Pretty to look at but even better to eat, these CORNFLAKE WREATHS are an all time favorite every Christmas. Sweet, chewy, and so festive.
I am a total sucker for marshmallow based treats.
A classic rice krispies treat is always good, but I will always prefer using different cereals.
Take my Christmas Crunch Bars – have you tried those? The best.
And these cornflake Christmas wreath cookies? Can. Not. Resist.
My mother-in-law makes these every year and then shares tins of goodies with us. I claim these for myself every time.
Back off kids – the cornflake wreaths are for mama. 😉
Once they learned how good they were, it was game over. Now I have to make at least one batch (who am I kidding?? I make an embarrassing amount of these) each year.
How to Make:
Melt: This recipe is super simple and uses only a few ingredients. Start by melting the butter in a sauce pan and then adding the marshmallows and green food coloring. Stir constantly while the marshmallow melts and mixes with the butter until it is smooth and the green color is consistent.
- We use about a teaspoon of green food coloring, but you can add more if you like a more vibrant green.
- Don’t overcook the marshmallow mixture. Pull it off the heat as soon as it’s melted, or your cornflake wreaths will be crunchy and hard.
Mix: When the marshmallow mixture is ready remove it from the heat and stir in the cornflakes! What could be easier than that? No baking required. Stir it and make sure the cornflakes are well coated before scooping onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
- Work quickly after removing from the heat and mixing so that it doesn’t begin to set before you can shape the cookies into wreathes.
- Butter your hands or spray with non-stick spray so that the wreathes are easier to shape and will not stick to your hands!
Top: Once there are equally sized portions scooped out for the cookies, use your hands to shape them into circles with a hole in the center like a cornflake Christmas wreath. Finally, you can then add the red candies (whatever kind you like!) to give it that classic Christmas wreath look. Allow to cool and set, and then enjoy your holiday cookies!
- I prefer Red Hot candies here – the little bit of cinnamon is so perfect with the sweet marshmallow mixture.
- Red m&m’s or Sixlets work well also.
These are not at all difficult, but if you don’t want to deal with shaping these into wreaths, just press the mixture into a 9×13 baking dish and arrange the red candy however you’d like. Not quite as cute as the cornflake Christmas wreath cookies, but just as tasty!
More christmas treats!
- Eggnog Cheesecake
- Snickerdoodle Cookies
- Christmas Crack
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge
- Snowball Cookies
- Christmas Sugar Cookies
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 10 ounces marshmallows
- 1-2 teaspoons green food coloring more if desired
- 6 cups cornflakes cereal
- Red Hots or mini red m&ms
- Add the butter to a large sauce pan over medium and cook until melted.
- Add the marshmallows and green food coloring and cook, stirring constantly, until the marshmallows have melted. Do not overcook the marshmallow mixture.
- Remove from the heat and stir the cornflakes into the mixture.
- Working quickly, drop spoonfuls of the cereal mixture into 12 evenly sized portions onto wax paper.
- Butter your hands or spray with nonstick spray to make it easier to work with the mixture. Use your hands to shape the cereal into a wreath with a hole in the center.
- Arrange candies on the wreaths as desired.
- Let set for at least 1 hour to firm up before transferring to an air-tight container.