Easy Corn Flake Christmas Wreath Cookies are a classic no-bake Christmas cookie made with melted marshmallows, corn flakes cereal, and green food coloring. These festive green wreaths and red candy corn flake krispie treats will make a wonderful addition to any Christmas dessert spread this holiday season.
Easy Christmas desserts don’t get any easier than this. In fact, it’s so easy to make as a dessert that it’s fun to get the little kids involved in this classic Christmas tradition. Be warned. They never last long because they are addictive. After all, this sticky treat is pretty much rice krispie treats but with cornflakes cereal that resembles Christmas garland instead with little red dot bows and red cinnamon candies.
HOW TO MAKE CORNFLAKE WREATHS COOKIES
- Melt butter and marshmallows.
- Stir in green food coloring.
- Fold in corn flakes cereal.
- Scoop mixture into palm of hand.
- Roll into a log.
- Connect both ends of the log to make a circle and pinch together.
- Wet red candy dots with a little glaze and place like a bow at the top.
Festive Christmas Cookies
Not a year has gone by where I haven’t baked a recipe from the day after Thanksgiving through December and into Christmas. It’s a special time for me packed with so many joyful memories and family traditions as a kid. Every year, I like to do the classic cookies and then I like to try a few new ideas.
CORN FLAKE WREATH INGREDIENTS
■ CORN FLAKES: The classic cereal we’ve been making the Christmas cornflake wreath recipe with for decades. The cereal shapes naturally look like leaves of Christmas tree garland once wet with the melted butter and marshmallows mixture.
■ MARSHMALLOWS: Just like rice krispie treats, marshmallows are the glue that holds and shapes this dessert. After making the marshmallow mixture over medium-low heat in a large saucepan, pour in the food coloring, pour it into a large bowl, and add the cornflakes.
■ FOOD COLORING: Green food coloring turns this ordinary breakfast cereal into a creative edible dessert for the holidays.
■ CANDY SPRINKLES: Red cinnamon dot sprinkles or candies are the classic and identifiable garnish that makes the wreaths pop with color. Red m&m also work well for the cornflake Christmas wreaths.
Holidays and cookies go together naturally because festive occasions call for something sweet. Christmas baking has been a tradition in my family for many generations. Cookies and festive desserts have been a part of our celebration for a very long time. They are at the center of every Christmas party we host. We make cookie trays and hand them out to our friends, neighbors, and family. Plus, you may even get away with using Christmas cookies and especially these winter wreaths as Christmas decor. If you’re looking for classic Christmas desserts your mom and grandma made during December, try my Christmas cookie collection for more ideas.
Forming Christmas Wreaths
While there are no shortages to forming perfect round wreaths out of cornflakes and marshmallows, there is an easy way to do it.
- Grab a spoonful of the dough (about 1.5 tbsp)
- Roll the mixture into a 4-5-inch log
- Connect the 2 ends together and push to seal them into a round circle. This can be done with parchment paper or buttered or oiled hands.
- Top with cinnamon red hot candies or melt a few marshmallows and dip the candies in them then stick a few on each Christmas wreath as a festive bow then place them on baking sheets until they set and the marshmallow mixture hardens.
Pulling the Christmas treats apart is the best part. I like to watch the gooey marshmallows stretch the corn flakes.
Christmas Wreath Cookies Questions
Can I make these cornflake wreath cookies in advance? Yes, store the Krispie treats in a sealable bag. They are best used within 1 week. To freeze, wrap them individually in plastic wrap. Place the wreath garlands in a freezer-safe bag and store up to 8 weeks.
I can’t get the candies to stick, what gives? Melt extra marshmallows and butter to create a food-safe glue. Then, dip a toothpick or the cinnamon candy into the mixture and stick it onto the wreath.
Do cornflake krispie treats taste like corn flakes? No, not really. Just like rice krispie treats, the sweetness of the marshmallows and butter makes them taste nearly identical in flavor and texture. The cinnamon candies add a nice flavor to the treat as well.
DO use small little candies that resemble Christmas tree lights or holly berries in place of cinnamon pearls if you cannot find them in the grocery store.
This recipe can also be made with chex cereal in place of traditional corn flakes.
DO experiment with extracts to add flavor to the batch of cornflake Christmas wreath cookies. Try vanilla extract, almond extract, peppermint extract, cherry extract, maple extract, coconut extract, banana extract, lemon extract, anise extract, cinnamon extract or ground cinnamon, anise extract, or ground anise, butter extract, and any other flavors you can find on the grocery stores shelves during the holiday baking season.
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Christmas Corn flake Wreath Cookies
- ½ cup unsalted butter
- 6-7 cups corn flakes cereal
- 6½ cups mini marshmallows
- ½ tsp salt
- 1¼ tsp green food coloring
- 3 oz cinnamon red hots
- In a large stockpot, melt butter and marshmallows.
- Stir in salt and green food coloring.
- Mix in corn flakes. Stir to combine everything well.
- Spread wax paper and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
- Take a large dollup of krispie (about 1½ tbsp) and roll it between hands into a 4-5 inch log.
- Place on wax paper. Connect and push the two ends together.
- Repeat until done. Place 3 cinnamon red hots on corn flakes wreath. TIP: If it's too hard to get it to stick, make glue by melting 3 tbsp butter and ⅔ cup marshmallows over low heat. Then, take a toothpick or fork and dip it in the hot mixture then make a dot on the cinnamon pearl.