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