Chocolate Refrigerator Cookies have always been a favorite in my family. I got the recipe from my mom who got it from Grandma who (as I recently found out) got it from Betty Crocker! I have a 1963 copy of the Betty Crocker Cooky Book, so I pulled it out and there it was!
I love this recipe and I love this cookbook. The cookies are so cute and charming yet, for the most part, simple. No fancy schmancy ingredients that can't be found in any ordinary super market, no recipes with 8,000 steps.
Betty has several varieties of refrigerator cookies in this book. Our Chocolate Refrigerator Cookie recipe is actually a variation of her Vanilla Sugar Cookies. I made a double batch then divided the dough into fourths. I left 1/4 plain, made 1/4 chocolate, added pink to 1/4 and blue to the last 1/4. Then I had fun creating sprirals and bullseyes with the different colors and flavors. For extra fun and color I rolled each log of dough in colored sugar. My cookies aren't perfectly round. I've read that you can cut open a paper towel tube and put your dough log in it to keep it from flattening out but I didn't have a stock pile of empty paper towel tubes.
It's fun bake these cookies and package them up to give away but I also like to give away a log of the dough with a cute label that has baking instructions on the back. That way friends can enjoy them freshly baked!