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Christmas wreath biscuits topped with white chocolate, cranberries and pistachio nuts. Served on a white plate with baubles in the background
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Christmas Wreath Cookies

Full of spices and decorated with cranberries, white chocolate & pistachios these Christmas Wreath cookies are perfectly beautiful & super easy. Go bake.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Baking
Cuisine: Worldwide
Servings: 18
Calories: 213kcal


  • 75 g/ ½ cup Rice flour
  • 200 g/ 11/2 cups Plain (all purpose flour)
  • 225 g/ 1 cup Unsalted butter - cubed
  • 40 g/ ⅓ cup Icing (confectioner) sugar
  • 45 g/ ¼ cup Vanilla caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Mixed spice
  • Finely grated zest of ½ an orange
  • Finely grated zest of ½ a lemon


  • 100 g/ ¾ cup White chocolate – chopped & melted
  • 40 g/ ¼ cup Pistachio nuts – finely chopped
  • 40 g/ ¼ cup Dried cranberries – chopped small


  • Put the flours, sugars, spice, citrus zests and butter into a bowl and rub together using your fingertips until the mixture first resembles breadcrumbs and then starts to bind together. Knead briefly and gently until the mixture forms a smooth biscuit dough
  • Roll out on a lightly floured work-surface to approximately ½ cm (¼ inch) thick. Press out circles of the dough using a pastry cutter with a diameter around 7cm (2 ½ inches). R-roll the dough once and cut out any extra biscuits that you can
  • Using a much smaller cutter* of around 2cm (¾ inch) in diameter, cut out the middle of the biscuits, then lay the biscuits on baking sheets and chill for 30 minutes before baking. Meanwhile preheat the oven to 140°C/ 275°F/ GM 1
  • Bake the biscuits for 25-30 minutes until very lightly golden - you are not looking for these biscuits to brown significantly – they are cooked long and low to get a nice crunch without a suntan
  • Once baked, allow to cool for a couple of minutes on the baking sheet then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely
  • Drizzle the melted white chocolate over the cooled biscuits, zig-zagging as you go. Finally, sprinkle the cranberries and nuts over the top. Once set, you may need to carefully poke any chocolate/ cranberries & nuts through the middle to reveal the hole


I know that you can get cutters designed to cut the middle out as well as the outer edge. Maybe I need to put one on my Christmas wish list, as I don’t have one yet.


Calories: 213kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 95mg | Potassium: 57mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 322IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg