Sugar Refrigerator Cookies

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Sugar Refrigerator Cookies are a traditional cookies also known as icebox cookies that are the perfect recipe as a base for so many incredible cookie recipes and are fabulous on your own.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 14 minutes
Resting Time: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 24 minutes

Sugar Refrigerator Cookies are a traditional cookies also known as icebox cookies that are the perfect recipe as a base for so many incredible cookie recipes and are fabulous on your own.

stack of sugar refrigerator cookies with sprinkles on a white plate

Refrigerator cookies are an easy butter cookie recipe that was invented around the time of the invention of the icebox. They were created to have fresh baked cookies on hand any time that you need them. The recipe produces an incredible cookie that can be used in so many different capacities, you will love them.

These cookies start with a base cookie dough that can be turned into several types of cookies including pistachio cookies, peppermint cookies and toffee cookies.

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What makes this recipe great? They are a beautiful simple cookie that can be transformed into so many different cookies. Simple to make, freeze and store for whenever you want fresh cookies.

  • Easy Batter: It only takes 15 minutes to make this batter.
  • Easy Ingredients: All found in pantry.
  • Family Friendly: Everyone loves a warm fresh baked cookie.
  • Adaptable: Can make this one cookie into so many different flavored cookies.
sugar refrigerator cookies with other cookies spread out on a plate

What You Need to Make Sugar Refrigerator Cookies Recipe

Ingredients

Equipment

How to Make Sugar Refrigerator Cookies – Step by Step

  • Mix: First, with the paddle attachment of a stand mixer cream butter until light and fluffy and then add in brown sugar and white sugar and continue to mix until well incorporated and next add in egg and vanilla and continue mixing until well blended.
  • Whisk: Second, in a separate bowl whisk together flour, baking powder and salt and then gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture mixing after each addition until all the flour is incorporated.
  • Chill: Lay out wax paper and dough roll into a long shape with a diameter of about 2 inches and then wrap the dough in the wax paper and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  • Line: When ready, preheat the oven to 350, line a baking sheet with parchment and slice the cookie dough into 1/4 to 1/2 inch slices.
  • Bake: Then bake for 10-14 minutes or until they are a very lightly golden brown around the edge and appear dry in the center.
  • Cool: Finally, allow to cool for 2-3 minutes on the baking sheet before removing and allowing to cool completely on a wire rack.

Common Questions About Refrigerator Cookies

WHY DO YOU REFRIGERATE THE DOUGH?

When chilling the dough before baking, you get a cookie that holds it’s shape better and also results in a more tender cookie with better consistency.

HOW LONG DOES THE REFRIGERATOR DOUGH LAST?

According to the USDA the dough will last up to four days in an airtight container or up to four months in the freezer, see more here.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

Indeed, you can use this dough in so many ways and you can adjust the quantity as you desire.

RECIPE BE MADE AHEAD OF TIME?

Of course, in fact you need to make it at least an hour ahead of time for optimum results.

WHAT OTHER COOKIE CAN YOU MAKE WITH THIS REFRIGERATOR COOKIE DOUGH?

>Pistachio cookies
>Peppermint Cookies
> Toffee Cookies

stack of sugar refrigerator cookies with sprinkles on a white plate

Expert Tips for Making Sugar Refrigerator Cookies

  • Add To the Dough: For example: chips, coffee, cocoa, coconut, nuts or citrus.
  • Top: Icing on top of the cookies, add sprinkles or chocolate.
  • Variation tip: Feel free to add as many tips as you need in this section
  • Alternate ingredient: Shortening can be utilized in place of the butter.
  • Candy: Candied fruit, pieces of coated chocolate pieces or other candy can be used.

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Sugar Refrigerator Cookies

Yield: 40 cookies
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 14 minutes
Resting Time: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 24 minutes
Sugar Refrigerator Cookies are a traditional cookies also known as icebox cookies that are the perfect recipe as a base for so many incredible cookie recipes and are fabulous on your own.
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Ingredients

  • 2 Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 1 Cup Butter, softened
  • ½ Cup White Sugar
  • ½ Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tsp Vanilla

Instructions

  • With the paddle attachment of a stand mixer cream butter until light and fluffy.
  • Add in brown sugar and white sugar and continue to mix until well incorporated.
  • Add in egg and vanilla and continue mixing until well blended.
  • In a separate bowl whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.
  • Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture mixing after each addition until all the flour is incorporated.
  • Lay out a piece of wax paper on a flat surface. Scoop the dough into the center of the wax paper. Use the wax paper to help roll the dough into a long shape with a diameter of about 2 inches.
  • Wrap the dough in the wax paper and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  • To bake-
  • Preheat the oven to 350
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Slice the cookie dough into ¼- ½ inch slices.
  • Place dough slices on prepared cookie sheet a couple of inches apart.
  • Bake for 10-14 minutes or until they are a very lightly golden brown around the edge and appear dry in the center.
  • Allow to cool for 2-3 minutes on the baking sheet before removing and allowing to cool completely on a wire rack.

Expert Tips

  • Add To the Dough: For example: chips, coffee, cocoa, coconut, nuts or citrus.
  • Top: Icing on top of the cookies, add sprinkles or chocolate.
  • Variation tip: Feel free to add as many tips as you need in this section
  • Alternate ingredient: Shortening can be utilized in place of the butter.
  • Candy: Candied fruit, pieces of coated chocolate pieces or other candy can be used.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 86kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 72mg | Potassium: 24mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 148IU | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cookies, icebox cookies, sugar cookies

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