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Christmas Wreath Cookies

My royal icing decorated Christmas Wreath Cookies are both elegant and easy to make. This simple, festive holly leaf wreath design is perfect for Christmas.

Decorated cookies shaped like wreath displayed on a plate.

HOW TO MAKE SIMPLE CHRISTMAS WREATH COOKIES

To make the cookies I used Sugar Cookie Recipe and Royal Icing. In case you’d like to try a different recipe or have a dietary restriction check out my Cut Out Cookie Recipe Collection. It includes Vegan, Gluten Free, Chocolate, Gingerbread Cookie Recipes.

FLOOD THE COOKIES

ROYAL ICING COLORS AND CONSISTENCIES :

  • Green – 15 second consistency

DECORATING STEPS :

  • 1 : To cut out wreath shape I used 2 round cutters with a scalloped edge.
  • 2 : Color royal icing with leaf green and yellow gel food colori until you reach desired green color. Thin royal icing to 15 second consistency. (How to thin royal icing)
  • 3 : Start by outlining and flooding the cookie with green royal icing (15sec). Notice that I piped a zig-zag line on the outside and on the inside. It’s easier and faster to pipe than scalloped edge border.
  • 4-6 : Flood the cookie and use a needle tool to distribute the icing evenly.
  • 7 : Gently, holding the cookie with 2 fingers tap it on a work surface. This helps to smooth out the icing.
  • 8 : Allow icing to dry completely. 6-7 hours.
Outlining and flooding a wreath shaped cookie with royal icing.

AIRBRUSHING

This design was inspired by a wreath tulle design I saw somewhere. I used my airbrush and pearl sheen airbrush colors to decorate dry royal icing.

AIRBRUSH COLORS :

  • Pearl, Green pearlescent airbrush colors

DECORATING STEPS :

  • 1 : First lightly airbrush surface of the iced cookie with pearl sheen airbrush color.
  • 2-5 : Have a small piece of card stock ready. Add a few drops of leaf green sheen airbrush color to your airbrush cup (no need to clean the airbrush after pearl sheen if you have just a little bit of pearl left in the cup. If you have a lot of it left in the cup pour it back in the color container). Position card stock onto the cookie and airbrush the edge. Continue around until the whole wreath is airbrushed.
Airbrushing cookie using a piece of card stock.

CHOCOLATE CANDY HOLLY BERRIES

Instead of royal icing I decided to use mini M&M’s candies to make holly berries.

DECORATING TOOLS :

  • Mini Red M&Ms Candies
  • Red Luster Dust or Pearl Luster Dust
  • Dry Food Only Paint Brush

DECORATING STEPS :

  • 1 : Into a small dish place red m&m’s candies.
  • 2-4 : With a dry, food only paint brush scoop out a small amount of red luster dust. Brush red luster dust over red chocolate candies.
Brushing chocolate candies with luster dust.

HOW TO CUT PIPING BAG TO MAKE A LEAF PIPING TIP

Don’t have a leaf tip? Need a tiny leaf piping tip? Use this technique to make a leaf piping tip. I used this same technique to make fun Royal Icing Succulents.

  • 1 : Flatten the tip of the bag, seam should be on the side.
  • 2-4 : Cut a V shape int the tip of the piping bag.
Cutting a piping bag into a v shape to make a leaf piping tip.

PIPE ROYAL ICING LEAVES

ROYAL ICING COLORS AND CONSISTENCIES :

Green – medium stiff, when piping leaves, icing shouldn’t be overly stiff. When icing is too stiff the tip of the leaf will most likely break off.

DECORATING STEPS :

  • 1 : Remember the V shape we cut into the piping bag? Before you start piping leaves flatten the V shaped tip of the piping bag so the seam is now in the middle, facing the ceiling. Hold the bag at about 45 degree angle. Touch the surface of the cookie put pressure on the piping bag and start piping.
  • 2-3 : To achieve the same curvy shape on the leaves as you see in the picture you need to slightly move piping bag up and down as you are piping the leaves.
  • 4 : Release the pressure on the piping bag and slowly pull away the piping bag creating a tip/point of the leaf. If icing is too stiff most like this tip will break off. And if it’s too soft leaf will not hold its shape.
Piping a leaf with royal icing.

DECORATE CHRISTMAS WREATH WITH CANDY HOLLY BERRIES

DECORATING STEPS :

  • 1-3 : Pipe 3 green leaves with royal icing.
  • 4 : Pick up one candy holly berry at a time with tweezers.
  • 5-8 : Place red holly berry candies onto the leaves, gently press candies into the icing to adhere.
Piping 3 royal icing leaves and attaching red candies on the leaves.

TO MAKE FESTIVE CHRISTMAS WREATH COOKIES YOU NEED

HOW CAN I DECORATE THESE COOKIES WITHOUT AN AIRBRUSH?

To achieve similar effect on your wreath cookies without an airbrush you can use dry Edible Luster Dusts.

  • Use pearl and dark green luster dust. 1st brush pearl luster dust all over the dry royal icing.
  • Then use a small food only dry paint brush and brush green luster dust on the edge of the card stock. Move the card stock around and apply green luster dust on the wreath cookie. Creating similar design like with an airbrush.

MORE SIMPLE CHRISTMAS TREATS :

Royal icing decorated cookies shaped like wreaths on a table.

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2 Comments

    1. Hi Butch,
      Please look in the amazon shop (look in the section where I list all the tools, it’s located at the bottom of the top) in the favorite cookie cutter section. There are scalloped edge cutters. You need 2 cutters. I use about 3 1/4 inch and 1 inch for the cut out. Hope that helps you.

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