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Carl Reiner Cookies Recipe

Carl Reiner Cookies

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"From an HBO television show that Carl Reiner (the comedian - Rob Reiner's father) MC'd in the 1980's. Very rich, very fragile cookie but worth it!"

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Original recipe makes 2 dozen Change Servings


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).
  2. Cream the cheese and oleo together. Add the flour, sugar and nuts. Mix well.
  3. Drop dough by teaspoon onto ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten thin with wet fingers. Bake for 10 minutes. Let cool before removing from pan.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 17, 2004

I got this recipe in the 70's when Carl Reiner made them on the Dinah Shore Show. They have become a Christmas favorite with my family and friends. They aren't pretty but the taste is fabulous. They taste better after they are cooled. When I take them as Christmas gifts to the office they are ALWAYS the favorite cookie...I have to give them away or I would eat them all!!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 24, 2011

Rich or not, these didn't seem to have a whole lot of taste.


11 Ratings

Jun 13, 2008

Love these cookies! I've made them off and on for the last 27 years. I use one halved walnut per dropped cookie instead of chopping the nuts and adding to the batter. I couldn't believe how good these were the first time I made them after writing down the ingredients Carl gave inbetween comedy acts on a show he hosted. I ALWAYS double this recipe 'cus they are just soooo good.

Dec 07, 2009

I got this recipe when Carl Reiner was on An Evening at the Improv on HBO in the early 80's. I lost the recipe a few years ago and just found it here. I'm so glad to have this, the cookies are heavenly :)

Jul 06, 2006

I got this recipe on the HBO Comedy Special, made it a few times, loved it, but eventually misplaced it. I finally have it back, and I can't wait to make it again. Thanks for posting this!!

Dec 17, 2009

I had 4oz of cream cheese left over from a recipe and went looking for a cookie recipe and came across this one. These are so good they melt in your mouth and didn't last long at all. So easy to make without a lot of fuss.

Mar 20, 2014

What a nostalgic recipe. If you don’t think it’s old, take a look at the written instructions. It says to cream the “oleo.” For those not familiar with oleo, it was the original term used for margarine and dates back to at least the 1960s. I have many handwritten recipes from my mother and grandmother that specifically call for “oleo.” If there is one thing I’ve learned, if I want my recipe to turn out exactly like theirs, there is no substitution. Obviously, this recipe has been altered because the ingredients call for butter. Since I wanted to make the nostalgic version, I used margarine. Naturally, you will get a different texture with margarine. It gives it a cake like texture that is both dense, soft, and what some might consider greasy. These are the cookies I grew up with and I loved everything about them. Thanks for the memories!

Jan 25, 2011

Excellent. These cookies are so, so easy to make and taste wonderful. I'll be making these often from now on. The great thing is that they are not picky. If you overcook them a little, it's no big deal. No special techniques are necessary, just mix the ingredients together and put them in the oven. The one thing I don't like about them is that they are so rich, I can only stand to eat one or two before I'm full. Actually though, healthwise, that's probably a good thing.


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  • Calories
  • 187 kcal
  • 9%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 17.8 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol
  • 31 mg
  • 10%
  • Fat
  • 12.3 g
  • 19%
  • Fiber
  • 0.4 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 2.2 g
  • 4%
  • Sodium
  • 83 mg
  • 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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