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Basic Ice Box Cookie With Variations

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“A great basic recipe with a multitude variety of ways to take these cookies.You can chill these up to 2 weeks.”
48 cookies

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat together butter and sugar until fluffy. Stir in eggs and vanilla; mix well.
  2. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt, then add to butter mixture, mixing until thoroughly combined.
  3. Divide dough in half and place each half on a piece of plastic wrap. Shape into a log about 2½ inches in diameter and wrap tightly. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours until firm.
  4. To prepare cookies, preheat oven to 400°F Slice dough thinly and place on lightly greased baking sheets. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned around the edges. Transfer cookies to a baking rack to cool. Store in an airtight container.
  5. Alternatives: Lemon: Sub lemon extract for vanilla and add 2 tsp finely grated lemon zest.
  6. Cherry: Sub cherry extract for vanilla and add 1/2 cup finely chopped dried cherries or dried craisins.
  7. Nut: Add 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans or walnuts.
  8. Chocolate: Stir in 2 squares melted semisweet chocolate.

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