Chocolate Icebox Cookies



10 min


1 h 30 min


55-60 cookies

Chocolate Icebox Cookies

These not-too-sweet icebox cookies are your secret frozen weapon when holiday chaos hits.


  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ⅓ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp each baking powder and salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter , at room temperature
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  • In a medium bowl, combine flour, cocoa, cinnamon, baking powder and salt. In a large bowl, beat butter with sugar until fluffy; add egg and vanilla. Beat in flour mixture until just combined. Divide dough in half. Roll each half into a 2-in.-wide log. Wrap logs in wax paper and twist ends. Chill until firm, 1 hr.
  • Position racks in top and bottom thirds of oven. Preheat to 350F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Slice logs into 1/4-in.-thick rounds and arrange 1 in. apart on prepared sheets. Bake in top and bottom thirds of oven, switching halfway through, 10 to 12 min. Let cookies cool on sheets 1 min, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container at room temperature up to 5 days.

Make-ahead tip

Wrap wax paper logs in foil and freeze. Defrost and slice to bake.

Originally published in the Today’s Parent December 2016 issue. Photo by Roberto Caruso.