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Christmas wreath cookies are an incredibly easy Christmas treat with just six simple ingredients! It’s like a rice crispy treat with corn flakes, marshmallows and bright green color that stands out at any Christmas cookie exchange!
Your little ones will love to help make these, but beware … they may try to eat the treat before you make them into wreaths. They’re irresistible!
You might also want to try out Christmas pinwheel cookies.
Christmas Wreath Cornflake Cookies
I’ve wanted to make these marshmallow wreath cookies since I was a teenager who gobbled them up at my neighbor’s house while I was babysitting.
The parents went out for the evening and I put their two young girls to bed. Before they left, the mom says to me, “help yourself to whatever’s in the refrigerator.”
There were trays stacked on top of each other in the top shelf of the refrigerator with the cutest, green wreaths with red hots on them. The cookies were separated by layers of waxed paper. Tons of cookies lined these sheets.
I had a cookie.
Then I had another.
This couple never came home at a decent time. They were partiers.
I got bored.
I started eating cookies from under the wax paper so they wouldn’t notice right away.
Eventually the parents came home and I escaped the torture of trying to have self control. I never had Christmas wreath cookies again.
I made these for my family and, just like when I was a ravenous teen with. no self control, we devoured them.
You have to make these. Please. Make them for my teen self so I can redeem myself for eating too many of my neighbor’s Christmas cookies.
- corn flakes
- green food coloring
- red hot candies
How to Make Christmas Cornflake Cookies
Prepare cookie sheets with wax paper so you’ll be ready when the cornflake mixture comes together.
Melt the butter and marshmallows over medium heat until melted. Add in the vanilla and food coloring until the level of green is achieved.
Gently stir in the cornflakes until they are completely coated with marshmallow mixture.
Let cook just until it’s not too hot to touch. Immediately grab a spoonful of cornflake mixture and form into a wreath with a hole in the middle. It’s best to put vegetable shortening on your hands so it doesn’t stick.
Place red hots on top and gently press into the cornflake wreath. Continue until all wreaths are done.
Let cool until cookies are set, about an hour.
- Get the cookie sheets lined and ready to go.
- Put vegetable shortening on your hands to keep the cornflake mixture from sticking.
- Work fast.
- Use a lot of food coloring to get a deep green color.
- Use a gel food coloring to get the best color.
- Add red hots immediately and gently press into the top of each cookie. You can place three together, or dot them around the entire wreath.
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- 1 stick butter unsalted
- 30 marshmallows large
- 5 cups corn flakes
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 6 drops green food coloring gel
- red hot candies
- Line baking sheet with wax paper and set aside.
- In large sauce pan, over medium heat, melt butter and marshmallows. Stir continuously until marshmallows are melted and combined with the butter.
- Add vanilla and green food coloring. Stir to combine.
- Pour in corn flakes and fold into marshmallow mixture until cornflakes are completely covered.
- Take a spoon and make a ball with the cornflake mixture. Place it on the cookie sheet, using your fingers, press down and creating a hole in the middle, forming a "wreath." Place two to three red hots on and gently press in. (TIP: put vegetable shortening on your hands to keep the cornflake mixture from sticking.)
- Repeat until all the cornflakes are used.
- Leave wreaths on cookie sheet until set, about an hour.