Classic Almond Wreath Cookies

Classic Almond Wreath Cookies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients

Yield : 45

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup crisco
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • egg
  • egg yolk (reserve white for decorating)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 cups all purpose flour

For Decoration

  • egg white
  • 2 tbsps granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds (finely chopped)
  • candied cherries (red and green)
  • silver dragees

Directions to make Classic Almond Wreath Cookies

  1. Blend butter and Crisco; add whole egg, egg yolk and vanilla and stir to blend. Add powdered sugar and stir to combine, then add salt and flour and blend until well-combined. (A Kitchen-Aid stand mixer makes quick work of this.) The dough will be soft.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together sugar, cinnamon and almonds for topping.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place half of dough in a cookie press fitted with the star tip. Press dough into a circular wreath, about 1 1/2 inches in diameter.
  4. When you’ve pressed out a tray full of cookies, brush them lightly with the beaten egg white. Sprinkle with cinnamon-almond sugar. Cut candied cherries into tiny bits and place on the cookies to resemble holly and ivy. Or, use green or red cherries and a silver dragée to resemble a bow and silver bell.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes, until set and beginning to lightly brown