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Cornflake Christmas Wreaths

Cornflake Christmas Wreaths are a retro childhood favorite. Just a handful of ingredients needed to make them.

Cornflake Christmas Wreaths

Don’t you remember making these Cornflake Christmas Wreaths as a child? I still sometimes make them and every time I make these cookies, I’m reminded how much I like to eat a bowl of Cornflakes for breakfast. And lunch. And dinner. Isn’t cereal for dinner the best?


Cornflake Christmas Wreaths take the cake when it comes to festive treats for the holiday cookie tray. With Christmas only 2 days away, you’ve probably about come to the end of your Christmas cookie making. I meant to share this recipe much earlier in the month, but I didn’t expect December to go by with such lightening speed.

These Christmas treats are so easy to make with just 3 ingredients plus enough green food coloring to give them that perfect evergreen color.

Cornflake Christmas Wreaths

I used mini red M&Ms to decorate them with but Red Hots are probably the more traditional candy to use.

The Cornflake mixture is a little difficult to shape into wreath shapes. I did them free hand but I think it might be easier to use a round cookie or biscuit cutter, spray it well with cooking spray, and dump some cornflake mixture in the middle. Then you can use the end of a wooden spoon to put a hole in the middle.

Cornflake Christmas Wreaths

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Cornflake Christmas Wreaths

Cornflake Wreath

Cornflake Christmas Wreaths are made from only 3 ingredients plus green food coloring. Always a favorite on the Christmas cookie plate.
PREP: 10 mins
COOK: 0 mins
SERVINGS: 12 -15


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 1 (10-ounce) package marshmallows
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons green food coloring
  • 4 1/2 cups Cornflake cereal
  • red hots or mini red M&Ms


  • Melt butter in a large pot. Add marshmallows and stir until melted.
  • Stir in food coloring.
  • Stir in cereal.
  • Working quickly, use a greased 1/4 cup measuring cup to dump the cornflake mixture in mounds on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Use your fingers (grease them well) to form the mounds into wreath shapes.
  • Decorate with red M&Ms before they set.
  • Let cool completely and store in an airtight container.


Calories: 183kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Christmas, no-bake

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27 thoughts on “Cornflake Christmas Wreaths”

  1. I use 6 cups in mine. I had hand surgery this year so instead I made two big wreaths that fit inside a Tupperware round container. Everyone just pulled them apart, reminded me of monkey bread. When you take just a small piece you don’t eat as much 🤭

  2. These are my family’s favorite. I do not make rice crispy treats anymore, wreaths have taken their place. Also, I make them for Halloween and use Orange food coloring and green candies. Probably will make for Valentine’s Day and use Red food coloring with something in place of cinnamon hearts. Merry Christmas everyone

  3. Hi
    Can the cornflake Christmas wreaths be frozen to serve later? If not, how long can you keep them in an airtight container? I’d like to make them at least a week before Christmas if possible. How long before they become inedible?

  4. Patricia Gregory

    Mine are taking a while to dry mostly the bottom. Is this normal? I know my mom use to make these.

  5. I make large 12″wreaths and large Christmas trees and decorate both with red hots. Much easier and quicker to make this way. I cut into pieces with scissors but leave in the wreath or tree shape. I also chill them. They are delicious chilled.

  6. My mom has made these wreaths every Christmas for many years & the grandkids ( who are now in their 20’s – 40’s) look for them every year. It is an on-going conversation when they would gather for the Christmas party — where are Grandma’s wreaths or who found them first!! This year my mom decided to move to an assisted living facility so no more wreaths. Coming across this recipe is bittersweet! And she probably did save it from an Erma Bombeck column. I guess it’s time I start to make them and pass on the tradition!!

  7. Barbara Lakefield

    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe, this was the best Wreath recipe I have ever used. That extra 1/4 cup of butter made the difference when working with them and also the amount of food coloring. One thing I always added to mine is a 1/2 teaspoon or less of Almond Flavoring.

  8. Norma Dalton

    They never set up if you make them on a wet day. Pick a nice dry day & let them set on parchment paper until dry. Then store in air tight container.

  9. Teresa Hamill

    My husband’s family would bring these @ Christmas when our son’s were young; now age 38 & 34. They are such a pretty addition & tradition to our Christmas’. It’s now time to introduce these yummy, pretty Christmas wreaths to our 4 year old grandson. Grandma T.

    1. Carol Mary Dailey

      My family made wreaths every Christmas when i was younger except we added a tsp. Of almond extract…delicious!!!

    1. Some of the recipes for this call for vanilla extract…. (thankfully not this one)
      If you use vanilla extract they will become soggy, almost stale tasting and won’t set up properly.

    2. Norma Dalton

      They never set up if you make them on a wet day. Pick a nice dry day & let them set on parchment paper until dry. Then store in air tight container.

    3. Try using food coloring gel/paste (Wilton) instead of liquid food coloring. Less watery that way.

  10. Finding this recipe is a blessing and a reminder of my grandmother who use to make these for christmas every year. Since she has passed I haven had one of these cookies in quit a few years. So making these so I can share them with my granddaughter and family!!

    1. Christin Mahrlig

      What a great tradition to carry on with your granddaughter! I know she will enjoy them and maybe one day make them for her own grandchildren!

  11. darcy Burnham-Gain

    I still have the magazine (somewhere) where I first saw this recipe published. They were called Erma Bombeck’s Christmas Wreath cookies. Don’t know where she got the recipe as the article didn’t say but it was way back in the day, probably the late 60’s that I found the recipe. I use to put a few of them on top of all the other Christmas cookies that I use to make and give to friends for the holiday. It was a nice decoration to have on the very top. I have made this cookies almost every year since. They are so addictive.

  12. These are the cutest! I love how easy and festive they are! My kids will have so much fun making them! Hope you and your family have an amazing Christmas, Christin! 🙂

  13. Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary

    OMG, I never made these as a child… and I’m wondering why the heck not?! Shame on my parents for not showing me these! 😉 These wreaths are SO pretty it’s hard to believe they are made of cornflakes!! LOVE this! Sending this like to my sister so she can make them with my niece and nephew! Cheers, my friend and warm wishes for a very Merry Christmas! <3

    1. Barbara May

      I have made these many times. Make a large wreath and use candied cherries and with the small, I use red hots. Kids loved making and eating them.

      1. I was wondering if they could be made n a pound cake pan ..then dump them on a Christmas platter for a center piece at finger sandwich and such party..has anybody done this..my first time..my husband loves them plan to surprise them…

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