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Callahan Christmas Wreaths

 Callahan Christmas Wreaths
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
30 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min./batch


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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 airtight

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Directions (continued)

  • container. Yield: 2-1/2 dozen.
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.