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Nutmeg Logs

Nutmeg Logs

Nutmeg Logs

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Nutmeg Logs
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Course: Hand-shaped CookiesDifficulty: Medium


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Chaos is Bliss. Used with permission


A buttery rum and nutmeg flavored shortbread log topped with a buttered rum and nutmeg frosting.


  • For the cookies:
  • 1 cup butter, softened

  • 2 teaspoon vanilla

  • 2 teaspoon rum flavoring

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 large egg

  • 3 cups sifted all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • For the frosting:
  • 1/3 cup butter, at room temperature

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2 teaspoon rum flavoring

  • 2 cup powdered sugar

  • 2 tablespoons milk


  • Make the cookies:
  • Preheat oven to 350 F. Cream softened butter with the flavorings. Beat in the sugar, then mix in the egg. In a separate bowl, stir the flour, nutmeg, and salt. Mix with the butter/sugar mixture. Shape the resulting dough into snakes about 1/2 inch in diameter, and cut the pieces to 3 inches in length. Bake on a greased cookie sheet for 12-15 minutes. Remove to a wire rack to cool. Meanwhite, make frosting.
  • Make the frosting:
  • Cream together butter, vanilla, and rum. Stir in sugar and milk and beat until creamy. When the cookies are completely cool, frost them. Make grooves in the frosting with a fork, and sprinkle ground nutmeg on the logs while the frosting is still moist.


  • Photo courtesy of Chaos is Bliss, a blog about finding the bliss in the chaos of daily life. Ann-Marie’s recipe for Nutmeg Logs is slightly different from mine (it’s flavored with almond extract instead of rum, and uses a little more nutmeg – otherwise the cookie recipe is identical) and she also has lots of great photos about the process, so you might want to check that out. She also has many other recipes for good food and a fun article on 20 Christmas Treats for Kids.


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My grandmother gave me that cookie book when I was a child, and I have been making it, and others from that book since then, spreading the recipes to family who have loved them through the years. One of my granddaughters helps me make them now, and yet another generation will pass them along. It was wonderful to find it on line! It is a generational favorite.
- Jean

Nutmeg logs have a tradition in my husbands family, now it is for our children. I have found that pushing the dough through a cookie press with the circle attachment makes uniform cookies that are quick!
- Sally in Michigan

People who love eggnog love these cookies!
- Martha in Washington State

My grandma used to make these every christmas. She gave me the recipe but I lost it as well THANK you SO much for putting it on here!
- A Baker

Thank you so much for having the nutmeg logs recipe on the internet. My mother used to make them every Christmas when I was young and we lost her Pillsbury cookie cook book. I would love to get another one. These cookies are the best!
- Jane Klepac in New, Mexico

My mother-in-law has been making these for over 50 years, and she passed the recipe on to me several years ago. These are THE best, most festive looking Christmas cookies I have ever made. The family loves them, and they are very popular when we serve them at holiday parties. Thank you for posting this terrific recipe!
- Michelle in Oregon

I have made these for years but moved and lost my recipe..I found it here on the internet and have them in the oven! My daughter said she has fond memories of these cookies as a little girl. They are wonderful!!
- Linda in Eugene, OR

My Mother made this recipe also. It was from a small Pillsbury cookie book. I misplaced it and was happy to find this on line. My Daughter, Sister and Niece came over for our annual cookie bake and were so happy that I had the recipe. It was wonderful, certainly will make it again and again.
- Betty in Baltimore, Maryland

my mother has made these as long as i can remember - [I'm 60] but lost the recipe. she is THRILLED i found this on the internet she could kiss whomever put it on here. this is the best cookie ever and a great Christmas cookie tradition.
- A Baker

This one is a long time family favorite. The only reason I was looking it up is because when I recopied the recipe, I left out the oven temperature. As I type, there are two batches waiting to be baked.
- Elizabeth in Bellingham, Washington

I have a copy of my grandmother's cookbook and this recipe is in there - almost word for word! It's dated "Women's Day, Dec. 1960" A family favorite!
- Barb

This has been a traditional Christmas cookie in my family for many years. They freeze well and my brother insists that they are great still frozen.
- EllenLaurie in Dayton OH
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