New Zealand Holly Cookies

READY IN: 1hr 10mins
Recipe by Debbie Smith

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)

Top Review by MaryW 4361226

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.

Ingredients Nutrition


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