Turning eggnog into condensed eggnog similar to sweetened condensed milk, make these Eggnog Macaroons decadently delicious and packed with amazing eggnog flavor.
Eggnog is like cilantro. You either love it or hate it. At least that’s been my experience. I love it. My husband, not so much. I think it’s all the nutmeg.
I was even more convinced of this when we had a debate on the #SundaySupper Facebook group. We were voting about what this event was going to be. There was holiday drinks, cookies, or eggnog.
Since I was doing cookies for another event, I was rooting for holiday drinks. I know eggnog can be trying at times. It’s not easy to make a recipe based on something that is love or hate with most people. I honestly haven’t heard someone say, “Eggnog? It’s okay.” It’s either, “Nope! Can’t stand it?” or “Can’t get enough of that delicious beverage!”
For me, I went down a few paths with this event. I was going to make a cocktail. Then I was going to bake some cookies. Which I sort of did, but in a more unconventional format.
I don’t know why macaroons came into mind. It’s definitely not something that comes to mind when you think of eggnog. It’s something you associate with coconut, caramel, and maybe chocolate. Most assuredly not eggnog.
But here’s the kicker. I knew I could make sweetened condensed milk. It’s sugar and milk that you simmer until thickened. Simple as that. Then I thought, “Why not try to make some condensed eggnog?”
Why wouldn’t that work? It has sugar in it already. It’s made from some sort of dairy product, right? And eggs? So, it could easily thicken and have the same consistency as sweetened condensed milk. And it did.
So, yeah, sweetened condensed eggnog is a thing. I highly recommend it. It could easily be served by itself or used like a pastry cream. I had issues trying not to eat the whole pan with a spoon. It was delicious.
Just look at that golden color! That’s all from the eggnog. I had no idea when I started down this path that these macaroons would have such an intense color. They’re almost too pretty to eat. I said ALMOST!
And just because everything tastes better with chocolate, I dipped half of these in chocolate. It’s not necessary and you could totally skip that part. But they do look decadent, don’t they? With that layer of chocolate surrounding that eggnog macaroon cookie. I think I need to have another one…
What’s your thoughts on eggnog? Love it? Hate it? Drink it or cook with it?