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.
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.
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!
These cookies have become our favorite Christmas cookie of all times. It's just not Christmas without them. I've been making them for many years and thought I would never find the recipe again until I looked here and found Debbie's. Thanks so much...our tradition will carry on.
I've been making these cookies for years at Christmas time. I found the recipe maybe in BH&G magazine. they are the hit of the season. I'm going to make them for the 4th of July by painting a flag on them instead of holly.
These have been made in my family as long as I can remember but 85 was my first Xmas. That said we use a toothpick to draw the holy leafs.
I lost the recipe several years ago, and was sooo happy to find it here! I, too, had the original BH&G magazine recipe! Can't wait to add this back to our family tradition!
I found this recipe in Better Homes and Gardens in the early 80s I think. It was part of a contest. I've made them every Christmas and they always sell out at the cookie walk.
Thank you so much for posting this recipe! I made them years ago and then lost the recipe and have searched over and over for it. These are so delicious and so Christmasy. I was thrilled to be able to make them again for my family and they will be a tradition from now on!