Grandma's Christmas Icebox Cookies


A not-too-sweet Christmas cookie that goes great with cup of hot coffee or a glass of cold milk. One of Santa's favorites! These are great to make at the beginning of December and then simply bake in the oven when something sweet is quickly needed at the last minute during the holidays. Dough can be kept in refrigerator for a couple of weeks before baking.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 25 mins
2 dozen cookies


  • 2 cups brown sugar

  • 1 cup butter, softened

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • 2 eggs, beaten

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup chopped pecans

  • ½ cup red or green candied cherries


  1. Beat brown sugar, butter, and white sugar with an electric mixer in a large bowl until smooth. Beat the first egg into the butter until completely blended, then beat in the vanilla extract with the last egg.

  2. Mix flour, baking powder, and salt together in a bowl; stir into creamed butter mixture until dough is just mixed. Fold pecans and candied cherries into dough. Shape dough into 1 1/2-inch rolls on a piece of waxed paper. Seal waxed paper on the ends with tape; refrigerate until chilled and firm, at least 1 hour.

  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  4. Slice cookies to about 1/4-inch thickness and arrange on a baking sheet.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until edges are lightly browned, about 10 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

254 Calories
12g Fat
35g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 254
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 5g 27%
Cholesterol 36mg 12%
Sodium 152mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 35g 13%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 18g
Protein 3g
Calcium 55mg 4%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 66mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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