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Eggnog Tapioca Pudding

If you love eggnog, you'll love this holiday-flavored dessert! Made with eggnog, tapioca, warm spices, and a hint of vanilla - whip up a batch for your next holiday gathering!
Course Dessert
Prep Time 3 hours
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 - 1/2 cup servings


  • 1 cup small pearl tapioca, not granulated or quick cooking
  • 2 ½ cups milk
  • 1 ½ cups eggnog
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar + 1 tablespoon, for egg whites
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 egg whites


  • whipped cream
  • ground nutmeg


  • In a small bowl, soak 1 cup small tapioca pearls in 2 ½ cups of milk. Stir, and place in the refrigerator for 3 hours.
  • After letting the tapioca soak, pour the tapioca and milk into a medium saucepan. Add to the tapioca mixture: 1 ½ cups eggnog, ¼ cup sugar, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Heat on medium heat, stirring frequently to keep milk from scalding. Once the tapioca mixture has almost reached a boil (do not boil), turn down the heat slightly, just to maintain a low simmer. Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring constantly to keep the milk from scalding. The tapioca should thicken a lot during this step.
  • Carefully taste-test tapioca to be sure pearls are soft and no longer chewy. If you need to cook it longer, cook for an additional 5 minutes and check again, repeating until done. If your tapioca is taking longer than 20 minutes, turn the heat up a little, and continue stirring.
  • When the tapioca is done, remove it from heat. Stir in 1 teaspoon of vanilla, and let cool for 15 minutes.
  • While the tapioca is cooling, beat egg whites with 1 tablespoon sugar until stiff peaks form. Fold into the tapioca, and chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
  • Serve warm or chilled for 4 hours in the refrigerator. To serve, divide tapioca into individual bowls, and top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of ground nutmeg.


I write my recipes using the small pearls, but you can use any type of tapioca. For the granules, you skip the soaking step altogether, and with the large pearls, you soak the pearls overnight.