Cornflake wreaths are fun holiday dessert that is easy to make and requires only a handful of ingredients. These festive no-bake cookies are sure to steal the show.
Cornflake Christmas Wreaths
Cornflake cookies are a classic Christmas treat that appears on most cookie platters. It is a no-bake cookie that is made with corn flakes cereal, marshmallows, and corn syrup. The cookies are then shaped into a festive wreath and adorned with red candies that resemble holly berries.
These cookies are not only adorable but they are also pretty tasty! They make a great addition to any cookie exchange and are perfect for gift giving.
Why You’ll Love this No Bake Christmas Cookie Recipe:
- Easy to make: These cornflake wreaths may be one of the easiest cookies you can make! No oven is required for these yummy no-bake Christmas treats.
- Festive treat: The cookies are dyed green and then red hots are added to resemble holly berries. These are one festive-looking cookie!
Trademark Note: In the spirit of transparency, I want to note that Corn Flakes is a trademarked product. Kellogg’s is a proprietary brand that I want to acknowledge and give credit to.
How to Make Cornflake Wreaths
Be sure to see the recipe card below for full ingredients & instructions!
- Melt the mini marshmallows in the microwave until smooth.
- Add in the butter, corn syrup, and salt.
- Mix in the food coloring.
- Pour the marshmallows over the cornflakes in a large mixing bowl.
- Make balls out of the cornflake mixture and then press them into the middle to form a wreath.
- Press 2 Red Hots into the top of each wreath.
- Allow to harden before serving.
Yes! You can make these cornflake wreaths ahead of time. Be sure to place them in an airtight container to keep them fresh for up to 4 days.
I do not suggest freezing these no-bake Christmas wreath cookies. You can freeze some no-bake cookies, but the texture of these would be off if they were frozen and thawed.
You can easily make these cookies gluten free by using gluten free cornflakes. You can find them in the cereal aisle.
These wreath cookies make a great addition to a cookie platter. They also are great for gift giving! Wrap a few in a clear plastic bag and add a ribbon to the top.
The Red Hots add a fun detail and give these wreaths a realistic look. You can add 2 or 3 red candies to the wreath for the berries.
These cornflake cookies really stand out on a cookie tray thanks to their green coloring. The faux holly berries add a touch of whimsy that everyone will love.
Recipe Tips and Notes
Make sure to stir the marshmallows well when melting. They will continue to cook so stirring them will ensure that they melt and become smooth.
Incorporating the green marshmallow mixture into the cornflakes may be difficult to completely do with a spoon or spatula. To make it easier, you can spray your clean hands with baking spray and mix it by hand.
After forming the wreaths, be sure to let them firm up on a prepared cookie sheet. This will help the cookies stay intact when you go to serve them.
What food coloring is best for Cornflake Wreath Cookies?
You can use your favorite food coloring for these cookies. Food coloring can be found in the baking aisle near the sprinkles and birthday accessories.
Can I use M&M’s instead of Red Hot candies?
Any small, red candy can be used in place of Red Hots for decorating the wreaths.
What can I use instead of corn syrup?
Instead of corn syrup, use an extra ¼ cup of mini marshmallows.
These adorable Christmas wreath cookies will be the star of the cookie tray. They are easy to make and require no baking!
If you make this recipe be sure to leave us a comment or rating. Enjoy!
Cornflake Wreaths Recipe
- 4 cups mini marshmallows 172 grams
- 3½ tablespoons unsalted butter 49 grams
- 2 teaspoons corn syrup 13 grams
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- Green food coloring
- 4 cups Corn Flakes 112 grams
- ½ cup red cinnamon candies such as Red Hots
- Place the mini marshmallows into a large, microwave-safe bowl. Heat in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring each time, until completely melted. This will take about 2-3 minutes.4 cups mini marshmallows
- Add the butter, corn syrup, and salt and stir until combined.3½ tablespoons unsalted butter, 2 teaspoons corn syrup, ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- Add a few drops of green food coloring and mix until the marshmallows are all green.Green food coloring
- Place the cornflakes into a large mixing bowl. Spoon the marshmallow mixture over the cornflakes. Mix well until the cornflakes are completely coated with the marshmallow mixture. This may take several minutes.4 cups Corn Flakes
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spray your hands with baking spray for ease of shaping.
- Separate the cornflakes into 8 balls. Press a finger into the center of each ball to form the middle of each wreath and shape each wreath.
- Place 3 Red Hot candies onto the top of each wreath. Let set, uncovered for 2 hours to allow the marshmallow to dry before serving.½ cup red cinnamon candies
- Make sure to stir the marshmallows well when melting. They will continue to cook so stirring them will ensure that they melt and become smooth.
- Incorporating the green marshmallow mixture into the cornflakes may be difficult to completely do with a spoon or spatula. To make it easier, you can spray your clean hands with baking spray and mix it by hand.
- After forming the wreaths, be sure to let them firm up on a prepared cookie sheet. This will help the cookies stay intact when you go to serve them.