Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Christmas Wreath Spritz Cookies

Here's another good recipe for pressed cookies:


1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 1/4 cups flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
Candied cherries, diced
Green decorating sugar

Heat oven to 400°. Cream butter and sugar together. Blend in
remaining ingredients. Place star plate in cookie press Working with
one-fourth of the dough at a time, press dough out into strips on
ungreased cookie sheet. Form the strips into circles (wreaths) and
pinch ends together to seal.

Decorate with pieces of candied cherries to resemble holly berries; sprinkle with green decorating sugar.

Bake 6 to 9 minutes, or until set but not brown. Remove to cooling racks.

Makes 4 to 5 dozen.

These resemble the spritz wreath cookies I always admired at the
Methodist church Christmas fair as a child. They add a lovely touch to a cookie
tray, but tend to be very fragile. Broken wreaths still taste good, however.

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