Thursday, October 27, 2011

Lemon Icebox Cookies........Week 5 of The 12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies

After my rich and decadent holiday dessert last week, I wanted to make  something a little lighter this week.  I'm not sure if you can call a butter cookie "lighter" but it sounds good to me.

Ice Box Cookies (aka Refrigerator Cookies) are basically shortbread cookies that are usually rolled into logs, refrigerated and then sliced and baked.  This dough made 3 logs.  I sliced and baked 2 of them 1 day and then used the 3rd one the next day.  This dough can be frozen for up to 2 months which is perfect to make ahead of time.  You can then thaw out the dough and bake it around the holidays.

These cookies were not "pucker your lips" with lemon flavor.  They had a hint of lemon and were on the crunchy side.  Very good butter cookie that went perfect with a cup of hot tea.  

Make sure to check out the blog hop below for more cookie and treat ideas.

Lemon Icebox Cookies
Recipe by Southern Living


1 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt


Beat butter and sugars at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy.  Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.  Add grated lemon rind and lemon juice, beating until blended.

Combine flour, baking soda and salt.  Gradually add to butter mixture and beat just until blended.

Divide dough into 3 equal portions.  Roll each portion to a 12 inch log and wrap in wax paper.  Place in refrigerator and chill 8 hours.

Cut each log into 1/2 inch slices (about 28 slices) and place on lightly greased baking sheets.  

Bake at 350 degrees for 12-14 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.  Remove to wire racks to cool.  Store cookies in an airtight container.

Note:  I made the cookie dough in the morning and placed the dough logs in the refrigerator.  Later that day, I sliced and baked the cookies.  Fresh cookies for an evening treat.

What surprise hides inside?

Lemon Icebox Cookies!!!

Mom's Cooking Club Lesson:  Part of the fun of giving cookies and holiday treats is the packaging.  I got these cute Holiday Take Out containers at Michaels last year.  Your local craft store will have so many ideas.  Make it festive, make it fun!  



Tracy said...

Sounds delicious! I love lemon cookies. :)

Meal Plan Mom (Brenda) said...

Yum! I love any sort of lemony sweet but cookies is not one that I make often. These look yummy and easy too--definitely going on the to-try list!

BreAna {Sugar and Spice and All Things Iced} said...

I love lemon desserts! I can hardly wait to try these cookies. I love that they can be made ahead of time and baked as they are needed.

kita said...

My boyfriend loves his mothers ice box cookies and I can't for the life of me remember what they are at the moment (ut oh) but these sound like I may have to sneak them in along side hers this year and see if he likes them too.

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Nanna said...

ohhh I have everything down to the tea except the lemon LOL! Mercy how many cookies can we test before Christmas LOL

Patsyk said...

I love cookies that you can cut and bake! Makes it so much easier to prepare them ahead of time and add more variety to my holiday gifts! These sound perfect!

Barbara Bakes said...

So nice to have slice and bake logs so you can have some now and later. Sounds like a great cookie.

Look at Cowboy Boots said...

The lemon refrigerator cookies are simply the do you keep from eating them all. So good and thanks!

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