Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Holly Wreaths - Quick and Simple Idea for Gifts, Holiday Gatherings, and Cookie Exchanges!

 If you are anything like me (and if you are lucky- you are NOT), you are frantically running around shopping, wrapping, planning and attending to the last minute details of the holidays.

If you are looking for something different this year, try this very simple, very festive treat!

Holly Wreaths

 Pictured here on a platter but given as a gift, try buying festive paper plates- the wreath is the perfect size and can fit inside a gallon ziploc storage bag.  

This is the PERFECT solution for:

Teacher Gifts
Cookie Exchange Parties
Bus Driver/Postal Carrier Gifts
Holiday Parties

What you need:

Corn Flakes Cereal
1/4 Cup Salted Butter
Package of Large Marshmallows
Green Food Coloring
Cinnamon Imperials (aka Red Hots)

You will want a good amount of waxed paper on your counter ready to go

Warm the marshmallows and butter on the stove, be sure to be constantly stirring.  Once liquid- add 4-5 drops of food coloring.  Mix Well.  Add in 6-8 cups of corn flakes.  This is the tough part, mix and mix mix some more all while hot.  The more you work it, the better the syrup will cover the flakes.

This would be a good time to utilize an assistant (the tinier the fingers, the better).  Drop blobs of the mixture onto wax paper, quickly add 2-3 cinnimon imperials per "blob".  It helps to keep butter handy for your (CLEAN) fingers to keep from sticking to everything. 

Once cool, you can plate them as is or create wreaths by plating them in a circle.  I buy the red packaging bows to add a little flair when I plate them as wreaths.

And it's as simple as that!  Fast, easy and inexpensive.  These have always been a huge hit at cookie exchanges and as gifts if you need something small.

Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday season!

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