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25 Easy Icebox Cookies to Make This Holiday

Perfect for busy bees, these icebox cookies are ideal for the holidays.

So make a big batch of dough, freeze it, and bake whenever the cravings strike!

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The holidays are a time for family…and cookies!

But instead of stressing yourself out and making everything last minute, why not try these scrumptious icebox cookie recipes instead?

Whip up the dough, wrap it tight and freeze it, then slice and bake the cookies when you need them.

Icebox cookies are quick, easy to make, and come in various fun flavors.

So whether you like the classics or something with a twist, they’re sure to hit the spot.

25 Best Icebox Cookie Recipes Just Like Grandma Made

1. Cherry Icebox Cookies

I always have cookie dough in the freezer…just in case! And if you get cookie cravings a lot, too, icebox cookies are just the ticket.

These hearty cherry delights are buttery, sweet, and really pretty with that red coloring.

They’re chewy on the inside and crisp on the outside, with plenty of almonds in every bite.

Drizzle them with dark chocolate for a fun and rich finish. Or better yet, add it right into the dough!

2. Chocolate Icebox Cookies

These chocolate icebox cookies are decadent and worth every single calorie.

It starts with a simple cookie dough infused with cocoa. But there’s also cinnamon in the mix for a hint of warmth.

Every bite is melt-in-your-mouth delicious. And it’s even better if you add some chocolate chunks!

3. Chocolate Vanilla Swirl Icebox Cookies

How adorable are these chocolate and vanilla swirl cookies? And don’t worry, they’re crazy easy to recreate!

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All you need to do is make two doughs (you could technically make any two doughs, as long as the colors are different enough).

Then, roll each out and lay one flat on top of the other. Next, carefully roll them up into a log.

Let it chill, then slice and bake! How easy is that?

4. Chocolate Espresso Refrigerator Cookies

When you need a cookie that’s both sweet and rich, try these chocolate and espresso icebox cookies.

The espresso powder enhances the chocolatey goodness like you won’t believe. And since it’s espresso (not just coffee), you will taste it a little.

So if you’re a mocha lover, this is the cookie recipe for you! It’s simple, but the flavors will wow you after every bite.

5. Chocolate Chip and Oatmeal Refrigerator Cookies

Nothing beats a classic chocolate chip cookie. It’s comforting, sweet, and always a winner.

But if you add some chewy oats to the dough, you’re in for a truly delightful treat!

Each bite bursts with oatmeal crunch and a hint of chocolatey decadence. 

Top them with some sea salt before baking, and you’ll never go back to store-bought again.

6. Lemon Icebox Cookies

Want something sweet with a hint of tart citrus? Try these stunning lemon cookies!

The zesty, lemony flavor complements the sugary, buttery dough just right. And after a spin in the oven, they’re light, crispy, and melt in your mouth amazing.

Top them with creamy lemon frosting for the ultimate snacking experience.

7. Lime Icebox Cookies

Maybe you want something citrusy but not so sour? In that case, these lime icebox cookies are guaranteed to please.

The fresh, zippy taste of lime hits your tongue at first bite, and it’s enough to leave you wanting more.

It’s an incredible contrast to the buttery cookie dough. So much so, you may want to eat the entire batch in one sitting. 

8. Slice and Bake Vanilla Pecan Icebox Cookies

I’m all about the holiday spirit, but even I struggle to keep up when the festive season starts.

That’s why I made these vanilla and pecan icebox cookies a holiday tradition!

They’re crisp, chewy, and studded with pecans, so every bite is full of buttery, nutty goodness with warm vanilla flavor.

Perfect for dunking in milk on a chilly holiday morning, they’re ideal for anyone hosting family for Christmas.

9. Salted Caramel Refrigerator Cookies

I adore salty and sweet treats, which is why these salted caramel refrigerator cookies are always on my list.

The cookies boast a dreamy caramel flavor enhanced with a bit of sea salt. Plus, there’s a caramel drizzle that makes them downright addictive.

And while you’ll need to whip up the caramel for serving, the dough can be made months in advance if need be!

10. Oatmeal Refrigerator Cookies

These oatmeal refrigerator cookies are like a hug in cookie form.

They’re crisp and chewy, with just enough sweetness to delight your taste buds. It’s the perfect match for a mug of hot chocolate on a chilly day.

11. Cinnamon Pecan Icebox Cookies

Get ready to make a batch of cookies you’ll never forget. These cinnamon and pecan icebox cookies are spiced, buttery, and irresistible!

A simple blend of butter, flour, sugar, and eggs ensures this one is crumbly and rich.

Then you’ll infuse it with cinnamon and chopped pecans for a dreamy, nutty finish.


12. Brown Sugar Icebox Cookies

Looking for a simple, decadent treat that’s easy to make? Whip up these brown sugar icebox cookies!

They have a heavenly crispy exterior with a chewy middle that’ll make you weak in the knees.

Buttery, sugary, and melt-in-your-mouth incredible, they’re a must-try this fall.

Top these tasty cookies with chocolates, nuts, or dried fruits. You really can’t go wrong!

13. Slice and Bake Butter Cookies

Need a quick butter cookie for the holidays, this one is the best of the best.

They’re soft and chewy, with just the right amount of crispiness. And yes, they’re sugary and delightful.

If you plan to decorate these, just flatten them a little with your hand before baking. That should smooth out the top where you cut the dough.

14. Butterscotch Refrigerator Cookies

Once you bite into these butterscotch cookies, you’ll be hit by a wave of nostalgia.

It’s like stepping into grandma’s kitchen. Seriously, just the smell is enough to make me drool!

The babies come out of the oven perfectly soft and chewy with a nutty crunch you’ll adore. They’re practically impossible not to fall in love with!

15. Chocolate Peppermint Icebox Cookies

Forget the Girl Scouts and try these sensational chocolate and peppermint cookies.

They’re the perfect treat to celebrate the holidays. But they’re even better for those summer cookie cravings when Thin Mints are nowhere in sight!

Refreshing, chocolatey, and to die for, the best part has to be the chocolate ganache coating.

Top these with crushed peppermint candies for a festive touch!

16. Pistachio Cranberry Icebox Cookies

These pistachio and cranberry icebox cookies are super colorful, wonderfully chewy, and ideal for the festive season.

They’re a little nutty, a bit fruity, and decadently sweet.

The cookies are crisp and crumbly, with a satisfying crunch from the pistachio. But the dried cranberries balance all that out just right with their bright flavor.

Serve these cookies on a lazy Sunday and pair them with a cup of tea. Delish!

17. Pecan Icebox Cookies

These pecan icebox cookies are just what you need for a relaxing afternoon treat.

Buttery, crispy, gooey, and chewy, every bite is chock-full of tasty pecans.

Try toasting the nuts before adding them to the dough to boost that flavor. They need about 10 minutes in the oven, then to cool.

Chop them up and add them to the mix, and I guarantee you’ll taste the difference.

18. Sprinkle Slice n’ Bake Cookies

Looking for a fun treat to bring out your inner child? You can’t beat funfetti, amirite?

These cookies are super cute and delightfully colorful. And that’s down to the sprinkles in and on the cookies.

Top tip: use jimmies and only add them to the dough right at the end. If you mix them in too soon, the colors will bleed.

19. Easy Icebox Shortbread Cookies

Shortbread is my favorite kind of cookie. Not only is it rich and crumbly, but it’s super easy to modify.

For example, you can add nuts, fruits, chocolate, citrus zest, or even lavender to the dough, and it’ll be scrummy.

Just remember that it’s a delicate dough. So, don’t over-mix it!

I like to mix it until it’s almost uniform, then finish it on the counter as you roll it. That way, it’ll be perfect every time.

20. Slice and Bake Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Are you looking for a tasty dessert you can put together in no time? These oatmeal raisin chocolate chip cookies are the answer!

Each one contains wholesome ingredients like oats, whole wheat flour, and raisins.

Then there’s the chocolate chips because…well, why not?!

21. Pumpkin Icebox Cookies

Pumpkin spice is a classic fall flavor that’s yummy in everything from lattes to pies.

But what about icebox cookies? Oh yes, they’re equally delicious! 

They’re sweet and warm with a nutty note in the background. Make them once, and you’ll be hooked.

22. Toffee Icebox Cookies

Sweet, simple, and stunning, these toffee icebox cookies are beyond heavenly!

The dough is an enhanced shortbread dough, so it’s delightfully sweet and light. Plus, it’s loaded with chocolate-covered toffee bits.

Every bite of this cookie will leave you in awe. You won’t believe how much flavor it packs in such a small package.

23. Slice-and-Bake Coconut Shortbread Cookies

There’s nothing quite like the smell of freshly-baked cookies. And these shortbread cookies with coconut are out-of-this-world incredible.

Pull out the tray, and you’ll be met with buttery cookies and delectable toasted coconut on each one.

Try adding some mini chocolate chips or a drizzle of dark chocolate to boost their yumminess. But honesty, they don’t need it!

24. Soft Eggnog Cookies

The holidays are all about good food and indulgence. And what could be more indulgent than a soft eggnog cookie?

They boast the rich, creamy flavor of eggnog with a buttery crust infused with nutmeg.

And the eggnog frosting? *Chef’s kiss*

They’re the perfect treat to enjoy while unwrapping gifts.

25. Vegan Slice-and-Bake Cookies

If you’re hosting a party this year, it’s important to include everyone in terms of the food.

And luckily, these vegan cookies are so darn good, everyone will love them.

All it takes is a nondairy butter substitute with flour and sugar, and you’re all set.

And again, you can always jazz these babies up with chocolate, nuts, or dried fruits. Just be sure to mark any that have non-vegan extras!

25 Easy Icebox Cookies to Make This Holiday

Perfect for busy bees, these icebox cookies are ideal for the holidays. So make a big batch of dough, freeze it, and bake whenever the cravings strike!


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Kim - InsanelyGood
Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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