Festive wreaths

A simple recipe to make tasty festive rings to give as gifts or use as decorations.

Ingredients

  • 200g miniature marshmallows
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
  • 125g cornflakes
  • Sprinkles to decorate

Method

  • In a generous sized pan melt the butter gently and add the marshmallows, stirring until both are smoothly combined.
  • Take the pan off the heat and stir in the almond and vanilla extracts.
  • Add the cornflakes, gently crushing and mixing well so they're all covered in the marshmallow mixture.
  • Pull out clumps of sticky cornflakes the size of a small satsuma, squish it down into a disc on the baking parchment, then make a hole in the middle to form a wreath shape, about 6cm in diameter. Of course, you can make any shape which you would prefer - you could make five little snowmen to support the counting rhyme activity, for example.
  • Once you have made two or three shapes, scatter them with the sprinkles before they start to dry, or else they will not stick.
  • Continue making more until all the cornflake mixture is finished.
  • Leave for about two hours to cool and firm up. Pop them into a cellophane bag to give them as presents, or thread a ribbon through them to use as decorations.