December 20, 2009

5 Golden Rings: Berlinkranzers (Wreaths)


These are cookies my family has made just about every holiday season. They are really delicious. The orange zest gives them a nice brightness, and they are very cute on the cookie tray. One disclaimer: they might test your patience. Just take a deep breath and you'll get the hang of it!


5 Golden Rings: Berlinkranzers (Wreaths)
3/4 c butter or margarine softened
3/4 c shortening
1 c sugar
2 t grated orange peel or 1 t almond extract
2 eggs
4 c flour
topping:
1 egg white
2 T sugar
red candied cherries
green sprinkles
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl, mix butter, shortening, sugar, orange peel and eggs. Blend in flour.
Shape dough into ropes about 6" long (or a little more and you can pinch off the extra once the wreath is formed) and 1/4" in diameter. Place on ungreased baking sheet into wreath shape. Beat egg white until foamy and add 2 T sugar one at a time. Brush tops of wreaths, add sprinkles and cherries.
Bake 10 to 12 minutes. Avoid getting them brown. Leave on the baking sheet for one minute and then transfer to cooling rack.


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