Watermelon Slices Icebox Cookies

Since it is almost summer, I thought it would be a good time to bring out the old Icebox Cookie recipe, also known as Refrigerator Cookies.  This dough is usually shaped into a log then put into the refrigerator to chill.  The dough is easy enough to make, I like the fact that you can easily color it and it does not change the texture of the dough.  Getting back to the Summertime theme, we are going to make these cookies look like watermelon slices.  So let’s get rolling!

Icebox Cookies

  • 3/4 Cup Sugar
  • 3/4 Cup Brown Sugar (packed)
  • 1 Cup Butter (room temp)
  • 1 1/2 tsp Vanilla
  • 2 Eggs
  • 3 Cups Flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 3/4 tsp Salt
  • Red and Green gel food coloring (or pink, i was out of red)
  • Chocolate Jimmies (aka Sprinkles)

Mix the sugars, butter, vanilla and eggs with the paddle attachment until combined.  Add the flour, baking powder and salt. Blend well.  Keep two thirds of the dough in bowl, and put the other third into another bowl.  Color the larger amount of dough red or pink, then stir in a half of a container of the chocolate jimmies, more if you like, these will be the “seeds” of the watermelon.  You will use a decent amount of coloring because the dough is dark because of the brown sugar.  Then color the one third portion of dough green.  I found that using my hands distributes the coloring more thoroughly.  That is if you don’t mind having pink and green hands!

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Now lightly spray your work table, don’t use flour because we want the green dough to adhere to our red or pink dough.  Roll out the red dough into a log, about eighteen inches long.

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Place onto the table a piece of saran wrap or parchment a little longer then the log, place the green dough on the saran wrap and roll it out into a rectangle that will be wide enough to roll around the red log.
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Use the saran wrap to roll the green dough over and around the the red log.  Now you have just created a long watermelon log!SAM_0266SAM_0267

Cut the long log in half, and wrap up in saran wrap.  Refrigerate for a couple of hours, until it is chilled enough to slice.  You can make them a day or two in advance and just proceed when you need to bake them.

Take out one chilled log at a time, and cut them into a generous 1/4 inch slice.  Take each slice and cut them into half, there is your watermelon slices.  They even have the seeds!SAM_0274

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Place them on an ungreased baking sheet, about 1/2 inch apart.  Bake at 425 degree oven.  Rotate pans after 3 minutes.  They only take 6 minutes to bake.  Take them off the tray and let them cool.  Proceed with the other log in the same way.  If you don’t need all these cookies at one time.  Wrap the other log in foil and freeze.  This recipe makes 9 dozen watermelon wedges.

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These would be great to take to a picnic!  They look so cute and taste so yummy.  Just a nice vanilla flavor, but if you would like to flavor them with lemon or orange that would be great.  Then color the dough accordingly. This is a super way to kick off your summertime celebration.  Oh, remember no need to spit out the seeds!  These are quite edible!

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