Connecticut's nickname is "The Nutmeg State." According to Wikipedia, the origins of this nickname are unknown. Even so, I decided a nutmeg based cookie would represent Connecticut.
Nutmeg itself is kind of funky looking:
From the nutmeg tree two spices are harvested: mace and nutmeg. I don't think I've ever cooked with mace so I can't speak about it's flavor. Nutmeg, on the other hand, I've used many, many times. I have two whole nutmegs in my pantry and they are well loved. The flavor of fresh ground nutmeg is leaps and bounds better above the pre-ground jarred stuff (this is true with most spices).
For this nutmeg cookie, I used a traditional icebox cookie and added the nutmeg flavor. The cookie has a wonderful flavor and the spicy nutmeg adds a nice warmth to the sweetness. These cookies were really easy to make - the whole batter went together in just minutes. After chilling them, I sliced and baked and the aroma of sugar and nutmeg filled my kitchen reminding me of fall.
Connecticut Nutmeg Icebox Cookies
1/2 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
Cream butter and sugar. Add vanilla and egg until well mixed.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cream of tartar, salt, and nutmeg. Add slowly to butter and sugar mixture until well combined. Transfer to a sheet of waxed paper (or plastic wrap) and roll into a log about 2" thick. Wrap tightly and refrigerate at least two hours.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Remove dough from refrigerator and slice into 1/4" rounds. Place on a parchment lined cookie sheet about 2" apart. bake for 8-10 minutes until lightly browned. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.