Christmas Wreaths


These Christmas wreath cookies are made using cornflakes and cinnamon candies. They're just as fun to make as they are to eat. Get the kids to help decorate with the candies!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
18 cookies

These easy Christmas wreath cookies are easy to make with just seven ingredients: butter, marshmallow, green food coloring, vanilla extract, cornflakes cereal, and cinnamon candies (or any candies that could serve as "ornaments," such as miniature M&M's).

How to Make Christmas Wreath Cookies

You'll find the full, step-by-step recipe below — but here's a brief overview of what you can expect when you make these top-rated Christmas wreath cookies:

1. Make the Cookie Dough: Melt the butter in a small saucepan, then stir in marshmallows and cook until they're melted. Remove from heat, add the food coloring, then stir in the cornflakes.

2. Shape and Decorate the Cookies: Place the saucepan in very hot water to keep the dough warm and pliable. Set out two sheets of wax paper. Drop the hot dough by tablespoonfuls onto the wax paper and use lightly greased fingers to form wreath shapes. Decorate with candies while still hot. The cookies will set while they cool.

How to Store Christmas Wreath Cookies

Store the finished cookies in an airtight container (after they have completely set). Enjoy them within one week.

Can You Freeze Christmas Wreath Cookies?

Yes! You can freeze these Christmas wreath cookies. Allow them to set, then flash freeze them on a baking sheet. When the cookies are frozen, transfer them to a zip-top freezer bag or another freezer-safe container. Wrap in foil for extra protection. Freeze for up to three months. Thaw in the refrigerator.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"I have been making these wreaths for years — they have always been my cookie plate showpieces," says Christine. "Don't fret if they don't look like anything at first, just keep your fingers buttered and keep playing with it until you get a decent shape."

"Loved this recipe," raves Amy's Kitchen. "Looks really cute on a cookie plate. When handling them, I sprayed my hands with non-stick cooking spray and it worked like a treat to avoid a mess. I didn't have Red Hots so I used Smarties, then melted white chocolate and drizzled it on top for a 'snow' effect."

"This recipe is such a cute one for the holidays," according to DAYSIE207. "I always give these away as gifts and people love them, and so do I!"

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • ½ cup butter

  • 30 large marshmallows

  • 1 ½ teaspoons green food coloring

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 4 cups cornflakes cereal

  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon red hot candies


  1. Gather ingredients.

    Bowl of cornflakes, bowl of marshmallows, bowl of butter, spoon of red candies, bottle of food coloring, bowl of vanilla

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  2. Melt butter in a large saucepan over low heat. Add marshmallows, and cook stirring constantly, until melted.

    melted marshmallow goo in a pot with a hand stirring with a spatula

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  3. Remove from the heat, stir in food coloring and vanilla, then stir in cornflakes.

    hand stirring green cornflake and marshmallow mixture with a spatula

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  4. Set out one or two sheets of waxed paper. Fill a skillet with 1 inch of very hot water. Place the saucepan into the skillet so cookie dough stays warm.

    hand pouring hot water from a kettle into a medium sized pot

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  5. Quickly drop a heaping tablespoonful of cookie dough onto the waxed paper, and use lightly greased fingers to form it into a wreath shape. Immediately decorate cookie with red hot candies. Repeat to shape and decorate remaining cookies.

    hand spooning green cornflake mixture onto parchment paper on a baking sheet

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    hand shaping green cornflake mixture into a ring/wreath shape

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    hand adding red hot candies onto small green cornflake wreath on a baking tray

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  6. Allow cookies to cool to room temperature before removing from waxed paper, about 15 minutes. Store in an airtight container.

    a high angle view of several cornflake Christmas wreaths decorated with red hot candies on a red baking tray.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)

112 Calories
5g Fat
17g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 18
Calories 112
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 7%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 14mg 5%
Sodium 92mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 1mg 7%
Calcium 2mg 0%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 8mg 0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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