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Holiday Cornflake Cookies

I can't seem to make enough of these cornflake wreaths around the holidays. The cookies firm up quickly, so you'll need to place the Red Hots right away. —Kathleen Hedger, Fairview Heights, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
  • Makes
    16 cookies


  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 40 large marshmallows
  • 4 cups frosted cornflakes
  • Red Hots
  • Assorted sprinkles


  • In a 6-qt. stockpot, melt butter over medium heat. Add marshmallows; cook and stir until melted. Remove from heat.
  • Fold in cornflakes. Working quickly, fill 16 greased muffin cups two-thirds full. Using the end of a wooden spoon, make holes in centers to resemble wreaths. Decorate immediately with Red Hots and sprinkles.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 147 calories, 6g fat (4g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 109mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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  • CaArJoSi
    Nov 30, 2019

    Definitely my favorite Christmas cookie, but how can you make these without green food coloring (color the marshmallow mixture before adding the corn flakes)?

  • Anne
    Nov 24, 2019

    If you are in a rush, make one large wreath around the edge of a plate and cluster the red hots. This way guests can slice out large or small portions and avoid the red hots if they so wish. Much prettier with green food color added. At Easter, add yellow food coloring, make nests in the cupcake tins or form on sheet of aluminum foil, or a large one on on a plate. Fill with jelly beans. Perrenial favorite at my house.

  • elvislover57
    Dec 3, 2018

    I have lived in Illinois for 62 years and never heard of these cookies

  • reciperepresentative
    Dec 4, 2017

    We love cornflakes. This is definitely an oldie but a goodie. I did add green food coloring and just a couple of redhots. One trick if it's cooling off too fast is to turn on the oven to 350 degrees while you're mixing up ingredients, then turn off the oven. I popped the muffin tins in the oven for just a minute or two which softened it up just enough to get the red hots to stick. :)

  • sstetzel
    Mar 6, 2017

    No cookie tray is complete without these cornflake wreaths. We always add a bit of green food coloring for fun.

  • Janicefisher06
    Nov 6, 2016

    These are a Christmas tradition. I've made these with my daughter since she was small. She is now making them with her toddler. We add green food coloring to the melted marshmallow mixture before the corn flakes.

  • pmb_3712
    Dec 24, 2015

    Bonnie the Grinch who can't read( common Core math & reading) the recipe total servings clearly states 16 servings

  • Water4Chocolate
    Dec 23, 2015

    "All Hail Bonnie the Grinch".On a more pleasant note--Kathleen, thank you for this great recipe. I've had them before and now I know how to make them. It's just what I needed tonight to save some time.

  • bonnie likes
    Dec 23, 2015

    Common Core Math: Fill 16 muffin cups two-thirds full....yield about 1 dozen