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Christmas Wreath Cookies Recipe: Easy Kids Christmas Cookie Recipe

Christmas Wreath Cookies Recipe – this favorite has been around for decades! It’s a take-off on Rice Krispie Treats, but corn flakes replace the crispy rice cereal.

And they're no-bake cookies!

For years I shied away from making these adorable little wreaths – “Too messy,” I said to excuse myself. My fingers struggled to get wayward cornflakes to shape into small little circles. That is until I discovered some mess-saving tips. The key was to find a way to give the wreaths a hole in the center without having all the gooey cornflake mixture stick to your fingers.

The answer: water on your fingertips (as you handle the mixture) and the rounded end of a spoon (to poke a hole in the center of preformed balls to make the wreaths).

Prep time: 15 minutes

Setting time: 20-30 minutes

Makes about 2 dozen cookies


1/3 cup butter or margarine

30 large marshmallows or 4 cups miniature marshmallows (10 ounces)

1 teaspoon green food coloring (about 30-40 drops)

4 ½ cups corn flakes

2 tablespoons small red cinnamon candies (red hots)

Directions for this Christmas Wreath Cookies Recipe

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set it aside.
  2. Measure out corn flakes. Set them aside.
  3. Set a large saucepan on the stovetop. Place the butter and marshmallows in the pan. Turn heat onto low. Cook butter and marshmallows together, stirring continually, until melted and smooth, about 3-4 minutes. Stir in food coloring.
  4. Remove the mixture from the heat. Use a large spoon to add corn flakes in 2-4 additions, turning over the cereal quickly to coat surfaces completely with each addition before the mixture gets too sticky. Make sure all cereal is coated completely or some parts of the wreath won’t be green.
  5. Moisten your hands with water and form balls of the mixture, about 1 ½ inches in diameter, squeezing together the ingredients firmly. Set balls on the prepared baking sheet. Use the handle of a wooden spoon or other cylindrical pointer to press a hole in the center of each ball. Flatten the “wreaths” with the palm of your hand. Press 2 or 3 cinnamon candies into the center of each cookie. Re-wet your hands as needed to keep the mixture from sticking.
  6. Allow the cookies to set either at room temperature or in the refrigerator. Store cookies loosely in an airtight container with waxed paper in between layers.

Special Baking Tips for No-Bake Christmas Wreath Cookies Recipe

Use parchment paper to line baking sheets rather than waxed paper – the cookies won’t stick to the parchment as easily.

You can keep a small bowl of water in your work area to re-wet your fingers as you form the cookies.

You can substitute miniature chocolate-covered candies, like M & M’s, for the red hots.

Get more easy no-bake ideas on our No-Bake Cookies Pinterest board.

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