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Gingerbread Cookie Wreath

 Gingerbread Cookie Wreath
Round up this wreath to serve at your caroling party or any occasion-it's a holiday decoration that's good enough to eat. "It makes a fun centerpiece at a luncheon or a children's party," comments subscriber Kelly Loudon of Olathe, Kansas.
12-15 ServingsPrep: 40 min. Bake: 25 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 package (14-1/2 ounces) gingerbread cake/cookie mix or 2 cups gingerbread cookie dough of your choice
  • Musical note cookie cutter (4 inches)
  • Holly leaf cookie cutter (1-1/2 inches)
  • 1/2 pound white candy coating, melted
  • 1/4 cup green colored sugar
  • Pastry bag or small heavy-duty resealable plastic bag
  • Pastry tip-#3 round
  • 15 red-hot candies

Directions

  • Prepare mix according to package directions for cookies. Set aside
  • 1/4 cup dough. On a greased baking sheet, roll out remaining dough
  • into a 9-1/2-in. circle. With a sharp knife, cut a 4-in. circle from
  • the center of the 9-1/2-in. circle. Remove 4-in. circle; add to
  • reserved dough. Bake 9-1/2-in. ring at 375° for 12-15 minutes or
  • until edges are firm (do not overbake). Cool for 1 minute; remove to
  • a wire rack.
  • Roll out reserved dough to 1/2-in. thickness. Cut out five musical
  • notes and 10 holly leaves. Place 2 in. apart on a greased baking
  • sheet. Bake at 375° for 10-12 minutes or until edges are firm.
  • Remove to a wire rack to cool.
  • Dip holly leaves halfway in candy coating; sprinkle with green sugar.
  • Place on a ring as show in photo. Cut a small hole in the corner of

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Gingerbread Cookie Wreath (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • pastry or plastic bag; insert round tip. Fill with remaining candy
  • coating. Squeeze a small amount on the back of cookies; attach to
  • wreath. Pipe around edges of notes. Pipe small dots of coating above
  • holly leaves to attach candies. Allow coating to set completely,
  • about 30 minutes. Yield: 1 wreath.
Editor's Note: Confectionery coating is found in the baking section of most grocery stores. It is sometimes labeled "almond bark" or "candy coating" and is often sold in bulk packages of 1 to 1-1/2 pounds.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 piece) equals 215 calories, 9 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 3 mg cholesterol, 194 mg sodium, 33 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.