Tis the season for making cookies and other sweet treats. The following recipe comes highly recommended from a newspaper holiday cookie contest.


1 cup butter, softened

3/4 cup sugar

1 1/4 teaspoons nutmeg

1 egg

4 teaspoons rum extract

2 1/2 to 3 cups of flour

Pinch of salt


Cream butter and sugar. Add nutmeg, egg and rum extract; mix thoroughly. Measure flour; sift and stir into creamed mixture with a rubber spatula (dough may be too stiff for a hand mixer).

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Shape dough in logs 3/4 inch in diameter and 3 inches long; flatten slightly with fingers. Place logs 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned.

Cool. Frost with Rum Frosting.

Makes two dozen.

Rum Frosting

1/4 cup softened butter

3 cups powdered sugar

2 teaspoons rum extract

2 tablespoons milk or cream

Nutmeg for garnish

Spread (or pipe with a pastry bag) frosting onto cooled logs. Sprinkle with ground nutmeg.