christmas cookies

Its’ almost Christmas, but there is time for one last cookie recipe, and here it is.

These little treasures are a tradition in my family and I’ve made them every year since I can remember. They’re quick and they fill the air with their nutmeg scent.  Waste no time – get into the kitchen so that,  in no time at all, you can have a plate piled high with these nutmeg-scented bites.

nutmeg grater


3 cups (435g) all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1-1/2 teaspoons freshly grated nutmeg
1 cup (250g) unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup (150g) vanilla sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 to 1-1/2 cups (128-256g) confectioner’s sugar


dry ingredients sifter

1.  Sift the flour, salt, and nutmeg together onto a piece of parchment paper.

2. In a large mixing bowl, or the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter until it is pale yellow. Add the sugar and mix until it is fluffy. Add the egg, the vanilla and mix well, then gradually mix in the flour mixture.  Shape the dough into logs that are about 1/2 inch (1.25cm) in diameter, then chill the logs for about 30 minutes.

3.  Preheat the oven to 350F (180C).  Line several baking sheets with parchment paper.

4.  Cut the logs into 1-inch (2.5cm) lengths, and place them on the prepared baking sheets.  Bake then in the center of the oven until they are gold at the edges, about 15 minutes.

nut logs

5.  While the cookies are baking, sift the confectioner’s sugar into a bowl.

6.  When the cookies are baked, remove from the oven and roll each one in confectioner’s sugar.  Transfer to a cooling rack.

Makes about 7 dozen cookies.



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8 Responses to Nutmeg Logs

  1. I can almost smell them now. Nutmeg makes everything better. 🙂 Merry Christmas Susan!

  2. Laura in Texas says:

    We make an almost identical cookies called Eggnog logs. The ingredients for the dough are the same, but you roll them into little 3 inch logs. Once baked and cooled, you dip the ends into a vanilla frosting made with powdered sugar, butter and vanilla. My dad likes to call them dog bones because the way the look. They are inhaled and my older son made seven batches at Christmas time. Merry Christmas belatedly!

    • Susan says:

      Laura, they sound delicious. Rolling the nutmeg logs in powdered sugar is sort of like frosting them, the easy way! And to you, too, a peaceful 2016.

  3. Laura in Texas says:

    PS there is no eggnog in the cookies, but the flavor so ar reminiscent of eggnog with butter and nutmeg.

    • Susan says:

      Eggnog, a flavor of another time for me! I haven’t made it since I moved to France!

      • Laura in Texas says:

        That is a shame! I always enjoy the thick and rich drink! I always have drank it without alcohol, but this last December, added a little TX whiskey and it was out of this world divine! Of course TX whiskey is not sold outside of Texas, but perhaps when you visit next we can get you some to take home!

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