sleepy time tip: last minute entertaining

IMG_5698 One of my favorite things I try to keep stock of in my freezer are icebox cookie rolls.  They are the perfect last minute entertaining cookie.  Here are the reasons why:

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You make the dough. (I use Martha Stewart's Icebox Butter Cookies from her Baking Handbook.  Here are a variety of Icebox Cookie recipes you could try: Icebox Shortbread, Lemon Icebox CookiesOatmeal Icebox Cookies, Striped Icebox Cookies, and Icebox Molasses Cookies. ) Then, roll it out to about 1.5 inches in diameter.  Cover in plastic wrap and then in parchment paper.  Most recipes make several rolls. (#1 reason!)

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Freeze whatever you don't want to bake that day.  Depending on the icebox cookie recipe, they can freeze anywhere from 3 weeks to 3 months! (#2 reason!!!)

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Then when you need a treat fast for company or your own family, simple pull out a roll and let it defrost 15 minutes or so.  Roll the cookie dough roll in sanding sugar, sugar, or brown sugar.

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Slice and bake according to the recipe.  They are excellent tasting cookies (#3 reason), even after my usual modifications (less sugar and exchanging some whole wheat flour for some all-purpose flour).  I always like to add other flavors: toasted pecans, dried fruit--whatever you have on hand.

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We brought out a dough roll a few days ago for visiting cousins and will be bringing out another one tomorrow for visiting friends.  Talk about a relief when you already have fifteen other things to think about!

the sleepy time gal