Photo: Antonis Achilleos; Styling: Susan Vajaranant
Prep Time
40 Mins
Bake Time
10 Mins
about 60 cookies (serving size: 1 cookie)

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.

How to Make It

Step 1

Place oven rack in middle of oven and preheat to 375ºF. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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.

Ratings & Reviews

jmrector's Review

December 16, 2013

Awesomegirl10's Review

December 13, 2012
Wow! These cookies turned out JUST like the recipe! They tasted great and looked even cuter! I really loved this recipe and so did the others at my party!

nickyrecipes's Review

December 13, 2012
Sounds like a great recipe!

JillianNolan's Review

December 21, 2011
Tried these - like others, a big fail. I used liquid egg white - maybe that was the problem. Maybe should have used real egg whites. A sticky, gooey mess.

PugnKidzMom's Review

December 20, 2011
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.

mngopherfan's Review

December 10, 2011
Failed. The cookies spread, and did not keep form. Tasted a bit "eggy." Into the garbage with much disappointment.

AmberMB's Review

December 06, 2011
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!

BAHarrar's Review

December 04, 2011
Love your magazine but hated this recipe. So frustrated at the loss of time and money on this one. Something must be missing from the recipe. Flour maybe? They were not even edible. Epic Fail!

cablegirl's Review

November 19, 2011