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Eggnog Logs

Meet the Cook: An older lady at church gave me this recipe. I always include these logs in holiday food gifts to family and friends. My husband (a Southern Pacific engineer) and I celebrated our silver anniversary just last summer. We have two daughters in their 20's. Our home is in a small town set amid some beautiful country - in fact, we can see Mt. Shasta from the dining room window!—Kim Jordan, Dunsmuir, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    4-1/2 dozen


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon rum extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon rum extract
  • 2 tablespoons half-and-half cream
  • Ground nutmeg


  • In a bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add the nutmeg, egg and extracts; mix thoroughly. Stir in flour. If necessary, chill dough for easier handling.
  • On a lightly floured surface, shape dough into 1/2-in.-diameter rolls; cut each into 3-in.-long pieces. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on wire racks.
  • For frosting, beat butter until light and fluffy. Add
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar and extracts; mix well. Beat in cream and remaining confectioners' sugar. Frost cookies. With tines of a small fork, make lines down the frosting to simulate bark. Sprinkle with nutmeg.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 205 calories, 9g fat (5g saturated fat), 31mg cholesterol, 89mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.
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  • Ellen
    Dec 19, 2018

    Good but the frosting cannot be made as written. The ratio of dry to wet is too high, I got a crumbly mess. I fixed it but then I had way too much frosting. I think about half as much powdered sugar would do.

  • 2124arizona
    Jun 22, 2017

    I love eggnog and the cookies brig out that flavor so well!!

  • shawnba
    Sep 12, 2015

    We love these!, my daughter says it isn't Christmas until these cookies are made. Very simple, slightly sweet, and look lovely on a cookie tray

  • manpabrown
    Dec 24, 2014

    Not a fan

  • Mrs_T
    Dec 31, 2011

    I make these every year. I don't form the dough in the same way specified here; I just take teaspoons of dough and form them into little log shapes. I find it easier and quicker. Also, in the frosting, sometimes I use eggnog instead of light cream. This year, I substituted Gingerbread Latte flavored creamer and that worked out well also. A delicious cookie and a "must-make" for Christmas at our house!

  • maggieaw
    Dec 21, 2010

    Oh yes these are the ones!

  • WinnieW
    Dec 10, 2010

    This is another cookie recipe that I make every year for Christmas. It is also my personal favorite, despite the fact that it doesn't have a speck of chocolate in it! These are very rich and buttery, and aren't really that difficult to make. I love the taste of nutmeg!

  • cec_herrmann
    Nov 30, 2010

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    Sep 14, 2010

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  • zmarie
    Jul 20, 2010

    I have had so many people ask for this recipe- a big hit around the holiday season, they are always the first to go on my cookie platter!