Thursday, April 05, 2007
Here's another of our favorite Christmas cookie recipes:
1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
2 tsp. vanilla
3 cups flour
1/4 cup butter, softened
3 cups confectioners sugar, divided
1 tsp. vanilla
2 Tblsp. light cream (or evaporated milk or even eggnog)
Cream butter and sugar in a large mixer bowl. Add nutmeg, sugar, and
vanilla; mix thoroughly. Stir in flour to mix well. If necessary,
chill dough for easier handling. Shape dough into logs about 3 inches
long and 1/2 inch in diameter. Place logs 2 inches apart on ungreased
Bake at 350° for 15 minutes or until lightly browned.
Remove to wire racks and cool completely.
For frosting, cream butter until light and fluffy. Add 2 cups of the
confectioners‚ sugar and the vanilla; mix well. Beat in cream and the
remaining sugar. Frost cookies. With the tines of a small fork, make
lines down the frosting to simulate bark. Sprinkle with nutmeg (freshly
ground is wonderful).
Makes 4 1/2 dozen cookies.
This recipe was a winner in a Country Woman contest. It's been a
favorite ever since I first tried it. The cookies are easy to make but
rather time-consuming -- still, so many family members love these that I
wouldn't think of not making them!