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Cinnamon Basil And Lime Icebox Cookies

Cinnamon Basil and Lime Cookies

Awhile back I was researching recipes that called for cinnamon basil. This one for icebox cookies caught my eye. I said I was going to make these – and I did. Boy, are they good!

I didn’t really know what icebox cookies were when I saw the recipe. Basically the dough is shaped into a log and is refrigerated. The dough will usually keep for up to a week in the fridge or it can be well wrapped and frozen for much longer.

Chilling the dough makes it a lot easier to work with. It’s also a great way to bake only the cookies you want at any one time. There is nothing quite like hot fresh cookies straight from the oven.

Icebox Cookie Dough

Here is the recipe from the Epicurious website submitted by smtodd

Cinnamon Basil and Lime Icebox Cookies


2 cups all purpose flour

1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

2/3 cup unsalted butter, softened

1 cup granulated sugar

1 large egg

1teaspoon vanilla extract

¼ teaspoon nutmeg

3 tablespoons fresh cinnamon basil leaves, chopped

1 tablespoon grated lime zest

1 cup slivered almonds or pistachios, chopped (I went for the pistachio option)

Parchment or wax paper for wrapping dough


Sift together flour, baking powder and salt and set aside

Cream the butter, sugar and egg together in mixer until light and fluffy. (I did mine by hand)

Add vanilla extract, nutmeg, lime zest, cinnamon basil and almonds or pistachios and mix until thoroughly combined

Add flour mixture in three or four parts, making sure that flour is completely mixed in before next addition

Gently roll dough into an even log about 3 inches in diameter, lightly flour hands and work surface if dough is sticky

Wrap rolled dough in parchment / wax paper and chill at least 2 hours until completely firm or store for up to one week in the refrigerator. This dough can also be frozen for up to 2 months
Preheat oven to 375 degrees, slice dough in roll 1/8 thick straight out of the refrigerator or after about 6 hours of thawing in fridge if using frozen dough

Place cookies about 2 inches apart on a sheet pan and bake 8-10 minutes until edges are lightly golden brown

Icebox Cookies Ready For The Oven

Remove from sheet pan immediately and cool on a wire rack


2 Responses to “Cinnamon Basil And Lime Icebox Cookies”

  1. these cookies look amazing! normally I’m not a big fan of ice box cookies cause i don’t like to wait haha but these look worth a try.

  2. Luna says:

    Hi Kimberly, thanks so much for your comments. These ice box cookies are absolutely worth it. I didn’t put them in the ice box though because like you I don’t like waiting! Everything was gobbled up in 2 days – they are that good. 🙂

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