Christmas Wreath Cookies (No Bake!)

16 Servings
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Christmas Wreath Cookies (No Bake!) are quick and easy festive marshmallow treats with crunchy cornflakes and mini chocolate coated candies.

If you like Rice Krispie Treats, then you are going to love these gooey, crunchy marshmallow wreaths!  These adorable treats are a fun and festive no-bake Cookie Recipe perfect for a last minute Dessert during the busy holiday season.

Quick and easy Cornflake Wreath Cookies are sure to be a hit this holiday season. Not only do they make a festive, bright, and fun addition to any dessert spread, but they’re also incredibly easy with just 5 ingredients.

About our Christmas Wreath Cookies Recipe

You are going to love these simple and delicious No-Bake Wreath Christmas Cookies because they’re a holiday treat that doesn’t require oven time. When you’re trying to get a lot done during the busy holiday season, it’s nice to have a recipe that you can just throw together, then let it set while you work on the rest of your holiday baking. 

The simple, no-bake cookies are actually marshmallow treats, like mini Rice Krispie treats, with a couple tweaks. Instead of the crispy rice cereal, you swap in cornflakes because their crinkly edges and flat, jagged shape looks like leaves. They look even more like leaves thanks to the food coloring you use to make them a bright green color. Finally, they get some tiny M&M candies on top to mimic the ornaments on real wreaths plus their candy shell adds a delicious crunch to these tasty holiday treats!

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Christmas Wreath Cookies Ingredients

  • Marshmallows: The reason you want to use mini marshmallows for making gooey marshmallow treats like rice krispies and these Cornflake Wreaths is because they melt faster. This means less time over the heat so you don’t burn them. 
  • Butter: The butter helps loosen up the melted marshmallows so they coat the crispy cereal better but it will return to solid it cools so that marshmallow mixture doesn’t stay soft. It also adds a delicious buttery taste!
  • Cornflakes: While the marshmallow base might be the same as rice krispies, these festive no bake treats are made with corn flake cereal instead of puffed rice cereal. The jagged shape of the cornflakes look sort of like leaves which is perfect for making wreath treats.
  • Green Food Coloring: Of course if you are making a holiday wreath, you want it to be green! You need quite a bit of regular green food coloring, about 2 teaspoons, to get the color a vibrant, festive green. 
  • Mini M&M Candies: Colorful, round miniature candies make the perfect decorations for your wreath cookies because they look like bauble ornaments. We like the crispy candy shell and milk chocolate center of M&Ms but you can use any small round candy instead.
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Kitchen Tools & Equipment

  • Large Pot: You want to use a big enough pot to easily fit the 5 cups of cereal plus the melted marshmallow coating with plenty of room to stir. You need to mix it quickly so it’s best not to try and transfer the marshmallow mixture to a large bowl or it could cool and become difficult to coat the cereal evenly.
  • Baking Paper: You will want to lay out wax paper or parchment paper over a baking sheet or flat surface so the cookies don’t stick while they are setting. Parchment paper also comes in handy when storing these, just place it between layers so the cookies don’t stick together.
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How to Make Christmas Wreath Cookies

Time needed: 20 minutes.

  1. Make the Marshmallow Coating

    Melt half a stick of butter in a large pot over medium heat. Stir in the food coloring and the marshmallows until the marshmallows start to inflate. As soon as they puff up, remove the pot from the heat and stir until smooth.Collage of pictures showing ingredients and steps to make Christmas Wreath Cookies.

  2. Coat the Cereal

    Stir the cornflakes into the hot marshmallow mixture until they are completely coated. You need to work quickly, but be careful not to crush the cereal as you are stirring.Christmas Wreath Cookies mixing the cornflakes with the green marshmallow mixture in pan

  3. Shape the Wreaths

    Scoop out ¼ cup amounts of the cornflake mixture and place on a parchment lined baking tray or flat surface. Cool for 30 seconds then gently shape each mound into a round wreath with a hole in the center.Christmas Wreath Cookies cornflake mixture shaped like wreath on parchment paper

  4. Decorate and Cool

    Carefully press the chocolate candies into the top of the still warm wreaths to decorate them. Use red candies to make a bow, or just add colorful ones all around the wreath like ornaments. Cool until they set before serving.Christmas Wreath Cookies displayed on white parchment paper.

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Nutritional Facts

Nutrition Facts
Christmas Wreath Cookies (No Bake!)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 129 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Trans Fat 0.1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 9mg3%
Sodium 79mg3%
Potassium 16mg0%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 0.5g2%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 258IU5%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 9mg1%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Christmas Wreath Cookies Recipe Tips & Tricks

  • Use the Right Marshmallows
    • You want to use mini marshmallows because they melt faster than jumbo marshmallows. Make sure you use fresh marshmallows because stale marshmallows don’t melt well at all either. Basically you want the marshmallows to melt quickly into the butter so that makes a smooth mixture. If they take too long to melt, it will turn more into a giant sticky glob and you won’t be able to mix the cereal in easily.
  • Prevent Sticky Hands
    • Working with melted marshmallow gets pretty sticky fast and the stickier your hands are, the harder it will be to shape your cookies. You can spray your hands lightly with cooking spray so that the marshmallow mixture doesn’t stick while you are forming the wreaths.
  • Let the Kids Help Make Them
    • Little aspiring bakers will love helping make this dessert almost as much as they love eating them. If you have younger kiddos you might want to handle the stovetop part without them. But, they can help to form the wreath and add the candy decorations.
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What to Pair With Christmas Wreath Cookies

Drinks: These delicious marshmallow treats would taste great and look perfectly festive next to a mug of Peppermint Hot Chocolate. If you want the chocolate without the peppermint, try our rich Chocolate Milk or Classic Hot Cocoa.

Cookie Box: Make sure to tuck these Wreath Cookies into your Christmas Cookie Box filled with holiday favorites like Gingerbread Cookies and Christmas Pinwheel Cookies. They are a great box filling treat to throw together while you wait on the dough to chill for other cookie recipes.

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How to Store Christmas Wreath Cookies

Store: If you keep your house fairly cool, you can cover the Cornflake Wreath Christmas Cookies in plastic wrap to keep them at room temperature. They’ll stay fresh for about 2 days. You can also refrigerate them for about 4-5 days, and just put them out at room temperature to soften them before serving.

Freeze: To freeze these cookies, you will first want to freeze them on a parchment lined flat tray for about an hour to keep them from freezing together. Transfer them to a freezer bag or container and freeze for up to 4 months. Thaw at room temperature then serve.

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FAQ for Christmas Wreath Cookies

Why are my Christmas Wreath Cookies super soft?

You probably have too much butter in the marshmallow mixture or too much marshmallow mixture for the amount of cereal. You can pop them in the freezer to help stiffen them up but next time, make sure to use the measurements in the recipe for the perfect ratio of marshmallow, butter, and crispy cereal for your treats.

Why are my Christmas Wreath Cookies hard?

If you over cook the marshmallows, it will break down and crystallize the sugars, similar to caramel, and they will harden when it cools. This is why you want to use fresh mini marshmallows because they melt quickly which keeps you from overcooking them.

Recipe Card

Christmas Wreath Cookies (No Bake!)

Christmas Wreath Cookies (No Bake!) are quick and easy festive marshmallow treats with crunchy cornflakes and mini chocolate coated candies.
Yield 16 Servings
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder

Ingredients
 

  • 5 cups corn flakes cereal
  • 4 cups mini marshmallows
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons green food coloring
  • 1/2 cup Mini M&Ms candies

Instructions

  • Add the butter on medium heat to a large pot.
  • When butter is just melted add in the marshmallows and food coloring.
  • Turn off the heat as soon as the marshmallows inflate and stir until smooth.
  • Add in the cornflakes quickly and stir to combine.
  • Drop in ¼ cup sized piles and let cool for 30 seconds before gently forming into a wreath shape and topping with mini M&Ms.
  • Press in red M&M candies to decorate as a bow or colorful ones around the wreath to decorate as ornaments.

Nutrition

Calories: 129kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 79mg | Potassium: 16mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 258IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 3mg

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Christmas Wreath Cookies Variations

Candy: You can add all kinds of little candy pieces for decorations Try some crushed candy canes, colorful sprinkles, mini chocolate chips or nonpareils. Little red heart cinnamon candies would be super cute! You could also add shredded sweetened coconut flakes as a snowy decoration.

White Chocolate: If you want to add some amazing chocolate flavor to this recipe, you can add white chocolate chips to the marshmallow mixture. Add ½ cup white vanilla baking chips to the pan when you add the marshmallows and stir to combine. Keep stirring until they have melted completely with the marshmallow mixture.

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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the cookbook Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients, published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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