Nutmeg Buttermilk Cookies

Is it nerdy for grown women to have a battle of one-upmanship on a cell phone game?  Cuz that’s what’s happening with my friend and I on Temple Run.

I was feeling all awesome-sauce and big-headed about my score of 2.19 million, and bragging my face off to her.

Her: Is that real?  How did you get a score that high?
Me:  Being amazing.  Also, resurrection wings.  The permanent ones.

Two days later, she sent me a screenshot of her new high score, 2.88 million.


Me: Crud! You KNOW I have to beat that score now.
Her:  Bring it.

And I immediately set a new high score for myself… 2.22 million.  Not high enough.  I may or may not have then spent about 50,000 Temple Run Coins, and an hour and a half of real time trying to beat that score.

nutmeg cookie recipe


Welcome to my life.  It’s this exact sort of thinking that explains the rise of Farmville and the demise of soap operas.  I mean, we could be watching Days of Our Lives and eating nachos, but instead, we’re getting tips from our teenage sons on how to beat our friends at cell phone games.

Lest you think that my obsessive thinking exists only in the realm of Temple Run, I should warn you that I have lately been a touch obsessive about one other thing this week…


Yeah, nutmeg.  Don’t ask me why.

I found these seriously delicious-looking buttermilk cookies, and let’s be honest, nobody doesn’t love a buttermilk cookie.  This one from called for lemon zest, but I decided to use nutmeg instead.  I guess I just like the idea of something being just a touch spiced, without the use of cinnamon.

I have kind of a weird pet peeve about cinnamon.  But that’s a story for another day.

I used a teaspoon of nutmeg in the cookies, which is just enough to give them a hint of spice, but not so much that you can really place what it is.  I also used a teaspoon of nutmeg in the glaze, which is far more powerful, and really adds a ton of flavor to the cookie.

And, if I’m lucky, it will give me just the kick I need to beat the pants of my friend achieve my new goal score of 3 million Temple Run points.  Trust me, when I reach that point, you’ll be the first to know.

Update: Since I wrote this post, I actually did beat the pants off her, with a score of 3.3 million.  Read ’em and weep.



4.5 from 4 reviews
Nutmeg Buttermilk Cookies
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A glazed buttermilk cookie with hint of nutmeg.
Recipe type: cookies
Serves: 5 dozen
  • ¾ cup butter, softened
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • ⅔ cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • 3 cups flour
  • 3 T. buttermilk
  • 1½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  1. Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla and mix well.
  2. Add buttermilk and nutmeg and mix well. Add dry ingredients and mix until incorporated.
  3. Drop spoonfuls onto a greased or lined baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes.
  4. For glaze, combine all ingredients, stirring until smooth. Drizzle small spoonfuls of glaze over cooled cookies.
  5. Store cookies in an airtight container.


15 thoughts on “Nutmeg Buttermilk Cookies

  1. Lisa {Sweet 2 Eat Baking}

    Ooo, these look divine and so moist too but with that cookie crisp. Yummo. And yes! For me, it was Doodlejump. My friend had played it long before me so when I started playing I was determined to beat her score and beat it I did – I whooped her arse and still the highest score between us even though we’ve not played in so long that it’s impossible again now.

  2. kitchenriffs

    I really like the idea of substituting nutmeg for lemon zest. Although I love lemon, its flavor tends to get a bit lost in cookies, but nutmeg’s flavor really shines. Great idea! Oh, and congrats on your new high score!

  3. April

    Okay, I’m obsessed with buttermilk AND nutmeg! These cookies look fabulosly scrumptious, I am SO trying them 🙂 Taking a peek from Foodie Friday. See you around! (And of course, good luck in your Temple Run battle)

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  5. Carrie

    If these sound good to you AT ALL, do yourself a HUGE favor and make them!! These are by MILES the moistest, fluffiest cookies I’ve ever made and among the moistest and fluffiest that I’ve ever had. I was mildly concerned about the amount of nutmeg, but it is PERFECT! They were even a delight to mix. A+++. SO good. I omitted the icing, as my fella and I aren’t really icing people, I may try that if I make it for a party or anything (which I probably will at some point). Thank you for sharing!

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  7. Susan

    I searched the Internet for a cookie recipe that would the buttermilk I had in my fridge and stumbled across theae little gems. Made these (exactly as written) to share at a potluck. As always is the case at a potluck, the best review is taking home an empty plate — in this case, I took home only crumbs! Thanks for sharing this recipe. By thw way, my “smart” phone isn’t allowing me to select a 5-STAR rating, but that is what I would assign this recipe if I could.

    1. Jen Post author

      I actually prefer to line the sheets with either parchment paper or a silicone mat. You could also grease the cookie sheet. I’ll make a change to the recipe card, thanks for pointing that out!

  8. Sami

    I’ve now made these multiple times (with nutmeg, but other spices instead, too) and while amazingly yummy, mine are always flat. Are you really using a lot more flour than your recipe indicates? Higher/lower temp? Sam


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