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Christmas Wreath Cookies Recipe

Christmas Wreath Cookies Recipe

These festive Christmas wreaths add a special holiday touch to a tray of sweets. The maple-flavored frosting is wonderful on these cutout sugar cookies. —Kate Stierman, Dubuque, Iowa
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling YIELD:84 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups butter, softened
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • FROSTING:
  • 8 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2 teaspoons maple flavoring
  • 1/2 to 2/3 cup 2% milk
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon red food coloring
  • 1/2 teaspoon green food coloring

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and cream of tartar; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Divide into four portions. Cover and refrigerate for 1-2 hours or until easy to handle.
  • 2. On a lightly floured surface, roll out one portion to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 2-1/2-in. round cookie cutter. Place 1 in. apart on parchment paper-lined baking sheets; cut out centers using a floured 1-in. round cookie cutter.
  • 3. Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely. Repeat with remaining dough.
  • 4. For frosting, in a large bowl, combine the confectioners’ sugar, shortening, maple flavoring and enough milk to achieve piping consistency.
  • 5. Place 3/4 cup frosting in a small bowl; tint with red food coloring. Tint remaining frosting green. Using a #13 star tip, pipe green frosting over cookies. With a #2 round tip and red frosting, pipe bows onto wreaths. Yield: 7 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie equals 151 calories, 7 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 17 mg cholesterol, 63 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.