This healthy holiday gingerbread fruit and nut edible Christmas wreath is a tasty gingerbread cookie layered with chocolate cream cheese, lots of fruit and nuts and makes a wonderful edible holiday gift! It's also Weight Watchers friendly at 8 WW points per piece!
Gingerbread cookie mix: (you can make this homemade gingerbread, use your own or a package mix)
*If using a package gingerbread cookie mix, prepare as per package instructions then skip down to 'wreath' instructions (Note: it may not be as strong as the homemade one I recommend)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees Celcius)
Spray a 12 inch round pizza pan with non- stick cooking spray.
Stir the dry ingredients together in a large bowl and set aside.
Combine light corn syrup, light brown sugar and margarine in a 2 quart saucepan. Stir constantly over medium heat on stove top until margarine is melted.
Stir the liquid into the flour mixture. Mix well with a spoon, then using hands as dough becomes stiff.
Chill the dough until it is easy to handle (10 – 15 minutes approximately)
Roll the dough out to ¼ inch thickness directly onto pizza pan (it is easier than trying to transfer the dough after it's rolled out).
Then trim around the edges of the pizza pan.
Use the rim of a bowl (or anything round that is approximately 4-5 inches across) to cut out the centre of the gingerbread wreath.
Remove excess dough * you can use it to cut into shapes for cookies, as desired.
Bake for 12- 15 minutes or until golden brown. *Check for air bubbles during baking and poke them with a toothpick.
Remove and cool for 5 minutes. Then gently lift around edges, with a pie lifter (or similar utensil), while it's still warm, so it will be easier to remove from the pan.
Transfer by sliding onto large cooling rack. If you don't have a large cooling rack that will accommodate this size of cookie, then leave it on the pan until completely cooled. When completely cooled, transfer to large (14 inch) cardboard cake tray, large flat platter or cake platter.
Spread all the chocolate cream cheese evenly over the gingerbread cookie wreath, using a butter knife.
Slice kiwis (see NOTES for video on best way to peel kiwis - it works! ) and diagonally layer
Make the pecan pine cones (you can also do this in advance):
Cut large tootsie rolls in half. Microwave tootsie roll on ½ power in microwave for about 20 seconds or until it is a little soft and therefore pliable. Lay tootsie roll on parchment paper.
Melt chocolate melts in microwave on ½ power (5 power on my microwave) in 30 second intervals for up to 1 ½ - 2 minutes, stirring each time, until melted. * do not get any water near utensils, bowls etc as the chocolate will seize.
Rub some chocolate candy melt on the tootsie roll and add a layer of pecans. Allow to harden for about 5 minutes. Rub a little chocolate melt on each pecan halves as you layer pecans to build the pine cone upwards and outwards.
You will likely need to stop and allow the 2nd layer to harden before putting on the final layer. You only have to worry about doing one side, as they are laying flat ( 2D.) When pine cones are completely hardened, transfer to wreath and place them equal distance from one another.
Add pine cones to wreath.
Spray with edible gold spray ,if desired, then allow a few minutes to dry before adding
Add grapes and maraschino cherries to wreath. *Be sure to pat the cherries dry with a paper towel before placing on wreath.
Make raspberry bow:
Poke raspberries through 2 wooden skewers to make the bottom of the bow.
Place raspberries on 2 wooden skewers and lay on top of wreath at the bottom (see photo). Poke the top, sharp end of the skewer into the fruit at the top so it will stay in place.
Then arrange remaining berries in a circle on each side to look like a bow.
Sprinkle with powdered sugar/icing sugar, then slice, serve and enjoy!
🎥 VideoVideo: How to peel a kiwi***NOTE: I calculated this recipe using the WW app, as my nutritional calculator on my blog does not account for 0 point foods.My Amazon Recommendations (affiliate links)
📋 Gingerbread Fruit Christmas Wreath
Amount Per Serving
Calories 417Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Vitamin A 401IU8%
Vitamin C 141mg171%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.