Friday Faves and White Chocolate and Peppermint Christmas Wreath Cookies

by heidi on November 30, 2012

White Chocolate Peppermint Christmas Wreath Cookies from

Sensory overload and I love every minute of it.

Freshly cut pine boughs as you brush by the tree. Cinnamon and cloves gently lollying in a saucepan of hot apple cider. The overwhelming wall of perfume spritzers as you enter the department store. And hot deliciousness baking in the oven.

They’re the smells of Christmas.

Between creating homemade gifts for the neighbors and keeping up with Smudge’s cookie cutter creation requests, I’ll be baking up a storm this month.

Luckily I have plenty of recipe inspiration to keep the cookies coming. But I’ll also be churning out some of my family faves, the cookies my mom, sister and I used to create while dad spent the day watching a myriad of games on the old black and white.

White Chocolate Peppermint Christmas Wreath Cookies from

One of the easiest recipes we would whip up were the classic no-bake holiday wreath cookies with those little red hot berries. I never did like those berries, they were just too hard for my taste.

This year I did some updating to the recipe, making it creamier, mintier and chewier with my newly minted—DOH!—White Chocolate Peppermint Wreath Cookies. Just like Mr. Mac says, “I think you’re gonna like them.”

White Chocolate and Peppermint Christmas Wreath Cookies

Yield: Makes 20-22 cookies

White Chocolate and Peppermint Christmas Wreath Cookies


1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, plus one tablespoon at room temperature
1 10-ounce package of miniature marshmallows
1 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
2 teaspoons green food coloring
1 cup white chocolate chips
4 cups toasted rice or corn flake cereal
1/4 to 1/3 cup chewy cinnamon candies (such as Hot Tamales®) cut in half


  1. Prepare baking sheet with wax paper. Butter wax paper and set aside.
  2. In large saucepan or Dutch oven, melt 1/2 cup butter over medium heat. Add marshmallows and stir continuously until melted, scraping sides of pan so sugar crystals don’t form.
  3. Turn heat to low. Add peppermint extract and green food coloring and mix well. Add white chocolate chips and stir until melted. Add cereal and mix well until all cereal flakes are well coated.
  4. Coat hands with some of remaining tablespoon of butter. Take about 1/4 cup of cereal mixture and form wreath shapes on wax paper coated baking sheet. Decorate each wreath with 3-6 cinnamon candy halves, cut side down.
  5. Allow to cool for about an hour before serving. Store in an airtight container in single layers separated by wax paper or on baking sheet covered in plastic wrap for 4-5 days.

So let’s keep that holiday cheer rolling with a few Friday Faves, shall we?

1. The next issue of FoodieCrush, holiday style. Oh, it is so almost here. Stay tuned my fellow lovers of food bloggers.

2. Meeting new food bloggers left and right, hanging with my conference buddy Marian, praying my presentation file doesn’t go corrupt and that I’m not smiling at everyone with a chunk of food stuck in my teeth. Loving every minute of it at Mixed Conference with big Props to Paula and Susan for bringing together this lovely group.

3. You know how you see something on Pinterest, and you love it, but you KNOW it’ll be going on sale, but you’re not sure when and what if you totally miss out on it thanks to your dickering and debating? There’s a site for that. Hukkster. It’s like Pinterest but alerts you when your faves go on sale. I got it. You should too.

4. If you haven’t yet plotted and planned your holiday card, and you’re a fan of Instagram, this holiday card idea for delivering your message might be right up your jingle bell alley.

5. There are too many people who won’t have a warm coat this holiday season. Do your part, donate one today. via @DesoveUSA

6. Tim shares the secret to perfectly aerated wine thanks to a VERY unusual method. Since it involves wine paired with an electrical appliance aka power tool my husband was giddy to give it a try. It totally works. You gotta see this one. 

7. Ali wants to help us by deleting some of the wait time. So she shows us how to create a shortcut iPhone app of your favorite food blogs.

8. I. Want. This. Bag. In orange of course. Perfect for packing the computer through the airport.

9. Nothing says selflessness more than giving something from the heart. Except for something from the heart that was made in the kitchen. Aimee’s round-up of 20 DIY foodie gifts has you covered all the way from Hanukkah to New Years.

10. Speaking of Hanukkah, you don’t have to be Jewish to break out the dreidel and check out Tori’s amazingness in her latke-filled kitchen. Spoiler alert in a sing-songey voice: More of Tori’s fabness will be featured in the upcoming issue of FoodieCrush!!

Happy weekend to ya’ll!

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Posted in: desserts and sweets,friday faves,recipes

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Aimee @ ShugarySweets November 30, 2012 at 5:07 am

My aunt always makes wreath cookies for the holidays, yours are stunning! And they sound way more delicious too!
Can’t wait for the new mag to come out! I was really hoping to get to Mixed this year, now I’m having the regret that comes from not signing up! Next year!
Have a great day!


Abby@ The Frosted Vegan November 30, 2012 at 6:22 am

These are an awesome departure from santa and reindeer shaped cookies, love them!


Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom November 30, 2012 at 8:27 am

Your link on #6 is not working! :) I have to see it! :)

LOVE everything!!!!


heidi November 30, 2012 at 9:26 am

Fixed it! Check it out!


Karista @Karista's Kitchen November 30, 2012 at 8:58 am

These wreaths are just the cutest! Pinned :)


Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes November 30, 2012 at 11:17 am

How cute! Love it!


Becky @ Project Domestication November 30, 2012 at 11:34 am

I love those wreaths, and your updates sound perfect.
Love the link, totally checking out that Instagram card idea. I need to get mine done pronto.

PS – I bought Holiday Cookie Cravings, congrats on such a lovely eCookbook yet again!


Cassie | Bake Your Day November 30, 2012 at 2:10 pm

#5. Love it. Such a great thing to remember this winger. And the bag…yes, the bag!


Laura (Tutti Dolci) November 30, 2012 at 11:15 pm

Cute little wreaths!


Abby December 2, 2012 at 9:16 am

I never did like those little red hots. Any time I need a small red bite for decorating, I use the mini holiday M&Ms flipped upside down. Chocolate > spicy red hots.


JJ - 84thand3rd December 2, 2012 at 3:45 pm

Eeek I love these little wreaths! Have never seen anything like them, so funny how every family has their classics that others have never seen. Ours is Sicilian Cucidati cookies – it just isn’t Christmas without them :)


Wendy @ AMFT December 3, 2012 at 9:52 am

Love the wreaths….so cute! My kids would go crazy if I made those for them. :)


Rachel @ Baked by Rachel December 3, 2012 at 1:40 pm

I love the black and white reference. It’s so odd to think that kids these days will never experience something so simple. This is such a fun update on a classic recipe, love it! And btw, truly so awesome meeting you this weekend. Hope to see you again.


heidi December 4, 2012 at 10:05 am

And great meeting you! I hope our paths cross again in the not to distant future. In the meantime, there’s always the blogs to keep us in touch!


Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen December 6, 2012 at 7:08 am

I literally can’t stay away from these! I love your spin ♥


Aimee @ Simple Bites December 11, 2012 at 10:21 am

Thank so much for the shout out on my edible gifts! I always love your Friday faves. =) Happy Holidays, Heidi!


marla December 16, 2012 at 9:33 am

So cute! Will be linking back to this in my upcoming post :)


Catherine December 18, 2012 at 5:15 pm

Hi! I’m new to this blog! I LOVE wreath cookies – my fave from childhood. Would love to try your version. Is the recipe posted somewhere? I’m not seeing it here – maybe it’s somewhere obvious and I’m missing it for some reason, but they sure do look delicious.



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Jodie December 3, 2013 at 9:16 am

These look like a cute Christmas treat! Could you tell me where to find the recipe for them? Thanks!


Christine (CookTheStory) December 4, 2013 at 7:20 pm

I have fond memories of making Christmas wreaths when I was little. Your recipe sounds delicious, and ours never quite looked as good as yours.

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Tammy December 11, 2014 at 7:12 pm

I ran across your recipe for Peppermint Christmas Wreaths.
How do you form the wreaths? Any tips? (I am NO Betty Crocker).
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