Delicious Christmas - Fruit Wreaths

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter-flavored Crisco shortening
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/2 cup dried candied fruit, chopped fine
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 6 to 12 glacĂ© cherries, halved

Cooking Instructions :
  • Preheat oven to 325F.
  • In a large bowl, cream the Crisco and brown sugar.
  • Beat in the egg yolks and almond extract. Gradually blend in the flour.
  • Fold in the almonds and candied fruit. Pinch off walnut-sized pieces of dough and roll into pencil-thin ropes.
  • Form the ropes into wreaths on an un-greased cookie sheet, pinching the ends together.
  • In a medium bowl, beat the egg white and corn syrup until smooth.
  • Brush the rings with the mixture and place a glacĂ© cerry half on each ring at the point where the ends meet.
  • Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until the cookies are slightly golden.

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