How to Make Refrigerator Cookies

Refrigerator cookies are made by first shaping the dough into a log. The log is refrigerated until firm, and then sliced onto a cookie sheet and baked.
  1. Place cookie dough on a sheet of waxed paper. Using waxed paper to hold dough, roll it back and forth to form a log.

    Use the waxed paper to roll the dough into a log.
    Use the waxed paper to
    roll the dough into a log.


  2. Securely wrap log in plastic wrap. Refrigerate at least 2 hours or until firm. (Log may be frozen up to 3 months; thaw in refrigerator before baking.)

  3. Cut dough with long, sharp knife into slices at desired thickness. Place on cookie sheets.

    Cut the dough to your desired thickness.
    Cut the dough to desired thickness.


  4. Bake and cool as directed.
Helpful Hints

These suggestions will come in handy for most refrigerator cookie recipes.

  • Shaping the dough into a log before chilling is easier if you first place the dough on a piece of waxed paper or plastic wrap and use it to roll and shape the log.

  • Before chilling, always wrap the rolls securely in plastic wrap or air may penetrate the dough and cause it to dry out.

  • Use gentle pressure and a back-and-forth sawing motion with a sharp knife when slicing the rolls; this helps the cookies keep their nice round shape.

    Gently cut the dough into slices to preserve a nice, round shape.
    Gently cut the dough into slices to
    preserve a nice, round shape.


  • Rotating the roll while slicing also keeps one side from flattening.

Rolled cookies require the use of a rolling pin to create a flat, even dough. Learn tips for these cookies in the next section.

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