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    New Zealand Holly Cookies

    New Zealand Holly Cookies. Photo by Candy Rose

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    1 hr 10 mins

    1 hr

    10 mins

    Debbie Smith's Note:

    Almost too pretty a cookie to eat, but they taste so good! I actually won first prize for these cookies when I was a girlscout at age 13. Although I am unsure of the origin of the recipe, I thought it was too good to keep to myself. If you're creative and are up for a challenge, this is a perfect recipe for you. (requires a clean small paintbrush)

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    For Cookies

    For Decoration


    1. 1
      Combine flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder and 1/4 tsp salt.
    2. 2
      Cut in margarine (like pie dough).
    3. 3
      Make a well in the center of the dough.
    4. 4
      Combine egg and 1/4 cup milk and pour them into the well.
    5. 5
      Stir dough until moist.
    6. 6
      Flour a flat surface and roll dough out to 1/8" thick.
    7. 7
      Cut into 2" circles.
    8. 8
      Bake at 375°F for 8-10 minutes.
    9. 9
      Place on a rack to cool.
    10. 10
      Once cooled, place 1/2 tsp jam on the bottom of one cookie.
    11. 11
      Cover the jam with another cookie, ie cookie- jam- cookie.
    12. 12
      In a small bowl stir together powdered sugar, vanilla and enough milk to make a glaze.
    13. 13
      Glaze the top of one side of each double cookie and place 2-3 cinnamon candies into the glaze.
    14. 14
      The candies are to be the holly berries.
    15. 15
      Allow glaze to set.
    16. 16
      Use a small clean paintbrush to paint several holly leaves and a stem on each cookie using green food coloring.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on December 14, 2011


      While making these today, I refreshed my memory as to how many years I've been making these cookies. My recipe is the orignal page that I pulled from Better Homes and Gardens magazine, dated December 1985. They were the $1000 grand prize winner submitted by Kate Beckman from Chino, CA. I'll never forget stepping back from the finished product the first time I made them...those with me and I were in awe....make them just one time and they'll become a tradition in your family too.

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    • on October 24, 2006


      Thank you so much for sending this in. I used to make these almost 20 yrs. ago and always got rave reviews. I lost the recipe and have searched endlessly. The one thing to remember is be sure to use seedless jam. I hve decorated these to match many different holidays square flags, oval Easter eggs etc. I'm soooooo happy to have the recipe again.

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    • on November 27, 2005


      These are so beatiful! They're abit time-consuming, but not difficult to make. Mine came out abit bigger because my cookie cutter was 2 1/2" wide, so I baked them for about 12 minutes. That was good, but I still think next time I'll make them smaller because you have to remember that you're really eating two cookies at one time - they're wonderful! Thanks for a festive, elegant cookie!

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    Nutritional Facts for New Zealand Holly Cookies

    Serving Size: 1 (76 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 15

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 277.0
    Calories from Fat 61
    Total Fat 6.8 g
    Saturated Fat 4.1 g
    Cholesterol 29.3 mg
    Sodium 84.6 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 52.2 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.7 g
    Sugars 35.9 g
    Protein 2.4 g

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