Hello, Friends & Happy Holidays to you all! I couldn’t be more excited to be here today sharing this recipe with you, because is there anything better than Christmastime? Holiday playlists are on repeat, twinkle lights are everywhere I look, and there are mountains of holiday cookies to be had. And since I’m a sucker for sweets, I’ve abandoned all hope of sticking to healthy choices this year. Bring on the celebrating! (Gym, I’ll see you in January.)
In case you’ve had enough of cookies (is that possible?), today we’re all about pudding. Eggnog is made with all of pudding’s star ingredients — dairy, eggs, sugar — so I figured why not build upon that foundation to create a delicious, creamy and easy holiday dessert? This recipe is semi-homemade and takes less than 30 minutes from start to chill time, which makes it perfect for the busy holiday season. And I don’t know about you guys but I’m waaaay behind on my Christmas shopping this year so I’ll take back all the extra time I can get.
I have to admit, I’m typically a homemade dessert all-the-way kind of gal. But this time of year, there never seem to be enough hours in the day, and I’ve begun to come to the realization that semi-homemade desserts definitely have a time and place. And this is the time and place. This semi-homemade beauty features eggnog pudding made from premade eggnog and then topped with store-bought sugar cookies. Now, the cookies don’t have to be store-bought. If your house is anything like mine, there are probably some homemade Christmas cookies sitting in a festive tin on your counter. Use them! Sugar cookies? Perfect. Gingerbread? Delicious, too. Whatever you have on hand will work, the purpose is to add a lovely dose of crunch and texture, so be creative!
Since eggnog is best (and most indulgent) when spiked with a little bourbon, I finished these pudding cups with a healthy dollop of bourbon and nutmeg-spiked homemade whipped cream. Yes, this is the only part of the recipe that I made from scratch, but homemade whipped cream is so simple and easy. Four ingredients, five minutes and you’ve got something that is far superior to the stuff from a can.
When combined into festive little pudding cups, this recipe provides the perfect balance of creamy, crunchy and holiday cheer. Enjoy and warmest wishes from my family to yours!
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