Kerstkransjes (Dutch Wreath Cookies)

Kerstkransjes - Wicked Wednesday

Today my children's school celebrated Harmony day.  Harmony day is a highlight of the school year and is a day to recognise and celebrate cultural diversity.  

A key part of this day is a special class lunch where the children each bring a dish that best represents their culture.  For our children they drew from my husbands family line (Dutch) and we've made some delightful cookies.  They are actually Christmas Wreath Cookies or Kerstkransjes.   We've made these a few times now, they are easy to make and loved by the children and teachers.

So this week is not so wicked, but a good harmony day option if you have a Dutch heritage.


Kerstkransjes - Dutch Christmas Wreath Cookies

Kerstkransjes - Dutch Christmas Wreath Cookies


Ingredients:  Makes over 30

  • 160 g Butter (softened)
  • 2/3 cups Sugar
  • Grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 egg
  • 2 1/2 cups plain flour (shifted)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Glace Cherries
  • Almond Slivers
  • 1/4 cup milk


  1. Pre heat oven to 180 c.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar.
  3. Add the lemon zest and egg.
  4. Slowly add the flour and baking powder.
  5. Mix until well combined and lightly knead.
  6. Wrap in cling wrap and leave in the fridge for 1 hour.
  7. Roll out segments approx. 5 ml thick.
  8. Cut out cookies using a wreath shaped cookie cutter.
  9. Decorate with a glace cherry (I cut the cherries in half first) and Almond slivers
  10. Brush with the milk.
  11. Bake on a tray lined with baking paper for 10 - 15 minutes.
  12. Enjoy.