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!