Christmas Wreath Cookies {GAPS Legal}

[et_pb_section bb_built="1"][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text _builder_version="3.0.85" background_layout="light"] It's the holiday season! More specifically, it's cookie season!   I love making, giving away (and eating) Christmas cookies. But it's been a long time since I have enjoyed many of the cookies I grew up making, so this year I decided I wanted to create real-food versions of some of my favorite Christmas cookie recipes.  

First up, Christmas Wreath cookies!

  This cookie is traditionally a mix of corn flakes, marshmallows, and butter. So let's look at the ingredients...

  • The butter is already a real food!

  • Marshmallows I have made before, modified from Mommypotamus' marshmallow recipe.

  So all I had to do was figure out a substitution for the corn flakes (and see if the marshmallows actually work the same as the commercial variety).   Challenge accepted! [/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type="1_4"][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type="1_2"][et_pb_image admin_label="Image-single cookie" _builder_version="3.0.85" src="https://www.bewellclinic.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Single-Wreath-Cookie.jpg" show_in_lightbox="off" url_new_window="off" use_overlay="off" always_center_on_mobile="on" force_fullwidth="off" show_bottom_space="on" /][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type="1_4"][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text admin_label="Ingredients and directions" _builder_version="3.0.85" background_layout="light"]

Christmas Wreath Cookies

Makes about 36 cookies (recipe can be halved)

Ingredients

Marshmallows

  • 2 cups honey

  • 1 cup of filtered water

  • 2 tsp vanilla

  • 1 tsp sea salt

  • 6 TBS grass-fed beef gelatin

  • 1 cup of filtered water

Wreath Cookies

  • Marshmallow paste (above)

  • 8 ounces organic butter

  • 14 cups coconut flakes (approximately 20 ounces)

  • Red hots (my homemade recipe)

  • Natural food coloring, blue and yellow packets (I used this one)

Directions

Place the coconut flakes in the oven at 200° Toast the coconut until they are light brown—this makes the cookies crispier! When done, remove them from the oven Place in a large bowl, set aside [/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type="1_4"][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type="3_4"][et_pb_image admin_label="Image-coconut flakes" _builder_version="3.0.85" src="https://www.bewellclinic.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Toasted-Coconut-Flakes.jpg" show_in_lightbox="off" url_new_window="off" use_overlay="off" always_center_on_mobile="on" force_fullwidth="off" show_bottom_space="on" /][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text _builder_version="3.0.85" background_layout="light"] Melt the butter in a saucepan over low heat When melted, remove from heat and set aside   Next, make the marshmallow paste  

Marshmallows

Soften the gelatin

  • Add gelatin to 1 cup hot water

  • Stir and allow to to sit, keep warm (not on stove)

[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type="3_4"][et_pb_image admin_label="Image-soften gelatin" _builder_version="3.0.85" src="https://www.bewellclinic.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Softening-Gelatin.jpg" show_in_lightbox="off" url_new_window="off" use_overlay="off" always_center_on_mobile="on" force_fullwidth="off" show_bottom_space="on" /][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type="1_4"][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text admin_label="Text- Heat honey" _builder_version="3.0.85" background_layout="light"] While gelatin is softening... Heat honey and water in a medium saucepan (medium to high heat), stirring frequently, until it reaches the soft ball candy stage (about 235°F). If you don't have a thermometer, you can check by dripping the heated honey into a glass of cold water. When the candy forms a ball, it is ready! [/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type="1_4"][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type="3_4"][et_pb_image admin_label="Heat honey" _builder_version="3.0.85" src="https://www.bewellclinic.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Boiling-Water-and-Honey.jpg" show_in_lightbox="off" url_new_window="off" use_overlay="off" always_center_on_mobile="on" force_fullwidth="off" show_bottom_space="on" /][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text admin_label="Soft ball stage" _builder_version="3.0.85" background_layout="light"] When the honey has reached the soft ball stage, remove from heat Add the heated mixture to the softened gelatin in a large bowl Add vanilla Do these steps quickly, you don't want honey mixture to cool off too much [/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type="3_4"][et_pb_image admin_label="Add vanilla" _builder_version="3.0.85" src="https://www.bewellclinic.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Marshmallows-Adding-Vanilla.jpg" show_in_lightbox="off" url_new_window="off" use_overlay="off" always_center_on_mobile="on" force_fullwidth="off" show_bottom_space="on" /][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type="1_4"][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text admin_label="Use mixer" _builder_version="3.0.85" background_layout="light"] Whisk the mixture using an electric mixer or stand mixer for about 10 minutes [/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type="1_4"][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type="3_4"][et_pb_image admin_label="Whisk Marshallows" _builder_version="3.0.85" src="https://www.bewellclinic.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Getting-Marshallow.jpg" show_in_lightbox="off" url_new_window="off" use_overlay="off" always_center_on_mobile="on" force_fullwidth="off" show_bottom_space="on" /][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text _builder_version="3.0.85" background_layout="light"] Getting marshmallow-y [/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type="3_4"][et_pb_image admin_label="Marshmallow-y" _builder_version="3.0.85" src="https://www.bewellclinic.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Marshallows.jpg" show_in_lightbox="off" url_new_window="off" use_overlay="off" always_center_on_mobile="on" force_fullwidth="off" show_bottom_space="on" /][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type="1_4"][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text admin_label="Marshmallows Done" _builder_version="3.0.85" background_layout="light"] When the mixture is thick and looks like marshmallow paste, it's done!   If you want marshmallows, you can stop here. Put the marshmallow paste in a greased glass 9x11 dish and allow to cool and dry for a 24-36 hrs. Then cut up and serve.   But we are not stopping here! To make traditional Christmas wreath cookies you melt the marshmallows and turn them back into paste-which is what you just created!   Next, stir the melted butter into the mixture. It will deflate the mixture somewhat, this is normal.   Mix in the blue and yellow food coloring packets. This will turn it green (not neon green—that's an artificial color). But when it's made into wreathes it does look green—although you're going to have to take my word for it! [/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type="1_4"][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type="3_4"][et_pb_image admin_label="Add coloring and butter" _builder_version="3.0.85" src="https://www.bewellclinic.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Marshallows-plus-butter-and-coloring.jpg" show_in_lightbox="off" url_new_window="off" use_overlay="off" always_center_on_mobile="on" force_fullwidth="off" show_bottom_space="on" /][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text admin_label="add to coconut flakes" _builder_version="3.0.85" background_layout="light"] Pour the marshmallow mixture into the bowl with the toasted coconut flakes. Mix until the flakes are coated. [/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type="1_4"][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type="3_4"][et_pb_image admin_label="Image-wreath mixture" _builder_version="3.0.85" src="https://www.bewellclinic.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Wreath-Mixture.jpg" show_in_lightbox="off" url_new_window="off" use_overlay="off" always_center_on_mobile="on" force_fullwidth="off" show_bottom_space="on" /][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text _builder_version="3.0.85" background_layout="light"] Finally, form the warm mixture into wreath-shaped cookies on parchment paper Add decorative red hots as berries (see my homemade recipe) Allow to cool. 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See, I told you they look green!

  All that's left is to share and enjoy these delicious treats! [/et_pb_text][et_pb_image _builder_version="3.0.85" src="https://www.bewellclinic.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Finished-Christmas-Wreath-Cookies.jpg" show_in_lightbox="off" url_new_window="off" use_overlay="off" always_center_on_mobile="on" force_fullwidth="off" show_bottom_space="on" /][et_pb_text _builder_version="3.0.85" background_layout="light"] Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. Your trust is important. I only recommend products I trust.  [/et_pb_text][et_pb_divider _builder_version="3.14" /][et_pb_text _builder_version="3.14"]

GAPS Legal Christmas Wreath Cookies

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Marshmallows

  • 2 cup Honey

  • 1 cup Filtered Water

  • 2 tsp Vanilla

  • 1 tsp Sea Salt

  • 6 tbsp Grass Fed Beef Gelatin

  • 1 cup Filtered Water

Wreath Cookies

  • Marshmallow Past ((See Above))

  • 8 oz Organic Butter

  • 14 cup Coconut Flakes ((Approx. 20 oz))

  • Red Hots ((See Note for my Homemade Recipe))

  • Natural Blue and Yellow Food Coloring

  1. Place the coconut flakes in the oven at 200°

  2. Toast the coconut until they are light brown—this makes the cookies crispier!

  3. When done, remove them from the oven. Place in a large bowl, set aside.

  4. Melt the butter in a saucepan over low heat. When melted, remove from heat and set aside

Marshmallow Paste

  1. Soften the gelatin by adding gelatin to 1 cup hot water.Stir and allow to to sit, keep warm (not on stove)

  2. Heat honey and water in a medium saucepan (medium to high heat), stirring frequently, until it reaches the soft ball candy stage (about 235°F).If you don’t have a thermometer, you can check by dripping the heated honey into a glass of cold water. When the candy forms a ball, it is ready!

  3. When the honey has reached the soft ball stage, remove from heat.

  4. Add the heated mixture to the softened gelatin in a large bowl and then add vanilla. Do these steps quickly, you don’t want honey mixture to cool off too much.

  5. Whisk the mixture using an electric mixer or stand mixer for about 10 minutes

  6. When the mixture is thick and looks like marshmallow paste, it’s done!

  7. If you want marshmallows, you can stop here. Put the marshmallow paste in a greased glass 9x11 dish and allow to cool and dry for a 24-36 hrs. Then cut up and serve.

For Christmas Wreath Cookies

  1. Mix in the blue and yellow food coloring packets. This will turn it green (not neon green—that’s an artificial color). But when it’s made into wreathes it does look green—although you’re going to have to take my word for it!

  2. Pour the marshmallow mixture into the bowl with the toasted coconut flakes.

  3. Mix until the flakes are coated.

  4. Form the warm mixture into wreath-shaped cookies on parchment paper.

  5. Add decorative red hots as berries.

  6. Allow to cool.

  7. Share and enjoy these delicious treats!

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