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Holly Wreaths

 Holly Wreaths
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
18 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Green cherries, cut into thin slices
  • Red-hot candies
  • Frosting and decorator gel


  • In a bowl, cream butter and cream cheese. Add sugar; blend well. Stir
  • in vanilla. Gradually beat in flour.
  • 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 "leaves" and red-hot candy "berries"
  • attached with a drop of frosting. Add bows with decorator gel.
  • Yield: about 3 dozen.
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.