Grandma Grieb’s Icebox Cookies


icebox-cookiesGrandma’s icebox cookies were another family favorite. They were easy to keep on hand so Grandma could bake fresh cookies for her hungry brood. She would make a big batch, form them into rolls and store them in the refrigerator. Then when she needed a fresh cookie treat she would go to the ice box, pull out a roll, cut them into cookies, bake and serve. These were Stanley Grieb’s favorite. The grand kids enjoyed eating the raw dough.

Grandma Grieb’s Icebox Cookies

From the recipe files of Gertrude Haven Grieb


2 cups of butter

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup castor sugar

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 cup ground walnuts

1 cup raisins (some relatives leave this ingredient out)

6 cups all purpose flour


Mix well with hands, add more flour if needed.

Roll into two rolls, 2″ thick.

Wrap rolls tightly and refrigerate overnight.  Slice into thick slices about 1/4″ place on greased cookie sheet and bake at 350°F for 9 to 11 minutes. This recipe makes about 11 dozen cookies.


Store rolls in the refrigerator or freezer for future use. Wrap the logs tightly in plastic wrap, then place the logs in freezer bags, squeeze out excess air then place in freezer. When ready to use the dough, let it sit out for a few minutes before slicing the logs. Frozen cookie dough may need a few minutes more to bake.

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