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Eggnog Custard & Desserts 4 Today Cookbook

I’ve been following Abby Dodge’s recipes in Fine Cooking and other magazines for a very long time. It seems like every time I spot a cookie recipe that I want to make, I take a peek at who the recipe author is… and lo-and-behold it’s Abigail Johnson Dodge. Abby is a former pastry chef and a baking expert. I respect and admire her greatly, and I appreciate that she takes the time to answer my endless questions about baking that I direct her way on Twitter. One of these days, I’m going to meet this gal :)

Desserts 4 Today- Flavorful Desserts with just FOUR ingredients, is Abigail Dodge’s latest cookbook. It’s hard enough for me to think up a recipe to make that has just four ingredients, but Abby managed to come up with a whole cookbook full of dessert recipes- all made with only 4 ingredients! Chapters are divided into cookies, creamy desserts, frozen desserts, fruit desserts and pastry desserts. Abby designed the book to be a straightforward, non-nonsense collection of recipes with tips, hints and variations for every recipe. It’s tough to say that you don’t have time to make dessert when you’ve got this book at hand. I gave it a test-drive yesterday, and whipped up Spiked Eggnog Custard in just 5 minutes.

I drool over eggnog and I enjoy custard, so this dessert was a welcomed treat. I loved the fact that I didn’t need to do anything fancy, aside from grating a little bit of fresh nutmeg on top. If you’re not a fan of booze in your eggnog, Abby suggests a switch-in alternative of vanilla extract in place of the alcohol.

Abby shows you how to make her Peppermint Meringue Kisses (great for holiday baking) in the following instructional video.

Win a copy of Abby Dodge’s Desserts 4 Today cookbook by leaving a comment below. Tell me something you might like to bake for the holidays this year. This giveaway is now closed.Β  Here’s the winner- picked via

The winner is commenter #8: Amanda, who says that she wants to make gingerbread cookies this holiday season! Congrats & thanks to all for entering!

You can purchase the cookbook here: Desserts 4 Today.

The recipe for the custard can be found here: Spiked Eggnog Custard.

165 Responses to “Eggnog Custard & Desserts 4 Today Cookbook”

  1. postedNov 29, 2010 3:41 AM
    Linda H.

    I’m in Brazil for my semester abroad right now and will fly home for christmas so I do not have much time to bake for my family, but I will definitely bake some of the greatest brazilian treats to enjoy them this christmas.

  2. postedNov 29, 2010 4:27 AM

    is it bad that i want spiked eggnog custard at 5:30 in the morning?! hope not :)

  3. postedNov 29, 2010 4:50 AM

    I plan on making some tiger fudge. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

  4. postedNov 29, 2010 4:51 AM

    I am baking so much! My new cookie this year is Sweet and Salty Butter Pecan cookies.

  5. postedNov 29, 2010 5:01 AM

    I’d like to make toffee this holiday and do some baking too. My oven is currently converted to Judaism and everyday is the sabbath so once it’s converted back I’ll use my oven again and do some baking.

  6. postedNov 29, 2010 5:03 AM

    i have a lot of cookies that i want to make this year, i don’t even know where to start!

  7. postedNov 29, 2010 5:55 AM

    I want to try and make rosettes this year. I bought a kit last year but have yet to use it. Wish me luck! :)

  8. postedNov 29, 2010 6:12 AM

    I love making gingerbread cookies πŸ˜€ That eggnog custard looks awesome too…might have to try that!

  9. postedNov 29, 2010 6:21 AM

    I have lots of cookies on my agenda but I want to attempt fudge again this year. I think my recipe was a dud.

  10. postedNov 29, 2010 6:23 AM

    I’d like to bake anise cookies for Christmas and try making them gluten-free for the first year. They’re my favorite by far.

  11. postedNov 29, 2010 6:23 AM

    I love making bars and cookies and Im always looking for new ideas.

  12. postedNov 29, 2010 6:32 AM

    I’ve never made molasses cookies so this year I’ll be making some!

  13. postedNov 29, 2010 6:34 AM

    This looks awesome! I’ve been meaning to put some eggnog to great use, such a great flavor in baked goodies!

  14. postedNov 29, 2010 6:38 AM

    Some of the things that I make during the holiday season in keeping with the flavor of the season is eggnog bread and I also make eggnog cheesecake bars.
    msgb245 at gmail dot com

  15. postedNov 29, 2010 6:44 AM

    I am thinking of making rum balls this year!!

  16. postedNov 29, 2010 7:10 AM

    Oh, this custard sounds amazing! THIS is what I would like to make for the holidays this year!

  17. postedNov 29, 2010 7:33 AM

    I always do edible gifts for my family at Christmas. I usually do different cookies depending on each person’t personal preferences. But, this year, I think I’ll try candy like bourbon balls, toffee, fudge, and maybe try candied citrus peel.

  18. postedNov 29, 2010 7:36 AM

    I am wanting to make these Chocolate Rum Balls I found on another blog. The name escapes me, but I bookmarked it! :)

  19. postedNov 29, 2010 7:44 AM

    I want to try making a souffle. I finally got my ramekins so I can’t wait to try one!

  20. postedNov 29, 2010 8:07 AM

    Definitely planning on making this Eggnog Custard (sounds yum!) and probably the Peppermint Meringue Kisses. Always bake Spritz, Pumpkin Bread, plus make Rum Balls, peppermint bark and fudge for gifts.

  21. postedNov 29, 2010 8:11 AM

    I have a cookie making day and make Russian tea cakes, chocolate rum balls, coconut dreams (a short bread bar cookie) and fruit bars.

  22. postedNov 29, 2010 8:28 AM
    Julie R

    I am looking forward to my Grandma’s recipe for kolaches. They are the smell and taste of my childhood Christmas’.

  23. postedNov 29, 2010 8:29 AM

    I want to make sugar cookies with my nephew this year. I always make a variety of candies, but I think we’d both have a blast sneaking little tastes of icing and spreading sprinkles everywhere!

  24. postedNov 29, 2010 8:35 AM
    April in CT

    I’m making treats for hubbies coworkers, maybe cookies or some pumpkin bread.

  25. postedNov 29, 2010 8:36 AM

    I always make gingerbread Christmukkah cookies and candy cane confectioner sugar cookies!

  26. postedNov 29, 2010 9:01 AM

    I have been eyeing this book for sometime. It sounds amazing & I would love it for the holidays. I actually am gonna be baking up quite a storm for holiday gifts & goodies :)

  27. postedNov 29, 2010 9:07 AM

    I’m trying to come up with a recipe that incorporates eggnog into Bobby Flay’s Pumpkin Bread Pudding recipe…this custard recipe may be the answer!

  28. postedNov 29, 2010 9:18 AM
    June g.

    I’m going to try my hand at spritz cookies!

  29. postedNov 29, 2010 9:24 AM

    I’m not actually entering the giveaway because I’m lucky enough to already have this cookbook. I just couldn’t resist saying that I LOVE it and it’s a great addition to my kitchen. The winner is gonna be very happy!

  30. postedNov 29, 2010 9:30 AM

    I will be baking gingerbread cookies galore!!

  31. postedNov 29, 2010 9:43 AM

    Oreo cupcakes…using mint Oreos!

  32. postedNov 29, 2010 9:45 AM

    I would like to make some type of cake with liquor frosting like rum or bourbon.

  33. postedNov 29, 2010 10:36 AM

    My favorite is peppermint brownies.

  34. postedNov 29, 2010 10:58 AM
    Penny S

    Those desserts look yummy!

  35. postedNov 29, 2010 10:58 AM
    Cristina B

    I would love to try baking a cheesecake for Christmas!

  36. postedNov 29, 2010 11:02 AM

    Banana bread, zucchini bread, pumpkin bread. Maybe orange cranberry bread too.

  37. postedNov 29, 2010 11:12 AM

    I really would like to try those Peppermint Meringues. They sound so yummy!

  38. postedNov 29, 2010 11:16 AM

    Really wanting to make a steamed pudding…I have the charms and everything!

  39. postedNov 29, 2010 11:43 AM

    Great giveaway! I want to make buckeye candies this year. :)

  40. postedNov 29, 2010 11:43 AM
    Mary Anne

    I found a recipe for an eggnog cheesecake with gingersnap crust and a pomegranate glaze.

    I am also dying for some fudge!!

  41. postedNov 29, 2010 11:56 AM
    Laurie Jesch-Kulseth

    There are so many delicious goodies I want to try this year! At the top of the list is Croquembouche — it looks so magnificent! Thanks for having a giveaway!

  42. postedNov 29, 2010 12:18 PM

    this is the year I’m going to convince my mother in law to teach me how to make her amazing shortbread- ohhh so buttery and so flaky… YUM!

  43. postedNov 29, 2010 1:02 PM

    I just found your blog – and subscribed! I think if it has the word “cookie” in it, I’m probably making it. The oven is on overtime!

  44. postedNov 29, 2010 2:02 PM

    Peppermint Bark is always a favorite since I lack the baking skills needed for elaborate projects. But I think I can handle 4 ingredients :)

  45. postedNov 29, 2010 2:13 PM

    Gingerbread (the real thing!) and biscotti.

  46. postedNov 29, 2010 2:27 PM

    next on my list for holiday baking is some homemade gingerbread!

  47. postedNov 29, 2010 2:36 PM
    Heather C

    I’m going to try to make homemade gingerbread with lemon sauce!

  48. postedNov 29, 2010 2:43 PM
    Amanda L.

    I really want to try to make lebkuchen, which is German gingerbread. My husband and I went to Germany for our honeymoon and those cookies taste just like Christmas!

  49. postedNov 29, 2010 2:51 PM

    Now that Thanksgiving is over, I’m ready for gingerbread!

  50. postedNov 29, 2010 3:38 PM

    I totally want to bake every one of the cookies you linked to on twitter the other day. They look so delicious. There’s no way I’ll have enough time to between finals and Christmas to make EVERY one, but a girl can dream can’t she? :)

  51. postedNov 29, 2010 4:06 PM

    I would like to try and make one of those yule logs.They look so pretty! Thanks

  52. postedNov 29, 2010 4:15 PM

    i’m definitely a huge fan of custard desserts also and have been toying with the idea of making a peppermint creme brulee sometime this holiday season!

  53. postedNov 29, 2010 4:18 PM
    Mellisa W

    Soda Cracker cookies for my cookie exchange.

  54. postedNov 29, 2010 4:32 PM

    I’d love to try to make a rolled cake like a buche de noel!

  55. postedNov 29, 2010 4:39 PM
    Kim K.

    I have a long list of cookies to bake and candy to make. I guess I better get busy!

  56. postedNov 29, 2010 4:44 PM

    Definitely some orange spritz cookies. For my showstopper Christmas Eve dessert maybe a croquembouche — it’s been about 20 years since my last one, and I daresay I’ve learned a thing or two in the interim!

  57. postedNov 29, 2010 4:50 PM

    I would love to try making caramels this year. Also, I am a fan of eggnog and I heard about eggnog pie. So got to try that!

  58. postedNov 29, 2010 5:53 PM

    I want to bake so many different cookies. I don’t know how to choose.

  59. postedNov 29, 2010 6:09 PM

    I found a new recipe for a chocolate pudding cake that is made in a crock pot- I can’t wait to try it!

  60. postedNov 29, 2010 6:09 PM

    I am going to make my Grandma’s Pistachio Thumbprint and am looking forward to trying out a Cranberry-Swirl Cheesecake. Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

  61. postedNov 29, 2010 6:31 PM

    I would like to try making my own gingerbread house. None of this kit or graham cracker stuff. The real deal.

  62. postedNov 29, 2010 7:02 PM

    I’ve been craving pumpkin scones.

  63. postedNov 29, 2010 9:05 PM

    I’d love to try homemade eggnog. Have a good recipe?

  64. postedNov 29, 2010 9:14 PM
    Brooke Kittle

    I really want to make this Eggnog Custard and I have a Paula Dean recipe for Gooey Chocolate Butter cookies that are calling my name! YUM!!

  65. postedNov 29, 2010 11:45 PM

    Sometimes I just have to make krumkake.

  66. postedNov 30, 2010 12:27 AM

    Planning on making my own cordials, so need to get strartd this week, Was thinking cranberry, aprico ans strawberry perhaps. I also would ;like to make a cranberry chesecake.

  67. postedNov 30, 2010 12:49 AM

    There are several things I want to make this year for the holidays, including a gingerbread house and some of those whoopie pies I keep seeing.

  68. postedNov 30, 2010 2:23 AM

    I need to make a big, moist Red Velvet Cake. I just love the color red for the holidays. Thanks for the give away.

  69. postedNov 30, 2010 2:36 AM

    I love making cookies! Lots and lots of cookies. Especially gingerbread cookies. I can’t wait.

  70. postedNov 30, 2010 3:12 AM

    I would love to try some peanut brittle but with the high humidity here in the south I’m a little reluctant.

  71. postedNov 30, 2010 3:22 AM
    Kelly Schaefer

    This year, I would like to make buttermilk pie for my sister. Its an old recipe and she has missed having this for many years. So, time for me to pull this out. For myself, I absolutely love custards, so I am going to try this eggnog custard, but will tweak it to lower the sugar. Many thanks! Kelly

  72. postedNov 30, 2010 3:26 AM

    I will be baking up a storm this month! I am making Cake Balls this week, and will be making cookies on the weekend. I like to change it up, so it will either be a pie, cake, or whatever else I can think of to make for the holidays. Any excuse to bake!!

  73. postedNov 30, 2010 3:45 AM

    I want to bake more layer cakes…yellow with carmel icing, italian cream cake and on and on…and of course all the favorite Christmas cookies!

  74. postedNov 30, 2010 3:48 AM
    Judy R

    I will be baking lots of cookies in the next week or so and will be trying my hand at gingerbread cookies.

  75. postedNov 30, 2010 4:03 AM

    I want to use egg nog in a funky way… As a flavoring agent… maybe as a parfait or turned into a pumpkin roll kinda thing… we’ll see

  76. postedNov 30, 2010 4:37 AM
    Debbie V.

    I want to try making a souffle!

  77. postedNov 30, 2010 4:52 AM
    Fran McClain

    My mom’s Sugar Cookies and Holiday Fruit Cookies, a Christmas Tradition in our Family. To share with friends and around town at small businesses.

  78. postedNov 30, 2010 5:03 AM

    I would love to try the peppermint meringue kisses. I’d plan on making peppermint bark cookies as gifts, but the meringues look so much more sophisticated.

  79. postedNov 30, 2010 5:08 AM

    I’ll try a few new goodies this year-trick is hiding all from 15yr son! πŸ˜‰ – that eggnog custard looks to-die-for!

  80. postedNov 30, 2010 5:28 AM

    I am going to make the walnut horns,with chopped candied cherries in the Meringue.Hoping it will turn out with a Christmas feel! LOVE your site and the book sounds GREAT!

  81. postedNov 30, 2010 5:30 AM
    Miss Z.

    yessss great giveaway! i want to bake chocolate pecan cheesecake (like a pecan pie)

  82. postedNov 30, 2010 5:45 AM

    This year for the holidays I’m sure I’ll be baking TONS of things but I definitely will be making a cranberry pear pie that has lemon zest in it all baked into a wonderfully buttery, flaky crust. So good!!

  83. postedNov 30, 2010 5:46 AM

    I am required to make peanut butter balls by my grandsons.

  84. postedNov 30, 2010 5:50 AM
    Lois Ramaeker

    Enjoy your site and the 4 ingredient recipes.
    I’m looking for a eggnog cheesecake recipe.
    Can you help me out.

    If I’m not the lucky winner I will purchase
    the book.

    Lois Ramaeker

    • November 30th, 2010 @ 9:02 AM

      @Lois Ramaeker, I’d love to make an eggnog cheesecake- that’s one I haven’t gotten to yet!

  85. postedNov 30, 2010 5:56 AM
    Cheryl R

    I’m going to make gingersnaps this year.

  86. postedNov 30, 2010 6:03 AM
    Lesley F

    I have an apple cake recipe that my mom wrote down years ago in German. I am going to attempt to decipher it and make it for the holidays! Wish me luck

  87. postedNov 30, 2010 6:39 AM
    Tanya P

    I would love to make this year creme brulee. I’ve never made it before but love eating it…so I think it would taste sooo much better if I were able to make it :)

  88. postedNov 30, 2010 6:48 AM

    I will, once again create a Gingerbread House with my 4 and 6 year old grandchildren. This year we will bake the gingerbread ourselves! WISH US LUCK!

  89. postedNov 30, 2010 6:52 AM

    Going to attempt Peppermint Whoopie Pies….have not attempted whoopie pies yet so kinda nervous!

  90. postedNov 30, 2010 6:55 AM

    I will bake and decorate Gingerbread houses for my family and friends. They are such a joy to create as gifts. It is so exciting to present them as a gift. It so much fun to see the kids eat them after the holiday or some save them from year to year.

  91. postedNov 30, 2010 7:05 AM
    Gina B

    I’m going to make my regular banana bread, and I want to try an apple pie this year!

  92. postedNov 30, 2010 7:08 AM

    I always make Toll House Cookies and Whoopie Pies!

  93. postedNov 30, 2010 7:11 AM

    I want to make chocolate babka for Hannukah this year, just because it is the best under-recognized treat ever invented.

  94. postedNov 30, 2010 7:14 AM

    I’ll be baking good ol’ fashion sugar cookies! My nephew is 3 and the perfect age to help me decorate. I can’t wait – I love this time of year!

  95. postedNov 30, 2010 7:19 AM

    I’ll bake and decorate some sugar cookies!

  96. postedNov 30, 2010 7:53 AM
    Judy (bakerwannabe)

    I will be making Springerles among many others this year.

  97. postedNov 30, 2010 7:57 AM

    I think I’ll need to make a Rum Cake :)… that would go well with Eggnog Custard, dontchya think? πŸ˜‰

  98. postedNov 30, 2010 8:02 AM

    Hmm.. this year I think I’m going to try my hand at Peppermint Biscotti! It would be my first biscotti, and would work wonderfully in gift baggies! πŸ˜€

  99. postedNov 30, 2010 8:19 AM
    Arlene Gunter

    I would soon like to try one of Nigella Lawson’s ‘Sticky Toffee Puddings’. Seems so ridiculously over the top in terms of fat, calories and sugar! But sure does contain all my favorites :)

  100. postedNov 30, 2010 8:24 AM

    I hope to make small loaves of different breads (banana nut, cranberry, etc.) to give to neighbors, friends and family.

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