My mother, who was an avid collector of cookie recipes, always baked this cookie for Christmas. It is one of the many had in her special recipe book, which held only her favorite recipes.

Recipe Summary

Servings:
30
Yield:
5 dozen
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Ingredients

30
Original recipe yields 30 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Sift together: 3 cups flour, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon ginger and 1/2 teaspoon instant coffee. Put aside.

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  • Cream 1 cup butter or margarine. Add 1 1/4 cups brown sugar. Cream well. Blend in dark corn syrup, egg, and cream. Add dry ingredients and mix well.

  • Roll out dough, 1/3 at a time on floured board to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut cookies into 2 1/2 inch rounds. Place on ungreased cookie sheet.

  • To Make Filling: Combine 1/3 firmly packed brown sugar, 1 tablespoon butter, 3 tablespoons cherry juice. Stir in 1 1/2 cups chopped nuts, chopped fine.

  • Place 1/2 teaspoon filling in center of each round. Shape into a bell by folding sides of dough to meet over the filling using spatula to fold over sides. Make top of bell narrower than at the clapper end. Place 1/2 of a maraschino cherry (cut side down) at open end of each bell for clapper. Bake at 350 degrees F for 12-15 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

214 calories; protein 2.5g 5% DV; carbohydrates 28.1g 9% DV; fat 10.8g 17% DV; cholesterol 24.2mg 8% DV; sodium 116.8mg 5% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/08/2003
This has been a Christmas favorite in my family for three generations. Great cookie. I chill the dough for about 20 min before rolling and also cut back the butter in the filling a little (it seems to make it spread less). Glad to see you put this one in. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
12/23/2008
The bell shape does not stay kind of turns into a "bigfoot" shape. Not a pretty cookie too big. Taste was nothing special. The filling got lost in the size of cookie this is. Marlena Read More
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33 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 26
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
12/07/2003
This has been a Christmas favorite in my family for three generations. Great cookie. I chill the dough for about 20 min before rolling and also cut back the butter in the filling a little (it seems to make it spread less). Glad to see you put this one in. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/09/2007
Thank you SO MUCH!! My mom made this recipe when we were kids. I was only 11 when she passed away in 1975 and have not had this recipe since. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. They taste just like the ones mom used to make! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/08/2008
I like many of the other cooks who rated this recipe love it! My mother also made these at Christmas. They were my favorite and I always asked her to make them at Christmas. After I was grown and had a family of my own she gave me the recipe and told me it was my turn to make them. I can see why she did so as they are time consuming to make but so worth every minute you spend making them. My mother passed away 2 years ago and I am so glad she had the wisdom to give me this recipe and teach me to make them! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/17/2004
We recently held a bake sale and I make these cookies to sell though I used a sun-shaped cookie cutter. People bought one then came back to buy more to eat and take home. Definitely a keeper!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2002
I have been looking for this receipe for a long time. My mom used to make these when we were kids and we lost the receipe book that it was in. Thank you so much for putting it here it brings back alot of good memories of my parents working together in the kitchen making these. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
12/23/2008
The bell shape does not stay kind of turns into a "bigfoot" shape. Not a pretty cookie too big. Taste was nothing special. The filling got lost in the size of cookie this is. Marlena Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/13/2004
A DEFINITE keeper in my Christmas Cookie File. Wish I had more stars to give. A lot of work to prepare but well worth it! Thanks for sharing. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/15/2009
I made these for the first time this weekend and we certainly have a keeper! Huge hit with the family. The flavor is amazing and the cherries are so festive and cheerful. Confession though....I lacked time to roll out cut and shape the cookies so I rolled them into small balls and flattened them by hand. So they weren't bells per se....more like maybe Christmas Tree ornaments... Either way they were festive looking and absolutely delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/17/2003
Absolutely delicious chewy and flavorful cookies with a truly outstanding cherry-nut filling. WOW!!! This was my (and my Mom's) favorite cookie for the last two Holiday seasons. I've also made them into leaf shaped sandwich cookies for autumn (believe me they're too good to have only once a year!). Heart sandwich cookies for Valentines's Day?...mmmmmm!! Read More
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