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New Zealand Holly Cookies


This recipe, though fussy to make, is attractive and tasty. Cheryl Kaufenberg of Darien said it came from a very old Better Homes & Gardens magazine













Low Cholesterol, Trans-fat Free, Low Sodium


2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¾ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup butter
or margarine
1 large eggs
slightly beaten
¼ cup milk
plus about 2 to 3 tablespoons milk (divided)
cup raspberry jam
2 cups powdered sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoon milk
1 x cinnamon candies
1 x food coloring


Preheat oven to 375℉ (190℃).

In medium bowl, combine flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder and salt.

Cut in butter until pieces are the size of small peas.

Make a well in the center.

In small bowl, combine egg with the ¼ cup milk and add all at once to dry mixture. Stir until moistened.

On lightly floured surface, roll out dough to ⅛ inch thickness.

Cut into 2-inch circles or flowers with a cookie cutter.

Place on ungreased baking sheets, about 1 inch apart.

Bake in preheated oven 8 to 10 minutes or until light brown on the bottom.

When done, remove from oven and cool completely on a wire rack. Place about ½ teaspoon raspberry jam on the bottom of 1 round; top with another round. Repeat with remaining cookies.

To make frosting: In small bowl stir together powdered sugar, vanilla and enough milk to make a glazing consistency.

Spread top of each cookie with some of the glaze.

For holly berries: While icing is still wet, drop 2 to 3 cinnamon candies on each cookie.

Allow icing to dry. Using a small paintbrush, paint several holly leaves and a stem on each cookie with the green food coloring.

(Or, as photographed, use tubes of green gel frosting. It took two to decorate all the cookies.)


* not incl. in nutrient facts

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The origin is true - I got the recipe for New Zealand Holly cookies from Better Homes & Gardens in the 1980s.

over 5 years ago

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 36g (1.3 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 13226% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 17mg 6%
Sodium 51mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 8%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Sugars g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A 2% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 1% Iron 3%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?


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