Eggnog French Toast Muffins with Candied Bacon

These mouthwatering seasonal muffins are easy-to-make and sure to be a family favorite around the holidays!

20 min
Prep Time
35 min
Cook Time


Candied Bacon

  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • 4 slices of bacon


  • 1 pound French bread or brioche, sliced into 1" cubes
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup Crystal eggnog
  • ½ cup Crystal whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • maple syrup (optional)
  • powdered sugar (optional)
  • Pair each serving with: 8-ounce glass of Crystal milk

Products used

  • Whole Milk

  • Eggnog


  • Step 1

    For the Candied Bacon:
    Preheat the oven to 350 °F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and set a wire rack on top. Spray the wire rack with cooking spray

  • Step 2

    Using a fork, mix the sugar and cinnamon on a small plate. Press each slice of bacon into the sugar mixture, coating both sides. Transfer coated bacon to the rack.

  • Step 3

    Bake until the bacon appears to be caramelized and somewhat crispy, about 15-20 minutes, maybe a bit longer if you have thicker bacon. Remove from the oven and allow bacon to cool completely before chopping it into small pieces.

  • Step 4

    For the Muffins:
    While the bacon cooks in the oven, prepare the muffin mixture.

  • Step 5

    Lightly grease a 12-cup muffin tin with cooking spray.

  • Step 6

    In a large mixing bowl, whisk the eggs, eggnog, milk, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt until fully incorporated.
  • Step 7

    Add the bread and, using your hands, gently mix until all of the bread is evenly coated and most of the egg mixture has been absorbed.
  • Step 8

    Portion about 1/3 cup of bread mixture into each muffin cup and if desired, sprinkle each with sugar if using.
  • Step 9

    Place into a 350 °F oven. After 15 minutes, sprinkle each muffin with chopped, candied bacon and return the pan to the oven for another 5-7 minutes, or until all of the liquid has set.

  • Step 10

    Allow muffins to cool for a few minutes for serving. Top with maple syrup and/or powdered sugar if desired.

  • Step 11

    Pair with an 8-ounce glass of milk and enjoy! 

    300 calories; 10 g fat; 4 g saturated fat; 90 mg cholesterol; 15 g protein; 38 g carbohydrates; 1 g fiber; 500 mg sodium; 345 mg calcium. Nutrition figures based on using lowfat milk and include an 8-ounce glass of milk.

    Recipe & photo by Elle Penner, MPH RD