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!
Christmas cookie wreath ~ Pina Bresciani
Linzer cookies and stained glass cookies add a pop of color and look especially pretty on a cookie wreath.
snowflake cookie platter ~ Etsy
Not exactly a wreath, but so pretty! Three simple cookie cutters allow you to create this impressive design.
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.
cookie ball wreath ~ cutefetti
Yes, you can make a wreath from ball cookies, why not? Grab your cutest ribbon to make a bow for this wreath arranged on a platter ~ easy peasy!
vegan gingerbread cookie wreath ~ Domestic gothess
Vegan gingerbread stars interlock for this easy table cookie wreath arrangement. The same idea can be applied to a hanging wreath.
Meringue Wreaths ~ Sainsbury’s
Omg how gorgeous is this? Meringue cookies are super easy to make, and so delicate and pretty. These mini wreaths could decorate a tree.
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.
woven gingerbread man wreath ~ Ab Ovo
This adorable gingerbread wreath is from a German site, so you’ll have to use Google translate, or just copy the cute idea. Giulia shows a brilliant way of baking the cookies in wreath form, so all you need to do is thread pretty ribbon through and hang!
matcha shortbread wreath cookies ~ herbakinglab
A wreath of wreath cookies, how clever! These green shortbread cookies are made with matcha tea, and piped with a Wilton 2D tip. This idea is perfect for a tablescape or a platter, shortbread cookies are too delicate for a hanging wreath.
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!
Questions and Reviews
I love all your wreaths, so beautiful and festive, they are so unique
Happy Holidays and thank you for sharing your ideas and recipies
Thanks so much Bernadette, I had fun doing this post 🙂
Are there any instructions how to make any of these wreaths?
Yes ~ you need to follow the links to the posts where they have instructions. The links are in the titles, just above the photos!
Each idea is so creative.
These cookie wreath ideas are beautiful. Very inspiring and captivating. Truly genius ideas. Thank you Sue! Happy holidays!