Baker’s Solstice Countdown: December 12: No-Bake Wreaths

This is another recipe from a homemaking/parenting magazine from years ago. Despite the look of them, and the “kid-stuff” list of ingredients, these crispy, sweet, cornflake and marshmallow wreaths are delightful. Rather than the sticky, chewy consistency of puffed rice marshmallow bars, the cornflakes take on a light glaze of marshmallow, and provide relief from possible over-sweetness. Yes, they are ghoulishly green, but if that’s a problem for you, simply adjust the amount of food coloring. Don’t take yourself too seriously while forming them either, just do your best and remember that every real-life wreath is different.

No-Bake Wreaths

Ingredients:

  • 5 ounces marshmallows
  • 1/2 stick (1/4 cup) butter
  • 15 drops green food color
  • 1 drop yellow food color
  • 2 1/2 cups cornflakes cereal

Method:

  1. Line a baking sheet with foil. Using a toothpick, trace a 3-inch diameter can or glass on the foil 6 times, for 6 circles 2 inches apart. Lightly oil the foil, and the inside of a 1/3 cup measuring cup, and when you’re ready to form the wreaths, oil your hands, too.
  2. Stir marshmallows and butter in a large saucepan over low heat until melted and smooth. Stir in food colors until blended. Remove from heat; gently fold in cornflakes. Working quickly, lightly pack mixture into the prepared measuring cup and drop in each outlined circle. Push a finger into the center of each to make a hole. Let stand until wreaths are firm.
  3. Decorate wreaths as desired. Be creative! They’re your wreaths, make them look however you like.

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