If you’re looking for the perfect cookies to leave out for Santa this Christmas Eve, look no further than this recipe for cornflake wreath cookies! They’re festively decorated and deliciously made with love. The best part? They’re super easy and don’t even require baking!

Multiple green cornflake wreath cookies are spread out on a white surface.

Cornflake Wreath Cookies

Although I call these delicious treats “cornflake wreath cookies,” my kids almost always refer to them as “Grinch cookies” because of their green color. Whether you’re leaving these cookies out for Santa Claus or Mr. Grinch, they’re sure to be a big hit.

During Christmastime, I bake SO many cookies, pies, cakes, etc. That’s why I use this recipe just about every year – in the midst of baking like crazy, it’s so relaxing to whip up an easy, no bake recipe!

No to mention, making this easy to follow recipe is such a wonderful way to get the kids involved in the kitchen. You can have them help you every step of the way! Mine really loved choosing the sprinkles that go on top.

So, put on your favorite Christmas movie and bond with your kids over these cornflake wreath cookies.

A white plate with candy cane presents a stack of green cookies.

How to Make Them

All you need is 5 simple ingredients and about 20 minutes of your time to make these tasty Christmas sweet treats. The only hard part will be letting them cool before eating them! If you’re limited on time this holiday season, this recipe is what you need.

To start, microwave the butter and marshmallows. In a microwave safe bowl, heat the ingredients together on high for about 2 minutes. Then, stir them together and microwave for an additional 2 more minutes.

Don’t have a microwave? That’s okay! You can use a double broiler instead.

Add the remaining ingredients. Working quickly, add the green food coloring, vanilla extract, and cornflakes. Mix all of the ingredients together until fully combined in a sugary, sticky green mess!

Place them on parchment paper. Drop the cookies by the spoonful in clumps on a sheet of parchment paper. In my home, we love decorating these cookies with Red Hots! Feel free to use Red Hots or any other festive red candy. M&M’s also work wonderfully for chocolate lovers!

Let them cool. Once they’re nice and cooled off, transfer the cookies to a lightly greased serving or storage tray with lightly greased fingers. You want your fingers lightly greased, that way the marshmallows don’t stick to you too much.

Serve. Voila! This recipe is really that easy. Serve and enjoy your festive sweet treats!

Four green Christmas cookies are on a white plate.

How long will they stay fresh?

In an airtight container, these cookies will stay fresh for 3-4 days on your kitchen counter. So if you’re traveling far to Grandma’s house or handing these out at a cookie exchange, they’ll stay delicious for you!

How do I get the cookies into the round shapes?

I’ve been making these for years, so I’m pretty good at free handing mine. However, I know how tricky making the perfect wreaths can be! If you’re struggling to make even circles, try using a circular cookie cutter and forming the mixture around that. That way, each cookie will be exactly the same size!

Can I make these cookies for other holidays?

Trust me, these cookies are so cute, I look for reasons to make them all year! For Halloween, you can make the exact same recipe, but call it something like “goblin goo” or “ectoplasm!” There are a ton of different ways you can shape and decorate these treats to fit whatever theme you’re looking for.

Do you need more Christmas cookie recipes? Well, you’ve certainly come to the right place!

Candy cane shortbread cookies are an absolute MUST bake in my home every year. I also love making cream cheese spritz cookies during the holidays. Of course, Christmas simply wouldn’t be the same without the very best gingerbread cookie recipe!

Pile of spritz cookies on a white plate.

No matter if you plate these Christmas wreath cookies all on their own or next to other Christmas cookies, you’ll be feeling deliciously merry and bright!

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Easy Wreath cookies made with cornflakes cereal is a festive, no-bake treat!
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 4 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1 teaspoon green food coloring
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups cornflakes crushed

Equipment

  • saucepan

Instructions 

  • Melt the marshmallows and butter in a large saucepan until smooth or melt in the microwave for 2 minutes. Stir, then microwave on High for 2 minutes more. Stir.
  • Add the coloring, vanilla and cornflakes mixing quickly to combine.
  • Drop by spoonfuls in small piles on parchment paper and decorate with 3 red candies each.
  • Once cool, transfer to lightly greased serving/storage tray with lightly greased fingers.
Calories: 350kcal, Carbohydrates: 66g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 20mg, Sodium: 642mg, Potassium: 132mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 1645IU, Vitamin C: 17mg, Calcium: 8mg, Iron: 23mg