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Christmas Wreath Cookies

Russ Myers


This is one of the best Christmas cookie recipes because it has a different flavor from a lot of other holiday sweets. These wreaths are essentially Italian biscuit cookies that are drizzled with a light and bright lemon glaze. They're perfectly crunchy and crumbly with just the right amount of flavor.
These cookies are the perfect addition to any cookie platter or Christmas cookie swap.
The white glaze didn't hide much of the lovely golden color of the biscuits, so I adorned them with a little golden holly to make up for it.

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3 Dozen
20 Min
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1 1/2 c
self-raising flour
1/3 c
butter, chilled and chopped
1 1/2 Tbsp
1/3 c
caster sugar*
1/2 tsp
1 large
egg, lightly beaten


1 c
powdered sugar
1 Tbsp
lemon juice

How to Make Christmas Wreath Cookies


  • 1Preheat oven to 350 F.
    Grease or line baking tray(s).
    Rub butter into flour using your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.

    Place milk and sugar in a small saucepan; stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves.

    Remove from heat; stir in vanilla.
  • 2Gradually mix milk mixture and egg into the flour.
    Mix until well combined, then turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth.

    Roll tablespoonfuls of the dough into a thin sausage; twist two of them together to form a twisted rope.
    Join rope at the ends to make a closed circle then place on baking tray.
  • 3Bake for 15-20 minutes, until biscuits are golden.

    Transfer to a wire rack to partly cool; dip tops of biscuits into the lemon icing, then return to the rack to cool completely.
  • 4Lemon glaze:
    Combine icing sugar and lemon juice in a heatproof bowl to form a paste.
    Place bowl over a small pot of gently simmering water; stir until sugar melts and mixture is runny.
  • 5*Castor Sugar:
    Place granulated sugar in a food processor or blender.

    Pulse until it reaches a super-fine, but not powdery consistency.

    Allow the sugar to settle for a few minutes. Then, use it in place of the castor sugar called for in your recipe.


    Sugar may etch your blender pitcher, particularly if it's made of plastic. If this is a concern, use a coffee grinder or spice grinder instead.

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About Christmas Wreath Cookies

Course/Dish: Cookies
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: Italian
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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