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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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
  • Makes
    2-1/2 dozen


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon 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 zest 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 container.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie (calculated without cherries): 125 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 22mg cholesterol, 26mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.
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  • belleami
    Dec 2, 2018

    cookie has a nice flavor, but is not a novice baker cookie. Very difficult to roll and shape into wreaths. I used floured wax paper to roll. Glad did not spend the $ to get candied cherries, used Holiday Sprinkles

  • khegeman
    Jan 2, 2017

    Mine worked out perfectly. Delicious and very festive. Instead of candied cherries, I did put red cinnamon candies on some to save time. They were delicious with the cherries and with the cinnamon candies.

  • justaduckyday
    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.

  • Wanzmom25
    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!

  • Dorothyb
    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.