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Nutmeg Sugar Crisps

My grandma shared her recipe for these old-fashioned sugar cookies with the unexpected taste of nutmeg. They are light, crunchy and so delicious. That's why they're always a part of the Christmas tradition.
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    about 6 dozen


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt


  • In a bowl, cream butter and sugars. Beat in egg and vanilla; mix well. Combine the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, nutmeg and salt; add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • Shape into 3/4-in. balls; place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Flatten with a glass dipped in sugar. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on wire racks.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 101 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 79mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • tayer
    Dec 20, 2020

    I love these cookies, make them every year at Christmas, and get requests for the recipe from those to whom they are given. Sometimes they are crisp, sometimes not so crisp, but always good - especially with a warm drink - hot chocolate, tea or coffee. I actually roll the balls in a nutmeg sugar, and don't always flatten them. Enjoy

  • kathyc248
    Dec 8, 2018

    These are an absolute family favorite. We make them as part of the family Holiday Cookie making party. They are tender and crispy at the same time. I use freshly grated nutmeg and the smell is wonderful. I just looked at the date of this recipe and realize I have been making them for twenty years!

  • Butterfly1966
    Dec 11, 2014

    My son love these cookies..

  • susanrukes
    Dec 5, 2013

    Hands down my favorite cookies ever- and I make a few batches of cookies every year! It's never the holidays until a batch of these have been made! These are wonderful and so tasty. I've never had to refrigerate the dough and I bake them for 8-10 minutes, so they are softer. Wonderful!

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