It's a time of year that many people look forward to — eggnog time! So, what can you do with that eggnog after the party is over? We've got you! Use our recipe and your leftovers to throw together some eggnog French toast. It's SOOOO yummy!

french toast on a plate with powdered sugar and maple syrup from Shelf Cooking

Love eggnog (do we even need to ask)? So what can you do with all of that extra eggnog when you're over having to drink it? What about all of that bread you didn't use for Thanksgiving stuffing? We've all been there, right? You're putting all your creative juices into figuring out how to combine that mish-mash of ingredients on-hand into something edible.

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This delicious recipe was born out of just such a moment. Imagine gathering the ingredients to make French toast for your family. You've got the ingredients… and even if you don't have an egg in your house, you're still a-okay! That's because a half-used carton of eggnog was in the fridge ready to be used in a pinch. Voila! An easy-peasy new take on a delicious breakfast dish.


rustic bread with butter and a knife from Shelf Cooking

If you've got leftover bread sitting around and wonder which one will work best for your French toast, here are the best options:

  • Challah – This egg bread doesn't usually contain dairy and holds up well for French Toast (firm exterior and a nice soft inside).
  • Brioche – This is a sturdier version of sandwich bread with a buttery taste that is oh so delicious.
  • Cinnamon Bread – We love getting a loaf of cinnamon or cinnamon and raisin bread from our local bakery and mixing it up into French toast.
  • Homemade Bread – We love making up a loaf of homemade bread for French toast so we can slice it ourselves and control the size of the slices.

Let's be honest. We've never met a slice of French toast that we wouldn't eat and didn't like. Use these options for bread if you have them on hand, but really any bread will do.


The epitome of shelf cooking is making extra and freezing it properly for another time! To keep some for later, flash freeze the slices of cooked French toast on a cookie sheet in a single layer. Then bag the French toast in a freezer bag, label the bag, and add the date.

To re-heat, pop a couple of frozen French toast slices in the toaster. You can also microwave your frozen French toast to reheat it prior to serving.


monte cristo sandwich made from french toast from Shelf Cooking

If you have leftovers after breakfast and don't want to let them go to waste, then try out one of these UH-MAZING options with those French toast slices. You won't regret it.

  • Monte Cristo Sandwiches – Take those leftover slices of French Toast and add some sliced ham, swiss cheese, and dijon mustard. Then toast under the broiler or in a toaster oven and dust with powdered sugar to make a yummy Monte Cristo sandwich.
  • Breakfast Trifle – Break up your toast leftovers into cubes and combine in a glass with yogurt, fresh fruit, and granola for a yummy breakfast parfait trifle.
  • Bread Pudding – Use your leftover slices of French toast to whip up this tasty bread pudding from A Southern Soul.

You're really doing your shelf cooking community proud by using the leftover eggnog for your toast and THEN using your leftover toast for another recipe after that. Now THAT's impressive! Well done, you!


This eggnog French toast is just as good as the original with a twist. For all you non-eggnog lovers out there, don't worry! This recipe tastes absolutely nothing like eggnog.

french toast from Shelf Cooking

Eggnog French Toast Recipe

Keep this recipe simple by topping with butter and syrup or make it even better by adding powdered sugar.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 4 Slices


  • 2 cups eggnog
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • 4 slices bread


  • Add eggnog to a shallow dish.
  • Dip bread in eggnog, turning to coat both sides evenly.
  • Cook bread slices in a greased skillet over medium heat until browned on both sides.
  • Serve with butter and syrup.
Keyword easy breakfast

So yummy, right? And who knew French toast could be that dang easy?

We'd love to hear if you taste the eggnog in your eggnog french toast. When you have extra french toast, what do you do with the leftovers? Leave a comment below and share with us!

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