Sunday, September 24, 2017

Cashew Ice Box Cookies

Ice Box cookies bring back such fond memories of both my grandmother and mother.  It was a favorite recipe since you can mix up the dough and have it handy to bake later...just slice the logs and warm cookies will soon be ready to eat.

September is going by so fast and now it's Autumn.  One of my friends on FB even posted there is only 13 weeks until Christmas--Yikes!  I don't remember the months/years going by so fast when I was younger:-)

A little inspiration for the season that I created using some of my dies; Dahlias and a Sunflower, along with some colorful woodland leaves.

Cashew Ice Box Cookies
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup shortening
1 1/4 cups firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 large egg
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups King Arthur All-Purpose Flour
3/4 cup chopped cashews

2/3 cup chopped cashews to roll the logs in

Cream the butter, shortening and brown sugar together.  Add the egg and vanilla and beat until combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed with a rubber spatula.

Add the dry ingredients and 3/4 cup chopped cashews and mix just until combined.

Divide dough in half and sprinkle half of the 2/3 cup of chopped cashews on plastic wrap.  Roll one of the halves of dough into a log, approximately 10 inches long.

Roll the log into the chopped nuts and wrap tightly.  Repeat with the other half of dough.  Place in the refrigerator about 4 hours or overnight.  You can also place these rolls in a plastic bag and freeze for later.

Preheat oven to 375F-degrees.  Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.  Use a serrated knife to slice the rolls into 1/4-inch slices.  Place on the parchment-lined cookie sheet.  Bake for 8 to 10 minutes.
I love the flavor of the Cashews, but I also loved when my grandma and mom made them with pecans or walnuts.  Choose your favorite nut and try these ice box cookies. Enjoy!

19 comments:

  1. I have been obsessed with cashews. These ice box cookies look wonderful and I bet you can't just eating one or two. That autumn creation looks very beautiful, Susan.

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    1. Angie, me too--I bought a big jar and munch on them when I'm in the studio!

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  2. Ice Box cookies remind me of baking with Mother and my grandmothers Susan...I can imagine how yummy these must be!

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    1. They were big in the 50s; I think women were entering the workplace and had little time, so ice box cookies solved that. I love having some in the freezer for a quick cookie fix.

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  3. I might try to make these for my Mom since she is allergic to peanuts but misses them sometimes!

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  4. Oh Susan, I LOVE cashews. Those look great. Thanks so much for your visits to my blog. Love them. Susan

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    1. Your blog makes me happy and I feel we are soul sisters!

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  5. Hello, These do look yummy! I need to rethink having some cookie dough made up in the frig, so I can make a few fresh out of the oven. I usually make up my cookies and put them in the freezer in tins with wax paper. One time I served some on a plate when a lady came over and she took a bite and said this cookie is stale, I just cracked up! i said girl their frozen give them a minute LOL Hugs, Roxy

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    1. Love the story! I made these for my hairdresser and she had the bag on her station and a woman came by and said, "oh, perfect, I need a cookie!" We both just looked at each other of her boldness without even asking. I guess cookies do that to you!

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  6. I have a memory of these cookies, though I have never made them. They are especially good with tea. I love cashews, but will go with walnuts or almonds. It is most unfair that cashews don't like me. 😊

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    1. I make them lots of times with almonds, but walnuts are good too!

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  7. I'll have to make these, Susan, with some pecans that I have in the freezer. I like the idea of slice a bake. You share the best recipes!

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    1. Pecans are great too and since moving to the South...I use them a lot in my baking!

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  8. I've always wondered why they were called Ice Box! Now I know. They look grand, and I love cashews.
    ~~~Deb in Wales xoxo

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    1. I love ice box cookies too...so easy to bake when the time is right!

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