Slice-and-bake icebox cookies are the ultimate make-ahead treat. You can make a batch and bake as many as you like, saving the rest of the dough in the freezer. These simple swirled cookies are rolled in finely chopped pecans. They're mildly sweet—perfect for after dinner or paired with coffee.

Hilary Meyer
Hilary Meyer
EatingWell.com, December 2020

Gallery

Recipe Summary test

active:
45 mins
total:
2 hrs 30 mins
Servings:
80

Nutrition Profile:

Advertisement

Ingredients

Ingredient Checklist

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Whisk together all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl.

    Advertisement
  • Beat 1/2 cup butter and granulated sugar in a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer on high speed until light and fluffy. Add 1 egg and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat until smooth. With the mixer on low speed, gradually add 1½ cups of the flour mixture, beating just until combined. Place the dough on a sheet of plastic wrap and form into a 10-inch log. Wrap and refrigerate.

  • Wipe out the mixing bowl. Beat the remaining 1/2 cup butter and brown sugar with the mixer on high speed until light and fluffy. Add the remaining egg and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat until smooth. With the mixer on low speed, gradually add the remaining flour mixture and cinnamon, mixing until just combined. Place the dough on a sheet of plastic wrap and form into a 10-inch log. Wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

  • When the doughs are chilled, divide each log in half lengthwise. Working with 1 piece of vanilla dough and 1 piece of cinnamon dough, roll each into a long rope, about ½ inch thick. Place the ropes side-by-side, gently pressing the 2 doughs together. Fold in half, then twist once or twice and roll again into another log, about 1½ inches thick. Place pecans on a clean surface and roll the log in the nuts, pressing gently to adhere. Rewrap in plastic wrap and place in freezer. Repeat with the remaining dough and pecans. Freeze until the dough is firm, about 1 hour.

  • Position racks in upper and lower thirds of oven; preheat to 350°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

  • Working with 1 log of dough at a time, unwrap and slice into 1/4-inch-thick rounds, turning the dough after each slice and shaping the cookies, if necessary, to retain their shape. Bake until lightly browned, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

Tips

To make ahead: Prepare dough through Step 3 and freeze for up to 3 months. Store cookies airtight at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Facts

59 calories; fat 3g; cholesterol 11mg; sodium 17mg; carbohydrates 6g; protein 1g; sugars 3g; saturated fat 2g.
Advertisement