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Vintage Ice Box Cookie Family Recipe With Step-By-Step Photos

I grew up watching and helping my mother make homemade cookies. They were always in our school lunch boxes. Here, I share some family faves.

Decorated homemade ice box cookies

Decorated homemade ice box cookies

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 article.

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 being baked. That 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

Young men who delivered the ice back then.

Young men who delivered the ice back then.

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

Ice Box 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

Instructions

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. Sift the flour and cinnamon together.

Sift the flour and cinnamon

Sift the flour and cinnamon

5. 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.

6. 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.

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

8. 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.

Use your hands to form into rolls.

Use your hands to form into rolls.

9. 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!

Rolls of ice box cookies ready to be chilled overnight.

Rolls of ice box cookies ready to be chilled overnight.

10. 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.

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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11. 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.

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

Baked ice box cookies

Baked ice box cookies

13. 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.

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.

I 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.

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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.

Questions & Answers

Question: Can the dough be frozen then thawed, sliced then baked?

Answer: I have never personally done that, but I see no reason why it would not work. Please let me know if you try it, and it works out well for you.

© 2011 Peggy Woods

Comments are welcomed.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 29, 2020:

Hi Laura,

I hope you were able to share your mom's cookie recipe with your son. If you are looking for another good old-fashioned one that dates back many years, this icebox cookie recipe is delicious. Enjoy!

Laura on June 29, 2020:

My Mom made overnight cookies like this over 60 some years ago. We would sneak n eat the cold dough. Mom tought me when I was 8 I made them many years. My son in Fl. Ask me last night for the recipe. He misses Gramma and her cookies too

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 30, 2019:

Hi Patricia,

You and your entire family have been on my mind also. I hope your Christmas together was enjoyable. If we lived closer, I would have made these cookies for you.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on December 30, 2019:

Just stopping by to say I am thinking of you. I did not get these made for Christmas this year but am hoping to make heart-shaped ones for Valentine's day. Angels are headed your way ps

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 12, 2019:

Hi Dale,

Cookies are just the right size for a person who does not have a massive sweet tooth but who may wish to have smaller treats once in a while. I think you would be pleased with the taste of these icebox cookies. They are delicious but not overly sweet. They are one of my favorites.

Dale Anderson from The High Seas on September 12, 2019:

I'm not a person that has a sweet tooth but, for whatever reason, cookies are a weakness for me. When I fly, especially long, international flights, I rarely eat the meals offered. Instead I ask for cookies and milk. Sure I get some weird looks but it is always a good choice.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 19, 2018:

Hi Patricia,

So happy to hear that you like this cookie recipe and the story behind it. Wishing for you a very Merry Christmas and a blessed new year ahead.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on December 19, 2018:

Good morning Peggy. I come back to this hub year after year not only for the lovely recipe but I so enjoy the story you have written to accompany it. Hoping your Christmas is very Merry....love and blessings and many Angels headed to you and your hubby this morning ps

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 09, 2018:

Hello Rajan,

I am pleased that you find this recipe easy to follow. It is a family favorite!

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on November 09, 2018:

Very attractive dressing for these ice cookies. Detailed recipe and wonderful photos make it very easy to follow. Thank you for sharing.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 06, 2018:

Hi Patricia,

Enjoy your overnight visit with Heston Wayne. That will be special for both of you! I well remember the times I got to spend the night at my grandparent's home. Although we lived close...actually next door for many years...it was such a special time. Give him my greetings and an extra hug. These cookies taste just as good without the colored sprinkles. I only add them when making Christmas cookies. Enjoy!

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on July 06, 2018:

My little Heston Wayne is coming to spend the nite with me....next week...the first time in two years...although I see him often as I travel to the town about an hour away where he lives I have not had him come stay because of his gj tube. But I feel comfortable now with how to take care of him so can't wait. And while he eats very little he likes to make things....so along with lemon cookies a favorite of his...he will make these. Angels once again are on the way bringing love and blessings ps

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 04, 2017:

Hi Chitrangada Sharan,

I am happy that you found these cookie making instructions with photos easy to follow. Hopefully you will give them a try.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on December 04, 2017:

These look perfect, delicious and wonderful and I would love to try this!

Your pictures are helpful and instructions are so nicely explained.

Thanks for sharing this!

Peggy Woods on November 29, 2017:

Hi Patricia,

These are good cookies year round without the colored sugar sprinkles. The actual recipe does not call for the sprinkles. I just add them to make them look more festive for the holidays. Yes the memories associated make them even more special.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on November 29, 2017:

I have read this before I am sure but have not made them. I am giving goodie bags to lots of folks this year as I am feeling very thankful. So I want to include some cookies that will surprise those who receive them. As good as the cookie sounds the story and memories they evoke are as good as the cookie for you I am sure. Thanks for sharing Angels are on the way once again ps pinned

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 18, 2014:

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!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 18, 2014:

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. :)

peachy from Home Sweet Home on December 16, 2014:

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

C E Clark from North Texas on December 15, 2014:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 22, 2013:

Hi Author Cheryl,

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 11, 2013:

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!

Cheryl A Whitsett from Jacksonville, Fl on December 07, 2013:

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.

C E Clark from North Texas on December 07, 2013:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 15, 2013:

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.

Eileen Hughes from Northam Western Australia on September 13, 2013:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 06, 2013:

Hello bestentryDSLR,

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

bestentryDSLR on September 05, 2013:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 27, 2013:

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.

lbidd54 from The beautiful Jersey Shore on April 27, 2013:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 27, 2013:

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.

Subhas from New Delhi, India on April 26, 2013:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 26, 2013:

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.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on April 26, 2013:

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

Mary Hyatt from Florida on April 26, 2013:

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

Mary Hyatt from Florida on April 26, 2013:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 25, 2013:

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.

Marcy Goodfleisch from Planet Earth on April 25, 2013:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 25, 2013:

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.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 25, 2013:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 29, 2013:

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.

moonlake from America on March 28, 2013:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 17, 2012:

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.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on July 16, 2012:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 08, 2012:

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.

Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on July 08, 2012:

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....

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 08, 2012:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 08, 2012:

Hello unknown spy,

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

Sushmita from Kolkata, India on July 08, 2012:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 08, 2012:

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!

Life Under Construction from Neverland on July 08, 2012:

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

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani from Chennai, India on July 08, 2012:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 19, 2012:

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.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on May 19, 2012:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 15, 2011:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 12, 2011:

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.

Cathy Sunnquist on December 12, 2011:

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"!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 07, 2011:

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.

anjali on December 07, 2011:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 04, 2011:

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.

Cindy Murdoch from Texas on December 04, 2011:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 04, 2011:

Hello Ibidd54,

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

lbidd54 from The beautiful Jersey Shore on December 04, 2011:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 04, 2011:

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!

Stephanie Marshall from Bend, Oregon on December 03, 2011:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 02, 2011:

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.

Donna Kristine from Atlanta, GA on December 02, 2011:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 02, 2011:

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.

Gossiper on December 02, 2011:

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.

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Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 30, 2011:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 30, 2011:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 30, 2011:

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!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 29, 2011:

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!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 29, 2011:

Hello CheerAdvisor,

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 29, 2011:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 29, 2011:

Hello TransferAmerica,

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 29, 2011:

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.

Hillbilly Zen from Kentucky on November 29, 2011:

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.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on November 29, 2011:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 29, 2011:

Hello randomcreative,

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 29, 2011:

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.

arusho from University Place, Wa. on November 29, 2011:

those look delicious, yum!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 29, 2011:

Hello tillsontitan,

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 29, 2011:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 29, 2011:

Hello oceansnsunsets,

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 29, 2011:

Hi ktrapp,

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

Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on November 29, 2011:

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!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 29, 2011:

Hello brsmom68,

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 29, 2011:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 29, 2011:

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!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 29, 2011:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 29, 2011:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 29, 2011:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 29, 2011:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 29, 2011:

Hello The Dirt Farmer,

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 29, 2011:

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! :))

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 29, 2011:

Hello ehow101,

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

CheerAdvisor from Eugene, OR on November 29, 2011:

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.

CookwareBliss from Winneconne, WI on November 29, 2011:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 29, 2011:

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.