Christmas Cornflake Cookies
A fun no bake Christmas cookie that is guaranteed to be a hit with the peanut butter lovers in your life, these Christmas Cornflake Cookies take less than 20 minutes to whip up, making them the perfect last-minute recipe for cookie exchanges or Christmas gifting.
Christmas Cornflake Cookies Recipe
I love classic or nostalgic recipes. The kind that bring back memories of long-ago get-togethers, parties, or special memories whipping them up in the kitchen with family.
Even if it’s a recipe I never made as a child, there’s something about these types of recipes that draws me to them and makes me want to incorporate them into my daughter’s childhood memories by baking them with her and then sitting down to enjoy one with a mug of hot chocolate or a big glass of milk.
These Cornflake Cookies are a simple no-bake cookie that combines the crunch of Cornflake cereal with a peanut butter candy coating for a sweet, crunchy-yet-chewy treat that is perfect for any peanut butter fan.
I have a hard time staying away from these peanut butter cornflake cookies when we have them in the house… I’m always looking for excuses to sneak into the kitchen and grab one.
You do have to move fast once you mix the cornflakes into the peanut butter mixture so that it doesn’t harden, but there are still plenty of ways to get the kids involved! Ella helped measure out all of the ingredients into the saucepan before I placed it on the heat, and then as I quickly scooped the candy-coated cornflakes onto our baking tray, she was in charge of adding the festive sprinkles.
These cookies are incredibly versatile and you can change up the recipe according to your personal preferences:
- add some melted chocolate chips for a peanut butter-chocolate twist
- add food coloring for bright pop of color
- add in chopped nuts for added crunch and salt
- drizzle white chocolate or candy melts overtop for a fancy touch
How to store Peanut Butter Cornflake Cookies: store in an airtight container at room temperature for a few days, or in the fridge for up to a week. While some people have reported that they have frozen and thawed out the cookies with no issues, I find that freezing and thawing makes them a bit soggy which I don’t enjoy.
Can I use natural peanut butter to make cornflake cookies? You will need to use a commercial peanut butter for best results (texture and flavor) for this recipe. Natural peanut butters can vary in oil content and the candy coating may not set if you opt for natural peanut butter.
Can I swap out the corn syrup for honey or maple syrup? I haven’t tried this but it should work out fine.
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These cookies all share a few things in common:
- They are easy enough for the kids to help make
- They require no special ingredients requiring visits to 5 different grocery stores
- They are Christmas classics that everyone will be excited to see at the Cookie Exchange
- And they are delicious!
To make your holiday baking even easier, we’ve included several tips to ensure the best results so you can just focus on having fun with your kids and trust that these cookies will turn out perfectly, every time.
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Christmas Cornflake Cookie Ingredients
Scroll down to the printable recipe card for full measurements.
Tip: add chocolate chips or drizzle chocolate overtop for a peanut butter-chocolate twist.
Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Wooden Spoon or Spatula <– I like these spatulas because they are one solid piece and don’t have removable heads for bacteria to get trapped underneath. Plus they are heat-resistant and have a lifetime warranty.
- Cookie Sheet <– you will want two so you can bake one tray while the other is cooling
- Parchment paper or Silicone Baking Mats
- Cookie scoop
How to Make No Bake Cornflake Cookies
Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.
In a large saucepan, combine the white sugar, corn syrup and peanut butter over medium heat.
Stir often until the peanut butter mixture comes to a boil.
Continue boiling for 2 minutes, stirring frequently, then remove from heat and immediately stir in the cornflakes.
Use a cookie scoop to portion out the cornflake mixture in 2-3 tablespoons sized cookies onto the prepared baking mats. Work quickly as the mixture will start to set up and harden.
After portioning out all of the cookies, garnish with Christmas sprinkles.
Let set for 1-2 hours before storing or serving.
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Christmas Cornflake Cookies
A no bake Christmas cookie that is guaranteed to be a hit at your cookie exchange or Christmas parties. These Christmas Cornflake Cookies take less than 15 minutes to whip up and are the perfect crunchy, chewy and sweet treat for peanut butter fans.
- 1 cup Sugar
- 1 cup Corn Syrup
- 1 cup Peanut Butter
- 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
- 6 cups Cornflakes
- 1/4 cup Christmas Sprinkles
- Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.
- In a large saucepan, combine the white sugar, corn syrup and peanut butter over medium heat.
- Stir often until the peanut butter mixture comes to a boil.
- Continue boiling for 2 minutes, stirring frequently, then remove from heat and immediately stir in the cornflakes.
- Use a cookie scoop to portion out the cornflake mixture in 2-3 tablespoons sized cookies onto the prepared baking mats. Work quickly as the mixture will start to set up and harden.
- After portioning out all of the cookies, garnish with Christmas sprinkles.
- Let set for 1-2 hours before storing or serving.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 129Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 83mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 1gSugar: 16gProtein: 2g
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I hope your kids love getting to help you make (and eat) these cookies as much as mine did!
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Take less than 20 minutes to whip up making them the perfect last-minute recipe for cookie exchanges or Christmas gifting.