Chocolate Chip Cookie Wreath Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup vegetable shortening, butter flavored
  • 1 1/4 cups light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup pecans, coarsely chopped

Icing:

  • 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable shortening
  • 2 teaspoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon light corn syrup
  • Red and green chewy candies, or gum drops

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Line 4 cookie sheets with foil and lightly grease the foil.
  3. In a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the brown sugar, shortening, milk and vanilla extract until well blended.
  4. Beat in the egg.
  5. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, salt and baking soda.
  6. With a spoon, stir into the shortening mixture just until blended.
  7. Stir in the chocolate chips and pecans.
  8. Divide the dough into quarters. Divide each quarter into 12 pieces.
  9. Roll each piece into a 1 inch ball.
  10. Arrange the balls on the cookie sheets almost touching to form an 8 inch circle.
  11. Flatten the balls slightly with your fingers.
  12. Repeat with the remaining balls to make 3 more wreaths.
  13. Bake one cookie sheet at a time for 12 to 14 minutes, or until the wreaths are lightly browned. Do not overbake.
  14. Cool completely before removing from the cookie sheet.
  15. Meanwhile, prepare the icing.
  16. In a small bowl with the mixer on medium speed, beat the powdered sugar, shortening, milk and corn syrup until smooth.
  17. If too thick, thin with a little milk. If too thin, add more powdered sugar.
  18. The icing may be covered and refrigerated for up to 1 week.
  19. Spread or pipe the icing over the cooled wreaths.
  20. Cut the red and green candies as needed for flowers and leaves.
  21. Place in clusters around the wreath

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