Grandma Abbey made these cookies for my MIL (her granddaughter) when she was a child in the 1930's. They're my husband's favorite. With a delicate nutmeg flavor, they stand up nicely to frosting. Grandpa Boskat, my MIL's father, always preferred his with sugar sprinkled on top, but Grandma Boskat frosted the rest for her children.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
10 mins
additional:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 25 mins
Servings:
18
Yield:
3 dozen
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Ingredients

18
Original recipe yields 18 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Cream together butter and sugar in a large bowl. Add eggs and beat until light and fluffy. Combine the nutmeg, salt, baking soda, and baking powder in a small bowl. Stir in the buttermilk and add this mixture to the creamed ingredients. Gradually stir in the flour one cup at a time. If dough is still too sticky to roll, gradually add more flour until you can form the dough into a ball. Cover and chill dough for at least an hour.

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Roll dough out to 1/4 inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Cut into shapes and place on ungreased cookie sheet.

  • Bake until no indentation remains when cookies are lightly touched, about 10 minutes. Cool cookies on rack.

Nutrition Facts

245 calories; protein 3.4g; carbohydrates 33.5g; fat 11.2g; cholesterol 48.3mg; sodium 248.9mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (9)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
12/09/2008
I was a little heavy handed with the flour when the dough did not quickly form as ball as directed, and so ended up with slightly cakier cookies than I expected. Otherwise, very tasty and easy to use dough once it set up in the fridge. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/25/2011
I don't recommend making these if you want to use cookie cutters. The dough is too wet despite adding a lot more flour than recommended. The flavor is OK but nothing special. I wouldn't bother with this again. Read More
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11 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 4 stars
12/09/2008
I was a little heavy handed with the flour when the dough did not quickly form as ball as directed, and so ended up with slightly cakier cookies than I expected. Otherwise, very tasty and easy to use dough once it set up in the fridge. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/06/2008
I love this recipe and my kids did too! The taste is great!!! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/24/2011
I don't recommend making these if you want to use cookie cutters. The dough is too wet despite adding a lot more flour than recommended. The flavor is OK but nothing special. I wouldn't bother with this again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/14/2014
Grace made me these for Christmas and gave me the recipe that I later lost. She said you have to do it by hand a little of this and that until it's just right. I'm pleased to see her recipe is saved on the internets so I could find it again. I have her roll recipe and her dumplings around here somewhere too. She told stories of how her mother was quite a baker. I know her Charley ate well. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
12/09/2017
This recipe did not work out for me. I added more flour than recommended to try to prevent the dough from being too wet and sticky but it was still wet and sticky. I don t recommend if using cookie cutters Read More
Rating: 1 stars
10/10/2012
When I added the buttermilk to the flour which the directions implies I got something like a silly putty mixture which doesn't even mix smoothly. Plus based on the other reviews I will try another recipe rather than trying to make this again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/09/2012
ok so here's what i did; i was closer to 5 and a half cups of flour because i mixed by hand it wasn't completely solid when i put it in the fridge but looked like dough. i left it over night and it was perfect! me and my girls had a ball making these thanks:) also didn't have buttermilk so made sour milk with milk powder instead ended up making 72 cookies. cookie cutters worked great roll thin for crunchy cookies like my husband likes and a little thicker for soft centered bickys this may be my new base for all my cookies can add and change to make all different types of cookies:D Read More
Rating: 2 stars
12/30/2018
I followed the recipe exactly and with the ingredient list the dough was too sticky. I kept adding flour to the mix and in the end there was too much dough and the cookies were bad enough that I threw the entire batch in the garbage. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
12/02/2020
Sticky, unworkable dough. Not possible to roll it out. I had to freeze it and then cut chunks off to bake. Very good, delicate flavor - but not worth the bother of all that stickiness Read More
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