Time: 20 minutes plus 30 minutes setting
Our house is starting to feel a bit festive. The kids are getting excited about Santa, Hannah is practicing songs from her nativity play and it’s threatening to snow. So for us there’s no time like the present to start our Christmas baking! These Christmas wreaths were one of the first things I’ve planned to do this year as they are nice and quick and easy (two important considerations when you’re cooking with little ones).
As it turned out, Hannah and Lewis hated making the wreaths because they were really sticky, so left most of that part to me. They also didn’t really want to eat them, except for the decorations, so they weren’t a huge success for us. They’ll probably not end up being a Christmas tradition in our house!
They’re a great idea if your kids do like getting their hands messy and sticky though. If you have a sweat tooth you could also make them taste nicer by adding a dollop of golden syrup to the butter/marshmallow mixture. And they do look very pretty and festive so perhaps they could become a tradition for you?!
1/2 cup butter
5 heaped cups miniature marshmallows
1 tsp green food coloring
5 1/2 cups cornflakes
Handful of red sweets/start sprinkles
Melt the butter and marshmallows
Weigh the butter and pop it into a small saucepan. Melt it over a low heat. Meanwhile, get your kids to measure the cups of marshmallows into a small bowl. Once the butter has melted add the marshmallows and stir until they are completely melted. If you have a sweat tooth, you could add a dollop of golden syrup here.
Add, the food colouring and stir until you have a nice green mixture.
Measure the cornflakes
Meanwhile, get your kids to measure the cornflakes into a large bowl. You don’t need to be too precise.
Make the Christmas wreaths
Pour the melted marshmallows into cornflakes. Stir until everything is evenly coated.
Put a sheet of baking paper down on your counter or on a large baking tray. Spoon dollops of cornflakes onto the baking paper.
This next part is sticky/messy so before you start either wet or grease your hands with butter or oil. Use your fingers to shape each spoonful of cornflakes into a wreath shape. My kids didn’t actually enjoy doing this as it was really sticky so I ended up doing this myself while my kids did the next part with clean hands!
Put a few red sweets or star sprinkles on to each wreath to decorate.
Leave your Christmas wreaths aside to set. They will keep for a few days in an airtight container.