Instead of putting your annual Christmas wreath on the front door, why not try relocating it to the most important spot in the house? Of course, I’m referring to the kitchen table.
Before you do a double take, let me assure you this is not a hoax. Edible wreaths are a necessary part of the festivities, and no holiday dinner or dessert is complete without one.
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What makes the treat oh-so delightful is the fact that the contents are up to you. Craving some cookies? Want to put your sweet tooth to good use with a bite of candy? An edible wreath can include anything you want, so make Buddy the Elf proud and include the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns, and syrup.
If you’re ready to whip up a wreath of your own, here are a few options to inspire your kitchen adventures:
“The holidays don’t officially begin in our house until marshmallow Christmas wreaths make their annual debut,” Kelly Senyei, the blogger behind Just A Taste tells Chowhound. “My family and I have been making the chewy treats for more than 20 years, and shaping the wreaths alongside my mom is one of my earliest childhood memories.”
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Grab 30 large marshmallows (you’ve gotten my attention already), green food coloring, vanilla extract, and cornflakes. These are the main ingredients you’ll need to begin. Once the final product is ready to make a splash at the table, top it off with some cinnamon red-hot candies (the perfect garnish). Get the Marshmallow Wreaths recipe. They’re an amazing no-bake holiday dessert or homemade edible gift!
Okay, so this might be one option that’s better suited for the front door. But don’t stress—you’ll still be able to munch.
Florist Christy Doramus, founder of Crowns by Christy, knows her way around beautiful botanicals…but she is also a fan of candy (particularly these peppermint bark squares). That’s why she decided to add some sweets to her holiday wreaths.
“Hot glue wrapped candies to your wreath so you can unwrap and enjoy one every day leading up to Christmas,” she says.
What a terrific idea! You can reward yourself with a snack every time you walk through the door. I’m 100 percent on board with this plan.
“Attach candy canes to your wreath with hot glue (keep them wrapped if you plan to [eat] them,” Dormus adds. “Twist wire around wrapped candy, cookies or snacks of your choice, and wire them to your wreath so they are removable and ready to enjoy.”
Beautiful and tasty—what’s better than that?
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Spritz Cookie Brownie Wreaths
The ever-hilarious and ever-talented mastermind behind the blog 100 Cookies, Jack Volpi, knows a thing or two about getting into the holiday spirit—just check out his lovely take on edible wreaths with spritz cookies and brownies.
“I don’t know about y’all, but spritz cookies are quintessential Christmas cookies,” Volpi says. “They’re easy to make, and you can eat handfuls of them watching Hallmark movies in your soft clothes.”
Say no more!
For the spritz trees, you’ll need two sticks of room-temperature butter, one cup of granulated sugar, one egg, 2 ½ teaspoons of vanilla, ½ teaspoon of salt, and 2 ½ cups of flour.
Volpi’s approach to the dessert is definitely low-key. “Mix this and add in green food color. Chill for like a half hour. Find a spritz gun and use the tree attachment,” he tells us. “Blop out trees on a parchy-paper-lined tray and bake for 10 min at 350 degrees. Pro tip: check for doneness at 8:30 to avoid over browning.”
“This is a really fun craft to do around the holidays,” Diane Schmidt, the blogger behind Created by Diane, tells Chowhound. “Kids can even do them, no baking required. And they are great to bring to neighbors and for a host for holiday parties.”
Minimal hassle and great taste is a dream combination for bakers everywhere, so this wreath is a must for your ugly sweater party. Get your hands on some pretzels, white chocolate, and Christmas-colored sprinkles, and you’re ready to rock ‘n’ roll. Get the Pretzel Wreath recipe.
Schmidt, the expert on all-things wreaths, also describes another perfect Christmas treat: chocolate wreaths.
“These are simple to make and really kick up the holidays with a smaller-sized dessert,” she says.
Personally, I’d have about six of them, so there goes the idea of smaller portions.
Head to the store for a box of chocolate cake mix, buttercream, some food coloring, and voila! Get the Chocolate Wreaths recipe.
Herbed Potato Bread Wreath
Edible wreaths don’t have to be sweet, as this gorgeous potato bread wreath attests. Speckled with parsley, rosemary, and thyme, it will be the carb the herald angels sing about, and the true centerpiece of your Christmas table, no matter how good the ham looks. Get the Herbed Potato Bread Wreath recipe.
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