Edible Christmas Decorations: Christmas Wreath Cookies

Christmas cookies recipes

What could be better than a Christmas decoration that you can eat?  Well, these gorgeous sugared Christmas Wreath Cookies are exactly that!

Make these cookies to decorate your tree, or give away to friends and family as gifts.  These cookies are a little bit different to your usual decorative cookie in that you decorate them before you bake them.  Cut the cookies out from your dough, lightly moisten with some water and then sprinkle generously with sanding sugar before baking.  Baking these Christmas Wreath Cookies lightly melts the sugar crystals on top giving them a beautiful, almost glitterlike finish.  Let your imagination run wild and make sugared cookies of different Christmas shapes – I also made red bells.  To turn into decorations simply add a hole using a skewer before baking.  Luckily the wreath cookies are easily turned into Christmas decorations, simply tie with some ribbon and hang from the tree.

The dough for these cookies is a new favourite cookie dough for me, because it was so easy to work with.  It rolled easily, without any flour, and kept it’s shape well without breaking.  Even better, it tasted delicious too, with the addition of a few festive spices.

While my Christmas Wreath Cookies would make a great project to work on with your children, just be aware you are likely to end up with sugar crystals everywhere, but then again, that’s half the fun isn’t it?

Will you be making edible decorations for your tree this year?

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Christmas Wreath Cookies
Recipe adapted from Biscuiteers Book of Iced Biscuits. Makes 24 wreaths
  • 350g (2⅓ cups) of plain (all purpose) flour
  • 100g (3/4 cup) of self raising flour
  • 125g (1/2 cup) of sugar
  • 125g (2.25 sticks) of butter, diced
  • 125g (1/2 cup) of golden syrup or molasses
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp of ground ginger
  • 2 tsp of mixed spice
  • ½ tsp of ground cloves
  • 100g (2/3 cup) of green sanding sugar
  1. Preheat your oven to 170 degrees Celsius (350 Fahrenheit).
  2. Sift the flours together into a large mixing bowl of an electric mixer and add the sugar and spices. Add the butter and mix using a paddle attachment until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
  3. Add the egg and golden syrup and mix until combined and the mixture starts to form into a ball.
  4. Line your kitchen bench with non stick baking paper and turn out the mixture onto the paper.
  5. Roll out the dough until approximately 5mm thick. If you don't have a wreath cookie cutter, like I didn't, use a fluted circular cookie cutter and then a shot glass to cut out the center of each cookie.
  6. Once you have cut out the cookies, working one at a time, lightly moisten the top of the cookie with water and then sprinkle generously with the sanding sugar. Place on a baking tray lined with baking paper while you sugar the remaining cookies.
  7. Bake for 14 minutes.
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  1. Rosa December 12, 2011  4:37 pm Reply

    So pretty and festive!



  2. cc11 December 12, 2011  4:58 pm Reply

    Aw so sweet. No edible decorations for us, I don't think I could ever make something and not eat it straight away!

  3. Baker Street December 12, 2011  5:00 pm Reply

    Holy yum! These look absolutely gorgeous!

  4. anh December 12, 2011  8:47 pm Reply

    omo! These are SOOOO pretty!

  5. Carolyn December 12, 2011  10:42 pm Reply

    Just beautiful and so perfect for the holidays!

  6. Jesica @ Pencil Kitchen December 13, 2011  8:55 am Reply

    I could see layers of deliciousness for every cookie. Beautiful! indeed, eating a christmas tree decoration is just so exciting! people coming in, looking at the beautiful christmas tree and "hey, you can eat those??" :)

    • delicieux December 13, 2011  2:22 pm Reply

      Exactly Jesica!!! I find children love being able to eat decorations. It's so much fun! :)

  7. Sara (Belly Rumbles) December 13, 2011  12:45 pm Reply

    I love the idea of adding the sugar before and basically baking it on. They are so pretty, love sparkly things of any description. No edible decorations on our tree, our dog would have a feast (she is too clever and would get to them).

    • delicieux December 13, 2011  2:30 pm Reply

      I love sparkly things of all descriptions too!!! My fiance is forever laughing at my getting distracted by sparkly things :D

  8. Nic@diningwithastud December 13, 2011  1:48 pm Reply

    These are great Jen :D I have some cookie dough in the fridge, yet to bake/decorate lol - lazy

    • delicieux December 13, 2011  3:23 pm Reply

      I know what you mean. It seems to be such a busy time of year, but it's also the time where I'm struggling to feel motivated. I think my brain has already kicked into holiday mode!

  9. thelittleloaf December 13, 2011  5:26 pm Reply

    These are so pretty and festive! I bet they smell amazing when they're baking with all those spices too. Am feeling so Christmassy now!

  10. Katherine Martinelli December 13, 2011  7:01 pm Reply

    These are just gorgeous! So interesting that you decorate them before baking, it has a great effect.

    • delicieux December 17, 2011  10:06 pm Reply

      It does, I love how the sugar melts and sort of takes on a glitterlike look. It's so pretty. I found it worked better with brightly coloured sugars, like green and reds, rather than paler colours. :D

  11. Iron Chef Shellie December 13, 2011  8:16 pm Reply

    OMG so so so cute!! I need to work out what the fudge I'm going to make people this year!!


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