I love Christmas traditions. My family doesn’t have a too many, but the ones we have mostly include food — like beef soup and raspberry sherbet (and a debate about whether it’s sher-bet or sher-bert) on Christmas Eve, roasted lamb and kielbasy on Christmas Day, and lots of cookies throughout the season.
Some of my favorite cookies are Green Plastic Wreaths. There’s some family legend about how my aunt made them long ago and they were immaculate; we’ve been trying to get them to look like that ever since.
They aren’t plastic, and calling them wreaths is a stretch, but they are, indeed, very green. And very delicious. And very similar to Rice Krispie Treats. And very fun and messy to make.
green plastic wreaths
40 large marshmallows
1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 t green food coloring
1 t vanilla
4 c cornflakes
Melt margarine with marshmallows in saucepan.
Remove from heat.
Add vanilla and food coloring.
Mix into cornflakes.
Drop by teaspoonfuls onto wax paper. Shape into holly leaves (aka, blobs) or wreaths (aka, blobs with holes in the center). Decorate with cinnamon candies.
Cool. Store in refrigerator.