Refrigerator Maple Cookies

Refrigerator cookies become popular right after WWII using shortening, sugar, eggs and flour.  It was a very basic cookie recipe that could be made with very little equipment and skill. This is my mother’s recipe which she used artificial maple flavoring to make these, but there are many variations and flavors using this basic recipe.  Refrigerator manufacturers would include refrigerator cookie recipes in their marketing ads. The dough could be made up the day before and baked just before serving.

Today most cookie recipes call for butter.  Shortening was used as a replacement for butter that was either too expensive or later rationed. Shortening didn’t need to be refrigerated so it was a staple baking and cooking ingredient.  Also then no one was connecting shortening to unhealthy eating.  Todays shortening has been modified to be more healthy.

The recipe makes a nice dough that is easy to work with and slices nice. I found if you just opened up the wrapper and leave the dough sitting on the wrapper it will slice nicer and not fall apart.  You will have to shape the cookie a little to make it round again after slicing.  You will have to press the jimmies and sprinkles into the top of the cookie gently before baking.  It turned out to be a good tasting cookie that isn’t overly sweet. The cookie has the same crisp texture as a vanilla wafer.  The cookie keeps well and freezes well.

This is a nice recipe to add to your recipe box.

Refrigerator Maple Cookies

  • Servings: 48 servings
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup shortening (butter flavored optional)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon molasses (optional)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon maple extract
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking  soda
  • sprinkles

Directions:

Cream sugar, molasses and shortening together in a large mixing bowl at medium speed. Add egg one at a time and maple extract. Beat until fluffy.

Sift flour, salt and baking soda together.  Add to creamed mixture on slow speed the dry ingredients a cup at a time.  The dough will be soft.

Divide dough in half and roll into logs. Wrap in plastic wrap or wax paper.  Chill for 3 hours or over night.

Preheat oven 375 degrees. Prepare cookie sheets with parchment paper or vegetable spray.

Slice cookies 1/4 inch thick. Add sprinkles on top before baking.  Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes until edges are slightly brown.

 

 

 

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12 Comments Add yours

  1. Quiltmouse says:

    Sounds yummy! I wonder if you could freeze the dough

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    1. trkingmomoe says:

      It has baking soda in it so I see no reason why you can’t. It would probably be good up to a month or so. You have me thinking this would be a good dough to make ahead for the holidays. I will have to get under my bed and drag out an old cookbook on freezing from 1968. It has a great chapter about just this subject. I have another batch of dough made and in the refrigerator. I plan to bake them tonight so I should research the freezing of dough for that post. Thanks for the question.

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  2. ckennedyhola says:

    Maple cookies taste so good this time of year. I have a recipe for maple leaf cookies, but it’s a bit time consuming, so I’m very much interested in trying your recipe here!

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    1. trkingmomoe says:

      Ice box cookies are easy to make. You don’t have to roll them out and use cookie cutters. I also have a recipe for maple leaf cookies. This one is not expensive to make. Thanks for you comment.

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  3. Colleen says:

    These sound so good right now!

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    1. trkingmomoe says:

      This is a simple little cookie. I hope you try this old fashion recipe. Thanks for coming by.

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  4. Loretta says:

    I could eat a handful of these in one sitting, lovely 🙂

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    1. trkingmomoe says:

      Half of them went as soon as they came out of the oven. Thanks for the comment.

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  5. What a great fall cookie!

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    1. trkingmomoe says:

      Thanks. It is a nice little cookie that you can make from items that you have in your cabinet..

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  6. zippyquilts says:

    Yes! I remember refrigerator cookies, which were called “ice box cookies” at my house!

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    1. trkingmomoe says:

      I just posted another recipe for ice box apple cookies. They are not as pretty as I would have liked them to be for the blog but they were fun to make. They look good in person. Thanks for taking time to share your memory.

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