This Cornflake Christmas Wreath may be considered pedestrian, but so many people love this cookie, as well as the fact that it adds such a pop of color to your Christmas Cookie tray, I make this every Christmas. And, if Rose Levy Berenbaum (author of The Cake Bible and my idol) feels it’s good enough to include in her book, Rose’s Christmas Cookies, then I am totally on point here.
I always questioned why I went to culinary school to get my Pastry Arts degree when rice krispie treats and cornflakes with melted marshmallows would beat out some of my best cookie creations. Oh well – give the people what they want.
And, I use a pair of tweezers (ones reserved for baking only) to place the cinnamon candies on. Saves me from becoming a complete green mess. I saw these cute ‘red pearls’ at the grocery store and thought they looked better than the red hot cinnamon candies, but, in the end, although I liked the look, the taste just isn’t as exciting. Take my advice and stick with the red hots.
One big watch out for those individuals who need to eat Gluten Free is that the major brand of Cornflakes (who will remain nameless) contains malt flavor. Malt comes from barley, which is a ‘forbidden’ ingredient on a gluten free diet. I’m sure you can find these gluten free cornflakes at a well-stocked grocery store or a local health food store, but I buy mine on-line.