Times-tested cookies perfect for holiday giving.

photoNutmeg Logs

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 teaspoons rum flavoring
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
3 cups sifted flour
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
Rum frosting:
1/3 cup soft butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoons rum flavoring
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 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 butter/sugar mixture. Shape the resulting dough into snakes about 1/4 inch in diameter, and cut the pieces to 2 inches in length. Bake on a greased cookie sheet for 12-15 minutes. Remove to a wire rack to cool.

While cooling, make rum frosting. Cream together butter, vanilla and rum flavoring. Stir in sugar and milk, and beat until creamy.

Frost logs, then make groove in the frosting with a fork, and sprinkle ground nutmeg on the logs while the frosting is still moist.

Makes about 24.

Times testing notes: We like this cookie with an afternoon cup of tea. They are quite sweet, so keep them smallish.

Source: www.christmas-cookies.com.

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