These Christmas ice box cookies made a wonderful homemade holiday gift.

Christmas Ice Box Cookies Recipe

These Christmas ice box cookies are one of my holiday favourites. With the candied cherries and pistachios, they look like bits of Christmas on a plate! Making the dough ahead of time and slicing before baking makes them all very uniform in size which makes them look even prettier.


  • 1 cup margarine
  • 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 cup candied cherries quartered
  • 1/2 cup currants
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup finely chopped pistachios or other nuts I use pistachios because of the colour


  1. In a large bowl, cream together margarine and sugar. Beat in the eggs one at a time and add the vanilla.
  2. Stir the flour, baking soda and salt together and mix in. Add the cherries, currants and nuts. Mix and shape into round logs approximately 2 inches in diameter. Wrap the logs and chill overnight or for a few days. The dough can also be frozen.
  3. When you are ready to bake them, slice the dough thinly. Arrange on an ungreased baking sheet and bake them at 375┬░ for 6-7 minutes (until lightly browned). Cool.