Well, another Christmas has come and gone, and while the champagne bottles stand half empty and the gift wrap is neatly packed away until next December, my recipe book is one page fuller. I was so excited to learn a new “cookie” recipe that I would have never tried, had I not learned about it from a fellow health foodie! These whimsical Christmas wreath treats are light and fun, making even the most adamant sweets avoiders succumb to their temptation. This recipe takes the classic “Rice Krispie Treat” and dresses it up with a little holiday flare.
- 6 Cups Corn Flakes
- 1 Bag Mini Marshmallows
- 1/3 Cup Butter
- Green Food Coloring
- Red Hot Candies
Melt the butter in a saucepan over low heat and slowly mix in your marshmallows. Stir together until completely melted and mix in drops of food coloring until you reach your desired hue. Pour the six cups of Corn Flakes into a large bowl and stir in your heated marshmallow mixture until all the Corn Flakes are coated. Butter your fingers to prevent sticking as you shape the wreaths and place them onto a greased or wax paper-covered cookie sheet.
Shape your wreaths, place them onto your sheet and stick the Red Hot candies onto the warm treats as desired (three or four per wreath works best).
Refrigerate until hard and enjoy! It’s that simple!
Here are a few tips I learned as I prepared these treats for the first time:
- Make sure you don’t use more Corn Flakes or fewer marshmallows – it’s better to have enough marshmallow coating on the wreaths so they stick together and the candies stay on.
- Make sure to butter your fingers before working with the treats. They will stick to your hands, making it very difficult to form!
- When adding the food coloring, go darker rather than lighter. You may think you have the “right green” when you’re only looking at the marshmallow mixture, but once you mix in the Corn Flakes, the cereal’s color will show through if you do not have a dark enough marshmallow mixture.