Christmas recipes to add to the festivities

It’s time to begin planning for the holidays, and that includes the food! I went searching the old recipes in my family’s cookbook to find a new way to add Christmas cheer to the festivities we know and love.

~Holiday Wreaths~

Photo by L.Cowan/Setonian.


  • 1/3 cup margarine
  • 1 package (10 ounces, about 40) regular marshmallows
  • Green food coloring
  • 6 cups crushed corn flakes cereal
  • Red cinnamon candies (or other red candies)
  • Frosting (optional)


In a large saucepan, melt margarine over low heat. Once fully melted, add marshmallows a handful at a time until all are fully melted. Remove from heat. Stir in green food coloring until satisfied with color pigment.

Add corn flakes one cup at a time, mixing thoroughly in between cups until all six are added.

Using a ¼ measuring cup coated with cooking spray, evenly portion the cooling mixture onto a non-stick foil surface. Shape into individual wreaths. Add cinnamon candies for decoration. Using a dot of frosting can help hold the candy in place.

Let sit on non-stick foil or surface for an hour and then enjoy!

Yield: about 16 wreaths

~Jell-O Milkshakes~

Photo by L.Cowan/Setonian.


  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 package (4-serving size) Jell-O gelatin
  • 1 pint softened vanilla ice cream

*This recipe works with or without a blender. I used a whisk.

** Any flavor will work. For this, I used blue raspberry, strawberry and chocolate.

***The chocolate pudding gelatin required 2 cups of milk.

****Lactose free milk and ice cream can be substituted.

Photo by L.Cowan/Setonian.


Pour 1 cup of milk into blender or 2 quart batter bowl. Add the package of gelatin powder and mix for about 30 seconds. Add ice cream and blend one minute longer.

For more intense colors, add similar colored food coloring.

Add toppings and a straw and enjoy!

Published By: Paige Parise

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