Nutmeg Meltaways

"These cookies simply melt in you mouth, they make a great addition to any holiday cookie platter :)"
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Ready In:
60 cookies (approx)


  • 1 cup butter, softened (no substitutions)
  • 12 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 34 cup finely ground almonds, toasted before grinding (about 3-oz)
  • 1 cup icing sugar (confectioners)
  • 1 tablespoon nutmeg


  • Set oven to 300 degrees.
  • Grease a large baking sheet.
  • In a mixing bowl cream butter, sugar and vanilla until fluffy.
  • Gradually add flour and mix well.
  • Stir in ground almonds.
  • Shape into 1-inch balls.
  • Place 2 inches apart on baking sheet/s.
  • Bake for about 18-20 minutes, or until bottoms are lightly browned.
  • Cool on wire racks.
  • In a small bowl combine icing sugar and nutmeg.
  • Gently roll cooled cookies in the sugar mixture.

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  1. Pamela J
    I messed up and added the nutmeg to the cookie mix, they still came out real good! A keeper!
  2. Moonchild64
    OMGoodness! I have searched forever for my Mama's Christmas Meltaway Cookies and lo and behold ... you have posted it here! The only thing different than Mama's is the nutmeg but I left it out for half the batch and added it for the 2nd half. Oops ... I also changed the ground almonds to ground pecans. We had pecan trees in our yard growing up so we used those nutmeats a lot. Thank you again for absolutely making my day!
  3. HokiesMom
    Kit - you just keep putting out these 5 star recipes! I made these for a church celebration service and they received rave reviews and many people commenting on how their moms used to make these or how they wanted the recipe! Made exactly as written - very simple to do, even beginner cooks can make these with ease. Tagged in 1.2.3 Hit Wonders 2008
  4. Darlene28
    Very tasty little treasures. Made these for chrismas 2006 and they were a big hit. They also froze well and I sprinkled them with icing sugar before serving them. Thank you for posting.
  5. dicentra
    These are YUMMY! I used less confectioner's sugar than called for and used sliced almonds (that I basically crushed up). These lovely cookies looked very nice on my xmas cookie tray. Thanks! :)



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