Cranberry Eggnog Bread

This delicious Cranberry Eggnog Bread is perfect for breakfast, brunch, a snack or dessert. This Christmas bread tastes just like the holidays.

Cranberry Eggnog Bread

I made the mistake recently of asking aloud what holiday baking I should make next. Immediately I got requests for my Eggnog Cookies and Eggnog Cupcakes. The kids also love decorating their own Eggnog Donuts.

While I wanted to refrain from making the usual, I did notice a theme here. Eggnog is officially in stores and screaming to be consumed! While it’s good for drinking as is, how often do you use eggnog as a baking ingredient?

While I love to make loaves like Banana Bread and Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread, this recipe is a tasty and flavourful holiday bread that is perfect for this time of year.

Quick and easy to make, this Eggnog Bread recipe has a taste that is all about the holidays. I love a slice of this holiday bread in the morning with a cup of coffee and my homemade eggnog coffee creamer – Powdered Eggnog Creamer. YUM.

With eggnog, cranberries, vanilla and nutmeg – I couldn’t think of a better Christmas loaf than this eggnog bread.

cranberry eggnog Christmas bread

How to Make Cranberry Eggnog Bread

Making this Eggnog Bread recipe is simple. It’s a mix the ingredients and dump recipe for sure.

For this recipe, I used fresh cranberries cut in half, because it was on sale at our local grocer. Though you could use dried cranberries in a pinch. Not only do they add that seasonal taste, but the tart cranberries also cut the sweetness.

Plus, the icing on this loaf is totally optional. Without, you have a moist flavourful bread that is both sweet and tart.

The optional icing is made with icing sugar and eggnog, so not only does it pair amazingly well with this loaf, it also gives it that dessert taste. Personally, I’m all over this icing.

This is why I say this easy Christmas loaf recipe is great for breakfast, brunch, a snack or dessert. It would also make a wonderful hostess gift or a potluck item during the holidays.

cranberry vanilla eggnog bread

Do you Refrigerate Cranberry Eggnog Bread?

This eggnog bread does not need to be refrigerated. Store this completely cooled bread at room temperature and tightly sealed. It’ll keep for 3-4 days.

After I make my Cranberry Eggnog Bread Recipe {and if it’s staying with us at home}, I use a larger taller airtight container to store. This ensure all that great icing stays on the loaf.

vanilla cranberry eggnog loaf

Can you Freeze Eggnog Bread?

Yes, you sure can! Once the bread is cooled, tightly wrap in plenty of plastic wrap or in a freezer ziploc bag. If doing so, I’d wait and ice the loaf after unthawing, so that it doesn’t come off on the wrap.

With this recipe you also have the option of using the bread batter to instead make muffins or mini-loafs. Of course remember that bake time will vary in doing so. Keep an eye on it, and when an inserted toothpick or knife comes out clean, it’s done.

I like to let my loaf rest in the pan before transferring to a cooking rack, so that it all settles and forms before moving.

So, here’s to the season. Eggnog anyone? This Cranberry Eggnog Bread brings all the wonderful flavors of the season into a perfect bread waiting to be enjoyed.

cranberry eggnog bread recipe with eggnog icing

For your baking tray or next holiday gathering, here are more holiday recipes to try.

And if you love delicious easy eggnog recipes, you have to try my favorite Christmas cookies, Eggnog Cookies. Better yet, these amazing Eggnog Cupcakes are perfect for any holiday parties you’ll attend this year.

cranberry eggnog Christmas bread

Cranberry Eggnog Bread

Yield: 1 loaf
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes

This delicious Cranberry Eggnog Bread is perfect for breakfast, brunch, a snack or dessert. This Christmas bread tastes just like the holidays.



  • 1 box instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp rum extract
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cup eggnog
  • 2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 1/4 cup fresh cranberries, chopped or at least cut in half


  • 1/4 cup eggnog
  • 1 1/4 cup icing sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 and grease a loaf baking pan with non-stick baking spray
  2. Add the instant pudding mix, sugar and butter into a bowl and cream together using a wooden spoon or a spatula
  3. Add the eggs, both extracts and cream again. Then add the eggnog and stir.
  4. In another bowl, add together the flour, baking powder and nutmeg. Then add the dry mixture to the batter mixture until combined.
  5. Fold in the cranberries and fill the baking pan.
  6. Bake for 60-80 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick or knife comes out clean from the centre.
  7. Remove from the oven and allow the bread to cool in the pan before taking it out of the pan
  8. TO GLAZE: mix the eggnog and icing sugar together in a bowl. Add more or less icing sugar depending on how thick you want the icing.
  9. Pour over the loaf or poke holes in the bread to allow some of the icing to seep in.
  10. Slice and enjoy!


  • - The cranberries can be left whole, sliced in half or chopped based on preference.
  • - Use this batter to make muffins or mini-loafs. Yet, adjust bake time to suit.
  • - See notes in post on storing and freezing
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 417Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 88mgSodium: 353mgCarbohydrates: 70gFiber: 1gSugar: 47gProtein: 6g

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  1. Ok! This is definitely on my list to make.. I love eggnog and cranberries. Also love that I can freeze it. Can’t wait. Thanks for thie recipe Tammi.

  2. I’ve never seen or tasted anything like this! It looks so incredibly moist & I just know I would love all those flavors together. I like too that this is something so different & a great way to utilize cranberries this season!

  3. I just printed the recipe for Cranberry Eggnog Bread…it looks so yummy and easy to make! Can’t wait to taste it!

  4. Wow that looks amazing I have only used eggnog to drink and as a add to rum for a nice holiday drink never thought of baking with it.

  5. This not only sounds delicious it looks it too, can you hear my stomach grumbling?

  6. This sounds perfect for the holidays, I am going to print it off and add to my baking list!

  7. This sounds very tasty, the perfect holiday treat!! one of these days I would love to make a fruitcake, that is my favourite treat for the holidays!!

  8. This combination sounds delicious. Just printed and pinned the recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  9. I just enjoy recipes that can be frozen – especially when I have a lot of guest who bring nothing. My sister is the only one who brings over fresh desserts.

  10. This was absolutely delicious! I only added some grated orange rind as I had one to use. It’s very flavorful and look forward to making a second one soon.

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