Norwegian Wreath Cookies

These are decorative holiday cookies adding
quite a bright, colorful aromatic touch to
your plate of cookies.

3/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
3/4 cup solid shortening
1 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons grated orange peel
2 large eggs
4 cups all-purpose flour
red cinnamon candies (optional)
green food coloring (optional)

Heat oven to 350-375 F. Mix thoroughly butter, shortening, sugar, orange peel, and eggs. Blend in flour. Color with green food coloring, if desired. Shape dough by rounded teaspoonfuls into ropes, each 6 inches long and 1/4 inch in
diameter. Form each rope into a circle, bringing one end over the other and through into a single knot. Let 1/2 inch extend at each
end. Place on ungreased baking sheet. Press in red cinnamon candies, if desired. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until set but not brown. Immediately remove from baking sheet and cool on a wire rack.

Note: Originally posted in 1998 by "Marbalet" to the now-defunct Holiday Cookie Club at Epicurious.com.

Servings: 72
Country of Origin: Norway

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