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Holly Wreaths Recipe

Holly Wreaths Recipe

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 YIELD:36 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Green candied cherries, thinly sliced
  • Red Hots
  • Frosting and decorator gel


  • 1. Preheat oven to 375°. Cream butter and cream cheese. Add sugar; beat until light and fluffy. Stir in vanilla. Gradually beat in flour.
  • 2. Using a cookie press fitted with a star tip, shape dough into 2-1/2-in. wreaths 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake until set (do not brown), 10-12 minutes. Cool on wire racks.
  • 3. Decorate wreaths with green cherry pieces for leaves and Red Hots for berries, attaching candies with drops of frosting. Using decorator gel, form bows on wreaths. Yield: about 3 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie: 90 calories, 6g fat (4g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 48mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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Coniks User ID: 8668468 239743
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."

newter5 User ID: 1608748 13007
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."

kknepper User ID: 3913152 24543
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"

avonlea163 User ID: 1164780 12472
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2009

"They taste good but break easily."

Eileen156 User ID: 456315 10704
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"

KorrineR User ID: 1722263 37031
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2008

"I havve been looking for this recipe. My Grandma used to make these! We had lost the recipe. They are wonderful. She used to use the decorator frosting and pipe holly leaves and berries."

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