Checkerboard Icebox Cookies
Why This Recipe Works
Like swirled soft-serve ice cream, this cookie is a gift to the indecisive, offering the best of two worlds: chocolate and vanilla. We puzzle together logs of chocolate and vanilla dough to form an attractive checkerboard shape that's as fun to make as it is to eat. To save ourselves the work of making two separate cookie doughs, we mixed up an easy basic vanilla dough, divided it in half, and then incorporated melted semisweet chocolate and cocoa powder into one portion. A combination of granulated and confectioners' sugars allowed the dough to hold its striking geometric pattern during baking, and created a cookie that was tender with just enough snap. These cookies may look intricate, but we found forming was a breeze. We molded our two easy-to-handle doughs into rectangles, then stacked the two rectangles and chilled the dough. Once firm, we cut the log in half lengthwise, rotated one half, and fused the logs back together to create the checkerboard pattern before slicing into squares.