Icebox Cookies Recipe
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Icebox Cookies Recipe

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"This cookie recipe from my 91-year-old grandmother was my grandfather's favorite," shares Chris Paulsen, Glendale, Arizona. "She still makes them and sends us home with the dough so that we can make more whenever we want, I love to make a fresh batch when company drops in."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + freezing Bake: 10 min.
MAKES:42 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + freezing Bake: 10 min.
MAKES: 42 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts, optional

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 62 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 69mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.


  1. In a bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar. Add egg and vanilla; beat well. Combine dry ingredients; add to creamed mixture. Stir in nuts if desire.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, shape the dough into three 10-in. x 1-in. rolls. Tightly wrap each roll in waxed paper. Freeze for at least 12 hours.
  3. Cut into 3/8-in. slices and place on greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 6-8 minutes. Remove to a wire rack to cool. Yield: about 7 dozen.
Originally published as Icebox Cookies in Taste of Home February/March 1994, p63

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dunkinhynd User ID: 8535873 232747
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2015

"We loved it but changed vanilla from half tsp to 1 cup because we are alcoholics"

hippity-hop User ID: 6626125 8005
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2012

"We enjoyed these cookies, but added 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon to add to the flavor"

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