Nutmeg Sugar Cookies

These cookies are the same ones that my mom made for us every Valentine’s Day. And we only got to have them once a year- a tradition I still follow even though I could make them whenever I wanted to. For me, they’ll always be heart shaped and connected to February 14th and it would feel to weird to eat them at any other time of the year. However, you can feel free to make and eat them whenever you want! 😉

This cookie is soft and not super sweet and I think that the nutmeg definitely gives it a unique flavor that isn’t usually found in a sugar cookie. I think that they are best enjoyed with a glass of cold milk too.  They’re also pretty easy to make and the recipe makes a large batch. Give yourself time to refrigerate the dough after mixing it as it will be easier to roll out then.

Here’s the recipe:

1/2 c. crisco               1 c. light brown sugar

1 stick butter             3 eggs

1 c. sugar

Cream together the above.  Then stir in:   (or use a mixer… it’s a stiff dough though so I’m not sure a handheld one will work)

6 c. flour                               1 heaping tsp. nutmeg

1 tsp baking soda              1/2 c. plus 1 T. milk

2 tsp. cream of tartar

Refrigerate till chilled. Roll out to 1/4″ thick. Cut into shapes (metal cookie cutters tend to work the best). Bake at 400 degrees for 8 minutes. Allow to cool and drizzle with a powdered sugar glaze.

My approximate powdered sugar glaze:

4 cups powdered sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

few drops red food coloring

Splash in milk and stir. Keep adding milk a little at a time until it is a good “drizzling consistency”

Allow the frosting to harden and then store the cookies in an airtight container. OR, you can wrap them individually, tie with a ribbon and add them to your woven heart baskets and give them as a treat to friends, co-workers, in your kids’ lunches, etc.

Enjoy! (And let me know if  you try them! 🙂 )

-Elise

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