Berliner Kranz Cookies Recipe
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Berliner Kranz Cookies Recipe

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These wreath-shaped cookies make a great Christmas gift and a pretty presentation on a buffet table. So get ready for the compliments. My mother handed down the recipe to me.—Edie DeSpain, Logan, UT
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:48 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 48 servings


  • 4 hard-cooked eggs
  • 1 cup butter-flavored shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 uncooked egg yolks
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half cream
  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten
  • Red and green sugar
  • Red-hot candies

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 103 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 36mg cholesterol, 21mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1/2 fat.


  1. Cut hard-cooked eggs in half lengthwise. Remove yolks; discard whites or save for another use. Press yolks through a potato ricer or strainer into a small bowl.
  2. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the uncooked egg yolks, hard-cooked egg yolks and extract. Combine flour and salt; add to the creamed mixture alternately with cream, beating well after each addition. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/8-in. thickness; cut with a floured 2-1/2-in. doughnut cutter. Reroll scraps if desired.
  4. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets; brush with egg white. Sprinkle as desired with colored sugar. Bake at 350° for 6 minutes; carefully decorate as desired with candies. Bake 4-8 minutes longer or until edges are lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: 4 dozen.
Originally published as Berliner Kranz Cookies in Country Woman December/January 2010, p40

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