Vanilla Icebox Cookies
Why This Recipe Works
These crowd-pleasing vanilla cookies are perfect for holiday parties because they’re easy to make and can be prepared in advance. We found that the key to the perfect texture was to use two types of sugar: granulated sugar and confectioners’ sugar. The granulated sugar gives the cookies some structure and a good snap, while the confectioners’ sugar ensures tenderness. We like to roll the chilled dough logs in sprinkles, colored sugar, or chopped toasted nuts. These additions not only result in whimsical, festive cookies but also add sweetness, richness, or crunch. If the dough becomes soft while you’re slicing the cookies, return it to the refrigerator until it firms up.