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Nutmeg Sugar Cookies

Yield 5 dozen
Freshly grated nutmeg brings out a delicious difference in these simple old-fashioned cookies.


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

How to Make It

  1. Beat butter at medium speed of an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add 1 cup sugar, beating well. Add eggs, sour cream, and vanilla; beat well.

  2. Combine flour, baking powder, soda, 3/4 teaspoon nutmeg, and salt; stir well. Gradually add to butter mixture, beating until blended. Cover and chill dough at least 3 hours.

  3. Combine 1/3 cup sugar and remaining 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg; stir well. Shape dough into 1" balls. Place 2" apart on lightly greased cookie sheets. Grease bottom of a glass. Dip glass in sugar mixture, and press each ball flat.

  4. Bake at 375° for 8 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove cookies to wire racks immediately to cool.

Christmas with Southern Living 2000