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Such a Flake: Cornflake Wreath Cookies Recipe

This cornflake wreath magically has a star shape in the center!Cornflake wreaths are like the Rice Krispie Treat's Christmas-y cousin, made in very much the same method, but decorated in a far more festive fashion.

They're a classic that many of you probably grew up with, so it's probably not a new recipe for you, but sometimes it's sweet to pay homage to the old favorites, no?

Here's how I make them.

Cornflake Wreaths

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 4 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1 teaspoon green food coloring
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (can use all vanilla or all almond extract, if preferred)
  • 4 cups Corn Flakes


  1. On your stovetop in a saucepan, melt the butter over low-medium heat. Add the marshmallows and mix frequently until they get melty and cohesive.
  2. Add and mix quickly the coloring, extracts, then Corn flakes.
  3. Drop by spoonfuls in to little stacks on greased wax paper; using your fingers, work holes into the center of each stack (I find it easiest to do this as you spoon them). Garnish with red candies if desired.
  4. Let cool, and serve. This recipe makes 15-20, depending on size.

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Reader Comments (9)

so cute! love them.
December 17 | Unregistered CommenterLora
These are pretty sweet Jessie, I was a deprived child because this is the first I have heard of these haha
December 17 | Unregistered CommenterLyns
We make this in my family.. We call it Holly!! My mom uses red hot candies.. They were always to hard for me to eat. I use Christmas Mini M&M's they were great!! Never thought to add vanilla or Almond Extract.. Gotta try that.. will be making ours tonight..
December 18 | Unregistered CommenterShannonG
Just for the record, I have never seen or heard of a cornflake wreath...altho I have made my share of rice crispie treats. Thanks for the info. Very interesting idea.
December 18 | Unregistered CommenterCat
yesssss such a random classic! i love this wacky little creation...

happy holidays jessie! i haven't visited for a while and i am looking foward to catching up on my cakespy reading over the holidaze!
December 19 | Unregistered Commenterlyndsay
OMG, this is the first time I've seen or heard of the Holly Wreaths outside of my family! My great grandmother made them for my mom when she was little and it's a Christmas tradition for us to make them as a family every year. I leave the corn flakes to my mom though...most people I know get weirded out by the corn flakes so I do rice krispies with mine. So glad to see them gaining popularity! Maybe I can finally break out the corn flakes again. I'll have to try adding some of the extracts, ours are just butter, marshmallows, corn flakes, green food coloring and red hots.
December 19 | Unregistered CommenterKellyG in ATX
I was just thinking about these cookies the other day--I haven't had them in ages. This may be the kick in the pants I need to whip up a batch (or two)!
December 20 | Unregistered CommenterAlyssa
We always added a little red icing bow to the bottom of ours as well. :)
December 20 | Unregistered CommenterSally
Freakin' adorable.
December 22 | Unregistered CommenterCatie Cupcakes

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