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Easy Chocolate Icebox Cookies Recipe – Perfect for Decorating!

This easy chocolate icebox cookies recipe is the perfect base for just about anything you want. Decorate with icing, eat plain or add in extras like sprinkles, nuts, or chocolate chips for a delicious and versatile dessert.

Sometimes you just want a simple dessert that requires minimal effort and time commitment but still tastes great.

Old fashioned chocolate icebox cookies are great because you can make the dough ahead of time and simply slice and bake whenever you are in the mood for a treat full of delicious chocolate flavor.

Chocolate cookies sliced on cookie sheet

Ingredients List:

Refrigerator cookies are simple to make and store so you can bake them whenever you want.

To make this cookie recipe, you will need the following basic ingredients:

  • 2 Cups Flour 
  • 2 Tbsp Corn Starch 
  • ½ tsp Salt 
  • ¾ Cup Cocoa Powder 
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Cup Butter (softened to room temperature)
  • 1 Egg 
  • 2 tsp Vanilla 

Kitchen Supplies needed include:

  • Cookie Sheets
  • Whisk
  • Parchment Paper
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Electric Mixer
  • Bowl
  • Rubber Spatula

The cookie dough comes together quickly, but you will want to allow some time to allow it to set in the refrigerator. This will make slicing much easier.

How to Make Icebox Cookies

To begin, gather your dry ingredients, except sugar.

Whisk flour, corn starch, cocoa powder, and salt together in a medium bowl and set aside.

In a large bowl, using an electric mixer combine butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Then, add in egg and vanilla into the butter mixture and continue to mix on low speed until well blended. 

chocolate cookie steps collage

Gradually add in flour mixture a little at a time, mixing well after each addition. 

Once your dough is formed, roll the mixture into a log with a diameter of about 1 ½ inches.

You’ll end up with a log of cookie dough. At this time, go ahead and wrap it with parchment or wax paper and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. 

chocolate cookie roll

Baking Directions

When you are ready to bake, preheat oven to 350°F.

Remove dough from refrigerator and slice cookies using a sharp knife.

You’ll want to carefully slice log into about ¼- ½ inch thick slices and place on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Chocolate cookies sliced

Bake cookies in the oven for 8-12 minutes or until set. 

Remove from oven and allow to cool on the baking sheet for 2-3 minutes, then place on a wire rack to cool completely. 

Optional Toppings and Mix-ins

Eat your cookies plain, dipped in melted chocolate, or topped with icing. You can even use them as a base for ice cream sandwiches.

This is one of the most versatile cookie recipes because there are so many ways to enjoy them. Especially when it comes to making holiday cookies!

They would also taste great with one or several of the following mix in ideas:

  • Semisweet Chocolate Chips
  • Coconut
  • Nuts
  • Peanut Butter Chips
  • Crushed candy canes
  • Brownie chunks
  • Sprinkles
  • White Chocolate
  • Toffee Bits
  • Caramel Bits

Print the Recipe:

Save this easy recipe for your next family gathering, brunch or holiday celebration. Or simply keep a few cookie logs on deck for when the mood strikes. You can store them in the freezer for about a month. Simply thaw when ready to bake.

You never know when you will face a cookie emergency! While you’re at it, go ahead and add the ingredients for our pumpkin spice cookies to your shopping list too.

Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container and should last about 2 weeks at room temperature or up to two months in the refrigerator. Enjoy!

chocolate cookies recipe

Chocolate Icebox Cookies

Yield: About 60 Cookies
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 32 minutes

Old fashioned chocolate icebox cookies are great because you can make the dough ahead of time and simply slice and bake whenever you are in the mood for a treat full of delicious chocolate flavor.

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 2 Tbsp Corn Starch
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • ¾ Cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Cup Butter
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 tsp Vanilla

Instructions

  1. Whisk together flour, corn starch, cocoa powder, and salt. 
  2. With an electric mixer combine butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Then add in the egg and vanilla and continue to mix until well blended. 
  3. Add in flour mixture a little at a time, mixing well after each addition. 
  4. Take the dough and roll it into a log with a diameter of about 1 ½ inches.
  5. Wrap with parchment or wax paper and place in the refrigerator for 1 hour. 
  6. When ready to bake - Preheat the oven to 350°F
  7. Carefully slice the refrigerated dough into ¼- ½ inch slices and place on a baking sheet. 
  8. Bake for 8-12 minutes or until set. 
  9. Remove from oven and allow to cool on the baking sheet for 2-3 minutes, remove to cooling rack to cool completely. 

Notes

See post for topping ideas and variations. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 60 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 62Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 45mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 0gSugar: 3gProtein: 1g

Nutrition information is estimated and may vary based on products used. Please verify with your ingredients.

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