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Frosted Nutmeg Log Cookies

"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. + chilling Bake: 15 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    3 dozen


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large 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


  • 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.
  • Divide dough into three portions. Roll each portion into 3/4-in.-thick logs; chill until firm, about 30 minutes. Cut into 2-in. pieces. Place on ungreased baking sheets; flatten slightly.
  • Bake at 350°, until bottoms are lightly browned, 12-16 minutes. Cool for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 148 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 52mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • Faith
    Dec 19, 2020

    Been making these for over thirty years . My recipe calls for Brandy extract which is very hard to find now.

  • Rachel
    Dec 2, 2019

    I want to make these cookies, but I only have white rum. Can that be substituted for the rum extract that is called for in the recipe. If so, would the amounts still be the same?

  • karenjarrett
    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?

  • terratoo
    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.

  • beckihomecki
    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.

  • talon49
    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.

  • thekingsfive
    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!

  • Sam47
    Dec 29, 2010

    These were very easy to make, and true to quantity. The recipe made exactly 36 cookies. I followed the recipe exactly and didn't have a problem rolling them, although I did flour my hands first. These were a hit at our family Christmas party.

  • karenjean3
    Dec 24, 2010

    No comment left

  • mdieken
    Dec 16, 2010

    We use 3 c flour in our recipe and don't have problems with them flattening! Also agree on refrigerating, makes it easier to roll and not so sticky!