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    I have fallen in love with refrigerator cookies. I spend a few hours one day just mixing cookies, roll them into logs, wrap in plastic and freeze. Then when I need a fresh batch of cookies for company or just the two of us I pull out a log of dough, slice and bake. I make several varieties and freeze in smallish rolls so each one will make about a dozen cookies. Do you have a favorite recipe? Care to share?

    Cream Cheese Refrigerator cookies
    1 cup butter-softened
    4 oz. cream cheese-softened
    1 cup sugar
    1 egg yolk
    2 & 3/4 cups flour

    Cream butter & cheese until fluffy.
    Add sugar & mix well.
    Add yolk mixing well.
    Slowly add flour until dough forms a ball-I sometimes have to add a bit extra flour to make dough less sticky.
    Divide dough in half & roll each into about a 2 & 1/2 inch diameter log.
    Wrap in plastic, freeze until ready to bake.
    To bake let set at room temp. for 10 min or so, slice into 1/4" slices bake on parchment lined cookie sheet for 10-12 min. at 350 degrees.

    I sometimes add about 1tsp. lemon extract and 1T. lemon zest. Today I baked up some orange/cranberry ones, added 1T. orange juice concentrate and chopped cranberries to the dough before freezing.

    Procrastinate. It frees up time to quilt!

    Re: refrigerator cookies

    My mom did that all the time and I have an awesome recipe from the Wisconsin WE Energies cookbook not sure what year, but I'll try and find it on the weekend. The recipes are on the net and the cookbooks have been published almost yearly since the 40's or 50's, it is so much fun to look at their postings.


      Re: refrigerator cookies

      Beth, thanks for this recipe. I think I have all the ingredients in the fridge and I'll make some today. Great idea to be able to have them on hand.
      A day patched with quilting Seldom unravels Sharon


        Re: refrigerator cookies

        Found the cookbook from 1953 ( I also found the 1940 cookbook.
        Here is the recipe: Refrigerator cookies
        1 cup butter, 1/2 cup lard ( I use butter or shortening)
        1 cup granulated sugar
        1 cup brown sugar
        3 eggs
        4 cups all purpose flour
        2 teaspoons cinnamon
        1/2 pound finely chopped walnuts or almonds
        1 teaspoon baking soda
        1 Tablespoon hot water

        1) Cream butter and lard, Add sugars gradually. Cream thoroughly
        2) Add eggs one at a time, Beat well after the addition of each egg
        3) Sift flour and cinnamon together, Dredge the nuts in part of the mixture
        4) Mix baking soda with the hot water
        5) Add flour, soda mixture and floured nuts into the creamed butter
        6) Divide into 3 log rolls and roll into waxpaper logs rolls CHILL OVERNIGHT OR FREEZE
        7) Slice into thin slices maybe an eighth thick
        8) Bake on a greased cookie sheet at 400 degrees for about 8-10 minutes
        Makes about 6 dozen cookies.