Recipe: Nutmeg Cookie Logs

To celebrate the Christmas Holiday Season, Shanna Horner O’Hea, chef and owner of the Kennebunk Inn and its restaurant, Academe, shares some of her favorite winter holiday recipes. The  first is her Nutmeg Cookie Logs. Some of our customers have told us that these cookies “taste like Christmas.” That’s a compliment we are happy to have.

Nutmeg Cookie Logs
These cookies have been a holiday tradition in my family for decades. They're a wonderful way to introduce your children to the joy of holiday baking.
Cuisine: Christmas Holiday Favorites
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 40
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  • 1 cup butter, soft
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 each egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons rum flavoring
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3 tablespoons butter, soft
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon rum flavoring
  • 2½ cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2-3 tablespoons evaporated milk or heavy cream
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Cream butter and sugar in Kitchen aid mixer with paddle attachment
  3. Blend in egg and extracts
  4. Sift in flour and nutmeg
  5. Roll into logs, about 2 inches long, and bake for 7-10 minutes on sheet tray or until golden
  1. Place butter, vanilla extract, rum flavoring and ½ cup powder sugar in kitchen aid mixture with whisk attachment, blend until smooth
  2. Add 2 tablespoons evaporated milk or heavy cream, blend
  3. Slowly incorporate the the remaining 2 cups of powdered sugar until incorporated
  4. If frosting is too thick, add remaining tablespoon of evaporated milk or heavy cream
  5. Place frosting in piping bag with flat ribbon tip and pipe stripe on cookies
  6. Dust with nutmeg and let sit out to dry out frosting
  7. Store in airtight container for up to two weeks


About The Kennebunk Inn

The Chefs/Owners of The Kennebunk Inn and its restaurant, Academe Maine Brasserie & Tavern met when they were students at The Culinary Institute of America. They have appeared on "Best Thing I Ever Ate," "Chopped," "Rewrapped," and "Beat Bobby Flay" on the Food Network and on the Travel Channel's "Food Paradise." They have also appeared in Oprah Winfrey's "O" The Magazine. The O'Heas have been guest chefs at Walt Disney World's Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, Houston's "Sugar Land Food & Wine Affair, Boca Raton's "Boca Bacchanal" Food & Wine Festival, and on Holland America Cruise Line.