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Cornflake Wreaths

Nov 20, 2012 at 6:20 PM Chime in now

COURTESY SHARON BOWERS

Courtesy SHARON BOWERS

Green marshmallow and cereal wreaths are a holiday favorite, but these have gotten a makeover. We've updated their look with a fetching bow made of red licorice string. MAKES 12 to 15 WREATHS. Time: 30 min.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
6 cups cornflakes
1 10-oz. bag marshmallows
Red Hots or mini M&M’s
1 teaspoon vanilla
Red licorice string (such as Twizzlers Pull-n-Peel)
Green paste or liquid food coloring

Directions:

1. Line two baking sheets with wax or parchment paper. Melt butter and marshmallows in a large saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, until marshmallows are melted.

2. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla and food coloring, adding a bit at a time to reach the desired shade. Don’t make them too dark green, because the color darkens when the cornflakes are added.

3. Stir in the cornflakes until they’re well coated. Drop large spoonfuls on the baking sheets, and then use two spoons or two forks to gently nudge a hole in the center of each wreath, shaping and flattening slightly with the utensils.

4. Press a few Red Hots or mini M&M’s onto each wreath like holly berries. Pull off a length of red licorice and twist into a loose bow with long streamers. Place on the front of each wreath, pressing down into the cornflakes to make the bow stick. Cool completely before moving the wreaths. Store 3 to 4 days, tightly covered in tins or a plastic cake container. If stacking, separate layers with waxed paper.

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