Eggnog Panna Cotta Recipe

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Eggnog Panna Cotta is the most delicious make-ahead holiday dessert! It’s creamy and full of holiday flavor. This one is made with real eggnog and of course spiced rum!

Glass of eggnog panna cotta with a gingerbread man.

Whether you’re hosting a Christmas brunch or Christmas Eve dinner party, panna cotta is a wonderful dessert for any occasion! It’s a rich and creamy Italian dessert. We’ve always made this vanilla version and used it for the base of our eggnog panna cotta.

The only hard part about this recipe is letting it sit overnight! However, it also makes a wonderful make-ahead dessert for the holidays.

Panna cotta makes a wonderful addition to a holiday dessert table too!

For this recipe, we used store-bought eggnog which works great. When buying the eggnog, make sure it’s real eggnog. There are several options for low-fat, almond, vegan, etc. For the recipe to thicken it needs to be real, dairy eggnog.

WHAT IS PANNA COTTA MADE OF?

It’s a basic pudding that is made of dairy thickened with gelatin. It originated in Italy and its name literally means “cooked cream,” since the earliest versions were made of thick cream, sometimes thickened with fish bones… ahh!

Three glasses of eggnog panna cotta with gingerbread men on top.

HOW TO MAKE THE BEST PANNA COTTA – STEP BY STEP 

Ingredients

  • Eggnog
  • Heavy Cream
  • Spiced Rum
  • Sugar
  • Gelatin
  • Vanilla
  • Salt

Directions

  • Pour milk and eggnog into a saucepan. Sprinkle with gelatin and then set aside for ten minutes. 
Pan with cream and eggnog and gelatin setting to make eggnog panna cotta
  • Heat the milk to 140 degrees on medium heat for about 7 minutes. I brought mine to a boil for a few minutes as well.
  • Whisk constantly to remove any gelatin bumps and so the milk doesn’t burn.
  • This is an important step when making panna cotta as it will affect the thickening process. 
  • Also note, if you see little tiny bumps in the boiling process continue whisking and they will eventually melt. Sometimes the gelatin takes a little longer to fully melt away.
Pouring sugar into a medium sauce pan to make eggnog panna cotta
  • Turn off the heat and then add sugar, rum, salt, and vanilla. 
Pouring eggnog cream into glass to make panna cotta.
  • Pour the liquid into 6 small ramekins (or heatproof glasses) on a baking sheet and pour the cream into the cups.
Eggnog panna cotta set in pretty glasses.
  • Refrigerate about 6 hours until it’s a custard consistency.
  • Sprinkle with cinnamon and then garnish how you want!!
Eggnog Panna Cotta with a Gingerbread man on top.

We added little gingerbread men purchased at a store. Also, cinnamon sticks would be great as well as tiny gingerbread houses.

These tiny gingerbread sprinkles would be adorable too!

An Easy Make-Ahead Dessert

This dessert may look like a fancy five stars, but it’s so easy to make! 10 minutes prep and then 10 to cook, after that pop them in the fridge to set, perfect make-ahead desserts!

Creamy Eggnog Panna Cotta with cinnamon.

How long will panna cotta last in the refrigerator?

Refrigerate for at least 4-6 hours, or until completely set. This time will vary for every person as all of our refrigerators are at different temperatures in different areas.

If you like, top with fresh fruit, berries, berry sauce, or lemon curd. It can be covered with plastic wrap and refrigerated for up to 3 days.

Eggnog Panna Cotta with cinnamon sprinkled on the top and a little gingerbread man garnished.

TOP TIPS FOR THE BEST PANNA COTTA

  • Choose unflavored gelatin and make sure it has completely dissolved in your mix.
  • Avoid fruit with high bromelain content such as pineapples or kiwi. These types of fruit tend to affect how solid and smooth the panna cotta is. 
  • Simmer, don’t boil, when heating your base of cream and sugar. 

Another tip – when the cream sets it will have a slight film of cream over the top. This is totally fine, but you can also avoid it by adding a tiny piece of plastic wrap over the top (touching the cream) before putting it in the refrigerator. When the panna cotta sets, remove the plastic wrap and you will not have a layer over the top!

More Holiday Recipes You’ll Love!

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Italian Rainbow Cookies

Godiva Gingerbread Marshmallow Fluff

Let us know if you make our Eggnog Panna Cotta by leaving a comment and review below! We would love to hear your thoughts! Also, please tag @sugarandcharm on social so we can see what you make and share.

Eggnog Panna Cotta

Eggnog Panna Cotta is full of holiday spices and flavored with rum. It's an easy make-ahead dessert for Christmas!
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
1 day
Total Time: 1 day 20 minutes
Servings: 6 small servings
Calories: 427kcal
Author: Eden

Ingredients

  • 2 cups eggnog
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1.5 tbsp gelatin, measure half of the tablespoon for the extra 1/2 gelatin.
  • 7 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tbps spiced rum
  • 3/8 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Pour eggnog and heavy cream into a saucepan. Sprinkle with gelatin and then set aside for ten minutes.
  • Heat the milk to 140 degree. Medium heat for about 7 minutes. I brought mine to a boil for a minute too. Stir constantly so it won't burn or overboil.
  • Turn off the heat and then add sugar, rum, salt, and vanilla. 
  • Place 6 ramekins (or heatproof glass) on a baking sheet and pour the cream into them.
  • Refrigerate about 6 hours until it’s a custard consistency or overnight.
  • Sprinkle cinnamon on top, then garnish how you want. Cinnamon stick, tiny gingerbread man or house. So many cute ways to style your eggnog panna cotta!

Notes

The boiling point and process is very important when making panna cotta. Make sure it boils to at least 140 degrees. Let it boil for a few minutes as you constantly whisk so it won’t burn or over boil. 
Make sure the panna cotta is the texture of a thick pudding before serving. 
Make these the day before and let them set overnight. 
Use any storebought eggnog you prefer, but make sure it’s real eggnog with dairy.
Also note, if you see little tiny bumps in the boiling process continue whisking and they will eventually melt. Sometimes the gelatin takes a little longer to fully melt away.
Panna Cotta should be served in small glasses or ramekins as it’s a very rich dessert. A little goes a long way! 

Nutrition

Calories: 427kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 159mg | Sodium: 225mg | Potassium: 199mg | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 1341IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 162mg | Iron: 1mg
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3 thoughts on “Eggnog Panna Cotta Recipe”

  1. Interested in trying this recipe, but it doesn’t say when to add the sugar or the rum. The picture of the step as the custard comes off the heat, implies pouring sugar(there is way too much in that bowl to be the salt), is this the time to add the rum too?

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