Holly Cookies

Every Christmas we go to my Aunt Connie’s house for a huge Christmas feast. Lots of family and LOTS of food! She’s the one who helped us with our homemade ravioli post. She definitely knows her way around the kitchen. Anyways, Christmas Eve is at my parents house, so by Christmas day we’ve been gorging for 2 days and our stomachs have expanded nicely. Bring on the cookies. Aunt Connie makes TONS of Italian cookies each Christmas, and although I doubt these are Italian…they are my absolute favorite! I think I eat every Holly Cookie she makes every single year. She makes another kind that I also really love. I’ll find out what it’s called and maybe we’ll post it next year, if she gives us the recipe! I don’t even know what’s in it…I think orange zest?? I have no idea, but they’re my second favorite Christmas Day cookie. :)

This year Kara and I tried the Holly Cookies ourselves. While discussing how to melt marshmallows we realized neither of us has ever made rice krispie treats before. Isn’t that crazy? So even though these turned out just as delicious as I remember, we were total amateurs and scrambled to form the cookies and put the candies on before they hardened. Think I love Lucy working at the candy factory. That was us…red hair and all.

After we had made 30 or so Holly Cookies we gave up and I spooned the rest of the buttery, marshmallowy, corn flake mixture into my mouth. It was amazing.

Here’s what you’ll need

Melt butter in a saucepan

Once the butter is melted add the marshmallows and stir until completely melted

Remove from heat and stir in food coloring

This color looks good

Now add the corn flakes

Motion shot. Stir until the corn flakes are well coated

Work quickly to form them and add the candies. Having 2 people is helpful. Ew you can see my bare feet in this pic!

These are really cute cookies to garnish your Christmas cookie platters with.

Holly Cookies
Yields 30
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  1. 1 stick butter
  2. 1 10-ounce bag marshmallows (we used regular size marshmallows)
  3. 1 teaspoon green food coloring
  4. 6 cups corn flakes
  5. 3 red cinnamon candies per cookie, for decorating
  1. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment or wax paper. Set aside.
  2. Melt butter in a large saucepan over low heat. Add the marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat and stir in food coloring. Add the corn flakes and stir until well coated.
  3. Drop spoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheets. Decorate with cinnamon candies quickly before they set. Let them sit for a few hours to harden. Store in a single layer in an airtight container.
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  1. says

    My grandma used to make these cookies every year–they were my absolute favorite! I still miss them–I love how the cornflakes get a little bit soft if you let the cookies sit for too long. :) Thanks for bringing back some good holiday memories!

  2. theladymagic says

    Just thought this might help, if you only have one set of hands, or working with little people with little hands. Cut the recipe in half and do two batches. That way you don’t have to hurry so fast, and you can get the batches more uniform. Hope that helps!

  3. Estelle says

    HI – how much is a stick of butter ?? (weight?) In Australia we don’t get sticks of butter – but whole blocks in either 250g or 500g ! Thanks

  4. Christy Bergeron says

    My daughter & I made this adorable cookies today. They were easy for her to make & too cute. Thanks for sharing the recipe!


    I make these cookies every year. They really decorate a plate of cookies. Some people do not like red hots, so I use red gummy bears and cut them in pieces. I also make them in the shape of wreaths. You definitely need 2 people to make them. This is definitely a favorite in my family.

  6. ntaylor says

    I’ve made these for more years than I like to remember. They are cute, fast, easy and fun, especially when you have little fingers helping (I’ve had two generations of helpers, looking forward to the third). I sometime switch the color combination using red food coloring and green candies on top.

  7. says

    Very pretty for Christmas. Too late for this year but hopefully will bake for next Christmas. Son is going to America in the New Year and I will ask him to get a bag of the Cinnamon Imperials. Have never seen them in Ireland.
    Thank you for recipie and thanks to Aunt Connie/


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