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Recipe: Julia Sims' chocolate refrigerator cookies

Posted December 14, 2015

Julia Sims shares a favorite holiday recipe.

I'm sure someone, somewhere, knows the official name for these cookies. As for me, I've always just called them "those chocolate refrigerator cookies."

I grew up watching my mom and grandmother make them every Christmas. I can clearly picture the South Carolina sun streaming through the kitchen window onto the countertops where powdered sugar dusted about every surface. We'd all be there waiting to swipe one as soon as we could. Those cookies were serious business back then!

Then my grandmother died and we scattered to different places for the holidays. My sister though kept making them through the years with her daughter. It never failed if I called her a week before Christmas, she'd tell me "we're making those chocolate refrigerator cookies."

After I had Will, I asked my sister for the recipe. Of course, I always misplace it and it seems each year, I'm calling or texting her asking for it again!

Like with most things, my cookies don't taste quite as good as when my mom and grandmother made them and I'm sure they never will. Still, they are pretty darn tasty!

Those Chocolate Refrigerator Cookies Recipe

Mix together:
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1 oz. melted bittersweet chocolate
1 cup chopped pecans

Add graham cracker crumbs until you can no longer stir. Usually a little less than one box. Roll in powdered sugar and refrigerate.

Julia is a reporter for WRAL-TV and the mother of a grade schooler. She writes monthly for Go Ask Mom. Go Ask Mom's Holiday Central Page has more holiday recipes and crafts.


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  • Brenda Creech Dec 22, 2015
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    I made these with my daughter yesterday. They are so delicious. In fact, my Mom & my daughter are enjoying them at a little tea party as I type. Thank you, Julia Sims!

  • Sarah Hall Dec 17, 2015
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    Hi! This is Sarah, Go Ask Mom's editor. Yes - Julia tells me that 1 ounce of melted chocolate is the correct amount.


  • Amomoftwo Dec 17, 2015

    Is the chocolate amount correct? That's a very small amount for chocolate cookies.

  • Sandy Thomason Dec 16, 2015
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    Just wanting to confirm - is it really just 1 oz of melted chocolate (as it doesn't seem like much)?? Thank you!