Christmas Cookies – Day 1

When I was growing up my mom, sisters and I would spend an entire day every year baking Christmas cookies. We made dozens of several different varieties, and once everything was baked we’d assemble cookie plates for our aunts, uncles, grandparents and friends.

Now that I have my own little family I am continuing the tradition. However, with two little ones getting into everything it is impossible to devote a day to this holiday task. So, we are making one batch per day, starting with one of my absolute favorites: Cornflake Wreathes. Similar to rice krispy treats, these cookies require no baking and always look so festive on a cookie tray.

As a Homemade Mother, it is my responsibility and pleasure to help my kids feel comfortable and capable in the kitchen. Small tasks like dropping marshmallows into a stock pot and measuring corn flakes are building the foundation.

Evelyn was quite interested in the process this morning, and she was very helpful, too.

Mack seemed to like watching us from his high chair. He kept busy playing “So Big!”

Cornflake Wreathes

6 tablespoons butter
2 bags marshmallows
Green food dye
10 cups cornflakes
Red M&Ms or red cinnamon candies

Melt butter over medium-low heat in a large stock pot. Add marshmallows and stir constantly until melted and smooth. Add several drops of green food dye and stir well until color is even and uniform. Add cornflakes and stir until all flakes are coated.

Rub butter or spray some oil on hands. Once cornflake mixture has slightly cooled, shape into wreathes and place on parchment paper. Press red candies onto wreathes. Cool and serve to the ones you love.

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