Patterned Cookies

This recipe takes more time than many of the icebox cookies but the results are worth the effort. The designs are pretty and the cookie is delicious.  You’ll need an afternoon to bake these cookies so make an extra batch while you are baking and freeze  any leftovers.


1 cup soft butter

The white dough can be tinted green for Christmas, pink for Easter, orange for Halloween, etc.

2/3 cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 tsp salt

2 1/2 cups flour

1/4 cup cocoa powder

Mix first 3 ingredients until light and fluffy.  Add flour and salt to the mixture.  Blend until combined.  Do not overwork dough.

Split batter in half.  set one have aside.  To the second half of the mixture add the cocoa powder  .  Roll first the white and then the cocoa mixture to overlap.  Cut ends off of cookies so edges are straight.  Place white strip on top of brown strip and cut in  inch and 1/2 logs. Take two logs pieces and join together so that colors alternate.  This can be done as many times as you wish. Other  cookies can be rolled into cylinders to give a swirl effect.  Chill for at least 1 hour.

Remove from refrigerator and cut slices from logs.  Bake on cookie sheets at 350 degrees for 11 to 14 minutes.

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