Corn Flake Bird Nests

Corn Flake Bird Nests

My sister and I are a little over two years apart in age. She’s also a teacher and lives in Maine. For the most part, my sister and I got along really well growing up. I looked up to her for guidance and we have many inside jokes, which have carried over into our adulthood. It’s weird to think I’m considered an adult these days…gosh.

There were the occasional fights though. I’m bringing it back to 2002. Yes. I was 11 years old and my sister was 13. We were HUGE American Idol fans that year because it was new and Kelly Clarkson was a pop goddess. The night of the finale came and right before it aired, Emily and I got into a huge fight. Screaming ensued followed by the punishment of bed before the finale. EARTH SHATTERING, MY FRIENDS. I probably cried my 6th grade heart out that night. Kelly won (spoiler alert for those of you who were unaware)! I don’t think we ever forgave each other for that fight. Our “Moment Like This” was not like Kelly’s at all.

Emily and I also fight over dessert. Not any dessert in particular, but my Auntie Nancy’sย special Christmas Corn Flake Wreaths. Every year at Christmas, Auntie Nancy sends us a small box of cookies with buckeyes, sugar cookies, gingerbread men, and corn flake wreaths. My sister and I used to race to the box in order to snag these wreaths. Nowadays, I consider myself more of a sharer, so I, in my adult maturity, always wait until she gets home to share the cookies with her…even if it means only getting one wreath.

This past Christmas, I decided to learn how to make the wreaths and surprised my sister with a dozen of them. Similar to the rice crispy treat, these corn flake wreaths are made with marshmallows, butter, and cereal. Easy-peasy. They do make a mess with your hands, so you have to make sure to spray your fingers with baking oil before you shape them. I learned this the hard way, folks.

Like most normal people, I get cravings for certain foods at inconvenient times of the year. Just yesterday, my boyfriend and I were laying down watching Jeopardy and I blurted out, “I really want Cotton Candy.” He looked at me and laughed; then he informed me that there are no fairs or baseball games in Connecticut in March. Let’s bring back March Fairs! And Cotton Candy! And Christmas Corn Flake Wreaths!

Most people would probably laugh at me if I brought them a Christmas Corn Flake Wreath in March…So I’m revamping these babies and turning them into birds nests. Why the hang not? Now, I can sing to my corn flake bird’s nest, “Since You’ve Been Gone!”






Corn Flake Bird Nests


  • 5 cups marshmallows
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 3 cups cornflakes
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 30 egg shaped candies (Cadbury Minis or Robinโ€™s Eggs)


  1. In a large sauce pot on medium-high heat, melt butter completely.
  2. When butter melts, add marshmallows to pot and turn heat down to medium. Stir continuously until marshmallows become soft and sticky. Add vanilla, cinnamon, and cocoa. Stir until all marshmallows are melted and spices/extract are incorporated completely.
  3. Remove marshmallow mixture from heat. Pour in cornflakes and stir vigorously. The cornflakes will be VERY sticky.
  4. Spray muffin tin with baking spray. Make sure you also coat fingers with spray. With hands, mold cornflake mixture into muffin tins. The cornflake mixture should almost fill each muffin tin. This recipe will make approximately nine cornflake nests.
  5. Roll parchment paper onto cookie sheet. Flip muffin tin upside down and remove cornflake molds. With hands, shape cornflakes into a nest shape. Let sit for several minutes. Add decorations of your choice such as mini eggs or peeps.
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Written by Miss Scrambled Egg

Erin is the author of Miss Scrambled Egg. She is a barista, teacher, and blogger. She is slightly overwhelmed by the sight of carrot cake and Bernese Mountain Dogs.

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