Frosted Nutmeg Log Cookies Recipe
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Frosted Nutmeg Log Cookies Recipe

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"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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 15 min./batch + cooling
MAKES:36 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 15 min./batch + cooling
MAKES: 36 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons rum extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • Dash salt
  • 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

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie equals 148 calories, 7 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 23 mg cholesterol, 52 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and extract. Combine the flour, nutmeg and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  2. Divide dough into three portions. Roll each portion into 3/4-in.-thick logs; cut into 2-in. pieces. Place on ungreased baking sheets; flatten slightly.
  3. Bake at 350°, for 12-16 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned. 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. Yield: 3 dozen.
Originally published as Frosted Nutmeg Logs in Taste of Home December/January 2011, p52

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Reviewed Dec. 23, 2015

"I am sure this was my fault as opposed to the recipe. I made these. The cookies tasted good, but spread when I baked them. I used imitation rum flavoring in the frosting, and it tasted horrible. Any suggestions?"

Reviewed Jan. 20, 2013

"I also felt the rum extract over powered the nutmeg. I plan to decrease the amount next time I make them. I have another nutmeg log recipe and the taste of the nutmeg is better and lives up to the name of the cookie. One recipient swore there was "liquor" in my cookies--that says strong to me. Perhaps the cookie should be called rum logs instead of nutmeg logs."

Reviewed Dec. 11, 2012

"These cookies surpassed my exspectations. My cookies flattened out more than I wanted so next time I think I will not flatten before baking. I loved the rum frosting 2 tsp was perfect! Cant have too much rum can you? My husband thought these tasted like eggnog, and I guess they did a little, but so very tasty."

Reviewed Mar. 7, 2012

"These cookies are excellent. After dividing dough into 3 portions, I wrapped in saran wrap & put in fridge for a hour. The dough was very easy to work with. After I made the frosting with 2 tsp rum extract, I thought next time I should cut back on it as I found it strong tasting, but next day, it had mellowed out & was perfect."

Reviewed Jan. 23, 2011

"These cookies were amazing! Definitely one of my favorites. I didn't have nutmeg on hand so i used a pumpkin spice mix and sprinkled cinnamon on the top of them. Delicious!"

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