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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

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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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