Pecan Refrigerator Cookies

This recipe is from the 1940's and is one of the best icebox cookie recipes around. First appears in Refrigerator Cookies: Heirloom Cookies for Modern Tastes

  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  1. Use an electric mixer to cream the shortening and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time and beat well after each. Add the vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl. Use a spoon to stir the flour mixture into the sugar mixture. Add the pecans, mixing well. Shape into three rolls about 2 inches in diameter and wrap in wax paper. Refrigerate at least two hours or up to three days.
  2. When you're ready to bake, preheat the oven to 375°F. Cut the dough into 1/4-inch slices and arrange 2 inches apart on greased cookie sheets. Bake about 10 minutes until lightly browned. Remove from the pan and cool on a wire rack. Store in an airtight container.
  3. Yields about 6 dozen cookies.


Ready in: 3 Hrs

Kitchen tools you'll need for Pecan Refrigerator Cookies:
Cookie Sheet, Mixer, Mixing Bowls, Sifter, Cookie Jar

Recipe editor Patricia Mitchell