Christmas Wreath Cookies are my contribution to the #FIll The Cookie Jar facebook group for December. I just love this time of the month. A great group of bakers get together and share their favorite recipes. I am always so excited to see what great cookies all of my blogging friends are busy baking.
Christmas is a time when I am in the kitchen cooking up a storm. I love to give friends and neighbors gifts from my kitchen. Each year, I pick a new recipe (or two) to add to the very long list of family favorites. These Christmas Wreath Cookies are the new addition to that list.
We all loved the light orange and almond flavor. I must admit this – the dough was a bit of a challenge to work with. It was a little soft and I ended up putting the dough in the refrigerator for a little while. Other than that, the cookies came together well and tasted just great!
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp. grated orange peel
- 1/ 2 tsp almond extract
- 2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
- Green food coloring
- Red and green candied cherries
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a large bowl, cream butter, shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, orange peel and extract. Gradually beat in flour. Divide dough in half, tint one portion green with food coloring.
- For each wreath, shape two 6 inch ropes using 2 tsp. plain dough for one and 2 tsp green dough for the other. Place the two ropes side by side, press together lightly, then twist several times. Shape into a circle, pinching ends to seal. Place the wreath 2 inches apart on un-greased baking sheets. Repeat with the remaining dough.
- Cut candied cherries into small pieces and place on wreaths to decorate as desired, pressing lightly to adhere. Bake cookies 6 - 8 minutes or until set and bottoms are light brown.
- Remove from pans to wire racks to cool. Store in an air tight container.
These cookies were really good and they will be on my list to make again. Perhaps not at the very top, but definitely on my list. Next month the #Fill The Cookie Jar facebook page will be busy baking up a storm again. Want to know what we will be making? Well then, take a minute to join the group and be a part of the fun! Just go to the Fill The Cookie Jar signup sheet and share some basic information. Easy Peasy! Hope to see you there!