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Mint Holiday Wreath

Contributed by: NAPSA

Delicious Desserts: Minty Holiday Treats (NAPSA) - This holiday season, give yourself a gift. When creating beautiful, festive and delicious desserts for family and friends, find some that are easy to make. Fortunately, the following dessert recipes are easy to prepare; they can-and should-be made ahead of time. That way you'll have more free time to take care of last- minute party preparations-and be able to spend more quality time with your loved ones.

Peppermint and gingerbread are especially festive flavors for this family holiday baking project:

See also: Gingerbread Star Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Dreyer's/Edy's M & M's Mint Ice Cream
  • Green gum drops
  • Red cinnamon candies or M & M's

Directions:

Butter 9-inch round cake pan and dust with cocoa powder. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Beat butter, powdered sugar and vanilla with electric mixer until light and creamy. Mix flour and cocoa with butter mixture until just combined. Dough will be stiff. Pat into prepared pan, pressing evenly.

Bake 25 minutes or until edges are dry and top is firm. Cool in pan. Run a knife around edge of shortbread and turn out onto a plate that fits in the freezer.

Place large scoops of ice cream around edge of cookie to form wreath. Cut green gumdrops into thin slices. Arrange 3 slices for holly leaves and decorate with red candy for berries. Cover with plastic wrap and return to freezer.

To serve, cut into wedges with sharp knife.

Serving Size: Makes about 8 servings


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