Recipes for icebox cookies have been around a long time, passed down from generation to generation. The concept is simple: prepare the dough, form it into a log, and chill until firm. Then simply slice and bake. Perfect for when you want to make just a few cookies or want to churn out an entire batch in a short amount of time. The flavors can range from orange to coconut to, of course, chocolate chip.
Chocolate chip icebox cookies are buttery and delicious. Instead of whole chocolate chips, these cookies are filled with ground or finely chopped chocolate chips. (You can use a small food processor to do this.) Plan to let the dough logs chill for at least 4 hours or leave them in the refrigerator overnight. Feel free to add finely chopped pecans or walnuts to these cookies for extra crunch and flavor.
- In a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugars together. Add eggs, vanilla, and salt and beat until light and fluffy.
- With the mixer on low speed, gradually add the flour. Stir in the ground chocolate chips.
- Chill the dough for about 30 minutes to 1 hour, or until firm enough to shape.
- Divide dough into 2 portions; form each portion into a log and wrap in plastic wrap or waxed paper.
- Refrigerate the dough logs for at least 4 hours, or until very firm.
- Heat the oven to 350 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat, or lightly grease the pan.
- Cut a log into 1/4-inch slices and place on the prepared baking sheet about 1 inch apart.
- Bake the cookies for 9 to 12 minutes, until lightly golden.
History of the Icebox
Well before the invention of what we now know as refrigeration, people owned iceboxes, which were, basically, a box that had a compartment for ice and another space for food that you wanted to keep cold. The ice needed to be replaced as it melted, and that meant a visit from the ice wagon. In the 1800s, if you were lucky you lived in a neighborhood where the ice wagon would make deliveries to houses on your street. (Some people left their iceboxes on the front step to be filled when they weren't home.) Although an ice-making appliance was invented in the mid-1800s, it was not until the 1930s that people began to own refrigerator iceboxes. Around this time recipes for icebox cakes and cookies became popular.
|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Total Fat||9 g|
|Saturated Fat||5 g|
|Unsaturated Fat||3 g|
|Dietary Fiber||1 g|