Aunt Sophie’s Magic Cookies

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Aunt Sophie’s Magic Cookies

My aunt Sophie, a proper Bostonian, was adored by all the children in our family. There was never a discipline problem when she was around because Aunt Sophie could work magic, and we all had proof: She could turn ice cream into the best cookies we ever tasted. — Lydia Franklin, New York, New York

Yield: 5 to 6 dozen cookies


  • 1 pound butter, softened
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 pint vanilla ice cream
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup nuts, chopped fine (I use pecans or walnuts)
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon


Cut butter into flour. Add softened ice cream and work into the mixture with hands. Add more flour if necessary to make the dough easy to handle. Wrap and refrigerate overnight. The dough will become hard. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine sugar, nuts, and cinnamon. Sprinkle some of the mixture on a pastry cloth or a smooth dish towel. On top of the sugar mixture, roll out a small piece of dough to 1/8-inch thickness to form a 2-1/2-inch circle. Cut into pie-shaped pieces and roll each from the outside to the center. Repeat until all the dough and sugar mixture are used up. Bake on a cookie sheet 20 minutes or until browned.

  • Anonymous

    i have had them and they are really good. I will make them for my kids at Christmas.

  • Anonymous

    This makes a most wonderful cookie “as is.” It was a big hit at a family gathering earlier in the year! Try adding a bit of cinnamon sugar before rolling them for an alternative tasty treat.


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