If you like eggnog you will absolutely love these holiday cookies. Not only do they look like a winter wonderland, they are the epitome of what Christmas should taste like. When I was younger my family would get together and have a baking day full of making our favorite Christmas cookie recipes. Nutmeg log cookies were always one of my favorite cookies. The nutmeg adds such a lovely holiday taste. Another great plus is once you have had your fill of these delectable cookies you can freeze the rest and then pull them out in January or February to continue enjoying the yummy goodness!
To make this scrumptious cookie dough start by creaming your softened butter with your vanilla and rum flavorings. If you don’t have rum flavoring you can pick some up at your closest grocery store. Honestly the rum flavoring is the secret ingredient in making these cookies taste like Christmas. Next add your sugar and then your egg until well
combined. In a separate bowl combine all your dry ingredients. Combining your dry ingredients separately helps to ensure each individual cookie will have some nutmeg and salt because your nutmeg logs need nutmeg! Then add your dry ingredients to your butter mixture and combine. Your dough will seem very dry but if you knead it a couple times it should stick together nicely. If your dough is still too crumbly don’t despair! It is an easy fix just add an extra tsp of rum flavoring and mix.
Once your dough is a good consistency, take a piece and shape it into a long roll about ½ inch thick. Use floss to cut a nice clean cookie about 3 inches long. Then place your nutmeg logs on a cookie sheet covered with parchment and bake at 350 for 12 to 15 minutes. You will know your cookie is done because the bottom will be golden brown. Let your nutmeg log cookies cool completely before frosting them or else your frosting may have your frosting melt right off your cookie!
So… this frosting recipe is DIVINE and pretty simple too! Cream your butter, vanilla, and rum flavoring together. Then add two cups of powder sugar. Remember just like when making my perfect buttercream frosting use powder sugar that is made from sugar cane and not from beet root to avoid your frosting from having a chalky aftertaste. Next add two tablespoons of half and half and stir until your frosting is creamy and smooth. Taste test, if it tastes like Christmas then you have followed the recipe perfectly! Place your frosting in a piping bag fitted with a large star tip (i.e. Wilton’s 1M).
Pipe two lines of frosting on top of your cookie.If you don’t have a piping bag or star tip you can use a knife to frost your cookie and drag the tines of a fork over your cookie to make it resemble a log. As a finishing touch lightly sprinkle your cookies with nutmeg. Then put these cookies on a fun plate to give to a neighbor or dive in with your family while watching your favorite Christmas movie. Merry Christmas to your tastebuds!