Holiday Goodies: How To Make Easy No-Bake Christmas Wreath Cookies

I know my way around the kitchen pretty well. But cakes, cookies, and other sweet confections are strictly my wife's domain. She's a fantastic baker all year long; but there are a few select recipes that mean Christmas time has arrived at our house. Among them are an unrivalled fudge, and one of the easiest no-bake cookie recipes around. Now she might just kill me if I were to reveal her fudge recipe, but I have been given clearance to dish on the cookies.

My Wife, Debbie, The Master Baker

And She's Cute Too, Huh?
And She's Cute Too, Huh?

Christmas Wreath Cookies

This recipe has been passed down for years. You may even have heard of it. But since I had never seen them before she first made them for me, I figured there may be others who would appreciate them. They do not require baking, and can be done from start to finish in fifteen to twenty minutes.

You will need:

  • A large pot
  • four cups of mini marshmallows, or 40 regular ones
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) margarine
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp green food coloring
  • 5 cups corn flakes
  • Red m&m's or red hots, for decorative purposes


Step 1: margarine and marshmallows go into the pot on low heat

Stir until melted
Stir until melted

Step 2: add food coloring, and stir

Step 3: When it looks like this, gently stir in corn flakes

continue stirring, until flakes are well coated, and remove from heat.
continue stirring, until flakes are well coated, and remove from heat.

When mixture is cool enough to touch, pluck off a piece, and form it into a 2" (5 cm) ball.

Carefully shape ball into a wreath, and add m&m's or red hots

Now make him some friends

This recipe should make twelve to fifteen wreaths. If you use a big enough pot, you can easily double the ingredients.

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G-Ma Johnson 8 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

Very Holiday looking...I have seen them only in squares and not colored...I Like this a lot...Thank your adorable wife for me ok?? You aren't so bad looking either..Nice couple.  I may just try these as they are so simple and I like simple...but I always used Rice Krispies cereal...hummm...and NO way to get that fudge recipe huh???Darn...MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR.where did the last one go....G-Ma :o) Hugs

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rmr 8 years ago from Livonia, MI Author

You got it, Merle. There are just like the Rice Krispie Treats, but the corn flakes make them look leafy, like a wreath. Thanks a lot for the nice comment! Maybe if I can get my wife out of the house for a while, I can do something about that fudge recipe.

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poorQpine 8 years ago from USA

Mr. rmr,

I Have a weak spot for cookies and I eat a lot of cereal ( the cold kind) I think last season I got a hold of half one of these but dropped it as I scurried up my tree and a very fast rat beat me to the darn thing. I will check the house this year to see if another one gets tossed. I got a little nibble and it sure was good. I think the sweet marshmallows did the trick. I love Christmas, don't you? me, poorQpine

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rmr 8 years ago from Livonia, MI Author

For the record, poorQpine, Santa loves these cookies. You should probably stock up!

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The Old Firm 8 years ago from Waikato/Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand

An interesting referral rmr, as I dropped in to the B.T. hub directly from sorting out some freshly picked strawberries for later. You're welcome to share my recipe:

Take a heap of strawberries or other soft fruit (Not Tinkerbell!) wash 'em', hull 'em, and split or lightly crush 'em. Sprinkle them with sugar and half cover with cream. drizzle with dark rum and check for strength. Take a swig of the rum, (purely for comparison) Add more sugar, cream and rum to taste. Take annuder shwig of the rum (purely for comparishun.) Add more rum. Put the whole sheboodle in the fridge for larrer. Ffinish shuh rumnm. Collapse in nearest arm-chair and spend the rest of the night watching bears in tutus, jack-booting eels on pogo sticks and iridescent Shirley Temple pictures cavorting around the ceiling. (Or was it the other way 'round?)

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Tatjana-Mihaela 8 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

Well, well,good recipe. We traditionally don´t use marsh mallow in my country, so I find it very interesting.

I will write some hub(s) about Croatian cookies for Christmas...let us swap international recipes around this community.

Compliments to your lovely wife and all the best, love & Light to the both of you for the Holidays.

Thanks for your Hub and inspiration.

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rmr 8 years ago from Livonia, MI Author

Hi Tatjana! I'm glad you found these interesting. I'll be keeping an eye out for your recipes!

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ajcor 8 years ago from NSW. Australia

Thanks rmr - the cookies look very colourful but as a devoted fudge lover the fudge sounds great - why don't you see if you can share your wife's secret - I am sure we can all keep secrets here! I put up a family secret trifle recipe on one of my hubs - none has seems to have noticed yet... Have a Happy Christmas to you and yours...

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rmr 8 years ago from Livonia, MI Author

I'm working on it, ajcor. I'm going to try to put it up tomorrow.

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ajcor 8 years ago from NSW. Australia

Thanks rmr - most appreciated - look forward to it........

weenee 6 years ago

i will surely try this no bake recipe...thank you for sharing this easy recipe coz im preparing something for christmas giveaways for my family and friends.

loren, phils 5 years ago

thank you for the recipe!its a very simple yet unique treat.

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