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Cornflake Christmas Wreaths

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

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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.

Cornflake Christmas Wreaths spread out on white background.

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


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

Use Special K cereal in place of Cornflakes.

Add a half a teaspoon of almond extract.

Get All Ingredients Ready

You will need to work quickly with this recipe so you can get the cookies shaped before the mixture sets up. Have all ingredients ,measured and get a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper before beginning the recipe.

Recipe Tips

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.

If you don’t want to mess with shaping them into small wreaths, drop them in mounds instead and place 3 Red Hots in the center.

If they don’t set up firmly enough, stick them in the refrigerator to firm.

How To Store

Can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for 5 to 7 days or frozen for up to 3 months.

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 minutes
COOK: 0 minutes
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.


Nutritional info is provided as an estimate only and will vary based on brands of products used.


Calories: 183kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 159mg | Potassium: 21mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 434IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 3mg
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Christmas, no-bake

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Originally posted December 23, 2015.

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42 thoughts on “Cornflake Christmas Wreaths”

  1. I have made these for 50+ years. My Aunt made them for Christmas every year. They are very popular and it is a tradition at our home as well. In fact making them tonight for our family Christmas Saturday. I love them with red hots, but am going to try Mimi m&ms as well

  2. I always made these as a kid with my Grandma. Now I’m making them with my daughter. My Grandma always added almond extract and I can’t not add it too. I think it adds something. Thanks for your recipe!

  3. These taste great… but rather than trying to work with the really hot and gloopy cereal mix (I use Special K), I just let them cool in clumps, spray my hands with cooking spray, shape them into wreaths as best as I can, and use a little premade white cookie icing to make the red hots stick. It works well enough… I’ve been making these for years and they are a family favorite 🙂

  4. I like this recipe & have made several batches already this year. My cinnamon candies were rock hard & I had no M&Ms so I colored 1/4 cup of the marshmallow/cornflake mixture red & placed two or three red cornflakes as accents. Looks great!

  5. Love the recipe. Not a fan of the implementation. Tried the muffin pan and tried a donut pan… tried to lay them out in a mound and put a hole in center… just made a huge mess. I opted for baking dish and placed the red hots on top… instant Holly. Taste great though!

  6. I’ve been making these for years. I don’t mess with making them into a wreath. I just drop a clump and put the 3 red hots in the center like a bough of greens, still beautiful color on any cookie platter.

  7. Darlene L Ehinger

    very easy but was just wondering it was hard making the wreaths before the mix harden. It was fun and I did get a nice platter full. Just looking for more ideas.

  8. How do you get them to set up and not stck to platter for serving? Made them last night for a cookie exchange party and they are still soft and sticky this morning. Help please!

  9. The first time I made the wreaths it was a nightmare. Second time I wore latex gloves and dipped them in cold water before shaping the wreaths and it worked perfect,

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