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Santa’s Favorite Cookies – Quick and Easy Shortbread Wreath Cookies

These shortbread wreath cookies are super quick and easy to make! And you can make them two ways–or choose the one you like the best and make only one kind. It’s up to you! But no matter which version you choose, they’re both made with store-bought shortbread cookies and store-bought icing, so you just “dress them up.”

Shortbread Wreath Cookies (Version 1)

To find your own printable recipe, scroll to the bottom of this section.

Shortbread Wreath Cookies

To make white wreaths with red bows and sprinkles, follow the directions below.

Shortbread Wreath Cookies

Using red Fruit by the Foot, cut lengthwise.

Shortbread Wreath Cookies

Then cut into sections and make bows. (Don’t try to tie the fruit leather into bows. Just cut into strips and place them so that they look like bows.)

Shortbread Wreath Cookies

Use store-bought shortbread cookies and place them on a cooling rack so the extra poured icing has somewhere to go.

Shortbread Wreath Cookies

Heat store-bought icing in the microwave (stirring after every 15 to 30 seconds) until it becomes liquid.

Shortbread Wreath Cookies

Pour liquid icing over cookies.

Shortbread Wreath Cookies

Before icing has time to cool, put sprinkles on the cookies.

Shortbread Wreath Cookies

Then place a bow on each cookie, and they’re ready to eat! Or you can let them completely cool if you need to stack or package them.

White Christmas Wreath Cookies
 
Ingredients
  • Red Fruit by the Foot
  • Store-bought shortbread cookies
  • Store-bought white icing
  • Red and green sprinkles
Instructions
  1. Using red Fruit by the Foot, cut lengthwise.
  2. Then cut into sections and make bows. (Don't try to tie the fruit leather into bows. Just cut into strips and place them so that they look like bows.)
  3. Use store-bought shortbread cookies and place them on a cooling rack so the extra poured icing has somewhere to go.
  4. Heat store-bought icing in the microwave (stirring after every 15 to 30 seconds) until it becomes liquid.
  5. Pour liquid icing over cookies.
  6. Before icing has time to cool, put sprinkles on the cookies.
  7. Then place a bow on each cookie, and they're ready to eat! Or you can let them completely cool if you need to stack or package them.

Shortbread Wreath Cookies (Version 2)

For the printable recipe for this version, scroll to the bottom of this section.

Shortbread Wreath Cookies

First, use green food coloring to tint your melted store-bought icing.  Use as much food coloring as you need to reach the desired shade of green.

Shortbread Wreath Cookies

Pour green icing over cookies, and immediately add green sprinkles.

Shortbread Wreath Cookies

Again, before icing cools and hardens, add red ball decorations and red bows.

Shortbread Wreath Cookies

Cookies can be eaten right away, or you can let them cool before packaging or storing.

Green Shortbread Wreath Cookies
 
Ingredients
  • Red Fruit by the Foot
  • Store-bought shortbread cookies
  • Store-bought white icing
  • Green food coloring
  • Green sugar sprinkles
  • Red ball sprinkles
Instructions
  1. Using red Fruit by the Foot, cut lengthwise.
  2. Then cut into sections and make bows. (Don't try to tie the fruit leather into bows. Just cut into strips and place them so that they look like bows.)
  3. Use store-bought shortbread cookies and place them on a cooling rack so the extra poured icing has somewhere to go.
  4. Heat store-bought icing in the microwave (stirring after every 15 to 30 seconds) until it becomes liquid.
  5. Add green food coloring until you reach the desired shade of green.
  6. Pour green icing over cookies, and immediately add green sprinkles.
  7. Again, before icing cools and hardens, add red ball decorations and red bows.
  8. Cookies can be eaten right away, or you can let them cool before packaging or storing.
 

 

About the author

Wendy

Wendy is one of the owners of Hip Homeschool Moms. She married her high school sweetheart, Scott, 28 years ago, and they live in the South with their three children. Hannah, age 23, has autism and was the first homeschool graduate in the family. Noah, age 22, was the second homeschool graduate. Mary Grace, age 16, is the remaining homeschool student. Wendy loves working out and teaching Training for Warriors classes at her local gym. She also enjoys learning along with her family, educational travel, reading, and writing, and she attempts to grow an herb garden every summer with limited success.

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