The Joys Of Refrigerator Cookies

Baking cookies seems to fill the house with a sense of well being and peace. Perhaps it is the smell of butter, vanilla, and spices emanating from the hot oven. Maybe it is the love and caring attention that is evident in cookies. Home, love, and cookies seem to go together.

Consider refrigerator, or icebox, cookies. They are the most convenient cookie. Drop cookies are quick cookies; refrigerator cookies are convenient cookies. Refrigerator cookies can be made up ahead of time--even months ahead--and stored until ready to bake. Baking up those stored refrigerator cookies is mess free, takes little time, and you only need to bake what you need for the moment.

Refrigerator cookies are also attractive cookies. Nothing beats the uniform slices and consistent shape of refrigerator cookies. To keep that uniform shape, slice while the dough is still cold and firm and turn the log after every few cookies to keep the log round. If the cookies have a flat edge, mold them back to shape with the curl of your finger before baking.

Roll the refrigerator cookies into logs (or blocks) as directed in the instructions then wrap them in waxed paper and aluminum foil. The logs can be refrigerated for a week or frozen for months. When you are ready to bake, remove the logs from the refrigerator to unthaw. It's easier to slice a log that is not completely thawed and the cookies bake fine--though you may need to add another minute or so.

There are all kinds of refrigerator cookies for you to consider. If you feel fancy, make pinwheels or checkerboard cookies. You can make delicate sugar cookies or shortbread cookies or pecan sandees. You can frost them or squeeze a little fudgy frosting between two for sandwich cookies. Peruse the recipe books or cruise on line and you’ll find enough interesting refrigerator cookie recipes to keep you busy for years.

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Dennis Weaver is a baker, a recipe designer, and a writer. He has written many baking guides and How to Bake, a comprehensive baking and reference e-book--available free at The Prepared Pantry which sells baking and cooking supplies and has a free online baking library.