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Lime Swirled Icebox Cookies

These Lime Swirled Icebox Cookies are here to add some zest to your sweet snacking! Flecked with green and kissed with lime flavor, Ice Box Cookies are a spring and summertime favorite.

Love Icebox recipes? Our S’mores Icebox Cake is so easy, and a no bake favorite! Or give these red, white, and blue icebox cookies a try for the holidays!

Lime swirled icebox cookies with green sprinkles on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.

What are Icebox Cookies

Icebox cookies get their name from the fact that you make ahead of time and keep the cookie dough in the refrigerator or freezer until ready to bake.

Modern names for icebox cookies are refrigerator cookies or slice and bakes.

If your kids like these as much as mine do, may I suggest making a few batches of ice box cookie dough at once so you always have some ready to go in the freezer?

Then, you’re never more than a few minutes away from delicious homemade cookies.

Why these icebox cookies are BEST

  • These have a nice citrus taste thanks to the Lime flavored JELL-O.
  • Paired with the vanilla sugar, you get a satisfying balance of sweet and citrusy flavors.
  • The swirled white and green colors together made these look extra fancy even though they’re very simple to make.

Ingredient Notes

Ingredients needed for lime swirled icebox cookies.
  • Flour 
  • Butter
  • Eggs 
  • Baking soda
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Lime JELL-O
  • Green food coloring
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Vanilla sugar Homemade or store bought. If you don’t have vanilla sugar, you can make a substitute by scraping a vanilla bean into regular granulated sugar. 
  • Green sprinkles – Sugar sprinkles for decorating the Ice Box cookies

How to Make Ice Box Cookies

Two tone cookie dough pressed into a rectangle.

STEP 1. Make the cookie dough

In a mixer, beat butter with vanilla sugar until fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. Add eggs. In separate bowl, mix flour with baking soda and salt. Gradually add to butter mixture. Divide dough in half.

STEP 2. Make the lime swirls 

Add in vanilla extract to one half of the dough. Lay dough on large sheet of parchment paper. Lay a second sheet of parchment on top of dough. Roll dough to form a 12 inch x 8 inch rectangle. Freeze dough for about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, with second half of dough add in gelatin and food coloring. Lay dough on parchment paper, with a second sheet on top. Roll dough to form a similar sized rectangle. Freeze dough 15 minutes.

Lime swirled icebox cookies on parchment paper being rolled in sprinkles.

STEP 3. Roll and freeze

Remove both sheets of dough from freezer. Remove top layer of parchment paper for each rectangle. Lay sheets of dough together (with parchment on outside). Remove one sheet of parchment paper so the dough has one sheet remaining at the bottom.

Slowly peel the dough from bottom parchment by rolling up the long end. You are going to form a log of dough. Tightly roll this dough and rewrap in parchment. Freeze until ready to use!

STEP 4. Bake

When ready to bake, wet fingertips with water. Roll  the whole log of dough in sprinkles. Slice 1/4inch thick and bake on a parchment lined baking sheet for about 7-9 minutes at 350 degrees.

Slices of icebox cookies with lime swirls on parchment paper.

Tips and Tricks

  • How long to keep ice box cookie dough in the freezer: If you want to enjoy these cookies right away, I recommend letting the dough freeze for at least 30 minutes before baking. The dough can also stay wrapped in the freezer for up to 3 months!
  • Do you have to thaw icebox cookie dough? Nope, no need to let the log of dough thaw or soften at all. You slice the frozen cookie dough and bake right away! So convenient.
  • To keep the dough from sticking: Get your fingers a little damp before you roll the two sections of dough together. I also do this before rolling it in the sprinkles to make sure nothing sticks to my hands.
  • How to store lime cookies: Once baked, these Lime Ice Box Cookies will keep well at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. Good luck resisting them for that long, though!
Stack of lime swirled icebox cookies on cookie sheet with one cookie broken in half.

Recipe FAQs

How long can you keep icebox cookie dough in the refrigerator?

Refrigerator cookie dough stays fresh, if tightly wrapped for up to three days.

How long can you freeze icebox cookie dough?

You can freeze cookie dough for up to three months. Be sure it’s in an airtight container to maintain freshness and flavor.

Can I make the swirls in icebox cookies a different flavor?

Swap out the lime gelatin in ice box cookies for any flavor. Pair it with matching sprinkles and you’ve got a new cookie flavor!

Stack of baked icebox swirled cookies on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.

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Yield: 24 cookies

Lime Swirled Icebox Cookies

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes

These Lime Swirled Icebox Cookies are here to add some zest to your sweet snacking! Flecked with green and kissed with lime flavor, Ice Box Cookies are a spring and summertime favorite.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 ¼ cup vanilla sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 Tablespoon Lime JELL-O
  • ¼ teaspoon green gel food coloring, optional
  • ¼ cup green sugar sprinkles, optional

Instructions

  1. In mixer, beat butter with vanilla sugar until fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. Add eggs.
  2. In separate bowl, mix flour with baking soda and salt. Gradually add to butter mixture. Divide dough in half.
  3. To one half add in vanilla extract. Lay dough on large sheet of parchment paper. Lay a second sheet of parchment on top of dough. Roll dough to form a 12 inch x 8 inch rectangle. Freeze dough for about 15 minutes.
  4. With second half of dough add in gelatin and food coloring. Lay dough on parchment paper, with a second sheet on top. Roll dough to form a similar sized rectangle. Freeze dough 15 minutes.
  5. Remove both sheets of dough from freezer. Remove top layer of parchment paper for each rectangle. Lay sheets of dough together (with parchment on outside). Remove one sheet of parchment paper (dough should have one remaining on bottom). Slowly peel dough from bottom parchment by rolling up the long end. You are going to form a log of dough. Tightly roll this dough and rewrap in parchment. Freeze until ready to use.
  6. When ready to bake, wet fingertips with water. Roll log of dough in sprinkles. Slice ¼inch thick and bake on a parchment lined baking sheet for about 7-9 minutes (in a 350 degree oven).

Notes

  • Vanilla sugar - Homemade or store bought. If you don't have vanilla sugar, you can make a substitute by scraping a vanilla bean into regular granulated sugar. 
  • How long to keep ice box cookie dough in the freezer: If you want to enjoy these cookies right away, I recommend letting the dough freeze for at least 30 minutes before baking. The dough can also stay wrapped in the freezer for up to 3 months!
  • Do you have to thaw icebox cookie dough? Nope, no need to let the log of dough thaw or soften at all. You slice the frozen cookie dough and bake right away! So convenient.
  • To keep the dough from sticking: Get your fingers a little damp before you roll the two sections of dough together. I also do this before rolling it in the sprinkles to make sure nothing sticks to my hands.
  • How to store lime cookies: Once baked, these Lime Ice Box Cookies will keep well at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. Good luck resisting them for that long, though!
  • Nutrition Information:

    Yield:

    24

    Serving Size:

    1 cookie

    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 131Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 89mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 0gSugar: 13gProtein: 2g

    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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    With swirls of bright green lime and vanilla, Ice Box Cookies are a pretty and delicious addition to your spring time and summer dessert tables!

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    Posted on February 16, 2021

    Comments & Reviews

    1. I’m baking these cookies as I type. I see lots of coments about how pretty the cookies are, but I wonder if anyone has actually tried them. They are not easy cookies to deal with. The dough is incredibly sticky, to the point where I think it needs more flour or something. You can hardly slice the frozen dough because it becomes so sticky. The second thing is that these cookies spread in the oven…. A lot. 6 cookies on a tray if you don’t want them to touch. Thirdly, the baking time is not 7-9 minutes. No way, no how. I baked mine for 9, and they were grossly under baked, especially the green part. You’re looking at 12-15 minutes for these. I like the idea of these cookies, but after making them, I’m not sold.

    2. I’ve featured your post on this week’s “A Little Birdie Told Me…”. Come on by, grab a button, and join the party!

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    3. These cookies are so cute! I’m have a St. Patty’s link party and I would love for you to come and share them. 🙂

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    4. Thanks for sharing these at TEa Party Tuesday – I love anything lime, these are sure a popular post – you have gotten some much deserved features! YA!

    5. @anonymous, yes, you can just use 1 Tsp vanilla extract. It won’t have as much vanilla flavor, but will still be delicious!

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