Christmas Wreath Cookies Recipe

When it comes to Christmas cookies and holiday baking traditions, many families prepare recipes that have been passed down for generations. If you grew up making Christmas wreaths with your family in the kitchen and eating them by a roaring fireplace on Christmas Eve, then this festive recipe may bring you major nostalgia. 

If you haven't yet made these cute and festive wreaths before, then you are seriously missing out, because they are totally fun and totally tasty. Recipe developer Catherine Brookes of Blue Sky Eating came up with this easy and fun recipe, and it's sure to be a hit when you have family or friends over. "These tasty treats will definitely get you in the festive spirit," Brookes raves. "With crunchy cornflakes and sweet sticky marshmallow, the cute little wreaths don't just look pretty — they're delicious, too!" 

We'd have to agree with that! Keep scrolling to find out how to make these beautiful, sweet wreaths.

Gather the ingredients for Christmas wreath cookies

Ready to kick things off? If so, make a list of the ingredients you'll need to make these yummy wreaths. Start with butter, and then add mini marshmallows to your list. (Is it just us, or do mini marshmallows just make everything so much better?) Be sure to pick up vanilla extract and green food coloring as well. (If you have some at home already, the recipe just calls for a few drops of food coloring!) Then, pick up M&Ms or any other red candies for the wreaths' "ornaments," and of course, don't forget the cornflakes.

Prep the baking sheets, and melt the butter

Now that you have all of your ingredients ready to roll, grab two baking sheets, and line them with parchment paper. Surprisingly, you don't need to use an oven for this recipe, but the baking sheets come in handy for placing the finished wreaths on.

In the meantime, take out a large saucepan, and place it on the stove. Turn the heat up to medium-low, and toss in the butter. Let it cook until it's melted. "I'd say about three to four minutes. Just make sure to keep the heat fairly low so it doesn't burn," Brookes remarks about melting the butter. 

Add the marshmallows, then the vanilla extract and food coloring, and then the cornflakes

Once your butter melts, you can go ahead and add in the marshmallows. Be sure to stir the mixture frequently so that nothing sticks to the bottom and burns. It should only take about five minutes for the butter to fully melt. 

Next, remove the pan from the heat, and add the vanilla extract, followed by the food coloring. (The food coloring can be pretty hard to get out of things, so just be mindful of that when you work with it.) Then, stir the mixture. The last thing you will need to add are the cornflakes. "It can help to add the cornflakes a little at a time," Brookes says about the cornflakes. 

Shape the wreaths

Now, the mixture should be good to go. Wasn't that a cinch? 

Dampen your hands with water to prevent the marshmallow mixture from sticking. Then, take a handful of the mixture, and place it onto the prepared baking sheet. Using your hands, shape the cornflake mixture into a wreath shape. Repeat this with the remainder of the mixture. You should be able to make at least eight wreaths. If you need more, you can always double or even triple the recipe. 

Then, decorate each wreath with red M&Ms or red candies. This adds another cute and festive touch! 

Refrigerate your cookie wreaths, and enjoy

Now, place the baking sheets in the fridge for at least two hours so the marshmallow can set. When the timer goes off, you can take the cookie sheets out of the fridge, and enjoy these festive wreaths! 

We love a dessert that looks festive and tastes amazing. Brookes recommends serving this "with hot chocolate, or you could even dip them in melted chocolate to make them extra indulgent!" You also can't go wrong with a nice, cold glass of milk. 

Any leftovers? Brookes suggests storing them at room temperature for no more than four days.

Christmas Wreath Cookies Recipe
5 from 29 ratings
If you grew up making Christmas wreath cookies with your family and enjoying them by a roaring fireplace, then this festive recipe will make you nostalgic.
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Total time: 22 minutes
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • 9.7 ounces mini marshmallows
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • a few drops of green food coloring
  • 4 ½ cups cornflakes
  • 2 packets of Christmas M&Ms (32 red ones picked out), or other red candies
  1. Prep 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Add the butter to a large saucepan, and heat on a low-medium setting until melted.
  3. Add the marshmallows, and stir frequently until melted, about 5 minutes.
  4. Remove the pan from the heat, and add the vanilla extract and green food coloring. Stir well.
  5. Add the cornflakes to the pan, and stir until completely coated in the marshmallow mixture.
  6. Dampen your hands to prevent sticking. Take a handful of the mixture, and place it onto the prepared baking sheet. Use your hands to shape the cornflake mixture into a wreath shape. Repeat this step with the rest of the mixture.
  7. Top each wreath with the red candies.
  8. Place the sheets in the fridge for at least 2 hours so the marshmallow can set.
Calories per Serving 280
Total Fat 12.4 g
Saturated Fat 7.8 g
Trans Fat 0.5 g
Cholesterol 30.5 mg
Total Carbohydrates 42.8 g
Dietary Fiber 0.7 g
Total Sugars 22.7 g
Sodium 144.2 mg
Protein 2.0 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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