German Christmas cookie (orange-flavored wreaths).

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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Cream together 1 cup sugar with butter or margarine, and shortening. Beat in 2 eggs and add orange peel.

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  • Sift flour and gradually blend into sugar mixture. Dough should hold together and not be crumbly.

  • Take a walnut sized piece of dough, and roll in palms of hand to create a 4 to 6 inch rope. Bring ends together to form a circle, and fold ends over each other. Brush with a mixture made from beaten egg white and 2 teaspoons sugar; this makes a glossy finish. Add green citron slices for "leaves" and 1/2 red citron cherry for" berry" - use to decorate at the knot.

  • Bake at 400 degrees F (205 degrees C) on ungreased cookie sheets for 10 to 12 minutes. Bake only until cookies are light brown on bottom - just barely baked.

Nutrition Facts

262.8 calories; 2.9 g protein; 34.6 g carbohydrates; 30.8 mg cholesterol; 75.1 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2002
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! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
12/26/2007
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! Read More
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10 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 6
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2002
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! Read More
(14)
Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2002
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! Read More
(14)
Rating: 5 stars
12/10/2006
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/10/2007
These are my husbands favorite christmas cookie! They are alot of work but they are so worth it. We also substitute the candied fruit for green and red colored sugar. Not as fancy but a little easier for children to help make. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
12/26/2007
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! Read More
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2007
I added these cookies many years ago to my Christmas cookie baking and have been making them ever since. They're definitely worth the trouble! We also started a tradition of having them with coffee on Christmas morning along with varied nut breads. If you like cookies that are a little less sweet and more like a biscuit you'll love these! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/21/2009
Cute decorative but not super tastey. I made them into different shapes like bells candy canes and circular wreaths. Some members of my family really liked them and some did not. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/09/2012
I have been baking this cookie since 1960. I will add my recipe to this site as soon as I can In place of candied fruit I use red and green Maraschino cherries. I cut them in half and dry them on paper towels. To me they make a prettier leaf and berry design. Also they actually add a more flavorful taste. To the young man who felt he had 'wasted' the ingredients in the 'Rocks' he baked...You must read the times and temperatures in the recipe. It says to only bake 10-12 min. It also says it is not supposed to brown. You paint a bit of egg white on the wreath and sprinkle sugar upon it. Yo could switch to green decorator sugar but it only calls for sanding sugar The dough only has to set up - not brown up. Cookies that brown on top usually get iced later. You might be happier buying the pre-made sugar cookie dough at the grocery store. Just slice off a 1/2" s;ice roll it into a 8" rope make a wreath shape overlapping the ends. Add the colored fruit prior to baking. If you want the tops to brown bake for the time on the package. Buy a tube of pre-made green icing. Put on a star tip and decorate your wreath. You could even substitute Redhot Cinnamon Candies for the berries. Good luck! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/18/2011
This is a great recipe to have for coffee and tea. One thing to add is Berliner Kranz is traditionally not a cookie. It is a whipped cream filled and topped cake with nuts something completely different than this cookie. It would be great that the name matched the recipe. Anyway good cookie whatever you name it. Read More
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