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Callahan Christmas Wreaths Recipe
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Callahan Christmas Wreaths Recipe

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When my family asked for good old Norwegian wreath cookies, I studied several recipes for ideas, then added my own special touches. — Cassidy Callahan, Fitchburg, Massachusetts
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:30 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 30 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange peel
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Green food coloring
  • Red and green candied cherries

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie (calculated without cherries) equals 125 calories, 7 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 22 mg cholesterol, 26 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°. 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.
  2. For each wreath, shape two 6-inch ropes using 2 teaspoons plain dough for one and 2 teaspoons 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 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Repeat with remaining dough.
  3. 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.
  4. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 2-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Callahan Christmas Wreaths in Taste of Home November 2013

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie (calculated without cherries) equals 125 calories, 7 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 22 mg cholesterol, 26 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.

Reviews for Callahan Christmas Wreaths

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Reviewed Jan. 2, 2014

The photo looked great. But after following the directions exactly, the dough was way too soft to make into 6 inch ropes from 2 tsp of dough. These taste delicious and melt in your mouth, but I finally had to roll dough into balls and dip in Christmas sprinkles. Since I really wanted a pretty wreath for cookie plates, I probably wouldn't try these again. Maybe try chilling dough before shaping wreaths if you're going to attempt these.

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Reviewed Dec. 21, 2013

Great recipe! I didn't think it was any more difficult or time consuming than the candy cane cookies I make each Christmas. The orange zest gave a great flavor. I dusted my work area with flour & that made the dough easy to work with. I'll make these again for sure!

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Reviewed Dec. 6, 2013

Unfortunately I did not have luck with this recipe. It certainly takes much longer than 30 minutes preparation time - and I am an experienced baker. The dough is horrible to work with and at the end - the taste is nothing spectacular. I have removed this recipe from my files and would not recommend at all.

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