Fudgy Eggnog Bars with Eggnog Glaze

I’ve made versions of these bars with lemon, bananas, and pumpkin.

Now it’s time for the eggnog edition.

Fudgy Eggnog Bars with Eggnog Glaze -  The eggnog equivalent of fudgy brownies crossed with eggnog fudge! Best use ever of eggnog!!

I usually want one or two mugs of eggnog per season, and then find myself with a whole carton to use. That’s when it’s time to start baking with it.

Fudgy is the only word that describes the bars. They’re like biting into a piece of soft eggnog fudge that’s the eggnog equivalent of moist, fudgy brownies.

Fudgy Eggnog Bars with Eggnog Glaze -  The eggnog equivalent of fudgy brownies crossed with eggnog fudge! Best use ever of eggnog!!

They’re rich, soft, supremely moist, tooth-sinkingly dense, and satisfying. If you’re looking for a fluffy slice of eggnog bread, they’re not that. You could add a teaspoon of baking powder to give them some lift, but I’m partial to the dense, fudgy texture.

It’s an easy, no-mixer recipe that’s packed with big eggnog flavor. If you’re an eggnog fan, you’re going to love the bars. There’s eggnog in the batter, but it’s the eggnog glaze that just makes the bars. It adds such a huge additional boost of eggnog flavor.

After pouring the glaze over the warm bars, it seeps down and soaks in, and makes the bars even moister, softer, and fudgier.

Fudgy Eggnog Bars with Eggnog Glaze -  The eggnog equivalent of fudgy brownies crossed with eggnog fudge! Best use ever of eggnog!!

The cookie bars are what McCormick calls the ‘Cookies Reimagined trend‘ on their Flavor Forecast. It’s about taking classic cookie flavors and using them in a new form to create decadent, imaginative desserts. Move over traditional milk and cookies and make room for eggnog cookie bars.

Between the warming spices of cinnamon and nutmeg, coupled with the sweet eggnog glaze, the bars will instantly put you in the holiday spirit.

Fudgy Eggnog Bars with Eggnog Glaze -  The eggnog equivalent of fudgy brownies crossed with eggnog fudge! Best use ever of eggnog!!

Fudgy Eggnog Bars with Eggnog Glaze

Fudgy is the only word that describes the bars. They’re like biting into a piece of soft eggnog fudge that’s the eggnog equivalent of moist, fudgy brownies. They’re rich, soft, supremely moist, tooth-sinkingly dense, and satisfying. It’s an easy, no-mixer recipe that’s packed with big eggnog flavor. The eggnog glaze that just makes the bars and after pouring it over the warm bars, it seeps down and soaks in, and makes the bars even moister, softer, and fudgier. Bring your sweet tooth because they’re on the sweeter side. Between the warming spices of cinnamon and nutmeg, coupled with the sweet eggnog glaze, the bars will instantly put you in the holiday spirit.

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Ingredients:

Bars
3/4 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick), melted
1 large egg
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup eggnog (lite or low-fat okay)
2 teaspoons McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract (or McCormick Rum Extract)
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon McCormick Ground Cinnamon
1 teaspoon McCormick Ground Nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste

Glaze
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
about 1/3 cup eggnog, or as necessary for consistency
1/2 teaspoon McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract (or McCormick Rum Extract)
McCormick Ground Nutmeg, for sprinkling

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8-by-8-inch baking pan with aluminum foil, spray with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. Bars –  In a large, microwave-safe bowl add the white chocolate, butter, and heat to melt, about 2 minutes on high power. Stop to check and stir after 1 minute, and then heat in 20-second bursts, stopping to stir after each burst, until mixture can be stirred smooth. White chocolate is very prone to scorching and seizing up, so watch it carefully and don’t overheat.
  3. Wait momentarily before adding the egg so you don’t scramble it. Add the egg, sugar, eggnog, vanilla, and whisk until combined.
  4. Add the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and stir until just combined; don’t overmix.
  5. Turn batter out into prepared pan, smoothing the top lightly with a spatula.
  6. Bake for about 29 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out mostly clean, or with a few moist crumbs, but no batter; set aside and make the glaze.
  7. Glaze – In a medium bowl, add confectioners’ sugar, 1/3 cup eggnog, vanilla, and whisk until smooth. As necessary, add additional eggnog (or sugar) to reach desired glaze consistency. Glaze should be fairly thin and easily pourable.
  8. Evenly pour glaze over bars (they don’t have to be cooled completely), smoothing it lightly with a spatula if necessary, but glaze will likely just slide into place.
  9. Sprinkle with nutmeg as desired.
  10. Allow bars to cool in pan uncovered for at least 2 to 3 hours, (or overnight and cover with a sheet of foil) before slicing and serving so glaze can set up. Bars will keep airtight at room temperature for a few days (I’m comfortable storing glazed items at room temp for a few days; then move into the fridge if you have any left), or in the freezer for up to 6 months.

Adapted from Lemon Lemonies, Fudgy Banana Bars, Fudgy Pumpkin Bars

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51 comments on “Fudgy Eggnog Bars with Eggnog Glaze”

  1. It looks so fudgy I can barely handle it. You know the way to my heart, Averie! Pinned :)

  2. NO one can cut a bar as perfectly as YOU! I’m always wowed by those gorgeous squares! :)

  3. I love these!! I made my first batch of Eggnog this year and had a glass, then had loads left and too many ideas of things to make! I definitely think it’s amazing in baked goods, but I’m not sure I could drink tons of it – I love the taste, but I find it quite rich, so these are just perfect!

  4. Hi there, I made these tonight and wanted to let you know they were a huge hit! It was a test batch for Christmas, so my family is pleased they’ll be getting more soon! Thank you!!!!!

  5. OMG! I tried these fudgy eggnog bars yesterday, and wow! THEY ARE AMAZINGLY TASTY AND SOOOOOO GOOD, all my family like them :D
    It taste Christmas and it’s perfect, thank you for the recipe, i really love your blog ^_^

  6. Hi Averie,

    I’m very excited to create this recipe for our Christmas meal. The pictures are fantastic!! Since I live in a high altitude area, I’m wondering if I need to increase my oven temperature and decrease the time the dessert spends in the oven? Do you have any thoughts or feedback?

    Happy Holidays!

    • Honestly I live at sea level (San Diego) and have zero experience with altitude baking. I know there are lots of websites (I’d check out King Arthur flour’s tips on altitude baking) and then play it by ear. Sorry I just am way out of my element with altitude questions.

  7. I live in San Diego too!!! Love these fudgy bars! Shared them on google+! Thanks Averie!

  8. I made these for a holiday party. The recipe and pictures looked so good! But I was majorly disappointed with the outcome. The bars were dense, but they weren’t fudgy, so it was … just dense and think. Sat like a brick in the belly. The taste was bland. I feel like I did something wrong. Did it need baking powder or something? The glaze was good but I wish I’d poured out over something else. Help!

    • I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy the recipe. I tried to communicate as much possible what the texture of the bars was, as I made them and they worked out for me, but I’m sorry yours didn’t work out the same way.

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