You'll have the merriest cookies of all at your cookie swap when you bring Coconut Christmas Wreaths to the party. Green tinted coconut gives these cookies their wreath-life appearance while Red Hots candies or red M&M's Minis substitute for holly berries.
2 2/3 cups confectioners' sugar
5 cups unsweetened dried coconut
5 large egg whites
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
Green food coloring
Red M&M's Minis, red candy décors or Red Hots candies
How to Make It
Place oven rack in middle of oven and preheat to 375ºF. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment.
Combine confectioners' sugar, coconut, egg whites, vanilla and salt in a medium bowl and mix with a rubber spatula. Add green food coloring and stir in completely until the dough is desired color. Dough will be sticky.
Drop heaping tablespoonfuls of dough onto baking sheets. Moisten your fingers with water. Using your index finger, make a 1/2-inch hole in center of each cookie. Carefully flatten dough with your fingers into a 3-inch wreath shape. Remoisten fingertips with water as needed. (Cookies don't spread as they cook, so leave about 1 inch between them on the baking sheet.) Repeat with remaining dough. Press a few M&M's Minis or other decorations into each cookie.
Bake cookies until firm and light brown around edges, 8 to 10 minutes. (Cookies will firm as they cool; they are very soft coming out of oven.) Let cool on baking sheets on wire racks. Repeat with remaining dough and candies.
I didn't have the trouble that the other readers had. These cookies turned out perfectly and were super-cute. Tasted great, too. Kind of like a more solid macaroon. I followed the recipe exactly (used 15 T. of liquid egg white for the 5 large egg whites) and it turned out terrific for a cookie exchange. Definitely the cutest ones on the table! I'm sure glad I didn't read these reviews before I tried the recipe myself.
This recipe did not work and the cookies that I made did not turn out right even after carefully following the recipe. They did spread during baking... They were so gooey and sticky that one would need a toothbrush close by after eating these. It really was a waste of time and money... Do not make unless editors "fix" this recipe. I have made a similar recipe from Betty crocker cookbook, but the egg whites were whipped in those, and they turned out better... Please editors, tell us what's missing from this recipe!