New Zealand Holly Cookies

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.

For Cookies

2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3⁄4 teaspoon baking powder
2⁄3 cup raspberry jam
1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla
1⁄2 cup butter or 1⁄2 cup margarine
1⁄4 cup milk
1 large egg, beaten

For Decoration

2 -3 teaspoons milk
2 cups powdered sugar
red cinnamon candies
green food coloring

New Zealand Holly Cookies 


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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