Deep-Fried Eggnog Is The Seasonal Beverage You Didn't Even Know You Wanted — RECIPE

The holiday season is in full swing, which means there are Christmas cookies in the oven, candy canes hanging on the tree, and a delicious carton of eggnog stashed in the fridge. It isn't the holidays without a sweet, creamy, and preferably spiked glass of winter's most popular beverage, but this year, the question had to be asked: can you make deep-fried eggnog? From Oreos to butter balls to bacon, everything else can be fried, so why not your favorite holiday drink?

This year, our worlds were changed when we found out that fall's most beloved beverage, the pumpkin spice latte, is even better deep-fried. When eggnog hit the shelves this season, imaginations ran wild wondering if the thick, luscious Christmastime drink would be just as tasty eaten as it is sipped. Based on the fact that everything is better fried — and I mean everything — it's hard to imagine that eggnog, December's best seasonal offering, couldn't be improved, but I was feeling up to the challenge. A few failed experiments and a pot full of fry oil later, I discovered exactly how to fry your favorite holiday classic. It's a little messy and takes a bit of time, but it's well worth the effort.

Just when you thought eggnog couldn't get better, it does just that. It's a true Christmas miracle.


Eggnog Icing

  • 8 tbsp. butter
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2/3 cup thick eggnog
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Eggnog Balls

  • 1 cup eggnog icing
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/3 cup flour, plus more for coating
  • Oil, for frying


1. For eggnog icing, combine butter, powdered sugar, eggnog, nutmeg, and cinnamon in a mixing bowl. Mix until fully blended.

2. In a separate bowl, combine one cup of eggnog icing (save the rest for topping) with graham cracker crumbs and flour. Stir until well mixed.

3. Using your hands, roll mixture into balls, and coat with a light layer of flour.

4. Deep-fry eggnog balls in 350 degree oil for four to six minutes, until golden brown. Drain and cool on a paper towel.

5. Once slightly cooled, drizzle eggnog balls with any leftover eggnog icing. Serve warm.

The Verdict

Move over, spiked eggnog, because there's a new and improved version of a holiday classic in town, and it's of the deep-fried variety. Sweet, rich, and crunchy, the fried eggnog balls are everything you love about the seasonal beverage and more. It's a decadent dessert perfect for the holidays, but be prepared, because these are addicting.

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