Slice & Bake: Cinnamon Swirl Ice Box Cookies

I am not a cookie baker. Not sure why, but I would always rather bake a cake instead.

However, this recipe might change me.

They look like cinnamon buns, but are actually crispy sugar cookies with a lovely brown sugar nut crunch in the center.

The nice thing about these "slice and bake" cookies, is that you can prepare the dough in advance and freeze until ready to bake!
You can have homemade cookies in 10 minutes, anytime.

Cinnamon Swirl Icebox Cookies (adapted from Dinner w/ Julie): makes 32 cookies.....which were gone in 2 days

1/2 cup butter, at room temperature (1 stick)
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt

1/3 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 cup finely chopped pecans
2 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp cinnamon

In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugars until well blended. Beat in the eggs and vanilla until fluffy. In another bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder and salt. Add to the butter mixture and stir until the dough comes together.

Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for half an hour or so.

On a lightly floured surface, shape the dough into a 10-12 inch square. Sprinkle with the brown sugar and pecans, drizzle with honey or golden syrup, and sprinkle with cinnamon.

Roll up jelly-roll style, wrap in parchment, twisting the ends to seal, then refrigerate until firm (or for up to a week) or freeze for up to 6 months.

When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350F. Slice the dough 1/4" thick and place the slices on an ungreased or parchment-lined baking sheet.

Bake for 10-12 minutes, until pale golden and set. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.


Bebe said…
My dear aunt was the Queen of the Icebox Cookies. So good! She’d have loved these. I’m sure we will, too.
Debby in Tacoma said…
Stacey: How beautiful...I have no patience with cookies frosted. These will look beautiful plated. They may not last 2 days.
Mollie said…
Oh my goodness, yum. I need to try these!
Mollie said…
Oh my goodness, yum. I need to try these!
Hi Stacey! Call me crazy, but I just had to leave a comment and share that I'm at home and in labor right now, awaiting the arrival of my son, with contractions every 10 mins or so. It's not quite time to go to the hospital so in an effort to occupy my mind and stay on my feet I decided to try my hand at these cookies! Not only were they easy enough for a majorly pregnant lady to handle in between contractions, but they also taste delicious and will be perfect treats for the labor and delivery nurses! Thanks for sharing such a delicious recipe!
Stacey Snacks said…

You are too much!
I'm glad you were able to bake these....but more important that you can bring them for the nurses!

Best wishes,