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Holly Cookies

Holly Cookies

Holly Cookies

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Holly Cookies
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Course: Drop Cookies, No-Bake CookiesDifficulty: Easy



Corn flakes coated with green-tinted marshmallow make a festive and convincing bouquet of holiday holly. These can also be formed into nests for Easter*.


  • 1/2 cup butter

  • 3 cups miniature marshmallows

  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 teaspoon green food color

  • 4 cups corn flakes cereal

  • red hot candies, red mini M&Ms, and/or silver dragées


  • Melt butter, add marshmallows, stirring until all marshmallows are melted.
  • Add extracts and food coloring; stir until it is a uniform green color.
  • When mixture is smooth, add corn flakes; mix well but gently so as not to crush the cornflakes.
  • Form into 3″ mounds on sheets of waxed paper, decorate with red cinnamon candies or red mini M&Ms and/or silver dragées. Let cool.


  • * For Easter Nests: use 1/2 teaspoon of green food coloring for a light green, or try other spring colors such as light blue or light pink. Form each cookie into a nest shape (round with an indentation in the middle) and top with small jelly beans to be the eggs in the center of the nest.


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I had a different recipe a while back for Holly cookies. I couldn’t find my old recipe so I happened upon this recipe, and we made these for friends and family for gifts, We received raving reviews!!! So, I thought I would just put it out there that this is one recipe, worth keeping for sure!!!
- The best holly cookies ever!!

Just finished making 2 dozen of these beauties came out perfect and taste great..I used red sugar on top..Very simple even for a auto mech..
- A Baker

I love these! So colorful and tasty. I kept the hot candies out, though. I used red smarties in it's place.
- Millie Zeiler?in Saskatchewan

I made these 'cookies' and they were a complete failure. I have rechecked the recipe and I didn't leave anything out. They would NOT stick together. I thought after they cooled, maybe they would be stuck together. But they never did. They were just green piles that could not be picked up. I threw them in the garbage as I was planning on taking them to a party but knew no one could eat them without a spoon or fork...I also threw the recipe away....
- Keta in Alabama

The trick to making them stick is keeping the mix on the heat and keep stirring till you put them directly on the waxed paper :)
- Amanda in VA

These have a good taste. Mine were not as green as the picture shows. But we still enjoyed them.
- Kim S

it is a very good cookie to gige to family and thats why im making them because that is my present to family
- A Baker

I would add more marshmallows or decrease the corn flakes, as mine didn't look as 'well coated' as the photo.
- Allison in Michigan

FABULOUS and so easy! Big hit at the office cookie exchange.
- Lisa in KY

Gorgeous!!! I love these so much. A great hit at my Christmas party!
- A Baker

I make these almost every year, but have never done it with the extracts in them. May have to try it this year. Also since there are lots of little kids in the family I've opted to use skittles instead of the cinnamon candy, plus it gives a little bit of color to it.
- A Baker

My family has been making these for years. We just love them! We form ours into a circular shape and call it a wreath.
- Cornflake Wreath in Colorado

made them but they had no flavor and didn't seem to form properly. didn't harden right. Going to try once more as I think they are a adorable idea. Thinking maybe used a hair too much food coloring not sure if that would've caused the difference
- A Baker
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