This nutmeg shortbread is reminiscent of eggnog since both contain nutmeg as their key ingredient. It makes a nice gift since it is unusual. It goes well with coffee or milk.
I like doubling this recipe, and making them in separate bowls at the same time.
Cut in cold butter into the dry mixture.
When ready to bake-- remember to add the nutmeg sugar mixture on top before you bake it!!
In addition to "fork holes" you will also want to lightly score the lines where you will cut your pieces after it is finished baking.
I love the triangle shaped slices--- It's just something different than the usual cookies and bars.
But..... you can get more servings out of an 8x8 dish instead.
If you try this unusual recipe, I'd like to know about it!
- 1⅓ cup flour
- 1 tsp. nutmeg, plus ¼ tsp.
- ⅓ cup sugar, plus 1 TBLSP
- 1 stick cold butter (4 oz)
- 1 large egg yolk
- Mix flour and 1 tsp nutmeg together.
- Mix 1 TBLSP sugar and ¼ tsp nutmeg together in small bowl and set aside.
- Cut cold butter into small pieces and mix into flour mixture until it resembles coarse sand.
- Stir ⅓ c. sugar into flour mixture.
- Stir in one egg yolk with fork.
- Then use hands to knead it together for several minutes until dough forms a ball.
- Press flat into greased 9 inch pie plate or 8 inch square glass pan.
- Mark slices carefully (not going very deep at all) with a sharp knife.
- Poke fork holes half an inch apart all over the dough surface.
- Sprinkle the extra nutmeg/ sugar mixture over the top.
- Bake at 325 degrees for about 35 minutes. Watch carefully. Let it brown just a bit on the edges, being careful not to overcook (or undercook). It should be golden underneath (you can look through the clear pie plate) but if the golden gets too dark it will taste burnt.
- Cut the slices in the pan, but then let it cool completely before getting them out or it will crumble apart.
- I have always made this shortbread in a glass dish. I like the triangle shaped slices in a pie plate, but you can get more servings by using an 8x8 glass dishes and cutting 16 squares instead of 8 slices.