Ollie’s Ice Box Cookies

My high school friend (Class of ’75), Polly Benfield McKaskle and her sisters put together a cookbook of their mother’s (Marie Elaine Thompson Benfield) favorite family recipes after she passed away. These recipes are an expression of a mother’s love handed down through the generations starting with Polly’s grandmother, Ollie.

 “Ollie always had Ice Box Cookies baked and 3 kinds of ice cream to choose from in the freezer. I so miss those days. In a way I have kept up the tradition. I make up the cookie dough and freeze it. That way my husband, Gary, can slice and bake the cookies anytime. The only problem, he gets in front of the t.v. and lets them burn!”  Polly Benfield McKaskle

Ollie’s Ice Box Cookies
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 eggs
1 cup shortening
4 cup flour
1 teaspoon soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup nuts, chopped
Cream shortening, brown and granulated sugars together. Add eggs and vanilla. In another bowl mix together flour sifted together with the baking soda and salt. Add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture and stir until smooth. Add the nuts and mix thoroughly. Spread the batter on waxed paper and shape into 3 rolls. Slice about 1/4 inch thick and bake on cookie sheet at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. The cookies slice easier if you chill the dough first. Cookie dough may also be frozen.

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