The Joys of Refrigerator Cookies
Baking cookies seem 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 for the holidays. They 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. Drop
cookies are quick cookies; refrigerator cookies are convenient cookies.
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. Itís 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.