nutmeg cookie logs

I remember my mom making these when we were little and I also remember making them with Jean (a dear family friend who has since passed away).

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They taste like eggnog and bring back happy memories.  Plus, they are adorable!  I will be making these again next year… perhaps our kids will associate them someday with happy memories as well.  😀

Nutmeg Cookie Logs

Yield: 55-60 cookies


  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons rum extract
  • 1 egg
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Frosting (ingredients/recipe below)


  1. In large bowl combine sugar, butter, vanilla, rum extract, and egg. Beat on medium speed until light and fluffy.
  2. Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup, level off. Stir in flour and nutmeg, mixing well.
  3. Chill dough 30-45 minutes.
  4. Heat oven to 350 degress.
  5. Divide dough into 6 pieces. On lightly floured surface, shape each piece of dough into a long rope 1/2-inch in diameter.
  6. Cut into 3-inch lengths; place on ungreased cookie sheets.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool.
  8. In small bowl, combine frosting ingredients (2 cups powdered sugar, 3 tablespoons butter, 2 tablespoons half-and-half or milk, 3/4 teaspoon rum extract, and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla). Mix well.
  9. Spread on top and sides of cookies. Mark frosting with tines of fork to resemble bark. Sprinkle lightly with nutmeg.
  10. Store in tightly covered container.

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