Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Ho Ho Ho! Nutmeg Logs!

We had finally made it out of the first trimester. Yea!
The nausea had disappeared. Yea!
Shared our baby news with family and friends. Yea!
Office Christmas cookie exchange. Yea!

I actually made three, maybe four, different cookies. 
But for some reason these were the only ones I took a picture of :(
We'll just blame it on all the crazy pregnancy hormones back then :)
This December though I'll be a cookie bakin', photo takin' machine! lol

Nutmeg Logs
Adapted from my mom's recipe :)

2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
4 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 vanilla bean
5 teaspoons rum
6 cups flour
2 1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt

1. Preheat your oven to 350 and line baking sheets with parchment or silpats. 
2. In a large bowl, sift together your flour, nutmeg, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.
3. In another large bowl or stand mixer, cream together your butter and sugar. Add your eggs one at a time. Then add your vanilla and rum. 
4. Gradually add your dry mixture.
5. Pull off small chunks of dough to form into little 2-3 inch long logs.
(you could also roll out your dough and cut into little logs)
6. Place logs about an inch apart on your lined baking sheets.
7. Bake for about 10-12 minutes, or until logs start to turn a light golden brown around the edges.
8. Let cool completely on cookie racks.

Rum Frosting

1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 - 2 cups of powdered sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp rum

1. Cream your butter, vanilla, and rum together.
2. Slowly add your powdered sugar. Gotta avoid that sugar cloud :)
3. Frosting should be smooth, but not runny. If it's looking a little thin add a couple tablespoons of powdered sugar until it thickens up.
4. Take a spoon (or your finger hehehe) to make sure it has that slight rum flavor.
5. Once your cookies have cooled, frost and sprinkle with nutmeg. 
These cookies should have that eggnog holiday flavor to them. Yum!

Stay tuned for my next baking adventure :)

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