Butter Cookie Wreaths are the ultimate low effort, high fun Christmas cookie. Super low prep from you, but still all the decorating fun for the kids! This post contains affiliate links.
This recipe is from Quick Cooking magazine. Now Quick Cooking magazine will always have a spot in my heart — it’s out of print now, but it’s the first cooking/food thing that I got really into and it was my favorite magazine while it was around. Nothing too fancy, just home cooks sharing their best go-to quick recipes. So moving brought some lows — like when I didn’t know where any of my clothes were and had to spend a Saturday in pajamas looking for them — but some highs! Like finding two old issues of Quick Cooking that escaped an earlier declutter! This fun Butter Cookie Wreaths recipe was in one of them and I knew I had to share!
Butter Cookie Wreaths How-to
First up you’ll need butter cut-out cookies (I used Salerno). My Target stocks them in store, or you can buy them on Target.com here. I got the 8 oz. box and used about 2/3 of it for this batch. Stir a cup of powdered sugar in a bowl with 2 T of corn syrup and then add 1-2 T of water until it’s a good smooth icing consistency.
Add in your green food coloring until it’s the ideal wreathy green for you. I used just regular food coloring, not gel, and I think the color was rich enough. I used about 10 drops for this green.
Time to frost
Lowest of low key frosting skills needed here: just dip the tops of the cookies in the frosting until they’re coated.
Now this was a genius “cooking with kids” hack that was in the same Quick Cooking. Put all your cookies to be decorated in a baking pan and then let the kids go to town on the sprinkles. Most of it stays in the pan and way less clean up for you! Please learn from my mistakes with a Halloween cookie decorating kit. Or as I called it on Instagram “nightmare in a box for the carpeted kitchen set” A lot more spills than you would guess will come out of the kitchen carpet, but a trampled sprinkle isn’t one of them. Definitely decorate these right away before the icing has a chance to set.
Press on a jumbo heart sprinkle (find them here) as a bow and you’re set! Now I did realize that two hearts could make a more realistic looking bow, but the heart sprinkle as a bow gave me a nostalgic Mary Engelbreit vibe that I just could not pass up. Cuteness won over realism for this one.
Let the cookies set for a few hours and then they’re perfectly stackable!
These Butter Cookie Wreaths also pair well with Grinch Cupcakes if you’re looking for another way to use the jumbo heart sprinkles this season. Any other Quick Cooking fans out there? Let me know in the comments 🙂
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2 T corn syrup
- Green food coloring
- 1-2 T of water
- 1 package of cut-out butter cookies (I used Salerno)
- Christmas sprinkles and decorations
- Heart sprinkles
- Mix the powdered sugar and corn syrup until smooth
- Add green food coloring until it's your desired green color. Mine took about 10 drops.
- Stir in 1-2 T water until it's a thinner consistency
- Dip the tops of the cookies in the icing and decorate immediately, adding a heart sprinkle for the bow
- Allow them to set before stacking them
- My Target stocks these butter cookies in store or they're available on Target.com.