Nutmeg Meltaways Recipe
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Nutmeg Meltaways Recipe

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My family and friends have enjoyed these melt-in-your mouth cookies since I first began making them years ago. I love to bake and try to keep the cookie jar filled. For the holidays, the dusting of nutmeg is a tasty touch. --Judy Burdette Kettering, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min./batch + cooling
MAKES:30 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min./batch + cooling
MAKES: 30 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup ground almonds (about 3 ounces), toasted
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground nutmeg

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 128 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 62mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter, sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy. Gradually add flour and mix well. Stir in almonds. Shape into 1-in. balls.
  2. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 300° for 18-20 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned. Cool on wire racks.
  3. In a shallow bowl, combine confectioners' sugar and nutmeg. Gently roll cooled cookies in sugar mixture. Yield: about 5 dozen.
Originally published as Nutmeg Meltaways in Taste of Home December/January 1999, p39

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zephcat User ID: 8179128 215712
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2014

"Used to love this recipe. Going to try to lake it gluten free and dairy free... Wish me luck!"

homemadewithlove User ID: 4311884 214967
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2014

"A favorite Christmas cookie. Love nutmeg!"

praterfarms User ID: 6616794 51838
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2014

"made these cookies for the first time for my Christmas cookie plate they were the first ones gone everyone loved them. I make them alot."

manga User ID: 4211076 24421
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2012

"took these to work and got a lot of compliments. Everyone liked them."

trudypost User ID: 1076954 26056
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2012

"These were ok but not really worth the work in my opinion. The cookies took a lot longer than the 18-20 minutes to cook and I got less than 3 dozen even though the recipe states it makes 5 dozen."

deb_heffletoe User ID: 3235951 31785
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2011

"So incredibly good, but very fragile cookies!"

JdunnCS User ID: 1733583 84449
Reviewed Jul. 22, 2010

"This is a great holiday recipe that is simular to Wedding cookies. The nutmeg and almonds add new flavor to a great recipe."

robbielea User ID: 1452201 26017
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2009

"I have been making this recipe for 10 years.I usually end up making it a couple of time during the holiday season.They are quick and easy to make.I buy snowman shaped cookie plate and add these along with a couple of other of my favorite cookies to give away as tasty treats for friends and family."

MeloraH User ID: 4627174 84447
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2009

"I have tried several recipes similar to this one and it is my favorite. It is the first cookie recipe I make for Christmas every year. They are always gone."

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