April 22, 2024

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Christmas Wreath Cookies - Once Upon a Chef

Christmas Wreath Cookies – Once Upon a Chef

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Deck the halls (and the kitchen) with festive Christmas wreath cookies!

Christmas wreath cookies are a fun holiday baking project for kids and adults alike, and the finished treats are adorable and delicious. Made with cornflakes, marshmallows and green food coloring, the “cookies” are a festive twist on the classic Rice Krispie treat. They have a crispy, crunchy, gooey texture that is perfect for shaping into wreaths and decorating with colorful icing, sugar pearls, mini candies, or whatever you like. Cinnamon red hots are traditionally used for the berries/ornaments, but I prefer to use red decorating icing—it’s easier to adhere, and I think it tastes better, too. Once the wreaths are finished, you can share them with friends, hang them on your tree, or just keep them all to yourself—however you decide to enjoy them, these treats make a wonderful holiday tradition.

What You’ll Need To Make Christmas Wreath Cookies

ingredients for christmas wreath cookies

Step-by-Step Instructions

Place 2 cups of the cornflakes in a large resealable plastic bag. Seal the bag and pound with your hands until the cornflakes are crushed and similar in size to Rice Krispies. Set aside.

crushed cornflakes in plastic bagIn a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium-low heat.

melting butter in saucepanAdd the marshmallows.

Cook, stirring frequently, until completely melted.

melted marshmallows and butter in saucepanRemove the pan from the heat and add the salt, food coloring, and vanilla.

adding food coloring, salt, and vanilla to melted marshmallow mixtureStir until the mixture is uniformly green.

green marshmallow mixtureAdd the crushed cornflakes and the remaining 2 cups of cornflakes.

adding cornflakes to marshmallow mixtureStir until the mixture is uniform.

green Christmas wreath mixture

Fill a wide skillet with 1 inch of very hot water. Place the saucepan into the skillet so the cornflake mixture stays warm.

saucepan in skillet of hot water

Using two spoons, drop mounds of the cornflake mixture (about 2 heaping tablespoons each) onto the prepared pans.

mounds of Christmas wreath mixture on baking sheet Spray your fingers with nonstick cooking spray, and then use your fingers to form the mounds into wreath shapes. If using candies, press them on to the wreaths while they are still warm and sticky.

wreaths formed on baking sheet

Let set until cool, dry to the touch, and stiff enough to lift from the baking sheets, about 1 hour. Using a mini fine sieve, dust the tops of the wreaths with the confectioners’ sugar, so that it looks like snow.

dusting the wreaths with powdered sugarPipe berries onto each wreath with the decorating icing (an odd number of berries looks best). Store the wreaths in a single layer in an airtight container.

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Deck the halls (and the kitchen) with festive Christmas wreath cookies!

Ingredients

  • 4 cups cornflakes cereal, divided
  • 1 stick (½ cup) unsalted butter
  • 30 large marshmallows, from 1 (12-oz) bag
  • ¼ teaspoons salt
  • 1½ teaspoons green food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Red decorating icing with a plain piping tip, for berries (see note)
  • Confectioners’ sugar, for snow (optional)

Instructions

  1. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Spray the parchment lightly with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Place 2 cups of the cornflakes in a large resealable plastic bag. Seal the bag and pound with your hands until the cornflakes are crushed and similar in size to Rice Krispies. Set aside.
  3. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium-low heat. Add the marshmallows, and cook, stirring frequently, until completely melted. Remove the pan from the heat and add the salt, food coloring, and vanilla; stir until the mixture is evenly green. Add the crushed cornflakes and the remaining 2 cups of cornflakes, and stir until the mixture is uniform.
  4. Fill a wide skillet with 1 inch of very hot water. Place the saucepan into the skillet so the cornflake mixture stays warm.
  5. Using two spoons, drop mounds of the cornflake mixture (about 2 heaping tablespoons each) onto the prepared pans. Spray your fingers with nonstick cooking spray, and then use your fingers to form the mounds into wreath shapes (spray your fingers with more nonstick cooking spray as necessary). Let set until cool, dry to the touch, and stiff enough to lift from the baking sheets, about 1 hour.
  6. Using a mini fine sieve, dust the top third of the wreaths with the confectioners’ sugar, so that it looks like snow. Pipe berries onto each wreath with the decorating icing (an odd number of berries looks best). Store the wreaths in a single layer in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
  7. Note: If you’d like to use sugar pearls or candies instead of icing for the berries, cinnamon red hots (or cinnamon imperials), sugar pearls, or mini red m&m’s are all good options. Press them on while the wreaths are still warm and sticky, or “glue” them on with a dab of icing once the wreaths are dry.
  8. Freezer-Friendly Instructions: Place the wreaths in a single layer in an airtight container and freeze for up to 6 weeks. Let stand at room temperature for about an hour before serving.

Nutrition Information

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  • Serving size: 1 plain wreath
  • Calories: 105
  • Fat: 5g
  • Saturated fat: 3g
  • Carbohydrates: 16g
  • Sugar: 8g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Protein: 1g
  • Sodium: 59mg
  • Cholesterol: 12mg

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