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Betty’s Refrigerator Cookies

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This time of year always reminds me of my grandparents.  They passed away one month, to the day, apart from each other, 10 years ago.  Grandma in November, Grandpa in December.  It was a really, really hard Christmas for me (and my family).  Not only did some of my favorite people pass away, but we miscarried at the same time.  In fact, the day before Grandpa’s funeral.  We always spent Christmas Eve at Grandma and Grandpa’s house, and that was the first year that we did not do that, and we all missed them so much.  Baking was therapeutic for me that year, and making Grandma’s cookie recipes made me cry happy tears that year.

Sometime between November and December, I begin doing my Christmas baking.  I’ve scaled back significantly in the past few years, but there are some recipes that I just HAVE to make for Christmas each year… if for no one else but me.  One of my all-time favorites?  My grandma’s refrigerator cookies!  She didn’t do a lot of baking for the holidays when I was growing up, probably because between my family and my cousins, we baked enough to feed an army!  But there were a couple of recipes she did make every year, and I was even blessed enough to make each recipe with her at least once.  She always made gingerbread cookies that I absolutely loved, and if you tell me that they need to be made differently, while you might be right for you, you’d be so very wrong for me 🙂  I loved her fluffy, subtle gingerbread and the simple icing she’d put on the cookies.  And she would always make these refrigerator cookies as well.  At some point, in the last couple of years before she passed away, I think she stopped making any cookies, so my mom and I took up the torch.  And now I have to for myself and my brother (who also happens to love these).

Betty’s Refrigerator Cookies

  • 1 lb. butter (softened)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • 1 c. white sugar
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 4 1/2 c. flour
  • 1 cup slivered almonds (or nut of your choosing… more on that later)

Directions:

Mix butter, sugar, eggs, cinnamon, and baking soda well.  Add flour, 1 cup at a time.  Then add 1/2 c. remaining flour and all of the almonds.  Roll the dough into 4 logs on a floured surface.  The diameter of the log determines the size of your cookie.  Roll dough up into waxed paper or saran wrap.  Refrigerate for at least 6 hours.  (You can freeze the dough shortly, but don’t freeze fully… they’ll break apart or be too hard to cut up.)  Slice dough into 1/4″ slices.  Bake on greased cookie sheet at 350F until lightly browned (about 10 minutes).  *Use a sharp knife to cut.

It’s a pretty easy recipe to make.  If they are a little bit over baked, they still taste great dunked in hot cocoa (they taste great like that either way)!  Awhile ago, I wrote  about how we were cracking black walnut hulls, and would eventually be cracking the shells to get the nut meat out.  A reader on Facebook said that they liked to make Black Walnut Cookies.  When I asked about the recipe, I realized it was a very similar refrigerator cookie recipe to the one my grandma used, and they recommended using whatever type of nut you want.  It had never occurred to me to use black walnuts in the cookies, so I will most definitely be trying the recipe with our black walnuts once I have enough shelled!  What’s your favorite cookie recipe?

Happy Baking!

Love~Danielle

9 thoughts on “Betty’s Refrigerator Cookies

  1. I like that I can use whatever nuts I have on hand, or am in the mood for. Since it’s just my husband and I, I’m thinking I might be able to freeze some “logs” to get out and thaw and bake when my husband and I need a cookie. Thank you for sharing this simple recipe!

  2. I love Christmas cookies too, and like you, mine are sentimental recipes. There are fond memories as well as missing those who made the recipes in the past. Thank you for sharing, Danielle.

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