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Pecan Icebox Cookies

June 3, 2019 (Last Updated: June 28, 2019)

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Pecan Icebox Cookies are a delicious butter cookie filled with toasted chopped pecans.

Pecan Icebox Cookies in a glass dish.

What are icebox cookies?

Icebox cookies are a cookie dough that is rolled into a log shape and chilled until firm. Icebox is an old fashioned term for a refrigerator.  This recipe requires the dough to be more than just chilled. It is frozen for at least 12 hours before baking. 

My grandmother used to make these cookies. She always had a few logs of dough in the freezer. Whenever she wanted fresh baked cookies, she’d just take out a log and cut off as many cookies as she needed. She would often just bake a few cookies at a time. I tend to cook the whole batch all at once. They disappear quickly in a house full of teenagers! 

Freshly baked cookies on a baking rack.

What ingredients do I need to make pecan icebox cookies?

  • Butter
  • Brown sugar
  • Egg
  • Vanilla
  • Flour
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Toasted pecans


How do I make icebox cookies?

  • Combine butter and sugar together
  • Add eggs and vanilla
  • Combine flour, baking soda and salt and add to butter mixture
  • Add toasted pecans
  • Place on a piece of waxed paper. Fold wax paper over and form a log about 14-16 inches long.
  • Twist ends of waxed paper and place in freezer for at least 12 hours
  • Remove from freezer and while still frozen slice into approximately 20 cookies
  • Bake on an ungreased baking sheet.

Cookie dough wrapped in wax paper.

Why do I need to toast the pecans?

Toasting the pecans brings out the flavor of the pecans. It makes the pecans a more intense flavor. Toasting them also helps keep the nuts more firm rather than a softer nut. 

How do I toast pecans?

There are two methods for toasting pecans.

  1. Place pecans in a dry saucepan over medium heat. Continue cooking until pecans are slightly browned and you can smell the aroma of the nuts. 
  2. Place pecans on a baking sheet and place in a 400 degree oven. Check pecans and stir every 2-3 minutes until nuts are slightly browned.

Do I have to use pecans?

Nope. You can use walnuts or hazelnuts or you can leave the nuts out altogether.

Cutting cookie dough into discs.

How long will this cookie dough last in the freezer?

The cookie dough will last for one month in the freezer if wrapped in waxed paper. To keep longer, place wrapped log into a freezer bag. It should keep up to three months in the waxed paper and freezer bag. 

A cookie broken in half with other cookies in a dish behind.

If you are looking for other great cookie recipes you might want to try Oatmeal Cookies with Cranberries, Chocolate Crinkles, Chocolate Chocolate Chip and Carrot Cookies

Don’t forget to PIN for later! Three cookies stacked on a black square.


If you make this recipe, I’d love to hear about it! Leave a comment below and snap a picture and tag me on Instagram @beyondthechickencoop

5 from 5 votes
A stack of cookies with pecans on a black slate tile.
Pecan Icebox Cookies
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Freeze Dough
12 hrs

Butter cookie with toasted pecans

Course: Cookie, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Icebox cookies, Pecan cookies, Pecan Icebox cookies
Servings: 20 cookies
Calories: 166 kcal
Author: Kathy
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup pecans toasted and chopped
  1. Combine butter and sugar together
  2. Add eggs and vanilla
  3. Combine flour, baking soda and salt and add to butter mixture. Stir until combined

  4. Add toasted pecans
  5. Place on a piece of waxed paper. Fold wax paper over and form a log about 14-16 inches long.
  6. Twist ends of waxed paper and place in freezer for at least 12 hours
  7. Remove from freezer and while still frozen slice into approximately 20 cookies
  8. Place on an ungreased baking sheet and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 12-14 minutes.

  9. Let cool slightly on baking sheet and then remove from baking sheet and allow cookies to continue cooling on a baking rack.

Recipe Notes
  • Dough may remain frozen in freezer for up to three months. After dough is frozen, place wrapped logs into a freezer safe bag to help prevent freezer burn.
  • May cook just a few cookies at a time or may cook entire batch at once.


Nutrition Facts
Pecan Icebox Cookies
Amount Per Serving (1 cookie)
Calories 166 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 20mg7%
Sodium 131mg6%
Potassium 51mg1%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 155IU3%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 17mg2%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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  • Reply
    June 19, 2019 at 4:28 pm

    5 stars

  • Reply
    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    June 4, 2019 at 7:52 am

    These look totally yummy Kathy! I love having rolls of icebox cookies in my freezer for unexpected guests!

    • Reply
      June 7, 2019 at 4:46 am

      They are great to have on hand. I need to restock my freezer now!

  • Reply
    June 3, 2019 at 8:44 pm

    Ohhhhhh… I’m going to have to make these! I just may have to keep a log in the freezer ready for baking at all times! Thanks for this recipe! P. S. Your homemade pita looks great too. I bookmarked it so long ago but have yet to try it. It’s on my long list of things to try making though!

    • Reply
      June 4, 2019 at 5:18 am

      It’s great to have some cookies ready to be baked! I always have a long list of things to bake! 🙂 Let me know when you give these or the pitas a try! Thanks!!!

  • Reply
    June 3, 2019 at 4:26 pm

    5 stars
    Pecans are my favorite nut. I love how maple-y they taste. 🙂 These would not last long in my freezer, let alone out of the oven. Yum!

    • Reply
      June 4, 2019 at 5:18 am

      They don’t last long in ours either!

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    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    June 3, 2019 at 6:34 am

    5 stars
    These are the best recipes! And toasted pecans? Yum! A tall glass of cold milk and a couple of these would be just about perfect right now! Happy Monday Kathy 🙂

    • Reply
      June 4, 2019 at 5:19 am

      Thanks, Dawn! A nice homemade cookie with a glass of cold milk is always the best!

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    David @ Spiced
    June 3, 2019 at 6:32 am

    5 stars
    This recipe totally takes me back to my childhood, Kathy! My grandma used to make a similar cookie, but she called ’em Sandies. I just remember they were crumbly in a good way and packed with so much flavor. She used pecans from the tree in her backyard…man, what I wouldn’t give to have that huge pecan tree in my backyard now!

    • Reply
      June 4, 2019 at 5:20 am

      Ohhhh….I’d love to have a pecan tree!

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    Alexandra @ It's Not Complicated Recipes
    June 3, 2019 at 5:48 am

    5 stars
    Isn’t it just a comforting feeling having a cookie log in the freezer!? I just love that. These look and sound so delicious 🙂

    • Reply
      June 4, 2019 at 5:20 am

      I need to make a few more batches. We don’t have any in the freezer right now!

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