Brown Sugar Icebox Cookies


A roll in chopped nuts and a drizzle of milk chocolate adds a pretty touch to these simple but very delicious cookies.

Brown Sugar Icebox Cookies
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Prep Time:
30 mins
Chill Time:
4 hrs
Bake Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs 40 mins
24 cookies


  • ½ cup butter, softened

  • ½ cup shortening

  • 1 ¼ cup packed brown sugar

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 egg

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 2 ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • ¾ cup ground toasted hazelnuts (filberts) or pecans

  • cup finely chopped toasted hazelnuts (filberts) or pecans (optional)

  • 1 - 1 cup semisweet or milk chocolate pieces (optional

  • 1 tablespoon shortening (optional)


  1. In a large mixing bowl beat the 1/2 cup shortening and the butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add the brown sugar, baking soda, and salt. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in egg and vanilla until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Using a wooden spoon, stir in any remaining flour and the 3/4 cup ground nuts. Divide dough in half.

  2. On waxed paper, shape each portion of dough into a 10-inch-long log. Lift and smooth the waxed paper to help shape the logs. If desired, roll logs in the 2/3 cup finely chopped nuts. Wrap each log in plastic wrap. Chill about 4 hours or until firm enough to slice.

  3. Preheat oven to 375°F. Cut logs into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Place slices 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are firm. Transfer to a wire rack set over waxed paper and let cool.

  4. If desired, in a small saucepan combine chocolate pieces and the 1 tablespoon shortening. Heat and stir over low heat until smooth. Cool slightly. Transfer chocolate mixture to a small resealable plastic bag; seal bag. Snip off a tiny piece of one corner of the bag. Drizzle melted chocolate over cookies. Let stand until set.


Place in layers separated by waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days, or freeze unfrosted cookies for up to 3 months; thaw and drizzle with melted chocolate.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

65 Calories
4g Fat
7g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 65
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 7mg 2%
Sodium 33mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
Protein 1g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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