Add a festive pop of color to your holiday table with a quick and easy recipe for Marshmallow Christmas Wreaths!

Rows of Marshmallow Christmas Wreaths on a white marble background

The holidays don’t officially begin in our house until iconic Marshmallow Christmas Wreaths make their annual debut! Just one taste of these crispy, chewy treats and I am transported to Beaver Creek, Colorado, where my family and I spend every winter holiday season.

Consider these Marshmallow Christmas Wreaths to be a super festive update to the classic Rice Krispies Treats (and a confectionery cousin to our popular and just-as-festive Pumpkin Pie Rice Krispies Treats). I’ve swapped Rice Krispies for cornflakes and added a good squeeze of green food coloring. And for edible holly berries? Cinnamon candies!

If you’re in a rush, or prefer a more communal approach to dessert, skip shaping the cereal treats into individual wreaths and gather the mixture together to form one giant wreath. Then friends and family can pull off pieces as they please.

For more festive Christmas dessert inspiration, don’t miss my favorite holiday cookie recipes!


Marshmallow Christmas Wreaths

Add a festive pop of color to your holiday table with a quick and easy recipe for Marshmallow Christmas Wreaths!
4.6 from 5 votes
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Servings 24 treats


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 30 large marshmallows (about 3 cups)
  • 1 Tablespoon green food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups cornflakes
  • Cinnamon red-hot candies
  • Cooking Spray


  • Melt the butter in a large saucepan over low heat.
  • Add the marshmallows to the melted butter and stir constantly with a wooden spoon until the mixture is smooth.
  • Add the green food coloring and the vanilla extract, stirring to combine.
  • Add the cornflakes and stir the mixture constantly until the cornflakes are evenly coated.
  • Place a large piece of parchment paper on the counter and spray it lightly with cooking spray.
  • Remove the saucepan from the stove and quickly form the cornflake mixture into wreaths by making a small hole in each mound of the cornflake mixture.
  • While the cornflakes are still warm, place the red-hot candies atop the wreaths for garnish.
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Recipe adapted from Rose's Christmas Cookies by Rose Levy Beranbaum.

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Calories: 80kcal, Carbohydrates: 11g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 10mg, Sodium: 42mg, Potassium: 7mg, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 200IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 1mg, Iron: 1.4mg

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