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Holly Wreaths Recipe
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Holly Wreaths Recipe

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Meet the Cook: I've never come across another spritz cookie like this - one calling for cream cheese as an ingredient. That helps to keep these wreaths moist a long time, while also adding a delicious flavor. Our home is on a couple of acres out in the country. We're retired, with four children and seven grandchildren. -Dee Lein, Longmont, Colorado
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES:18 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES: 18 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Green cherries, cut into thin slices
  • Red Hots candies
  • Frosting and decorator gel

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 178 calories, 12 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 32 mg cholesterol, 117 mg sodium, 16 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.


  1. In a bowl, cream butter and cream cheese. Add sugar; blend well. Stir in vanilla. Gradually beat in flour.
  2. Using a cookie press fitted with star tip, form dough into 2-1/2-in. wreaths on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 10-12 minutes or until set but not brown. Cool on wire racks. Decorate wreaths with green cherry pieces to make leaves and Red Hots for berries, attaching with a drop of frosting. Add bows with decorator gel. Yield: about 3 dozen.
Originally published as Holly Wreaths in Country Woman November/December 1992, p33

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Reviewed Dec. 19, 2015

"We have these as a family tradition. Kills the hand with a manual press, but worth it. Other shapes or with flavored gelatin added, make great wedding desserts. More color and flavor! Non wreath stores and freezes ok too. Thanks for a memory restored, I lost the recipe."

Reviewed Jan. 3, 2011

"My mom made these cookies with my great-grandma and I've made these with my mom since I can remember. Christmas wouldn't be the same without these cookies. I now make these cookies with my son, but I'm not as patient as my mom and I use the tree disc on my cookie press :) I know that they do freeze well."

Reviewed Dec. 28, 2009

"they taste good but very fragile nothing to write home about,press and working with a cookie press was very frustrating particularly the newest pampered chef brand. The green cherries and red hots fell off, did not stay on so good"

Reviewed Dec. 21, 2009

"They taste good but break easily."

Reviewed Dec. 1, 2009

"I'm new to making cookies with a press and was wondering how these would turn out in a different shape (something more basic) and has anyone tried freezing these? thanks"

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