Cookie wreaths made with homemade Christmas cookies are a creative (and delicious!) way to decorate for the holidays!
For the past few years I’ve wanted to make a cookie wreath, but somehow I never seem to get around to it. This year I’m gathering all my inspo early so maybe next year I’ll finally go for it!
sturdy cookie recipes for making wreaths
Cookie wreaths are generally made with sturdy cut-out cookies like gingerbread or sugar cookies. And while you’ll see some variations in the wreaths below, these cookie types are the most commonly used.
Scandinavian gingerbread cookie wreath ~ Inspired by Charm
Michael knocked it out of the park with this understated cookie wreath. I love the sparse greens (these are artificial) and the asymmetrical placement of the cookies. Anyone can pull off this beautiful project. For a delicate look like this you’ll want a simple wire wreath form like this or this.
cookie cutter wreath ~ roses and whiskers
This is just plain adorable and perfect for any baker’s home. You’ll need a collection of cookie cutters, some craft paper, scissors, and a glue gun ~ so cute! There are tons of cookie cutters to choose from, I think a collection of dog cookie cutters or tree shapes would be fun to use.
stained glass gingerbread snowflake wreath ~ Little Vintage Baking
Sometimes it feels like too much trouble to bake super fancy cookies just to have them gobbled up. A cookie wreath gives special cookies a place of honor, and protection from hungry friends and family.
holly leaf cookie wreath ~ My 100 Year Old Home
This wreath caught my eye, I love the soft greens and those berries. This is an example of a freeform wreath, laid out on a table. You might add a simple pedestal in the center with more cookies. I’d hate to be the first one to grab a cookie and disturb this wreath!
vanilla wreath cookies ~ Half Baked Harvest
The cookie wreath concept translates to individual cookies, too, and it’s a great way to dip your toes in to the whole idea. You can find special cookie cutters specifically for this purpose. Dunk the cookies headfirst into a glaze to make frosting a snap. I use this easy technique on these gingerbread cookies, it saves so much time.
classic snowflake cookie wreath ~ Sincerely Marie Designs
This classic wreath is contracted on a lightweight wooden wreath form. It seems to me like a good sturdy support system, and because it’s flat, it’s easy to glue the cookies securely. If you want to hang your wreath and not worry about it, this is a good idea. It seems a lot easier than baking an edible wreath form, or using a spindly wire form.
Mixed cookie wreath ~ Joy the Baker via the kitchn
I love the use of mixed regular holiday cookies in this wreath, and of course, the big bow! This could be done with homemade or store bought bakery cookies, just arrange it on a table or platter and let guests graze!
anise seed sugar cookie wreaths ~ The Beach House Kitchen
Anise and edible gold stars make these mini wreaths so cheery and they don’t require any glaze or frosting at all. My friend Maryann has been baking these since childhood.
caramel gingerbread cookies ~ Mei Yee
Want an easy way to get the cookie wreath effect? Simply arrange your cookies in a wreath shape on a large round platter ~ voila! The benefit of this method is that friends and family can eat your beautiful cookies. You’ll want a large flat plate for this, you can use porcelain, or an inexpensive plastic catering try, like this one.
cellophane cookie wreath ~ The Washington Post
I love this idea! A great way to present a few cookies to a friend or neighbor. “Every 21 / 2 feet of a regular-size roll can hold/create eight compartments of two or three cookies.” Genius!