Saturday, December 11, 2010
Cookie Recipe #343 - Yule Logs
These little cookie logs are sweet and slightly spicy; the browned butter frosting makes the perfect topping.
Ingredients: 1 cup butter, softened, 3/4 cup granulated sugar, 1/4 cup packed brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger, 1 egg, 1 tablespoon dark rum (or an extra teaspoon of vanilla), 1 teaspoon vanilla, 3 cups all-purpose flour. Frosting: 1/2 cup butter, 5 cups sifted powdered sugar, 1/4 cup milk, 2 teaspoons vanilla. Colored sugar or sprinkles, for decorating.
Instructions: In a large mixing bowl, beat butter; add granulated sugar, brown sugar, nutmeg, and ginger. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in egg, rum, and vanilla until combined. Add in flour until thoroughly incorporated.
Divide dough into six portions. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill about 30 minutes or until easy to handle.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. On a lightly floured surface, shape each dough portion into a 1/2-inch thick rope. Cut ropes into 3-inch logs. Place logs 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets.
Bake about 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Transfer cookies to wire racks to cool.
Make frosting: In a small saucepan heat the 1/2 cup butter over low heat until melted. Continue heating until butter turns a delicate brown. Remove from heat; pour butter into a medium mixing bowl. Add powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla. Beat until combined. Add additional milk (1-2 tablespoons), as necessary, to make of spreading consistency.
Spread frosting over each log. Run a fork lengthwise along log so frosting resembles bark. Sprinkle lightly with colored sugar or sprinkles. Let frosting dry before devouring.
Makes about 4 dozen logs.
"Better Homes and Gardens Biggest Book of Cookies", Meredith Corporation, Des Moines, IA, 2003.