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Callahan Christmas Wreaths Recipe

Callahan Christmas Wreaths Recipe

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 YIELD:30 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large 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


  • 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.

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.