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Can you Freeze Eggnog

Can you Freeze Eggnog?

Can you freeze eggnog either homemade or store-bought? Eggnog is a popular holiday drink, especially in North America, prepared with milk, cream, sugar, egg yolks, and whipped egg whites, commonly consumed during the Christmas season. 

Usually flavored with spices like nutmeg and vanilla, including alcohol like brandy, rum, whisky, or bourbon.  

Eggnog-flavored cookies substitute some liquid (such as milk or cream) in the cookie recipe with eggnog.

Basic Eggnog cookie recipe

  • Unsalted butter softened
  • Granulated sugar
  • Eggnog 
  • Vanilla extract 
  • Nutmeg
  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
 

Eggnog Recipe

Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Mix the softened butter and granulated sugar until fluffy. Add the eggnog, vanilla extract, and nutmeg to the mixture. 

Whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to form a dough. Take a spoonful of cookie dough onto the prepared baking sheet, spacing 2 inches apart. 

Bake for about 10-12 minutes. Remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool on the baking sheet.

Can you freeze eggnog?

Yes, eggnog can be frozen, for up to six months. Take a container with a little extra space (about 1/2-inch of space from the top) for expansion during freezing. 

Store-bought or homemade, frozen eggnog should be stored for about 6 months, only if stored properly, otherwise, it becomes lumpy and watery when defrosting.

How long the eggnog last in the fridge

Homemade eggnog doesn’t last longer in the fridge as compared to store-bought. 

Normally, homemade eggnog stays good for a day, while store-bought can stay fresh for up to 7 days in the fridge and 4 to 6 months in the freezer, Keeping the fridge at 40 degrees Fahrenheit is best.

How to Freeze Eggnog:

For homemade eggnog

Cool the eggnog and then place it in a sealed plastic container. Keep some space for expansion, label it, and freeze it.

For store-bought eggnog

If it is unopened, put it in the freezer and keep the temperature below 0 degrees Fahrenheit for better results.

Can you heat eggnog in Microwave?

After the query “Can you freeze eggnog?” There must rise to be a question “Can you heat eggnog in the microwave?” Yes, you can reheat it in the microwave or on the stovetop. 

Frozen eggnog can be defrosted by moving it from the freezer to the fridge and thaw overnight. Do not place it at room temperature.

 Once thawed, ingredients start separating, which is normal. Stir it before reheating. 

Eggnog Cookie Recipe

There are many cookies made using the eggnog alternative to cream and milk in cookies. You can prepare eggnog snickerdoodle cookies using the given recipe and sugar cookie eggnog too.

Eggnog snickerdoodle cookies

Ingredients:

  • All-purpose flour
  • Cream of tartar
  • Baking soda
  • Unsalted butter
  • Granulated sugar
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 large egg plus 2 yolks
  • Rum extract
  • Freshly grated nutmeg

Eggnog snickerdoodle cookies

Take a medium bowl mix all-purpose flour, cream of tartar, and baking soda. 

In another bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, and salt until fluffy for about 3 to 4 minutes. Add the egg and egg yolks one by one. 

Add the rum extract, and beat for a minute or two. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and allow the dough to rest for about 10 minutes 

 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius). In a small bowl, add 50 grams of sugar with the freshly grated nutmeg to make a mixture.

 Make the dough into balls, and Roll each dough ball in the nutmeg-sugar mixture for even coating. Bake the cookies for 10 to 13 minutes. 

The cookies should be slightly puffed and just set when done. Allow the cookies to cool slightly on the baking sheets, they can be stored for up to 4 days in an airtight container at room temperature.

Conclusion

Eggnog is a seasonal drink, especially for the winter. Freeze it to enjoy it throughout the year. Store it properly by following the steps for thawing and reheating.

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