whole glass–too rich! I bet these are just perfect. :)

  7. #
    Becca - Cookie Jar Treats — December 14, 2012 at 9:37 am

    I have never tried eggnog. But everyone keeps posting eggnog recipes that look so dang good, so I have promised myself to try a little bit this season. Hopefully I like the flavor because I have about 500 eggnog recipes I want to try :P These little muffins are absolutely adorable too!

  8. #
    Cassie | Bake Your Day — December 14, 2012 at 10:22 am

    I have never been an eggnog fan but you have convinced me to try it in sweets! Love it.

  9. #
    Paula - bell'alimento — December 14, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    I love eggnog in baked goods!

  10. #
    Anna (Hidden Ponies) — December 14, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    I just love these! I also love the flavour of eggnog but could never get past the texture to drink it – yeuch! These muffins look perfect, I am such a sucker for streusel topping :)

  11. #
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — December 14, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    If it’s an amazing muffin, I don’t even care what’s in them and these look amaaaazing!

  12. #
    Paula — December 14, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    Not an egg nog fan either but I trust you on these muffins. Besides, who can resist anything with a streusel topping?!

  13. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — December 14, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    I love a streusel topped muffin!

  14. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — December 15, 2012 at 5:18 am

    I adore the look of these! I like eggnog, but I totally understand why people don’t like it. Love the streusel on these too!

  15. #
    marla — December 15, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Wish we had these muffins for breakfast today!

  16. #
    Jenn — December 15, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    I think your recipe is missing the amount of butter in the streusel. I have the batter in my tins. I’ll have to wing it.

    • Brenda replied on December 16th, 2012 at 7:24 am

      My apologies, Jenn. I’ve added the 2 tablespoons butter to the recipe. Thank you for letting me know – hope you liked them!

  17. #
    Amanda — December 16, 2012 at 10:07 am

    OMG I bet these are amazing! I adore eggnog, these sound and look so good!

  18. #
    Family Foodie — December 17, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    This recipe looks amazing Brenda… I must try it this week. Your photography is absolutely breath taking!

  19. #
    Maria — December 19, 2012 at 7:46 am

    Love that streusel topping!

  20. #
    Marly — December 20, 2012 at 10:29 am

    This combines my two favorite things – eggnog and breakfast. Well, I can take or leave the breakfast part. Love this recipe and can’t wait to create a vegan version for the family!

  21. #
    Jen L | Tartine and Apron Strings — December 20, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    Hi, Brenda! I always see your blog name pop up in a common Pinterest group that we share! As soon as I saw these eggnog muffins, I knew I have to try them! I’ve never had eggnog before, much less bake with them! So, tonight, I’m going to try my hand at these. My husband has a christmas brunch potluck at the hospital he works at. Guess what they’re having for breakfast? These eggnog muffins! Will let you know how they turn out…

    • Brenda replied on December 22nd, 2012 at 12:04 pm

      Lovely! I hope you liked them, too! :)

  22. #
    Anne — December 26, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    I love drinking hot egg nog but not cold. I made these muffins to take home for Christmas and they turned out great! My dad does not like egg nog but liked these muffins. My mom decided not to tell him they had egg nog in them :). Thanks for a great recipe! I will definitely make these again next year.

    • Brenda replied on December 27th, 2012 at 5:01 pm

      I’m so glad that you (and your dad!) liked these. Thanks for coming back to let me know! :)

  23. #
    Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures — November 29, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    Delicious! I love eggnog!

    • Brenda replied on December 1st, 2013 at 6:20 pm

      These muffins are a must-make at our house during the holidays. I’m really not an eggnog fan, but I LOVE these muffins!!

  24. #
    Karen A. Broccolo — December 1, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    This was a great recipe, wonderful smell thru my home and really great flavour!
    I made these with a gluten free blend, added a tablespoon of spiced rum and the muffin was AMAZING!!! this will definitely be added to my collection of recipes!!

    thanks for a great recipe!!

    • Brenda replied on December 1st, 2013 at 6:18 pm

      Hi Karen! I’m so glad you liked these. I need to try adding some spiced rum, too! :)

  25. #
    Donna Dunning — December 9, 2013 at 7:22 am

    I am going to try these today. I make eggnog cookies every year but these sound great for the kids to grab and go. I will be adjusting it to make it gluten free but easily done. My kids renamed eggnog when they were little to Christmas milk. Now at 16 and 14 they still call it that.

    • Brenda replied on December 10th, 2013 at 10:29 am

      Oh, how I love that. Christmas milk. That’s awesome! :) I hope you liked these, Donna – so nice to hear from you!

  26. #
    Julia — January 5, 2015 at 10:12 am

    Just baked them and they are delightful! Very light and fluffy! Perhaps reducing the streusel recipe would be good, as I didn’t use it all up and I hate wasting!

    Also, they are very mild tasting and could use something to give them more flavor or texture, such as nuts or an egg nog drizzle.


  27. #
    Stephanie — December 11, 2015 at 10:24 pm

    Could this be made into a bread? I’m looking for a bread recipe for my boys teachers and I love these muffins.

    • Brenda replied on December 14th, 2015 at 5:06 pm

      Hello Stephanie. I’m sure it can be, but I have not experimented with that. If you give it a try, please let me know how it goes.

  28. #
    Alison — December 31, 2015 at 9:16 am

    These muffins are delicious! Love the subtle eggnog flavor and the stresuel topping while quite messy make the muffin! Great way to use up leftover eggnog.

    • Brenda replied on January 5th, 2016 at 7:23 pm

      I’m glad you liked these, Alison. Thanks for coming back to let me know! :)


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