Pam's Icebox Cookies
Pam’s Icebox Cookies

Pam’s Icebox Cookies

Recipe by: Pam, a friend of It’s Always Ruetten, adapted by Willow Bird Baking
Yield: about 40 cookies

Pam insists that margarine is important for these cookies, but I admit to being a tad rebellious. I want to try them with butter, too! Anyone brave enough to give it a shot, please do let me know how it goes. I’m betting they’d be flatter and crisper. In the meantime, I’ll be over here eating a dozen of these simple, perfect cookies.

Icebox Cookies Ingredients:
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
pinch salt
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
1 egg
8 tablespoons margarine
1/2 cup pecans

Glaze Ingredients:
1/2 cup powdered sugar
maple extract to desired flavor
1-2 teaspoons of milk, or enough to reach desired consistency
cinnamon for sprinkling

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F and line 3 baking sheets with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. In a large bowl, cream together brown sugar and margarine for 2-3 minutes or until fluffy. Add egg and mix just until combined. Stir in the dry ingredients. When the dough has almost come together, add the nuts and fold them in with your hands, making sure all ingredients are combined. Divide the dough into thirds and spread each third onto a sheet of plastic wrap, forming it into a log of about 1 1/2-inch diameter. Wrap the three logs and chill them until firm (a few hours in the fridge or an hour in the freezer.)

Use a sharp knife to slice off 1/2-inch slices and space them 2-inches apart on your prepared cookie sheets. Bake, rotating pans and switching racks halfway, for 8-11 minutes, until the cookies are puffed and mostly set (they’ll finish setting as they cool) but without much color. Let them cool on the pan for 10 minutes before moving them to a cooling rack. Whisk together the first three glaze ingredients, adjusting the milk and maple extract to reach desired consistency and flavor, and drizzle the glaze over the cookies, topping with a sprinkle of cinnamon if desired.

9 Comments on Pam’s Icebox Cookies (3rd Annual Christmas Cookie Swap)

  1. Julia @ It's Always Ruetten
    December 16, 2014 at 10:46 am (9 years ago)

    Holy cow! These look amazing! The glaze is the just the … icing on the cake? lol! I am so excited that you were able to get these baked last night! Patience and persistence pays off! Merry Christmas!

  2. Sarah @ bonjoursucre
    December 16, 2014 at 10:51 pm (9 years ago)

    Yum! They look great. I love Christmas time – it offers the perfect excuse to bake large amounts of cookies! I will definitely try these – they look delicious. I am sorry about your miserable Monday.

  3. Amy @ A Healthy Life For Me
    December 18, 2014 at 8:20 am (9 years ago)

    Love icebox cookies, and that glaze looks amazing. I hope the rest of your holidays go smoother.

  4. Amy | Club Narwhal
    December 18, 2014 at 11:08 am (9 years ago)

    Yessss, mission accomplished (and so totally worth it)! These cookies look gorgeous! I’m a sucker for any icebox dessert and these cookies are no exception 🙂

  5. Emily
    December 18, 2014 at 11:16 pm (9 years ago)

    these cookies are just beautiful and they sound delicious too!

  6. Beth
    January 20, 2016 at 9:50 am (8 years ago)

    You said to let you know if we try these cookies with butter. Well, my sister made these last night with butter (minus the glaze, pecans and chilling) and they were amazing! This recipe is so good! Thank you so much for posting it!

    • Julie Ruble
      January 20, 2016 at 11:48 am (8 years ago)

      Yay!! I’m so glad to hear that!


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