Reader Interactions


  1. Karen M Densford says

    I have a recipe for both raisinf and date filled cookies that I got from my mother in law years ago. She said they were zcmi recipes, but who knows? If you are interested I could email them to you. Best…

    • Janet Barton says

      Hi Karen, I would LOVE, LOVE to get copies of those recipes. Thank you so much for reaching out to me and for your willingness to share. You can email them to
      Thank you once again.

  2. Delia M Bottoms says

    5 stars
    These cookies look amazing. I am sure they are beyond DELICIOUS. It looks like a delicacy you would buy in a European bakery.
    I enjoyed reading the story about the bakery. I am sure we all have memories of bakeries or restaurants that we use to love and are now closed. I grew up in San Francisco. When I was a kid, we had a Bakery/soda Fountain called BLUM’s located in the downtown district. Their pastries were wonderful, but they were always remembered for their signature Coffee crunch cake. It was open in the 1940’s and closed in the 1970’s. but Unlike ZCMI, the manager of Blum (Ernest Weil) went on to publish a book with his recipes before he passed away. It is now out of print, but I can bet you I will find it if I hunt hard enough! Bless Mr Weil for sharing recipes with the World! Recipes are always meant to be shared. I hope that someday you will find the original recipes from the ZCMI bakery. Don’t give up!!

    • Janet Barton says

      I think it’s amazing that Mr. Weil shared his recipes. What good are they buried deep in a file somewhere? The interesting part of this story is that ZCMI was owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Which I find weird, that the recipes would be put into moratorium. A restaurant published a few recipes that were said to be “ZCMI bakery” cookies. They were not the recipes. I thought I had a lead on FB, but the individual was a dead end and promised to send me recipes his grandmother had kept, but he turned out to be a dead end and never responded to a dozen emails. He was the one who contacted me and said I have several. I’ll send them your way. Ha! I was so disappointed. I love the story you shared about BLUM’s. Thanks so much.

    • DESarae says

      The book is called Love to bake by Ernest weil. Cost $25.00 It’s actually donated to a children’s foundation and you can only get like a download A PDF version. Good luck

  3. Desarae says

    I am looking for the sugar cookie recipe that they had at the Zcmi they would make large sugar cookies in the shapes of pumpkins around Halloween and it shApes of hearts on Valentine’s Day with the best frosting ever Do you know anybody that has recipe?

    • Janet Barton says

      Oh I remember those sugar cookies. Especially at Valentines. I have searched and searched for anyone who knows where the recipes from the ZCMI bakery are. It’s like they disappeared from the face of the earth. I had someone send a comment that his grandmother had the raisin filled cookie recipe. I contacted him via FB, but he has never sent the recipe, although he still claims to have it. So sorry. Someone somewhere has to know the recipes. There used to be a FB page for that purpose…to find anyone who may have worked in the bakery and would know the whereabouts of those famous recipes. I crave the bakery and candy counter so much especially this time of year.

  4. Emma says

    I am thankful to have found this marzipan recipe as my family and I loved the ZCMI bakery as well.
    By chance did Rob ever share that raisin cookie recipe with you and if he did, would you share it with me please?

    • Janet Barton says

      Hi Emma. No I never received a response from Rob. I was really looking forward to getting that recipe. I'm so sad he didn't respond and I have no way of contacting him 🙁

  5. Anonymous says

    So, I gather that ZCMI made of all their baked goods in house? I've been looking for a bakery in Salt Lake for years hoping to find a replication of their awesome powdered sugar, vanilla pudding filled bismarks, but haven't found anything remotely as good. They were a Christmas morning tradition in our house. Even if there was a recipe out there for them, I have no confidence I could make them as good as they did. A lost treasure indeed.

    • Janet Barton says

      I mourn the loss of ZCMI during the holiday season. Fun family Christmas traditions were lost the day ZMCI closed. The candy counter is a fond memory. My older children remember it, but my younger children and grandchildren will never know the ZMCI bakery and candy counter.

  6. Barbara in California says

    I made these today. They are delicious! The husband and all the kids like them and asked for "fourths." I tried to get your almond paste recipe, but it says the page no longer exists? Thank you for all of your great recipes! My family loves them so much; we all do!

  7. Janice says

    I worked in the candy/bakery section of ZCMI once upon a time and these almond cookies were my favorites. Thank you for sharing the recipe. I'm excited to make them!

    • Janet Barton says

      I'm so happy to know someone who worked in the bakery. Wouldn't you just think that the original recipes are out there somewhere? You will notice these are not just like ZCMI's, but the flavor will take you back to those good days of the bakery/candy counter. Thanks for your comment.

  8. Holli says

    My Grandma would bring home with her some treats from ZCMI, a 10 hour drive – and share them with us…I was too young to bother asking what they were, but definately old enough to gobble them down! Now I would love to be able to share those flavors with my kids, but I don't even know where to start. All I remember is they were little balls of a nutty – nugat cream and covered in chopped nuts, and of course – how easy they went down!

  9. Katrina says

    I can't wait to see your recipe for the raisin-filled cookies – they were my mom's and my favorites! We found the Deseret News recipe that claimed to be the actual ZCMI recipe but it was more of a chocolate chip cookie dough without the chocolate chips, and a raisin filling. They are very good, but not the same cookie. We were trying to figure out if it was more of an anise cookie, sugar cookie, or shortbread. Definitely not chocolate chip though, ha ha ha! Thank you for sharing!

    • Janet Barton says

      Hi Katrina, These marzipan cookies aren't the real deal either. But they do have the flavors. I'm excited to work on the raisin filled. The cookie always reminded me of my mom's ice box cookie recipe. It has spices, nuts, and coconut. I'm going to try that recipe. I know what you mean by the knock off's not even coming close to the original. Even the Lion House Chef's recipes were more like a sugar cookie or just like you say chocolate chip cookie dough. I'll get on that.

    • Rob says

      Katrina, I have the recipe for the raisin filled cookie, it was given to my grandmother many, many, many years ago by someone who ran the ZCMI bakery in downtown SLC. If you would like it I am happy to share.

      • Lani Collard says

        Oh goodness I would love to have that recipe, For years I’ve have reminiscent about zcmi cookies. my mother would by two dozen variety pack for Christmas every year and we would enjoy them as our holiday traditional treats.
        Please share

        • Janet Barton says

          I have emailed they guy with the Raisin filled cookie recipe, but he hasn’t sent me a copy yet and it has been years. I send him a reminder about it often, but he never produces anything. I’m starting to think he’s a dead end 🙁
          I miss the ZCMI bakery more at Christmas time.

    • Fronimama says

      PLEASE share the raisin filled cookies recipe! (The date filled were definitely our favorite.) I think you are right; they definitely had some coconut in the dough. Thanks for your persistence 🙂

    • Fronimama says

      PLEASE share the raisin filled cookie recipe when you get it. (The date filled were actually our favorite.) You are right, Janet, they definitely had coconut in the dough. Thanks for your persistence 🙂

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.