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Chocolate Icebox Cookies

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These chocolate icebox cookies are rich, buttery, and so soft, they melt in your mouth. This recipe makes an excellent slice-and-bake dough, perfect for when a cookie craving strikes. 

It’s midnight. You’re in bed. Your eyes are shut. But… your mind is awake, dreaming about chocolate cookies. No matter how hard you try, you just can’t ignore that yearning.

Homemade Chocolate Icebox Cookies

So you finally get up and walk to the kitchen. You check the counter, the pantry, and the fridge. Alas, no cookies. You go back to bed,  heartbroken, unable to scratch that itch. 

I know how awful it feels, and I’m here to help.

With this easy recipe for chocolate icebox cookies, you’ll never have to go to sleep disappointed again. 

Chocolate Icebox Cookies

Chocolate icebox cookies are soft, buttery, and wonderfully crisp around the edges. 

It’s a simple recipe that calls for basic pantry ingredients… so basic, you most likely have them on hand already. 

It’s also the best solution for a sudden cookie craving. You make the dough once, store it in the freezer, and bake whenever! 

The cookies go way back into the 1930s, predating the refrigerator and freezer. Back then, people used iceboxes – basically a box with ice – to preserve food. 

People would prepare the cookie dough, roll it into a log, and store it in an icebox. Hence the name! They then sliced the log into rounds and baked whenever desired.

Ingredients for Chocolate Icebox Cookies

  • All-purpose flour. To give your cookies structure.
  • Cocoa powder. To give the cookies that rich, chocolatey goodness.
  • Cinnamon. Just a touch of spice does wonders for the cookies’ flavor.
  • Butter. For super-rich and buttery cookies. Use unsalted butter, so that you can control how much sodium goes into the cookies. 

Also, make sure your butter is at room temperature so that it combines easily with the rest of the ingredients. Do not use melted butter, because that will cause the cookies to spread thinly as they bake.

  • Granulated sugar. Just regular granulated sugar will do!
  • Egg. Just one is enough to make the cookies ultra-rich and tender.

Tips for Making Icebox Cookies

  • Measure the flour accurately. Don’t just scoop it with a measuring cup, or you’ll end up with more flour than needed. This will make your cookies dry and crumbly!

For best results, use a scale to measure the flour. Or use a spoon to transfer the flour into the measuring cup and level it with the back of a knife.

  • Want your cookies to be perfectly round? Place the dough inside the cardboard tubes of paper towel rolls.  

Empty the rolls, cut a slit down the tubes, and store the dough inside. Wrap the tubes with foil so they don’t get wet in the fridge or freezer. This will prevent the dough from getting deformed, no matter how long you store it.

  • Do not over-mix the ingredients. Do so just until they are well-combined. Over-mixing will melt the butter too much, and your dough will become too soft and sticky. You won’t be able to form a cylinder from the batter if that’s the case! 

If you’ve accidentally over-mixed, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 15-30 minutes. Try to form the dough again.

  • Wrap the dough cylinder with a dry (and clean!) kitchen towel before refrigerating. This will prevent the dough from getting flattened as it chills.
  • Chill the dough for at least two hours before baking. If you bake it too soon, chances are, the cookies will spread and flatten too much and become crispy.
  • These chocolate icebox cookies are amazing as is, but you can also switch things up a little by adding chocolate chips, chopped nuts, or sprinkles.
Chocolate Icebox Cookies

How long do these cookies last?

Baked chocolate icebox cookies will last for up to 5 days when stored in an airtight container at room temperature. 

You can also store the pre-cooked cookie dough in the fridge for up to seven days. Be sure to wrap the dough completely in plastic wrap. 

Store the cookie dough in the freezer to extend its lifespan significantly. By significantly, I mean up to three months!

That’s the beauty of icebox cookies. You prepare the cookie dough once and freeze it for eternity. Whenever a craving strikes, you can just take the dough out, slice, and bake!  

Here’s how: shape the cookie dough into a 2-inch-wide cylinder, wrap it in foil and wax paper, and freeze.

To bake, defrost the dough at the counter, slice into rounds, and pop them in the oven.

Chocolate Icebox Cookies

Servings

55-60

servings
Prep time

10

minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • ⅓ cup of cocoa powder

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

  • ¾ cup of granulated sugar

  • 1 egg

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions

  • In a medium bowl, mix flour, cocoa powder, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt.
  • In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar with an electric mixer at low speed for 30 seconds. Increase speed to high and beat for 3 minutes until the mixture is fluffy.
  • Reduce mixer speed to low and add the egg and vanilla. Beat for about 20 to 30 seconds, just until combined.
  • Add the flour mixture into the butter mixture, and stir gently until combined.
  • Divide the dough in two and roll each into a 2-inch-wide cylinder. Wrap the cylinders in wax paper, twisting the ends to seal them. Chill the dough until firm, at least 2 hours.
  • Place baking racks at the top and bottom thirds of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line two sheet pans with parchment paper.
  • Slice the dough into ¼-inch rounds. Place the cookies on the sheet pans 1 inch apart.
  • Bake the cookies in the preheated oven for 5 to 6 minutes. Switch the sheet pans so that the top pan is now at the bottom, and vice versa. Bake for another 5 to 6 minutes, until the cookies are golden brown around the edges.
  • Allow the cookies to cool on the sheet pans for 1 minute. Transfer them into a wire rack and let them cool completely.
  • Store the cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.
Chocolate Icebox Cookies

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