My Grandma loved to bake. She loved people with her food. Maybe that's where I get it from. This recipe intrigued me as a child because of the name "ice-box cookies" and the rectangular shape she often made them.
Yield approximately 12 dozen small cookies. (small cookies means you can eat a lot more)
Preparation time: 13 to 18 minutes
Freezing time: 6 hours or overnight
Baking time: 15 minutes
These are one of our family's FAVORITE cookies!
1 cup (2 cubes) butter or margarine
1 cup shortening
4 large eggs
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
5 cups flour (high-altitude add 1/4 cup flour plus 3 Tablespoons more flour)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
1. Cream butter or margarine with shortening. Add eggs and sugars and cream again.
2. Sift dry ingredients together; stir into sugar mixture. Stir in nuts. (really it's better with nuts!)
3. Pour into a wax paper lined 9-by-13-inch pan. Cover with wax paper. Flatten into shape.
4. Place in freezer 6 hours or overnight.
5. Slice frozen cookie dough into 4 strips and wrap each individually in waxed paper. Return to freezer until ready for use.
6. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 300 degrees (high-altitude 325 degrees). Remove only 1 strip at a time. Slice about 3/16-inch thick for each cookie, placing about 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
7. Bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes. Remove immediately from cookie sheets while hot or cookies will break.