Cookie wreaths made with homemade Christmas cookies are a creative (and delicious!) way to decorate for the holidays!
I’ve always been smitten with cookie wreaths, they’re so over-the-top tempting and such a fun way to display or share Christmas cookies. But the symbolic circular shape of the wreath is an ancient one, dating back to pre-Christian celebrations of winter solstices and the return of light. So the tradition of arranging holiday cookies in a wreath form is not only delicious, but meaningful.
Table of contents
- sturdy cookie recipes for making wreaths
- Scandinavian gingerbread cookie wreath
- cookie cutter wreath
- stained glass gingerbread snowflake wreath
- holly leaf cookie wreath
- Christmas cookie wreath
- snowflake cookie platter
- vanilla wreath cookies
- classic snowflake cookie wreath
- mixed cookie wreath
- anise seed sugar cookie wreaths
- cookie ball wreath
- vegan gingerbread cookie wreath
- Meringue Wreaths
- caramel gingerbread cookies
- woven gingerbread man wreath
- matcha shortbread wreath cookies
- cellophane cookie wreath
sturdy cookie recipes for making wreaths
Cookie wreaths are generally made with sturdy cut-out cookies like gingerbread, sugar cookies, or shortbread cookies. And while you’ll see some variations in the wreaths below, these cookie types are the most commonly used:
Scandinavian gingerbread cookie wreath
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
This wreath from Roses and Whiskers 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 would be fun to use.
stained glass gingerbread snowflake wreath
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. From Little Vintage Baking.
If you’re not up for all that piping, try my easy stencil cookie decorating technique ~ they’re gorgeous!
holly leaf cookie wreath
This wreath from My 100 Year Old Home 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
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. From Half Baked Harvest.
classic snowflake cookie wreath
This classic wreath from Sincerely Marie Designs 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
I love the use of mixed regular holiday cookies in this wreath, and of course, the big bow! This homey wreath from the kitchen could be done with homemade or store bought bakery cookies, just arrange it on a table or platter and let guests graze!
This is a great way to involve other types of Christmas cookies not normally found on hanging wreaths:
anise seed sugar cookie wreaths
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. Did you know it’s easy to make your own colored sugar? You can create any color in the rainbow for your cookies.
caramel gingerbread cookies
Want an easy way to get the cookie wreath effect? Simply arrange your cookies in a wreath shape on a large round platter and call it a day ~ voila! The benefit of this method from Mei Yee is that friends and family can actually 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.
matcha shortbread wreath cookies
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, with shortbread cookies or spritz cookies that are too delicate for a hanging wreath. (from herbakinglab)
cellophane cookie wreath
I love this idea from The Washington Post! 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!