Eggnog Caramel Sauce

Eggnog Caramel Sauce |
  • Eggnog Caramel Sauce
Posted on December 5, 2014

If you follow me on social media, then you may have seen that I’ve been having a little caramel making party this week. So far I’ve made over 100 jars of salted caramel sauce, all of which are going to be given away at Christmas time.

Suffice it to say, it’s been rather sticky week for me. I’ve had caramel sauce on my clothes, in my hair and all over my kitchen floor. But at this point, I’m well past the halfway mark, so I’m feeling pretty accomplished.

Eggnog Caramel Sauce |

In the midst of all these kitchen shenanigans, I got the idea to try and use eggnog to make the caramel sauce instead of the traditional plain heavy cream. And it worked! I also added in a pinch of cloves and nutmeg for an extra boost of eggnog-y flavors. And just like that, Eggnog Caramel Sauce was born!

Try my Eggnog Caramel Sauce on all your Holiday desserts. Or make extra and give it away as gifts!



Eggnog Caramel Sauce

Makes about 3/4 cup

Eggnog Caramel Sauce


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed and at room temperature
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 cup eggnog (use the full-fat kind)


  1. Spread the sugar out in the bottom of a heavy-bottom saucepan. Pour the water over the sugar and swirl the pan gently to moisten the sugar evenly with the water. Heat over medium-high heat, allowing the mixture to cook without stirring. It will bubble quite vigorously during this time. If it’s not cooking evenly, you can gently swirl the pan to mix it. Try to avoid stirring, if possible.
  2. After 6-10 minutes, the mixture will turn a deep caramel color. Once it gets to this stage, quickly but carefully remove it from the heat. Whisk in the cubed butter, cloves, nutmeg and salt. Then gradually whisk in the eggnog until smooth.
  3. Once the caramel sauce has cooled slightly, transfer it clean re-sealable containers (small mason jars work great for this). The caramel sauce can be stored in your refrigerator for several weeks.


  • Eggnog caramel sauce?! LOVE!! Such a great idea, Liz! I think I would have a hard time not eating the whole jar with just my spoon! Yum!


    • Thanks, Gayle. Such a simple idea, but makes a big difference in flavor!

  • 100 jars of salted caramel sauce?!!! WOW!!! you’ve had a busy week!!! I’ve had many “parties” by myself when prepping things or photographing things for the blog. . funny huh? 🙂 anyway, LOVE this eggnog caramel sauce . . love the twist!!!


    • Thanks, Alice! I guess this is the weird life of being a food blogger/recipe developer!

  • Love the sound of this! Salted caramel sauce in any form is a beautiful thing 🙂


    • It truly is, Jennifer!

  • OMG, I want to join the caramel party!! 100+ jars??! How do you live knowing there’s so much ooey gooey deliciousness right at your fingertips?! I’d be consuming caramel non-stop. Anyhoo, eggnog is one of my faves, and I’m all about this eggnog caramel sauce idea….lay it on me, sista!


    • Ha! It’s actually not that tempting after a while. I’m pretty sugared out at this moment!

  • Holy moly! You should open up your own little caramel sauce shop 🙂


    • Now that’s a great idea, Erin!

  • My ja-a-am! Want immediately. Over everything. Everything. All the things.


    • Yes. Drinking eggnog just seems so amateur now! XO

  • Eggnog caramel sauce??? WHY have I never heard of this before? I can already see the pancakes/ice cream/waffles/etc that I will be pouring this over. (And PS, 100 jars? Impressive!!)


    • I know, right? Seems kind of obvious. So I’m not sure why it took me this long to do it! But that is always the way it is with these things. Thanks, Kate!

  • 100 jars?! I had no idea you’ve made so many!! I’d probably look like an absolute hot mess if I had that task!


    • Yeah, at times it hasn’t been pretty!

  • Ooh ooh! Can I come to this party?! The eggnog swap sounds perfect for this time of year. So clever and festive!


    • Yes! You are totally invited to the party! I’ve got my dancing shoes on…:-)

  • You are a saint. Or a machine. Or a cyborg for the sheer numbers you’re busting out here!! Man!! Also – I’m in HEART with this!


    • Or totally crazy…it’s a fine line 🙂

  • Sounds delicious!! I can’t believe how busy you have been. It’s impressive!


    • Thanks, Mattie!!

  • OMG that is SO MUCH CARAMEL. Pretty sure it puts my apple butter making to shame! I love the idea of nogging it up!


    • Thanks, Joanne!! I’ll trade you some caramel for some apple butter. 🙂

  • Totally want this now!!


    • Thanks, Marla!

  • Amazing idea for caramel sauce, Liz, and I don’t know how one person can possibly make that much caramel sauce. You are awesome! pinned. 🙂


    • It’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it!

  • I need this eggnog caramel in my life… like right now!


    • Yes you do, Meagan! 🙂

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