Christmas Wreath Biscuits

    40 minutes

    This is a German biscuit recipe, served at Christmas. The crystallised peel and glace cherries make the biscuits resemble tiny wreaths.

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    Serves: 24 

    • 1 cup (250g) white sugar
    • 3/4 cup butter
    • 3/4 cup copha
    • 2 eggs
    • 2 teaspoons orange zest
    • 4 cups (500g) sifted plain flour
    • 1 egg white
    • 2 teaspoons white sugar
    • 3/4 cup crystallised citrus peel
    • 24 red glace cherries

    Preparation:30min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:40min 

    1. Cream together 1 cup sugar with butter or margarine and copha. Beat in 2 eggs and add orange zest.
    2. Sift flour and gradually blend into sugar mixture. Dough should hold together and not be crumbly.
    3. Take a walnut sized piece of dough and roll in palms of hand to create a 10 - 15cm rope. Bring ends together to form a circle, and fold ends over each other to make a 'knot.' Brush with a mixture made from beaten egg white and 2 teaspoons sugar; this makes a glossy finish. Add crystallised peel for leaves, and place 1/2 glace cherry at the knot.
    4. Bake at 200C on ungreased baking trays for 10 to 12 minutes. Bake only until biscuits are light brown on bottom - just barely baked.

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    This is a wonderful recipe. The cookies are as beautiful as they are delicious. I would like to offer a hint, lightly flour your hands when working the dough into ropes, it makes it so much easier and chilling the dough slightly if it gets too soft does the trick. Try these cookies, the orange zest makes them wonderful!  -  19 Dec 2000  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Great recipe. It takes time, but these cookies are very impressive on a plate. Personally I think it's essential to use fresh orange peel and I also like to add a little cinnamon and ground clove to spice it up a little.  -  10 Dec 2006  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I waited for them to turn a bit golden, they did not, took them out they were hard and bland. Waste of ingredients. I was so excited to make cookies for my German family too!  -  22 Dec 2007  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)