Eggnog ice cream pie is a cool and creamy, no bake holiday dessert your family will love! It’s an easy make ahead recipe for your Christmas celebrations.
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Christmas is my favorite holiday–from the festive decorations and lights to the family gatherings to the plethora or tasty treats.
Yes, Christmas desserts make my heart sing.
But sometimes, all of those desserts can be a bit much. Traditional pies and cookies can have a tendency to be a little heavy after a big meal.
Sometimes, something a little lighter is in order.
And around Christmas, I have a thing for eggnog desserts (I also have a thing for eggnog breakfasts that could be desserts, like this eggnog pecan baked french toast).
So this eggnog ice cream pie was born.
I’ve made classic eggnog pie before, and I love it. So this year, I decided to adapt that recipe and combine it with my sweet cream ice cream recipe to create this delicious eggnog ice cream pie.
I know, it seems a little counterintuitive to enjoy a frozen dessert at Christmas time. But trust me–the holiday flavors are there, and it’s a nice departure from the norm.
(And as someone who lived in Florida for years, I know that Christmas isn’t cold everywhere, so an ice cream pie can be just the ticket!).
A storebought crust speeds up the preparation, and mixing together a few ingredients yields a yummy, creamy filling that is frozen to cool perfection.
It’s also wonderful to be able to make a dessert ahead of time, which simplifies the preparation for a holiday dinner.
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How to Make Easy Eggnog Ice Cream Pie
You’ll start by whisking together some instant pudding mix, eggnog, and nutmeg. Whisk for a couple of minutes, until the mixture begins to thicken.
Next, use a stand mixer (or electric hand mixer) to whip the whipping cream until it’s nice and fluffy and stiff peaks form.
Gently fold the sweetened condensed milk into the whipped cream. Then, gently fold the whipped cream mixture into the pudding mixture. You want everything combined to the point that there are no yellow and white streaks, but it’s a uniform pale yellow color.
Once the filling is prepared, pour it into the graham cracker crust. Depending on how fluffy your cream whipped up and how much it deflated when combining it with the pudding, you may have extra filling. See below for my suggestions on what to do with any extra filling.
Can I Make Eggnog Ice Cream Instead of Pie?
Yes! This filling actually makes an excellent eggnog ice cream, so if you’re not feeling pie or don’t have a pie crust handy, you can prepare the filling and pour it into a freezer safe container.
Freeze it for at least 4-6 hours, then enjoy it with some Christmas cookies!
Even More Holiday Desserts to Try:
- Bite-Size Pecan Pickups
- Gingerbread with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting
- Homemade Peppermint Swirl Marshmallows
Notes and Adaptations for No Bake Eggnog Ice Cream Pie
- This makes enough filling to fill a 9-oz, 10-inch crust (with a little bit of leftover filling most likely). I like to pile the filling in my 10-inch crust as high as I can, and put the extra filling in a freezer-safe container and freeze it as ice cream. Alternatively, you could use two 6-oz, 9-inch graham cracker crusts and divide the filling between the two. The filling will not be piled as high, but this is an option if you prefer.
- Along the lines of the note above, you can forgo making pies at all and just use the filling as a delicious eggnog ice cream. Perfect for pairing with Christmas cookies!
- Feel free to pipe whipped cream on top in a pretty design, or just use a dollop.
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Inspired by The Domestic Rebel
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