Christmas Wreath Cookies are a fun and easy treat that everyone loves! They come together quickly and are a favorite around the holidays!
I’ve shared lots of marshmallow treat recipes in the past, from coco puff bars, popcorn balls, cinnamon toast crunch bars, bakery style rice crispy treats and more, and today I get to share these fun cornflake wreaths. They are so easy to make and really get you in the Christmas spirit!
What you need for Christmas Wreath Cookies?
- Butter: Salted butter works great for this recipe.
- Marshmallows: I like to use mini marshmallows because they melt faster.
- Vanilla Extract: Just a little bit for some extra flavor!
- Corn Flakes: This cereal gives the wreaths the best test and look of branches!
- Green Food Coloring Gel: Gel is super concentrated and makes coloring treats very easy. If using the non-gel color, you will need about 3x as much to get the deep green.
- Red Candies: These can be red hots, mini red M&Ms, or sprinkles!
If you like this recipe, make sure to check out my Christmas Tree Cupcakes, Peppermint Marshmallow Wands, and this show stopping (yet simple!) Gingerbread Christmas Tree (coming soon!). These are fun and easy holiday treats that you and your family will love and go great with these wreath cookies!
How to make Christmas Wreath Cookies?
- In a sauce pan over low heat, melt butter.
- Then add the vanilla and marshmallows, stir until marshmallows are fully melted.
- Once melted, remove from heat and stir in the green food coloring, then add in the corn flakes.
- Once the cereal is fully coated, scoop out heaping tablespoons of the mixture onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
- Shape each scoop into a wreath by forming a hole in the center of each scoop, then decorate with a few red candies.
- Let the wreaths cool completely before serving.
Helpful Tip: It will help to grease the measuring spoon and your hands with nonstick cooking spray to help with the stickiness.
How to store Christmas Wreath Cookies?
Store wreaths in an air tight container and room temp for up to a week. I like to lightly lay parchment paper in-between cookie layers to help them keep from sticking.
Can you make wreaths ahead of time?
Make these cookies ahead of time, place in a freezer safe container, with parchment paper between cookie layers, and freeze for up to 3 months.
Snow: Sprinkle with powdered sugar for a snow like effect.
Sprinkles: Decorate with lightbulb sprinkles and a little decorating gel to make it look like lights on the wreaths.
Make a Christmas Tree: Make a larger wreath cookie and then smaller and smaller cookies, then stack each one on top of each other to form a tree. Decorate with sprinkles for a festive look!
These cookies are delicious and simple to make. They are fun for cookie swaps or to make as gifts!
Christmas Wreath Cookies
- ½ cup butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 6 cups mini marshmallows 10 oz bag
- ½ teaspoon green gel food coloring
- 5 cups cornflakes cereal
- Red sprinkles mini red M&Ms, or cinnamon red-hot candies
- Optional: Powdered Sugar
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a pot or large sauce pan melt butter over low heat. Once melted stir in the vanilla.½ cup butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Add marshmallows and stir until melted.6 cups mini marshmallows
- Once fully melted add the green food coloring and stir until fully incorporated.½ teaspoon green gel food coloring
- Stir in the cornflakes.5 cups cornflakes cereal
- Working quickly, scoop a heaping tablespoon of the cornflakes onto the prepared baking sheet. Then with your fingers shape each mound into a wreath. It will help to grease the measuring spoon and your hands with nonstick cooking spray or extra butter to help with the stickiness.
- Add 3 little red candies to each wreath before they set.Red sprinkles
- Let the wreaths cool completely before eating. If you want a snowy effect, dust with powdered sugar.Optional: Powdered Sugar
- Storage: Store wreaths in an air tight container and room temp for up to a week. Place wax or parchment paper between any layers of cookies to help prevent them from sticking together.
- Make ahead: Make these ahead of time, place in a freezer safe container, and freeze for up to 3 months. I like to place parchment paper between the layers of cookies to help prevent them from clumping together.