Crunchy Nutmeg Sugar Cookies

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Here’s a recipe with the scent and flavor of the holiday season:  Crunchy Nutmeg Sugar Cookies

Crunchy Nutmeg Sugar Cookies

The sugar cookie is one of my most favorite kinds of cookies in the whole world.  That probably sounds pretty strange to most of you.  The majority of folks probably are more inclined to reach for a double chocolate cookie, or a chocolate chip cookie, or even a peanut butter cookie.  Me?  I’m grabbing as many sugar cookies as I can!  I especially love snickerdoodles, which are a delicious, tangy cinnamon variety of my beloved cookie.  These Nutmeg Sugar Cookies I’m sharing with you today are all kinds of wonderful.  Even chocolate-lovers will find them appealing, I’m sure.

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They start with a snickerdoodle-like dough (added cream of tartar gives them a little tang, and they help with the visual crackle of the cookie too).  They’re the kind of cookie that is rolled into balls first and then rolled into sugar that has been laced with nutmeg.  You smash them down slightly before baking.

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The result is that they come out looking all wonderfully crackled with plenty of spice to give them the perfect dose of holiday flavor.  These would be a great cookie for shipping since they’re a firm, crunchy cookie instead of the soft-variety.  They store well in the freezer if you’re planning to make them ahead for your holiday cookie platters too.  Ditch the chocolate and add some Nutmeg Sugar Cookies to your life!


Crunchy Nutmeg Sugar Cookies

Yield: 4 to 5 dozen

Prep Time:30 min + chill time

Cook Time:12 min


3 cups Gold Medal® All-Purpose Flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1/4 cup granulated white sugar
2 teaspoons freshly grated nutmeg


1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silpat mats (or spray with nonstick spray).

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt.

3. In a separate medium bowl, use an electric mixer to combine the butter and sugar until smooth and creamy. Beat in the milk and vanilla. Add the dry ingredients and continue to mix on low speed just until incorporated. Gather the dough into a ball, wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm (at least 30 minutes).

4. Combine the rolling mixture in a small bowl. Form level tablespoons of dough into 1-inch balls. Roll the balls in the nutmeg-sugar and place 2-inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. Flatten the balls to 1/4-inch thickness with the bottom or a glass dipped in sugar.

5. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until the cookies puff and settle down and turn golden. Let the cookies cool a bit, and then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely. These may be kept in an airtight container for several days at room temperature. The freeze well too!

SOURCE: (adapted barely from Chewy, Gooey, Crispy, Crunchy by Alice Medrich

Here are a few more nutmeg-themed cookie recipes you might enjoy:
Nutmeg Butter Biscuits by Cook Republic
Nutmeg-Lemon Pfeffernusse by The Kitchn
Eggnog Cookies by RecipeGirl


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  • Kelly – Life Made Sweeter wrote:

    I adore sugar cookies and always look forward to making them every year around the holidays! I love that you added nutmeg to these, that sounds amazing! Pinned!

  • Connie wrote:

    I made the cookies according to recipe and we LOVE them. They are an excellent sugar cookies with a hint of nutmeg. They will definitely be in my best cookie list.
    They are very easy to make and SOOOOO good.

  • Connie wrote:

    Looking at the is recipe and seeing NO EGGS….is that correct?
    Wanted to make them this morning but decided to wait and see if you reply to my question.

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Hi Connie- yep, no eggs in this one!

  • Joshua Hampton wrote:

    I’m more of a chocolate chip cookie guy, but I like spiced sugar cookies too. These cookies look awesome.

  • Laura @ Laura’s Culinary Adventures wrote:

    Even though sugar cookies aren’t my favorite, I can never turn one down 🙂

  • Faith (An Edible Mosaic) wrote:

    These look amazing, Lori. I’ve been dying to come up with some kind of nutmeg-scented cookie and this one looks perfect. I’m going to make this recipe with my niece – she would love them too!

  • Karen Long wrote:

    Making these right now! How simple and I’m sure to be delicious!

  • Matea wrote:

    Yum! The crackles on the cookies look awesome!

  • Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust wrote:

    These are fantastic Lori!!!

  • Marissa | Pinch and Swirl wrote:

    I absolutely love sugar cookies and snickerdoodles. And you should see what I do to the top of a chai latte – absolutely douse it with nutmeg 😉 So these look just perfect to me.

  • Cece wrote:

    I too love sugar cookies! I like a good chocolate chip or chocolate cookie but I have to say sugar cookies, snickerdoodles and peanut butter are at the top of my favorite list!

  • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet wrote:

    I’ve been knee deep in baking sugar cookies for the last two days! I need to make these too! Love how crunchy they look!

  • Jenny Flake wrote:

    How fun! Bet these are sooooo good!

  • Amanda wrote:

    Love these, they look great!

  • Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness wrote:

    Sugar cookies are one of my favorites too! So simple, but so sweet, crunchy and delicious! I LOVE that you added Nutmeg to these. If there is one spice that just screams “Christmas” it is nutmeg fo’ sho! Pinned!