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Eggnog Cheesecake Bars

Anything eggnog-related always reminds me of the movie “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” – the scene where cousin Eddie is slurping it from the little reindeer glasses. I always wanted those reindeer glasses – so festive! We never drank much eggnog in our house growing up, but I managed to try it here and there over the years. I love the kick that it has, but more than drinking it, I love baking with it. Enter these cheesecake bars. A graham cracker crust topped with cheesecake filling that has eggnog, brandy and nutmeg in it (among other things) – talk about a real kick! If you’re making a dessert tray for a holiday party or Christmas, these definitely need to be included. Your guests will thank you :)

This cheesecake filling is creamy, smooth and, as you can imagine, packed with flavor. I had four different people taste these so far, and each one has literally been rendered speechless. All I got out of them were some grunts, “ooooh”, “mmmmm” and “Oh my God, this is amazing”. I translate that to four stars for sure.

They are addicting. And boozy. That’s what the holidays are all about, right?! Bring on the delicious merriment!

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Eggnog Cheesecake Bars

Yield: 18 bars

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Creamy cheesecake bars with a graham crust and spiked with eggnog.

Ingredients:

12 graham crackers, finely ground (1½ cups of crumbs)
¾ cup + 3 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
16 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
2 eggs
1 egg yolk
¾ cup eggnog
4 teaspoons brandy
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4½ teaspoons all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg, plus extra for dusting
¼ teaspoon salt

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter an 8-inch or 9-inch square baking pan, then line with parchment paper; set aside.

2. Stir together the graham cracker crumbs, 3 tablespoons of granulated sugar, and the melted butter. Press into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake until the crust is just brown around the edges, 12 to 15 minutes. Let cool.

3. Meanwhile, beat the cream cheese with a mixer on medium speed until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the remaining ¾ cup granulated sugar and beat for an additional couple of minutes, until smooth. Add the eggs and yolk, eggnog, brandy and vanilla and beat again until completely combined and smooth. Finally, beat in the flour, nutmeg and salt and mix until smooth.

4. Pour the filling over the crust. Set the pan in a larger pan (a 9x13-inch works for this), and add enough hot water to come halfway up the sides of the baking pan. Bake until just set, 40 to 45 minutes. Remove the baking pan from the water bath, and transfer to a wire rack. Let cool for 30 minutes, then refrigerate for at least 3 hours or overnight.

5. Cut into 1½x3-inch bars. Lightly dust the tops of the bars with freshly grated nutmeg just before serving. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Note: If you don't wish to use the brandy, you can simply omit it.

(Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart)

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78 Responses to “Eggnog Cheesecake Bars”

  1. Jen of My Tiny Oven on December 1, 2011 at 12:28 am

    These are so going on the list! YUM!

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  2. Maria on December 1, 2011 at 1:11 am

    Cheesecake bars is a great idea, you can make a ton of different kinds of them! And eggnog flavor is genious. *drools*

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  3. heather on December 1, 2011 at 3:32 am

    Cheesecake is one of my favorite desserts and these look delicious! I love how Christmas-y they are!

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  4. Kathryn on December 1, 2011 at 4:16 am

    This is such a great idea and I love how you’ve cut them up small into little bars. Makes it easier to justify eating about 8 of them ;)

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  5. Diana @ a girl, a dog & an oven on December 1, 2011 at 5:04 am

    Wow, this looks delicious! I love eggnog flavored festive treats!

    Btw, you can totally buy the moose mugs from Christmas Vacation…but they’re a little pricey. Totally awesome though!

    http://www.amazon.com/Officially-Licensed-National-Christmas-Vacation/dp/B003VK8Q20/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1322733608&sr=8-1

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    • Michelle on December 1st, 2011 at 6:31 pm

      Oooh totally awesome! I might treat myself to those, thank you for the link!

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  6. Jennifer@Peanut Butter and Peppers on December 1, 2011 at 7:06 am

    Oh boy this looks good! This would be perfect to serve at a party for Christmas! I just love cheesecake and adding Brandy! Sigh…. Can you come over and bake for me?

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  7. Elizabeth @TheBareMidriff on December 1, 2011 at 7:20 am

    Oh my gracious! You had me (as always) at eggnog! I would love to make these for a work party, but am thinking of skipping the brandy – do you think it would take too much away from the flavor?

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    • Michelle on December 1st, 2011 at 6:31 pm

      I don’t think so, there is still a ton of flavor from the eggnog.

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  8. Katrina on December 1, 2011 at 7:28 am

    These sound positively scrumptious!

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  9. Jen on December 1, 2011 at 8:10 am

    I’m the same exact way! Too thick to drink but perfect in place of cream in your favorite desserts.

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  10. brandy on December 1, 2011 at 9:39 am

    I’m not a fan of eggnog but I love eggnog flavored stuff! I can’t wait to make these!!!

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  11. Jen on December 1, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Why are you posting so many amazing recipes this week! I don’t know if I should :D or D:
    If I had cream cheese in the house, I’d be making these today. Alas, I do not, so I’m going to have to settle for Maria’s Mini Eggnog Donut Muffins that she posted on Two Peas and their Pod earlier this week for my eggnog baking fix. But these eggnog cheesecake bars will be next week…

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  12. Amber, RD on December 1, 2011 at 10:01 am

    I love baking with eggnong. I made a yummy eggnog cake with rum flavored buttercream frosting last night. But I’m not a fan of actually drinking the stuff. These cheesecake bars look great. Graham cracker crust: good. eggnog flavored cheesecake: good. Booze: awesome! Christmas parties, here I come!

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  13. kathleen on December 1, 2011 at 10:27 am

    For Christmas our family favorite is Bailey’s Irish Cream.

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  14. Sandi on December 1, 2011 at 10:31 am

    A scrumptious way to enjoy eggnog, away from the carton :)

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  15. Melissa K. on December 1, 2011 at 10:34 am

    These look amazing! I can’t wait to try them. I loooveee eggnog :)

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  16. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel on December 1, 2011 at 11:05 am

    I love making cheesecake items- this is perfect for a holiday party! And Nat’l Lampoons Christmas Vacation is such a classic! An absolute must watch at least once every year.

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  17. Tamara on December 1, 2011 at 11:06 am

    I have so many eggnog recipes to try. Maybe I’ll do a recipe or two a day. :-) I’m adding this one to my list.

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  18. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite on December 1, 2011 at 11:11 am

    I love both cheesecake and eggnog! I have actually been on the hunt for some great eggnog recipes, this one looks fantastic!

    Reply

  19. Robin on December 1, 2011 at 11:20 am

    My favorite winter beverage is Ghulwein! Became a fan of it while in Germany. So delicious!

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  20. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts on December 1, 2011 at 11:52 am

    What a great cheesecake dessert for the holidays! Boozy desserts are always the best!

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  21. Tammy on December 1, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    Hmm…thinking I may make these for my candy swap next week!

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  22. sue@ cakeballs, cookies and more on December 1, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Oh those sound so good, and you need the booze in them, it’s tradition;)

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  23. Lil on December 1, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    this sounds pretty delicious, have to give it a try as I love egg nog
    as I live in central europe I wanted to ask what cream cheese you use?

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    • Michelle on December 1st, 2011 at 6:33 pm

      Hi Lil, I use Philadelphia cream cheese (that’s a brand name).

      Reply

      • Lil on December 10th, 2011 at 8:03 am

        that’s good, I can find it here, thanks, I’ll give it a try

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  24. Cindy Lee on December 1, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Hot chocolate

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  25. Jessie on December 1, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    Does anyone know if it’s possible to make these as an actual cheesecake? If so, what would I have to do differently? I just bought my first springform pan and I’m dying to use it! :)

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  26. Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes on December 1, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    I am adding these on my list of things to make!!! YUM!!! And so Christmas-y :)

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  27. Brenda on December 1, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    I really hate those people who feel compelled to correct everyone and everything, BUT they’re MOOSE glasses, not reindeer!! LOL. Looks like another great recipe – love your blog (Uh. . . and Christmas Vacation . . . and mooses)

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  28. Paula on December 1, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    What a lovely holiday treat. The recipe sounds wonderful and the bars look beautiful. Cheers and pass the plate please :)

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  29. Heather @ Kids in the Sink on December 1, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    Ha we were just throwing around some ideas of a dessert inspired by that movie! There’s no better way to fully embrace Christmas than to start watching all the great movies and that one is definitely a favorite! These cheesecake bars look totally delicious! Actual cheesecake’s can be a bit hard to deal with but cheesecake bars? I’m in!

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  30. what katie's baking on December 1, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    i’m not a huge fan of eggnog, but i try to drink it every year. and the muted flavor of it in these bars makes me want to make these

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  31. Missy on December 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    These are a perfect holiday treat – would go well with my starbucks eggnog latte…yummm!

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  32. Ems on December 1, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    Shoot dang, these sound awesome.

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  33. Marty on December 1, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    Hot chocolate is definitely my winter drink of choice. With whipped cream. Yum.

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  34. Grubarazzi (@Grubarazzi) on December 1, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    Very cool idea, especially making them in to bars!

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  35. CouponClippingCook on December 1, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    Wow, these look so good. They are pretty too! So perfect for the holidays too.

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  36. Karen Boyle on December 1, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    Cold weather beverage of choice – hot spiced tea without a doubt!

    Reply

  37. Renee on December 1, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    You. Are. Amazing. And inspiring!!

    Reply

  38. Kelli on December 1, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    I am craving these…

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  39. LIz on December 1, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    Sugar cookies are def my holiday favorite, but these look like they might be a close second!

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  40. The Galley Gourmet on December 1, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    I drank way too much eggnog as a kid and I think that is why I can’t stomach it now– too heavy. But in bar form, they are just right. In fact we polished off a batch of eggnog cheesecake bars lastnight:P

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  41. Christine on December 2, 2011 at 12:11 am

    I’ve gotta make eggnog something this season, and this cheesecake looks like it would hit the spot… maybe with a chocolate-cinnamon crust!? :D

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  42. Lacy on December 2, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    Oh yum!! These sound delicious & a perfect recipe to use the leftover egg nog I have from making cookies. Awesome timing! :) Thanks for the recipe.

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  43. Sandra's Easy Cooking on December 3, 2011 at 12:23 am

    What a great looking bars, and what a awesome flavor! Yummy!
    Congrats on well deserved top 9!

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  44. Sandra on December 3, 2011 at 7:44 am

    Love boozy desserts, and Congratulations on Top 9!

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  45. Esther on December 3, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    These just made the top of my ‘to bake’ list. YOM.

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  46. Kim Bee on December 3, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    These are gorgeous. Congrats on top 9!

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  47. belle (tinkeringinthekitchen) on December 4, 2011 at 6:34 am

    Just come across this on Foodbuzz, Im so glad! Im just going to grab a coffee and sit down for some sunday morning reading!

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  48. Jess Gonzalez on December 4, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    You just took my favorite holiday drink…and turned it into a cheesecake bar.

    wow.

    Thank you for making my day. These will be the best present to make for my eggnog-aholic dad :D

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  49. Amy @ Gastronome Tart on December 5, 2011 at 11:46 am

    Eggnog AND cheesecake? Okay, win-win obviously! They look absolutely delicious!

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  50. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction on December 7, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    I love to bake with eggnog much more than I drink, as well… Though, lately I’ve started putting it in my coffee. Yum! These cheesecake bars look fabulous. I will definitely give them a try!

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  51. Kristin on December 8, 2011 at 10:51 am

    Just made these for a holiday party last weekend! Easy! They turned out fabulous and people loved them! I was hoping that the eggnog and brandy flavors would be more discernable though. People could taste a hint of something special in them, but couldn’t pinpoint the eggnog or brandy flavors. Any ideas on how to intensify the flavors next time? Regardless, I will be keeping this recipe in my rotation for sure! (Thank you for sharing it!)

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    • Michelle on December 8th, 2011 at 11:38 am

      Hi Kristin, That’s actually surprising because I thought the brandy was VERY pronounced in these bars, and everyone that I had try them (four different people) all said they tasted just like eggnog, that the flavor was really strong. Did you happen to buy a “light” or low-fat eggnog by any chance? I’m thinking maybe that could cause the flavor to not be as robust.

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      • Kristin on December 9th, 2011 at 8:57 am

        Thanks for the feedback, Michelle! Well, that settles it – I’ll just need to make them again (rats) during the holidays to test and tweak further. I think the eggnog was full-fat. I wonder if the brandy was the issue? I do know that I have a posse of taste testers poised to help me give them another go. Will try them again! Thank you again!

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  52. Peggy on December 9, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    I was actually discussing eggnog with some coworkers today. I’m not too big a fan of drinking it straight, but put it in some baked goods – and it does magic!

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  53. Ally on December 10, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    I wish everyone loved eggnog like I do! I am so excited about this recipe. I’m hoping to make some converts by trying this recipe on the naysayers! :)
    xo
    http://allykayler.blogspot.com/

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  54. Mona on December 11, 2011 at 10:17 am

    I just made these for a holiday party we went to last night. They were a huge hit! Creamy, delicious, and the egg nog flavor was definitely present but not overpowering for those who don’t adore eggnog as much as we do. (Eggnog pancakes, eggnog waffles, egg nog ice cream and I make egg nog kringla cookies every Christmas!) I skipped the brandy (worried that the flavor might be a turn off for the kids) and doubled the recipe for a 13″ square pan (the middle pan of a nested layer cake set.) I used the largest square for the water bath. It worked perfectly and made 40 bars. The freshly grated nutmeg on top definitely underlines the egg nog flavor. We loved it! Thanks for an amazing recipe!

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  55. Melissa on December 14, 2011 at 2:00 am

    Hi. Just wondering if you could substitute rum for the brandy? Will it still taste just as good?

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    • Michelle on December 14th, 2011 at 7:17 pm

      Oooh yes I think you could!

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    • nicole on December 15th, 2011 at 11:13 pm

      I usually use rum in eggnog cheesecake. I tried the recipe tonight and used rum instead of brandy. I also added an extra 1/4 cup of eggnog for the cheesecake and an extra 1/2 stick of melted butter for the crust.

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  56. Jessie on December 16, 2011 at 12:08 am

    Hey Nicole,

    Do you know how I could modify this recipe to make a cheesecake instead?

    Thanks!

    Reply

  57. Elizabeth on December 20, 2011 at 10:55 am

    Hi Michelle,
    I made these for my department’s Holiday Party, and they were a HUGE HIT. One question, though: My bars tasted really awesome, but they didn’t seem as set as yours do in your pictures above, and they were a little messier than I had hoped. Do you know what happened?
    Thanks,
    Elizabeth
    P.S. Awesome serving suggestion: I cut the bars up and set them on snowman-themed cupcake liners. Very festive, and perfect for handling!

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    • Michelle on December 20th, 2011 at 6:47 pm

      Hi Elizabeth, It sounds like maybe they weren’t baked long enough or chilled long enough. If it was the baking, could your oven maybe run a little cooler? (I always recommend using an oven thermometer to get an accurate temperature.) I’m glad you enjoyed them though, and love the idea of serving them in little cupcake liners!

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  58. Dena on December 28, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    I made these for Christmas and they were great! I used only the 1 Tablespoon of Brandy so they wouldn’t be overpoweringly boozy, but I couldn’t really even taste the Brandy so next time I’ll try the full amount. The eggnog flavor wasn’t overpowering either so that was good. Everyone who tried them liked them alot! I also didn’t have fresh nutmeg, but my “old” stuff worked fine. Thanks!

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  59. amanda on May 3, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    just wanted to let you know that i featured this recipe on my blog today! have a wonderful day!

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  60. sherilsl on August 22, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    I won’t be using the alcohol do I have to replace it with something else or will it be fine without it?

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    • Michelle on September 27th, 2012 at 12:07 pm

      You can just omit it and increase the vanilla extract to 2 teaspoons. Enjoy!

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  61. Lesley Mc Intosh on December 4, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    No eggnog here in Ibiza – would appreciate any suggestions for a substitute that would maintain that yummy eggnoggy flavour. Thank.

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  62. Anna K. on December 27, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    I made a batch of these to give to two sets of friends a couple days before Christmas and they were outstanding! I didn’t have brandy, but did have rum extract (from the Eggnog Fudge on this same site) so I used a tsp of that instead, plus plenty of fresh nutmeg. My only note to others is that it is a little tricky to get a very clean cut, even if you wipe off the knife each time. I might not give as gifts in the future (should have predicted this), but I will definitely MAKE in the future. Great recipe.

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  63. Erika on December 30, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    I’m planning on making these, but didn’t want to be stuck with a big bottle of brandy leftover, so I got brandy extract. According to online, the ratio is 1:5 (BE:B) – does that sound right? Or would I just add 4 tsps extract too?

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    • Michelle on December 31st, 2012 at 5:37 pm

      Hi Erika, I have never used brandy extract, so I would go with whatever the recommended conversion you found is.

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  64. Siri Zwemke on December 7, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    OH MY YOU KNOW WHAT! These are delicious!!!

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  65. Beckett @ Birchwood Pie on December 17, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    Excellent! I made these without alcohol for our company Christmas party and they were a big hit. Can’t wait to make them again with booze.

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  66. Laura T. on January 20, 2014 at 11:20 am

    Oh. My. Goodness. These are amazing. I substituted dark rum for the brandy because I typically spike my eggnog with rum anyways…SO good!

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