19 Icebox Cookie Recipes for Fresh-Baked Treats at a Moment’s Notice

Cookies and Cream Cookies

Why flavor other desserts with cookies and cream when you bake up a batch of these icebox cookies? You can prep this easy cookie recipe ahead of time for a quick dessert later.

Reinvent your favorite dunkable sandwich cookies into an addicting dessert with this easy refrigerator cookie recipe. The cookies and cream flavor is infused into the sugar cookie base and the entire dough log gets rolled in more crushed chocolate sandwich cookies before slicing and baking.

Almond Icebox Rounds

These delicious little morsels are wonderfully easy and oh-so-delicious! Crushed almonds on the sides creates the extra crunch you didn't even know you needed.
These delicious little morsels are wonderfully easy and oh-so-delicious! Crushed almonds on the sides creates the extra crunch you didn’t even know you needed.

These almond-infused icebox cookies have cream cheese in the dough for an extra indulgent bite. Try toasting the almonds in a 350°F oven for 5 to 10 minutes before rolling your log in them to really amp up the nutty flavor.

Related: Must-Know Tips and Tricks to Freezing Cookies and Cookie Dough

Chocolate Icebox Cookies with Dulce de Leche

For this dessert, two chocolate cookies surround a filling of dulce de leche, a caramel sauce popular in Central and South America.
For this dessert, two chocolate cookies surround a filling of dulce de leche, a caramel sauce popular in Central and South America.

Our favorite chocolate icebox cookies get a hint of spice with the addition of cayenne and cinnamon in the dough. Don’t worry, that tiny bit of heat is cooled down by the sticky-sweet dulce de leche filling. If you can’t find dulce de leche at the store, try making your own.

Buttery Mint Slices

These melt-in-your-mouth cookies take on two different looks, depending on the the color of chip you use.
These melt-in-your-mouth cookies take on two different looks, depending on the the color of chip you use.

Chocolate and mint combine for a melt-in-your-mouth cookie that will have you coming back for more. And don’t let those pretty layers keep you from trying this icebox cookie recipe. You can easily achieve the rectangle shape of these slice-and-bake cookies with the help of a loaf pan. 

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Pistachio-Cranberry Icebox Cookies

This make-ahead cookie recipe makes enough for a crowd, so make sure your cookie jar is empty when you start on a batch. Chopped pistachios and dried cranberries make a yummy fall filling.
This make-ahead cookie recipe makes enough for a crowd, so make sure your cookie jar is empty when you start on a batch. Chopped pistachios and dried cranberries make a yummy fall filling.

Jeweled with dried cranberries and a hint of orange zest, these icebox cookies get a salty crunch from pistachio nuts. The recipe makes 60 cookies, so this is a great freezer-friendly cookie recipe to stock before the holiday season gets too crazy.

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Cashew Icebox Cookies

Honey-roasted cashews offer up a rich sweetness in these slice and bake cookies.
Honey-roasted cashews offer up a rich sweetness in these slice and bake cookies.

Honey-roasted cashews give these icebox cookies just right amount of salty-sweet flavor. The pretty finish is simply a drizzle of melted butterscotch-flavor pieces combined with a bit of shortening (which helps it harden to the cookie).

Related: Fabulous No-Bake Cookies and Bars—No Oven Required

Candied Ginger and Orange Icebox Cookies

These refreshing bite-size cookies are the perfect snack with an afternoon coffee or tea. Ginger and orange combine for a zesty treat sure to lift your spirits--and your energy level.
These refreshing bite-size cookies are the perfect snack with an afternoon coffee or tea. Ginger and orange combine for a zesty treat sure to lift your spirits–and your energy level.

Sugar and spice definitely come into play in this icebox cookie recipe. Chopped crystallized ginger (try making your own!) and shredded orange peel make an unforgettable pairing in these zesty cookies. When removing the citrus peel, be sure to avoid cutting into the bitter white pith.

Peanut Butter and Mocha Checkerboards

These slice-and-bake checkerboard cookies are deceptively simple to make. Just be sure to chill dough at least as long as indicated in the recipe!
These slice-and-bake checkerboard cookies are deceptively simple to make. Just be sure to chill dough at least as long as indicated in the recipe!

Have your coffee and eat it too with these checkerboard slice-and-bake cookies. To get these icebox cookies ready for baking quicker, go ahead and pop the dough in the freezer before getting them layered so their distinctive design so the colors don’t blend together.

Related: How to Store Cookies So You Can Savor Them Longer (Yes, Please!)

Pistachio-Vanilla Bean Cookies

Salty pistachios are the perfect counterbalance for sweet but subtle white chocolate and vanilla bean. Use a food processor to quickly and evenly chop the pistachios.
Salty pistachios are the perfect counterbalance for sweet but subtle white chocolate and vanilla bean. Use a food processor to quickly and evenly chop the pistachios.

These icebox cookies are a well-loved Test Kitchen recipe you’ll want to make every Christmas. A dip in some melted white chocolate will make these refrigerator cookies look extra special at your cookie exchange. To easily (and quickly) chop your pistachios, use a food processor.

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Cinnamon Roll Cookies

These slice-and-bake cookies come together just like cinnamon rolls, but without the rising time. And we didn't skimp on cinnamon roll flavor, we made sure to add a cream cheese icing.
These slice-and-bake cookies come together just like cinnamon rolls, but without the rising time. And we didn’t skimp on cinnamon roll flavor, we made sure to add a cream cheese icing.

No yeast required for these cinnamon rolls! Here we’ve sprinkled a large cookie dough rectangle with a cinnamon-sugar mix before rolling and chilling. Use a sharp serrated knife to make sure you get clean, even cuts on these slice-and-bake cookies. 

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Meyer Lemon-Rosemary Slices

A Meyer lemon is a cross between a regular lemon and an orange, which gives it an aromatic sweetness and less acidity than a regular lemon.
A Meyer lemon is a cross between a regular lemon and an orange, which gives it an aromatic sweetness and less acidity than a regular lemon.

It’s a good thing this icebox cookie recipe makes a lot (80 cookies, to be exact), because these are a poppable treat you won’t be able to stop eating. We used freshly-squeezed Meyer lemons (they’re slightly sweeter), but regular lemons will do if your grocery store doesn’t have any in stock. These cookies will go perfectly with your afternoon cup of tea.

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

Enjoy the rich, molasses flavor from brown sugar in this easy icebox cookie recipe. Choose between toasted hazelnuts or pecans for the dough (and for rolling). If you decide to freeze your cookie dough, wait until you’re ready to bake them before rolling in toppings.

Slice-and-Bake Sugar Cookie Wreaths

Layer thinly sliced sugar cookies in a circle for this festive dessert. Top with green-colored sugar and a red bow.
Layer thinly sliced sugar cookies in a circle for this festive dessert. Top with green-colored sugar and a red bow.

Sure, sugar cookie cutouts are a given at Christmastime, but if you want to accomplish a quick festive look for the dessert table, give these slice-and-bake sugar cookies a try. Rolled in green sugar and arranged in adorable wreaths, these icebox cookies are (almost) too cute to eat.

Related: Classic Christmas Cookies and Bars to Bake This (and Every) Christmas

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Spirals

For a showy cookie presentation, look no further than these slice-and-bake cookies. Layers of purchased chocolate cookie dough and peanut butter cookie dough get rolled together for an incredibly easy cookie recipe. Try adding some espresso powder to your cookie sprials for a caffeinated twist.

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Golden Butterscotch Icebox Cookies

Rich and buttery, these melt-in-your-mouth cookies make a delicious snack or dessert.
Rich and buttery, these melt-in-your-mouth cookies make a delicious snack or dessert.

These delightful icebox cookies get their rich flavor from butter (of course) and dark brown sugar. With only eight ingredients, there’s a good chance you already have the stuff to make these cookies in the pantry.

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Maple-Macadamia Icebox Cookies

These macadamia cookies are topped with a sweet maple glaze.
These macadamia cookies are topped with a sweet maple glaze.

Enjoy a taste of winter with these maple-flavor icebox cookies. The recipe calls for maple sugar, but you can alternatively use brown sugar and add some maple flavoring. If you aren’t planning on serving these beauties immediately, store them un-iced. Then when it’s eating time, drizzle your cookies with that sweet maple icing.

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Lemon-Cream Icebox Cookie Sandwiches

Create these delicious, homemade cookie sandwiches by combining the flavors from fresh, finely shredded lemon peel, vanilla, sugar and lemon drop candies and top it all off with our favorite Lemon Cream Frosting recipe.
Create these delicious, homemade cookie sandwiches by combining the flavors from fresh, finely shredded lemon peel, vanilla, sugar and lemon drop candies and top it all off with our favorite Lemon Cream Frosting recipe.

Calling all citrus fans! Turn buttery lemon slice cookies into cute sandwich cookies by filling with sweet lemon cream frosting or lemon curd. Roll them in crushed lemon candies or yellow sugar for a showy finish.

Related: 20 Sweet-Tart Citrus and Lemon Desserts to Brighten Up Winter

Three Pepper Spiced Cookies

These easy icebox cookies get their "bite" from a combination of spicy ginger, several peppers, and some ground chile.
These easy icebox cookies get their “bite” from a combination of spicy ginger, several peppers, and some ground chile.

Pepper and cookies might sound like an odd combo, but don’t knock it ’til you try it. Ancho chile pepper, black pepper, and cayenne pepper all come to the party in these spiced refrigerator cookies. Don’t worry, there’s still sugar in the mix, too. And the chocolate-dipped half of the cookie gives it some extra sweetness. 

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Date Pinwheel Cookies

To enjoy these spirals of buttery cookie and sweet date filling any time, keep a roll of the dough in the freezer.
To enjoy these spirals of buttery cookie and sweet date filling any time, keep a roll of the dough in the freezer.

Pitted dates turn into a thick, sweet filling for these icebox cookies after getting simmered with some sugar on the stovetop. For the spiral effect here, you’ll layer rolled portions of the cookie dough into a rectangle. Using waxed paper as a guide, you’ll roll until a log is formed.

Related: Irresistible and Easy Christmas Cookies

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