The holiday season is upon us and creating homemade gifts can be fun and festive. These “ice box” or “refrigerator” cookies make beautiful and delicious gifts. These cookies are made by shaping dough into logs and then refrigerating the dough before slicing and baking. The advantage to this type of cookie is the dough can be prepared ahead of time and either refrigerated or frozen. The last step, although optional, is to coat the cookie dough in an egg wash and roll in decorative sugar. This adds a festive sparkle to the cookies.
Here are some helpful tips for cookie baking: 1) read the entire recipe before beginning 2) measure and prepare your ingredients accurately before you start 3) use parchment paper or silicone pads as this contributes to even baking and makes clean up easier 4) rotate pans halfway through baking 5) follow baking temperature and time in the recipe but check often so the cookies don’t burn 6) let the cookie sheets cool in between batches.