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These Christmas cornflake wreaths are the perfect cookie to add to any holiday treat tray. They are festive, full of color, and taste delicious. These are a vintage treat your Grandmother probably made and may invoke some really sweet memories for you.  Bring a little old-fashioned to your holiday treats this year and enlist the help of your kids to make these cornflake Christmas wreaths.   

Christmas Cornflake Wreath Cookies

When it comes to Christmas baking, there are some cookies that I make no matter what, and these Cornflake Wreath cookies are one of those that we always make! All you need is about 15 minutes to make this fun festive Christmas treat! 

These Christmas cornflake wreath cookies remind me of my childhood. It is one of those recipes I remember making with my mom in the kitchen year after year. When I had kids, mom would always have us over to make these with her. This is the perfect recipe to let the kids help with because it uses minimal ingredients, is simple to make, and allows for lots of creativity! 

Cornflake Wreaths

If you are looking for more easy festive Christmas treats that you can make with the kids be sure to try our chocolate Christmas tree pretzels and or Christmas tree cupcakes

Cornflake Wreaths

How to Make Cornflake Wreaths

Ingredients

  • ½ cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
  • 40 regular size marshmallows (10 ounces)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1-1 ½ teaspoons green food color
  • 4 ½ cups cornflakes cereal
  • 36 mini red M&Ms

Directions

  • Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium-low heat. Add the marshmallows and stir continuously until fully melted and smooth.

  • Turn off the heat and stir in the vanilla, salt, and food color until well incorporated. Add the cornflakes and gently mix until the cornflakes are uniformly covered with the marshmallow mixture.

  • Add scoops (approximately heaped ⅓ cup) of the covered cornflake mixture to the parchment lined baking sheets. Lightly spray your fingers with cooking spray and shape the cornflakes into a wreath shape. 

  • Immediately add three M&Ms to create a berry cluster on the wreath. 

  • Allow the wreaths to set before serving.

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Tips Tricks and FAQs

  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to five days.
  • Freeze wrapped tightly in plastic wrap in a resealable bag for up to two months. Allow to defrost at room temperature before enjoying.
  • Use a fresh, unopened bag of marshmallows for best results.
  • If using salted butter, forego the salt in the recipe.
  • Be gentle when mixing the cornflakes into the marshmallow mixture so you do not crush the cereal. I find that using a rubber spatula is the most effective method.
  • If you want to make sure these are a perfect circle you can use a round cookie cutter. Just spray it first and add the cornflake mixture in the middle. Shape them around the inner part of the cookie cutter (be sure to leave a hole in the middle) and then lift up the cookie cutter. 
  • You may need more or less food color depending on the intensity and pigment of your color. Use as much as needed to reach the desired color. 
  • The mini M&Ms can be replaced with regular sized M&Ms , red hots or any other similar sized red candies.

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Storage

You want to let these completely set before storing. Once set, add them to an airtight container and store them at room temperature. If you are going to layer them on top of one another, be sure to add a piece of parchment paper in between the layers. These will last for about 1 week. 

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Can you freeze Cornflake wreath cookies?

You can freeze these cookies. Let them completely dry and then place them in a freezer-safe airtight container. You want to be sure to separate the layers with parchment paper. These will store for up to 3 months. 

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Cornflake Wreaths

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

These Christmas cornflake wreaths are the perfect cookie to add to any holiday treat tray. They are festive, full of color, and taste delicious. These are a vintage treat your Grandmother probably made and may invoke some really sweet memories for you.  Bring a little old-fashioned to your holiday treats this year and enlist the help of your kids to make these.   

Ingredients

  • ½ cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
  • 40 regular size marshmallows (10 ounces)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1-1 ½ teaspoons green food color
  • 4 ½ cups cornflakes cereal
  • 36 mini red M&Ms

Instructions

  1. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium-low heat. Add the marshmallows and stir continuously until fully melted and smooth.
  3. Turn off the heat and stir in the vanilla, salt, and food color until well incorporated. Add the cornflakes and gently mix until the cornflakes are uniformly covered with the marshmallow mixture.
  4. Add scoops (approximately heaped ⅓ cup) of the covered cornflake mixture to the parchment-lined baking sheets. Lightly spray your fingers with cooking spray and shape the cornflakes into a wreath shape. 
  5. Immediately add three M&Ms to create a berry cluster on the wreath. 
  6. Allow the wreaths to set before serving.

Notes

Recipe and inspiration credit given fully to tastesbetterfromscratch.com

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