Wednesday, January 23, 2013

My Great Grandma Healy's Ice Box Cookies

I was browsing through some old cookbooks in my mom's kitchen today when she pulled out one of my all-time favorite cookie recipes; my Great Grandma Healy's Ice Box Cookies.  This recipe is so old & the paper is so brittle, my mom keeps it separate from the rest, protected in a plastic sleeve.  

 The recipe was salvaged from what is left of my great grandma's old cookbook.  

My mom has made these cookies as far back as I can remember.  They seemed to be more of a Christmas tradition for us, but I don't think one off-season batch will hurt anyone..

So here it is:

2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 cup soft butter
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs, beaten

Sift flour with salt & baking soda.  In another bowl, cream butter until smooth, add sugars gradually, creaming thoroughly.  Stir in vanilla, then eggs one at a time, and beat until well blended. 

Slowly blend the flour mixture into the butter mixture. 

Chill dough until stiff, then divide in half & place on two sheets of waxed paper.  Quickly shape into two uniform rolls about 2 inches in diameter, then roll up the paper.

Store on flat surface in the refrigerator until very firm (4-6 hours).  If rolls flatten out in the first hour, remold into round rolls. 

When firm, slice with a sharp knife into 1/4-inch thick cookies.  Keep thickness uniform for perfect baking.  Place an inch apart on baking sheet. 

Bake at 400 degrees [about 8 minutes] -makes 40 cookies

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