Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Nutmeg Logs (Eggnog Cookies)

3/4 c. sugar
1 c. butter, softened
2 tsp. vanilla
2 tsp. rum (or rum extract)
1 egg
3 c. unbleached flour
1 tsp. fresh ground nutmeg

2 c. powdered sugar
3 TBS butter, softened
3/4 tsp rum (or rum extract)
1/4 tsp vanilla
2-3 TBS milk

fresh ground nutmeg to sprinkle

In large mixer bowl, beat sugar & butter until light. Add vanilla, rum & egg; beat until light. Gradually stir in flour & nutmeg; mix well. Form into ball, wrap tightly with plastic wrap & refrigerate 45 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350. Divide dough into 6 equal pieces. On lightly floured surface, shape each piece into a long rope, 1/2 inch around. Cut into 3 inch "logs"; place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 12-14 minutes until very light brown. Immediately remove to wire rack to cool completely.

In small bowl, combine all frosting ingredients; beat until smooth. Spread on top of each cookie log. Draw tines of fork along length of frosting to resemble bark. Sprinkle with nutmeg. Allow frosting to set. Store tightly covered in refrigerator.

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