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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Reviewed Dec. 23, 2014

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

Reviewed Dec. 15, 2014

"A favorite Christmas cookie. Love nutmeg!"

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."

Reviewed Sep. 12, 2012

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

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."

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