Monday, December 5, 2011

Cindy Lou Who Wreaths

This is pretty much a variation on the traditional corn flake/marshmallow treat recipe. It's from the Green Eggs & Ham Cookbook inspired by the great Dr. Seuss. Children of all ages love crafting these wreaths, to enjoy as a snack or to give as gifts (or both).

"Every Who down in Who-ville liked Christmas a lot...
But the Grinch, who lived just north of Who-ville, did NOT!...
But, whatever the reason, his heart or his shoes,
He stood there on Christmas Eve, hating the Whos,
Staring down from his cave with a sour, Grinchy frown
At the warm lighted windows below in their town.
For he knew every Who down in Who-ville beneath
Was busy now, hanging a mistletoe wreath."
(from "How the Grinch Stole Christmas")
I prefer them plain and "snowy-looking" but "my" kids thought the food coloring added pizzazz
  • 2 tsp butter (more for hands when fashioning wreaths)
  • 16 oz bag of marshmallows
  • 3 c cornflakes
  • 1/2 c dried cranberries 
  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Reduce heat to "low" and add marshmallows. 
  2. Stir until marshmallows are melted, approx. 10 minutes.
  3. Using a wooden spoon, stir cornflakes into the melted marshmallows.
  4. Spoon the cornflake mixture onto a sheet of waxed paper and let it stand until cool enough to handle (about 10 minutes).
  5. Take a large spoonful of the mixture and shape into a wreath about 2 1/2 inches in diameter, using buttered hands. Place on a clean sheet of waxed paper spread on a cookie sheet. Repeat until all wreaths are made. (if you give each children a clump of the mixture, they can each create their own, much to their delight!)
  6. Press a few dried cranberries onto each wreath. You can add a tiny bow if your children wish to make them as gifts. A little bell or other mini ornament can be hung from the middle for effect once it has cooled.
  7. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Add additional decorations if desired.
This makes about 12 wreaths.

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