The Christmas season is a wonderful time of the year to pull out all the stops, and spend time making memories with your family. This year, really impress them with a fun Christmas activity, by showing them how to make this easy Christmas cookie wreath.
For the cookies, you will need:
1 cup butter
1 cup vegetable oil
1 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar
1 cup white sugar
4 ½ cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cream of tartar
For the wreath, you will need:
4 dozen freshly baked sugar cookies (If you would like to use a thicker cookie-one with chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, and nuts, you can see my Supercookie recipe
1 bag plain M&M’s candies in holiday colors
1 package red fruit roll candy
1 container vanilla frosting-or make your own
Green and red food coloring
16″x16″ piece of heavy cardboard, covered in aluminum foil
Prepare the cookies:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.. Cream together the butter, oil, confectioner’s sugar, and 1 cup white sugar. Beat in the eggs and stir in the vanilla.
In another bowl, mix flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar.
Stir flour mixture into your butter mixture.
Roll the dough into 1 inch balls. Place onto ungreased baking pan, and press down slightly.
Bake for 8-10 minutes until the edges begin to brown. Cool on wire racks.
To make your wreath:
Mix food coloring into your frosting until it is the shade you would like to use.
Spread the frosting onto the bottom of each cookie.
Using the cookies, make three rings on the cardboard. You will need to make an inner ring and an outer ring. Arrange them so that the two rings touch each other.
On top and in the middle of the two rings, make another ring of cookies. This will add dimension to your wreath.
Now you can begin to decorate.
Spread the top of your wreath with frosting. Sprinkle on your sprinkles and add your candy.
If you have used my Supercookie recipe, you may want to only dab frosting onto the bottom of your candies, and place them on your wreath.
Now use your fruit roll candy to make a bow to place at the top of your cookie wreath.
Don’t forget to take pictures before you dig into your beautiful work of art.