Aunt Isabelle's Icebox Cookies

A family recipe for simple cookies perfect for sharing.

By Laurie David

From The Family Dinner: Great Ways to Connect with Your Kids, One Meal at a Time by Laurie David (Grand Central Life & Style), these easy-to-make cookies are perfect for sweet snacking. Gather the grandkids and whip up a batch.

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2 cups brown sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
2 eggs
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup chopped walnuts

1. Combine the sugar and butter until creamy, then add in the eggs and beat again.

2. Combine all the dry ingredients except the nuts. Gradually add into this the sugar-and-egg mixture until a dough is formed. Then add the vanilla and nuts.

3. Roll the dough into 2 rolls about 2 inches in diameter, then wrap and store them in the "icebox" overnight.

4. Slice the dough very thinly, approximately 1/4-inch thick, and bake at 350 degrees F on an ungreased cookie sheet for 9 minutes, or until golden brown on the bottom.

Makes 3 dozen cookies

From The Family Dinner by Laurie David. Copyright © 2010 by Hybrid Nation, Inc. Reprinted by permission of Grand Central Life & Style, New York, NY. All rights reserved.

Read more about Laurie's cookbook and the importance of sitting down to eat with loved ones.


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