Brown Sugar Icebox Cookies
brown sugar, light
In a bowl, beat the butter with an electric mixer until fluffy.
Add the brown sugar and granulated sugar; beat until well blended.
Beat in the egg and vanilla until thickened.
Beat in ⅔ cup of the flour along with the baking soda and salt.
Stir in remaining 1 cup flour; the dough will be soft.
Divide the dough in half.
Wrap each half in wax or parchment paper or plastic wrap.
Shape it into a 6 inch log. Refrigerate until firm.
(The logs can be stored in a plastic bag and refrigerated for up to 1 week or frozen for up to 2 months.)
Preheat oven to 350℉ (180℃).
Using a thin knife, slice each log ⅛ inch to ¼ inch thick.
Arrange the cookies 1 inch apart on a buttered cookie sheet.
Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until lighly golden.
VARIATIONS: Ginger Almond: Add ½ cup finely chopped crystallized ginger.
Roll each log in ⅓ cup of finely chopped blanched almonds.
Lemon Poppyseed: Add 3 tablespoons of poppyseeds and 1 tablespoon of grated lemon zest.
Roll each log in 1 tablespoon of poppyseeds.
Spice: Add 1 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and ¼ teaspoon ground cloves.
If desired, roll each log in ⅓ cup of finely chopped walnuts.
Coffee Edged: Roll each log in 1½ tablespoons very finely group French roast coffee.
Pecan: Add 1 cup finely chopped toasted pecans.
Roll each log in ⅓ cup finely chopped toasted pecans.