Monday, December 13, 2010

Christmas Wreaths

1 c sifted all purpose flour
½ t baking soda
¼ t baking powder
½ t salt
½ c butter
½ c brown sugar, firmly packed
½ c granulated sugar
1 egg, slightly beaten
½ t vanilla extract
1 c quick cooking oats
1 c crisp rice cereal
½ c moist shredded or flaked coconut
½ c confectioners' sugar 2 T hot milk
1/3 cup green candied cherries cut to resemble holly leaves
1/3 cup small red cinnamon candies

Preheat oven to 350° degrees. Sift flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together. Work butter and sugars in a bowl until creamy. Stir in egg and vanilla. Gradually add flour mixture, oats, rice cereal and coconut. Mix well. Drop by level Tablespoonfuls 2" apart on greased baking sheets. Bake 9 or 10 minutes or until light brown. Cool.

Frost with simple icing or ¼ cup confectioners' sugar mixed with 2 T hot milk or with regular butter icing in a ½" ring around the outside edge of the cookie. For the holly effect, group 3 red cinnamon candies with leaves cut from green candied cherries.

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