Vanilla Pecan Icebox Cookies

Vanilla Pecan Icebox Cookies are a freezer cookie recipe that you can slice-and-bake whenever you want for sweet convenience. 

Looking for a crispy, versatile cookie to dip, dunk or dress up? Vanilla Pecan Icebox Cookies are the perfect base for all kinds of desserts. Vanilla Pecan Icebox Cookies allow you to make a batch, freeze, and slice off a few (or a bunch) as often as you need them. These crispy-sweet treats are perfect for dunking or dipping and easy to dress up any way you like.

Good food with no fuss is what it’s all about. Hey there. I’m Rachel Ballard–I’m not Shawn, but she’s been kind enough to let me in to her world at I Wash You Dry to share my love of easy no-fuss food with you. I normally blog about my wacky Kentucky farm life and love of recipes that use easy to find ingredients over on The Country Contessa and I’d love to have you pull up a chair at my table anytime. We’ll eat cookies and have some sweet tea. 

Frozen Cookie Dough or Refrigerator Cookies?

Desserts you can make once and enjoy whenever you want them? Well, there aren’t too many of those that can hang on for weeks and weeks in your freezer, but these vanilla icebox cookies can.

I’ve always been a big believer in sticking to food that has ingredients I can pronounce in them. No, I’m not a super health nut (obviously, or we wouldn’t be talking about cookies with a cup of butter in them).

And maybe you have the same thought–you’d like to make something that doesn’t come from the store but you’ve been sticking to the classic chocolate chip or haven’t bucked up your bravery to try anything at all yet.

Looking for a crispy, versatile frozen cookie dough to dip, dunk or dress up? Vanilla Pecan Icebox Cookies are the perfect base for all kinds of desserts.

But it’s time to put on your “I don’t need those cookies in a roll from the store” pants and make these vanilla pecan icebox cookies. They’re a nearly foolproof recipe to start with–complete with the sweet smell of vanilla and pecans that get all toasty while they’re in the oven. The butter (all of the butter) make these perfectly crispy and still sturdy enough to slather with ice cream, dip in chocolate or just eat straight up.

How to Freeze Cookie Dough

You won’t need any fancy equipment to whip these up–just a bowl and a hand mixer. Then? This is the best part–you chill the dough, then you can freeze it and use it whenever you’re ready.

How to Freeze Cookie Dough: Vanilla Pecan icebox cookies are the perfect base for all kinds of desserts.

Just slice off as many as you’d like and bake them.

Danger Will Robinson! You can bake yourself fresh cookies every night after work for weeks.

You will eat too many cookies! Your family will think you’ve been swapped for a cookie baking alien imposter.

Feel free to swap those nuts for a different one–pistachios would be great here. Or add some dried fruit and yes, even chunks of chocolate would be okay.

A little almond extract in place of half of the vanilla would add a new flavor and you could even throw in some cinnamon or dried fruit if you got the urge. So many ideas! Make them your family’s next favorite dessert.


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Slice-and-Bake Vanilla Pecan Icebox Cookies

Easy slice and bake cookies filled with toasted nuts and the warm flavor of vanilla are the perfect base for any dessert or just snacking.
Prep Time12 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time22 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 20
Calories: 214 kcal
Author: Rachel Ballard


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 ¼ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup chopped pecans


  • In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugars until light and fluffy—about 4 minutes.
  • Add the egg and vanilla and mix well.
  • In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, and salt and add to the butter mixture.
  • Mix well until no pockets of flour are left. Dough will be very stiff. You may need to stir it by hand if the mixer can’t handle it.
  • Stir in the pecans at the end.
  • Divide the dough in half and shape into a log on a piece of plastc wrap.
  • Twist the ends to seal and refrigerate the rolls for two hours or up to 5 days. You can also transfer the dough to the freezer and freeze for up to a month.
  • When you’re ready to bake slice off ¼” thick slices and bake on ungreased cookie sheets at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes.
Dough needs to chill at least 2 hours before slicing or bake from frozen.


Calories: 214kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 95mg | Potassium: 47mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 299IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg
Keywords: Baked, Cookies, icebox, pecan, slice, vanilla
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About the author

Rachel Ballard is a Kentucky farmer who loves to share easy to make comfort food for busy cooks. She's also been known to deliver calves in her socks and chase wild animals with her car. You can find more of her recipes, southern sass and wild farm adventures on her blog, The Country Contessa.

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Shawn Syphus

Hi, I’m Shawn and I’m a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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