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Nutmeg Sugar Cookies

Total Time

Prep: 40 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling

Makes

7 dozen

The holidays are my favorite time of year because I love to bake. These are one of my favorite cookies—they always disappear fast!—Jean Wysocki, Westminster, Colorado
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Ingredients

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

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine the flour, nutmeg and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  2. Divide dough into 14 pieces. Shape each portion into a 12-in. x 1/2-in.-thick rope. Cut ropes into 2-in. pieces. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets.
  3. Bake at 350° for 9-12 minutes or until set and bottoms are lightly browned. Cool for 1 minute before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
  4. For frosting, in a small bowl, beat butter until fluffy. Add confectioners’ sugar and extracts; beat until blended. Beat in enough cream to achieve desired consistency.
  5. Frost cookies. Sprinkle with nutmeg. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 62 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 29mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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