Amelia’s Refrigerator Cookies

These are my Dad’s favorite cookies.  His Grandmother, Amelia, used to make them for him each year around Christmas time, and now the task has fallen to me.  These Refrigerator Cookies are some of the simplest cookies to make, but they check almost all the boxes of the perfect cookie list; buttery, crispy along the edges, soft and chewy centers, not cloying, and coffee dunk-able.

Amelia’s Refrigerator Cookies

This recipe makes about 9 dozen cookies.


  • 1 cup Butter
  • 2 cups Brown Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Cream of Tarter
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 3 1/2 cups Flour
  • 1 cup chopped Walnuts (or hickory nuts)


  1. Cream together: 1 cup butter and 2 cups brown sugar.
  2. Add: 2 eggs, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp cream of tarter, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 3 1⁄2 cups flour, and 1 cup chopped nuts.
  3. Roll the dough out into 2 or 3 long logs and wrap it up in wax paper.
  4. Place the dough in the refrigerator over night.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  6. Use a sharp knife to slice the dough logs at an angle into thin ovals (about 1/4″ thick)
  7. Place the cookies on greased or parchment lined cookie sheets.  They will grow slightly so give them a little space.
  8. Bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes.

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