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Frosted Nutmeg Log Cookies

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min./batch + cooling

Makes

3 dozen

"This is my son's favorite Christmas cookie. It is a very old recipe that I have used many times." These delightful gems have great nutmeg flavor and are a perfect way to ring in the holidays. – Janie Colle, Hutchinson, Kansas
Frosted Nutmeg Log Cookies Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons rum extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • Dash salt
  • FROSTING:
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1-1/2 to 2 teaspoons rum extract
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons 2% milk
  • Ground nutmeg

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Beat in egg and extract. Combine the flour, nutmeg and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  2. Divide dough into 3 portions. Roll each portion into 3/4-in.-thick logs; chill until firm, about 30 minutes. Cut into 2-in. pieces. Place on ungreased baking sheets; flatten slightly.
  3. Bake at 350°, until bottoms are lightly browned, 12-16 minutes. Cool for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
  4. For frosting, in a large bowl, beat butter until fluffy. Beat in the confectioners' sugar, extract and enough milk to achieve desired consistency. Frost cookies. Press down with tines of a fork, making lines down frosting to simulate tree bark. Sprinkle with nutmeg.

Nutrition Facts

1 cookie: 148 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 52mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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