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Norwegian Wreath Cookies

  •  3.5 stars stars based on 6 reviews
  •   67% would make this again
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Also known as Berliner kranzer, these are decorative holiday cookies adding quite a bright, colorful aromatic touch to your plate of cookies.

Makes about 72

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

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Reviews of Norwegian Wreath Cookies:

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  KLD in California  Dec 18, 2016
Would not make this again.
Not at all like the recipe from my Norwegian great-grandmother, which I much prefer. 2 stars

   Nov 15, 2010
Would make this again.
Have had these cookies as a family tradition since I was a little girl, and I'm now mom used to make these and we could these cookies 5 stars

  A cookie baker  May 5, 2008
Would make this again.
The best cookies ever!! 5 stars

  A cookie baker  Dec 31, 2007
Would make this again.
Lacks real flavor, seems bland but had an nice texture. Could not make wreaths out of the dough made balls/drop cookies & placed the red hot candies on top. 3 stars

  A Cook in Illinois  Dec 15, 2007
Would not make this again.
I was excited to make these cookies thinking that it would be something my school aged daughter would be able to easily help me with, but these cookies were nearly impossible to make. The dough was very dry and crumbly, even though I followed the recipe to a tee and it would take a minimum of two minutes to roll out each wreath. The cookies, as is probably obvious, were very dry and didn't have a lot of flavor. Don't make these cookies expecting to involve small children 1 star

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