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A Vintage, Old-Fashioned Ice Box Cookie Family Recipe With Step-By-Step Photos

Updated on September 15, 2017
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I grew up watching and helping my mother make homemade cookies. They were always in our school lunch boxes. Some family favorites here...

Decorated Ice Box Cookies

Decorated homemade ice box cookies
Decorated homemade ice box cookies | Source

Delicious Cookies

These ice box cookies are a recipe that came from my maternal grandmother and may have gone back even further. Of that, I am not certain. But what I know for a fact is that my grandmother regularly made them and passed on the recipe to my mother and aunt. I am not sure if my uncle has the recipe...just being a boy and perhaps not as interested in cooking as the girls in the family...but I'll make sure that he gets to read this hub.

It may bring back memories for my uncle and also for my cousins who may remember eating them at one time when we were young and celebrating holidays and other occasions together.

This was often the case when we lived in Wisconsin prior to my parents and grandparents moving to Texas.

These ice box cookies are delicious just plain, but they were often "dressed up" when used as one of the Christmas cookies selections by having colored sugars sprinkled over them prior to them being baked.

This is how they appear in this post as I have started baking cookies to give away in cookie tins as Christmas gifts this year.

Ice Truck Delivery

Ice truck delivery
Ice truck delivery | Source
Young men who delivered the ice back then.
Young men who delivered the ice back then. | Source

Ice Boxes

My grandparents owned a summer cottage on a lake in Okauchee, Wisconsin and my mother used to fondly recall and tell me tales of all of the fun they had each year in the summertime.

Things were a bit more primitive at the cottage than at their home in Milwaukee but that did not matter. Roughing it was half the fun. Most of the time my mother said that she pretty much lived in her bathing suit while out there.

My grandparents still had an ice box at the lake and blocks of ice were regularly delivered to keep perishable food fresh and longer lasting. These ice boxes were the precursors to modern day refrigerators, but unlike refrigerators they had no power source.

Blocks of lake ice would be chopped out when the lake was frozen in the winter and kept in an ice house. Then young men would come around in the spring, summer and fall and make deliveries of the ice.

The blocks would be placed at the top part inside of the insulated ice box and since cold falls, everything else placed below that ice would be kept cool. Of course the ice eventually melted and necessitated being replaced on a regular schedule...every few days or so.

My mother said that the kids would excitedly gather round the ice truck delivery and get little pieces of ice upon which they could suck. This also predated snow-cones which is shaved ice with flavorings poured over it.

My dad sometimes helped out a buddy of his and made some ice deliveries. He spotted my mother at that time and thought that she looked pretty sweet! He told this to my mother later on when they got married.

In reminiscing about those days in later years, my mother told me that she was not looking at the ice delivery "boys" in any kind of a romantic way back then. Ha!

To get back to this vintage cookie recipe...ingredients like butter and eggs were undoubtedly kept in the ice boxes back then along with other perishables like meats and dairy products.

Ingredients for Ice Box Cookies

Ingredients for ice box cookies
Ingredients for ice box cookies | Source

Cookie Ingredients

Okay...let's get started with this old timey recipe by listing the ingredients which are the following:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup lard
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 cups chopped walnuts or almonds ( I used slivered almonds in this recipe)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon hot water
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Here are the instructions:

Begin by creaming together the butter and lard.

I know many of you might be horrified that lard is being used but the actual amount that makes it into any one cookie is small and it makes these cookies very crisp. This is the only recipe that I have that calls for lard and I go ahead and use it. Believe it or not, lard keeps on a pantry shelf and does not need refrigeration!

If you do not wish to use it for anything else you can always make the birds happy by impregnating it with birdseed and hanging it up in a tree. If you live in the north where birds cannot easily find seeds and rely upon the largess of humans to help them survive the long winter months, you will feel good about using the lard in this manner.

Cream the butter and lard.
Cream the butter and lard. | Source

Add the sugars and cream together thoroughly.

Add the brown and granulated sugar and cream together thoroughly.
Add the brown and granulated sugar and cream together thoroughly. | Source

Add the eggs one at a time beating well after the addition of each one.

Add the eggs one at a time and cream thoroughly.
Add the eggs one at a time and cream thoroughly. | Source

Sift the flour and cinnamon together.

Sift the flour and cinnamon
Sift the flour and cinnamon | Source

Use a small amount of the sifted flour mixture to coat the nuts in a separate bowl.

Mix a little of the sifted flour into the nuts to coat them.
Mix a little of the sifted flour into the nuts to coat them. | Source

Mix the baking soda and hot water together in a separate container.

Mix the baking soda and hot water together.
Mix the baking soda and hot water together. | Source

To the main bowl add the flour alternating with the baking soda and nuts to the creamed batter and mix thoroughly.

Then shape into long rolls using as little flour as possible to keep it from sticking. Flour the board and your hands as you do this.

I generally make these rolls into about a one to one-and-a-half inch diameter which ultimately makes about 160 small cookies, but obviously you can make the rolls as large as you wish ultimately making the cookies larger and fewer of them once they are sliced and baked.

Getting ready to form the batter into long rolls.
Getting ready to form the batter into long rolls. | Source
Use your hands to form into rolls.
Use your hands to form into rolls. | Source

Place these ice box cookie rolls into a container and cover and chill in refrigerator overnight.

Obviously if you have an old ice box, you can use that as well. (Smile)

Rolls of ice box cookies ready to be chilled overnight.
Rolls of ice box cookies ready to be chilled overnight. | Source

After a restful night your chilled ice box cookies are ready to be baked.

Cut them into thin slices with a sharp knife and place them onto greased cookie sheets. I use the spray product called Pam on the baking sheets.

Slicing the rolls of ice box cookies.
Slicing the rolls of ice box cookies. | Source

Below is a close-up photo of what these unbaked ice box cookies look like with the sliced almonds after they are sliced and put onto the baking sheet.

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Now here is where you can either leave the cookies plain or decorate with colored sugars if desired. I did the latter as they look pretty mixed into cookie tins as part of a Christmas cookie assortment when given as gifts.

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The ice box cookies sprinkled with colored sugar crystals prior to baking.
The ice box cookies sprinkled with colored sugar crystals prior to baking. | Source

Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 8 to 10 minutes or until evenly browned.

Baked ice box cookies
Baked ice box cookies | Source

Take off of the baking pans and cool on racks prior to putting into storage containers.

Ice box cookies being cooled on wire racks.
Ice box cookies being cooled on wire racks. | Source

These ice box cookies freeze beautifully and maintain their crispness. They are delicious cookies!

Note: If using a convection oven set at the same temperature, these cookies bake in about 7 minutes. I was able to bake three tins at a time using the convection oven.

Hope you enjoyed these step by step photos of this ice box cookie recipe from my grandmother which was passed on to my mother and now resides in my hands.

Enjoy them and let me know if you are planning to add them to your cookie baking repertoire.

Plate of ice box cookies all dressed up for Christmas gift giving.

Plate of ice box cookies all dressed up for Christmas gift giving.
Plate of ice box cookies all dressed up for Christmas gift giving. | Source

If you liked this please put some stars on it. Thanks!

4.7 stars from 11 ratings of Ice Box Cookies ~ Vintage Family Recipe

Look how pretty these ice box cookies look in an assortment ready to give as gifts.

Look how pretty these ice box cookies look in an assortment ready to give as gifts.
Look how pretty these ice box cookies look in an assortment ready to give as gifts. | Source

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi peachpurple,

      I have been making and giving these away for countless years now. This year I made sweet breads instead. Glad you liked reading about these ice box cookies. Hope you give them a try!

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      These cookies are truly an old family favorite. Thanks for the share. Wishing you a very happy holiday season as well. All is going as planned here. :)

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      wow, you can really make good looking cookies, thumbs up

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      These look perfect for the holidays. HOTD too! Wanted to share this again so that people looking for new recipes may find it and add it to their collection and try them out and serve them over the coming holidays. Only 10 more days!

      I hope everything is going smoothly with your holiday plans. Christmas will be here in no time. Wishing you a Merry Christmas again and hoping this years holidays will be a wonderful time for you and your family.

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Author Cheryl,

      Memories are fun! This cookie recipe is a winner. Hope you enjoy it! Happy holidays!

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      Nice that you got to see how an ice box functioned when you were a child. I only heard about them from my mother. These ice box cookies are really delicious. It is a very old family recipe! Hope that you enjoy them. Thanks for the pin, etc. Merry Christmas! Only 2 weeks away!

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      Cheryl A Whitsett 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Fl

      I remember as a child we spent the summer months at a camp ground in New Jersey. There was no inside plumbing and the only out house that was around was on the other side of the camp ground. Memories is what are dear but the recipe sounds good also. Voted up.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Can't believe I haven't seen this recipe/hub before! And you got HOTD!! Congratulations! I think this would be a great cookie to bake for the holidays and even for gift giving.

      My uncle still had an ice box when I was very small, not yet in school. He was one of the last people not to have a refrigerator as most people did then. I remember the ice man bringing a huge block of ice for it.

      Great vintage photos and very helpful photos and instructions for these cookies. Voted up, useful, interesting, awesome, and will share. Also pinned to 'Awesome Hubpages.'

      Had to come back; forgot to mention, gave you 5 stars.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Eileen Hughes,

      Thanks for sharing your memories about your brother-in-law delivering ice from his ice truck to your home. Those old methods of refrigeration worked well prior to having electricity and modern day refrigerators.

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      Eileen Hughes 4 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Great memories, I remember my brother in law when he had an ice truck and used to deliver the ice to our home I can still see the (I think it was called Coolgardie Safe) it was a metal frame cabinet with hessian on all sides and the Big block of ice was put on the top. As it melted it wet the sides of the hessian which kept everything inside cool.

      Thanks for the reminder. Will have to try some of these cookies too now.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello bestentryDSLR,

      These old fashioned cookies are truly delicious. Thanks for your comment.

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      bestentryDSLR 4 years ago

      These cookies are old fashion but they are still some of the most amazing tasting cookies around. Voted up!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Ibidd54,

      I believe that you will be very happy to add these ice box cookies into your permanent file. Enjoy them with my blessings. Appreciate your comment.

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      lbidd54 4 years ago from The beautiful Jersey Shore

      These look and sound DELICIOUS. The recipe is going in my permanent file.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello pinto2011,

      Am sure that if you make these old fashioned ice box cookies once, you will wish to make them again. They are delicious! They also freeze well so can be made ahead of time for various occasions. Thanks for your comment.

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      Subhas 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Enough interesting to give it a try. Hope my try would energize me to do it again and again.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mary,

      So glad that you liked this ice box cookie recipe especially since you remember what ice boxes actually were. I am happy that someone way back when took the photos of those young men delivering ice from Okauchee Lake where my grandparents and great grandparents had summer cottages. Thanks for your comment and the shares.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Oh, my the buttons are there, now. Sorry....

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Just came back to say: there is NO share button here, and NO Pin button either.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      I can't believe I missed this wonderful HOTD! My grandkids would say, "What's an ice box?" I remember them well...

      You did an outstanding job on this Hub with your photos, etc. They look and sound delicious.

      Voted UP, shared, and Pinned.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Marcy,

      Nice to know that you are familiar with these old fashioned ice box cookies. I guess they have definitely stood the test of time. Appreciate your comment.

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

      Oh gosh - I remember those days! They were great cookies, and fun to make.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Rajan,

      I think that this recipe is so old that people used to use lard instead of other fats like Crisco. Crisco or something similar would probably work just as well. Thanks for the votes and shares.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      These ice box cookies look fantastic, Peggy. I was just thinking if the lard could be avoided, would they still turn out good? Useful pictures.

      Voting up, useful, interesting and awesome. Sharing, pinning and rated 5 stars.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi moonlake,

      This was apparently a popular cookie recipe several generations ago and I am glad that my mother kept baking these ice box cookies and I am pleased to be doing the same each year especially for my Christmas cookie assortment that I give away as gifts. They are good!!! Thanks for the vote and share.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      I went through all 119 comments I didn't see mine I must have missed this award winning hub. The recipe looks great I think my Mom use to make ice box cookies. Voted up and shared.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi alocsin,

      Perhaps you did and it is one of the other 118 comments left. Thanks for the congrats on my HOTD award for these ice box cookies. It is a vintage recipe that I'll continue to make as long as I am still making cookies to give away as gifts. Everyone seems to love them. Thanks for your comment and votes.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I could've sworn that I'd already commented on this piece of deliciousness. But congrats on it being selected HOTD. As usual, I love all the step-by-step photos you put in. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi DzyMsLizzy,

      Crisco should work just fine as a substitute for the lard. The lard probably makes the cookies a little crispier when baked. Many of the old time pie dough recipes used it for that same reason.

      Chilling these ice box cookies makes them easier to slice and easier to handle before baking. That is the reason for letting the dough chill for many recipes. If you decide to skip that part and just use the batter differently, let me know how it works out for you. OK? Thanks for your star rating, votes and comment.

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      Liz Elias 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

      They look good, but as a vegetarian, I will not use lard--at all. Would something like Crisco work instead? Or could it simply be omitted completely, relying on just the butter?

      I've never understood the ice box cookie thing--what does the chilling do for the dough? Would they not work as well as drop cookies, baked right away?

      (What was your first clue that I'm not much of a cook? ) ;-)

      Voted up, interesting, and star-rated. I guess that's as close as we're going to get to a "delicious" button....

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi sen.sush23,

      So happy to hear that you liked the lead in (family history regarding ice boxes, etc.) to the actual recipe. Once you make this ice box cookie for the first time, am pretty sure that it will become a family favorite as it did in our home for generations. Thanks for your comment and votes.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello unknown spy,

      These icebox cookies are delicious. Hope you give them a try. Thanks for your comment.

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      Sushmita 5 years ago from Kolkata, India

      I never seem to have enough of cookie recipes. Peggy, this hub is fabulous, with the history, pictures, family anecdotes and finally the cherry on the cake-the recipe. Loved the look of those Christmas gift cookies. Voted up and up.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi ishwaryaa22,

      So glad that you liked the recipe, family history and more regarding these ice box cookies. Appreciate your comment, votes, 5 star rating and the sharing of this hub with others. Thanks!

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      WOWWWW!! amazing. very delicious cookies you have here Peggy.

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Wow! An interestingly-woven hub filled with nice childhood memories, brief explaination of the ice-box, your mom's romantic encounter with your dad, step by step photos, direct instructions and drool-worthy photos of tasty ice box cookies sprinkled with colored sugar crystals on top of them! I like anything sweet with almond bits in them and this yummy recipe too got them! Belated congrats on winning the very much deserved hub of the day! Rated this recipe 5 stars! Well-done!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Beautiful, Awesome & Interesting. Voted up & Socially Shared.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi alocsin,

      While this ice box cookie recipe is old, it can still be made today for anyone who wishes to take the time. It is well worth it! Thanks for your comment and votes.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Creating a roll first and cutting them into discs is what makes this different. I like the history of a technology we no longer have. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mark,

      I must admit...everyone seems to be enjoying the ice box cookies as well as the other ones given in those cookie tins this year. :)) Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Cathy Sunnquist,

      I am certain that if you make these ice box cookies and present them to her as a gift, she will love it. Thanks for your comment.

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      Cathy Sunnquist 5 years ago

      My mother in law loves ice box cookies and I'm sure this recipe will please her this Christmas. She still calls her refrigerator an "ice box"!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello anjali,

      The same for my family! These ice box cookies were part of our family tradition especially during the Christmas season. Thanks for your comment.

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      anjali 5 years ago

      It may bring back memories for my uncle and also for my cousins who may remember eating them at one time when we were young and celebrating holidays and other occasions together.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello homesteadbound,

      I think that you will love them. Walnuts are equally good in these ice box cookies...just a little different flavor. Enjoy and thanks for your comment.

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      Wonderful story about the past and the present. These look so yummy. The almonds mixed it looks like a really great idea. Looking forward to making some for myself.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Ibidd54,

      Hope you enjoy these ice box cookies as much as we have over the years. Thanks for your comment.

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      lbidd54 5 years ago from The beautiful Jersey Shore

      Thanks for sharing your family recipe and I loved the story of your family at their lake house. I can't wait to

      try these delicious sounding cookies.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Steph,

      These ice box cookies are good any time of the year and of course do not have to be topped with the colored sprinkles. Other nuts like walnuts in them are also good in place of the almonds. Glad that you liked learning about my relative's use of iceboxes at the lake. Thanks for your comment and Merry Christmas to you!

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      Stephanie Hicks 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Beautiful and festive cookies! I think I liked the "backstory" almost as much as the recipe. You've inspired me to head into the kitchen next weekend. Cheers and Happy Holidays, Steph

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Kristine Manley,

      So glad to hear that you liked this. Hope you actually taste these ice box cookies someday. They are always a hit! Thanks for your comemnt.

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      Donna Kristine 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Oh My! I'm hooked. What a wonderful recipe and step by step directions.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Gossiper,

      It would seem that both of our grandmothers made these ice box cookies. Glad that it brought back good memories for you. Thanks for your comment.

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      Gossiper 5 years ago

      Thanks for the great memories, Ms. Peggy. I remember my Granny making these, and how hard it was to wait while the cookies formed up in the fridge.

      Many Recipes books: http://goo.gl/lCq1g

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Hillbilly Zen,

      It is nice that this ice box cookies recipe brought back memories of your granny. Obviously it is an old recipe and a good one to have lasted all these years. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mary,

      Guess people can take a stab at knowing that neither of us are "spring chickens" since we have both heard of ice boxes and the use of lard. Ha! Thanks for the congratulations and also for your comment on this ice box cookies hub.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello arusho,

      These ice box cookies are delicious...even better than they look. If you decide to try them, let me know what you think. Thanks!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello DzyMsLizzy,

      I am sure that Crisco could easily be substituted for the lard. The nuts could also be pulverized just to impart some flavor. Walnuts work just as well in this recipe. So feel free to experiment. Sorry to hear of your husband's teeth issues. Not fun for him or anyone cooking for him, I am sure. Thanks for your comment and votes. Appreciate it!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello CheerAdvisor,

      Let me know what you think after baking these cookies. Thanks and thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello CookwareBliss,

      It is about time to get baking! Nice to hear that this ice box cookies hub got you inspired! Ha! Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello TransferAmerica,

      Thanks for your comment regarding these ice box cookies and the instructions on how to make them.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Allana Calhoun,

      Glad that you liked these step by step instructions. Sounds like you have a good tried and true cookie recipe of your own going back in time. Thanks for your comment.

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      Hillbilly Zen 5 years ago from Kentucky

      Thanks for the great memories, Ms. Peggy. I remember my Granny making these, and how hard it was to wait while the cookies formed up in the fridge.

      Congratulations on Hub of the Day! Voted up, useful and interesting.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi Peggy congrats of Hub of the Day!!! A lot of younger folks never heard of an ice box, and have never heard of lard, either. I remember both! Whoops, just revealed my age, didn't I??? I've bookmarked this Hub for future reference. Goodnight.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello randomcreative,

      Thanks for the congrats and thanks for your comment. If you decide to try baking these ice box cookies for yourself...enjoy!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello B. A. Williams,

      Our grocery stores in Houston still sell lard. Good luck in finding it if you decide to make these ice box cookies. Crisco would probably be a fine alternative if you cannot find the lard. Thanks for your comment.

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      arusho 5 years ago from University Place, Wa.

      those look delicious, yum!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello tillsontitan,

      Glad that you found the photos and instructions in making these ice box cookies helpful. Thanks for your comment and votes.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello mljdgulley354,

      I would imagine that there are fewer and fewer ice boxes available for purchase as time goes on. Interesting that you used to refinish them and then sell them. Would make a good hub if you took photos! Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello oceansnsunsets,

      Glad that you enjoyed the photos of these ice box cookies. When you make them...enjoy! Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi ktrapp,

      Thanks for the complementary comment and enjoy your ice box cookies this year.

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      Liz Elias 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Congratulations on Hub of the Day! These do indeed look wonderful!

      Funny--my parents were of the last generation to remember actual ice boxes--my dad more so--and they both would call the refrigerator the "ice box" more often than not--especially dad. ;-)

      I wonder what would happen if I were to use all butter, or sub in something like Crisco for the lard. As a vegetarian, I do not use or eat any part of animals in any amount.

      Also, I wonder if the almonds could be finely chopped or ground without affecting the outcome--my husband is a victim of the Medicare dental butchers, and has no teeth, (they think extractions are the way to fix cavities!), and the "falsies" they made do not fit at all, so nothing with nuts for him. :-(

      I'm not much of a baker, and I go for simplicity--I'm not confident with trying to alter recipes.

      However, I fully enjoyed the hub, your photos, and anecdotes. No wonder you were honored with the HOD award!

      Voted up, interesting, useful, and .. ... dang... once again, no "delicious" button!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello brsmom68,

      Hope you enjoy these ice box cookies as much as my family has over the years. Thansk for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello applecsmith,

      Calling a refrigerator an ice box is certainly a throw back to earlier times. Glad that this hub brought the meaning into focus for you. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi RTalloni,

      Oh yes, please do let me know how your substitution works out if you make these ice box cookies. Am sure that others would be interested as well. Thanks!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello pstraubie48,

      Enjoy this ice box cookie recipe, adding it to all the others you have found on Hubpages. There are many cook cooks and bakers here! Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello vasantha T k,

      Wouldn't that be nice if we could just smell and taste the photos from all the good recipes shown on Hubpages. If anyone ever invents that...they will make a fortune! Haha! Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello chspublish,

      Most often I bake a double batch of cookies unless the original recipe is a huge one particularly when baking them to give away. The clean up factor is the same, so I figure I am saving some time and effort that way...at least on the clean up end of it. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Eileen Hughes,

      They still sell lard in our stores in Houston...both small and even large boxes. It amazes me that it can be kept on a shelf without refrigeration, but it definitely can. Obviously we purchase the small container and only use it for this one purpose of baking the ice box cookies. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello The Dirt Farmer,

      Thanks for the congrats on HOFD and for your comment. Appreciate it.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Gail,

      That is exactly what makes these ice box cookies so nice (in addition to the taste, of course)...the make ahead and easy to freeze capability. Thanks for the congrats on making hub of the day and also for your comment. I wondered why I suddenly had so many comments! :))

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello ehow101,

      Let me know if your wife decides to make them and what you think. Thanks for your comment.

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      CheerAdvisor 5 years ago from Eugene, OR

      Wow, that recipe and pictures take me back to younger days in Houston. I think I will be making some of these cookies this weekend. Thanks for sharing.

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      CookwareBliss 5 years ago from Winneconne, WI

      This hub makes me want to start baking for the holidays!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello jbrock2041,

      By putting the sprinkles onto the cookies before baking, they stay in place better after the ice box cookies are baked. Obviously one can skip this step entirely. It just makes it more festive looking in a Christmas cookie assortment. Thanks for your comment.

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      Allana Calhoun 5 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

      Nicely written. Love that you have step-by-step pictures, those allow you to compare your own results along the way. :D Sounds like a good recipe. Personally, I use a sugar cookie recipe I perfected using a cookbook from the 50's, my mom's recipe from what I could remember and other miscellaneous sugar cookie recipes. Took several (and I mean several) attempts. The recipe my mom used always was chilled for a couple of hours before we cut the shapes but my current recipe is good warm or cold.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Great recipe! I love all of the detailed photos, instructions, and family history. Congrats on getting Hub of the Day!

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      B. A. Williams 5 years ago from USA

      Great photos and I remember my mother making these cookies. Have to wonder where you buy lard, I assume the grocery store has it?

      Excellent article!

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Can't wait to try them! I can't eat them but my family can. The best part is they're so easy to make. Your pictures are great too. Voted up and useful

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      mljdgulley354 5 years ago

      Peggy W I love the pictures and step by step tutorial for making the cookies. I used to refinish antiques and the ice box was one of my best sales. Even then they were hard to come by.

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      Paula 5 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      I will have to make these this holiday season, thanks so much for sharing this Peggy! Loved the photos too. :)

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Moon Daisy,

      My great-grandparents, grandparents and parents all had good times at the lake. In the case of my mother and her family...it was just a summer cottage. My dad actually grew up on Okauchee Lake. Glad I could tell you about ice boxes as well as ice box cookies. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello softhard,

      Glad that you liked this ice box cookies recipe. Thanks for your comment.

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      Kristin Trapp 5 years ago from Illinois

      Hi Peggy. I know I commented before, but I wanted to congratulate you on "hub of the day." This great recipe, with a story to go with it, as well as great photos, make it a must-read and a must-bake in my opinion. I have bookmarked this hub and am going to add them to my list of Christmas cookies to bake this year.

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      Diane Ziomek 5 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      This is a recipe I am most definitely going to try. It is almost time to start my Christmas baking; these will be a big hit I'm sure. Thank you for sharing with the rest of us!

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      Carrie Smith 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Oh wow. Your pictures make it look easy and absolutely delicious! My dad still calls the refrigerator an "ice box" and now I understand why. Great recipe here, perfect for the holidays. Congratulations on being the hub of the day.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Such a great history with your cookies. They are so festive, too. Congrats on Hub of the Day for an interesting and must try recipe! If I get to make these I'll try to let you know how I substituted the cow milk butter.

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      Patricia Scott 5 years ago from sunny Florida

      Congratulations on hub of the day!!Cookies...everywhere...I have found and tried so many really terrific cookie recipes since I joined hubpages. I have found yet another to try. Thank you for sharing.

      Another cookie to share with my family this holiday...

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      vasantha T k 5 years ago from Bangalore

      Peggy,

      Congratulations for the hub of the day. I wish if I can get the cookies from the monitor like print outs to eat,they look so delicious. Best wishes.

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      chspublish 5 years ago from Ireland

      A very comprehensive hub, full of more things than a recipe for cookies. Nice recipe too.

      Have done the exact same as your recipe, but you have more ingredients and a greater amount also, which makes sense to cook a big batch in one go. Thanks.

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      Eileen Hughes 5 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      great detail and pictures. look yummy, I havent used lard for about as long as your grandmother been baking. haha, not sure if they still have it in our stores in Oz cannot remember even seeing it. so will have to check it out. Thanks rated up