Holly Cookies

I’ve been making this easy recipe for Holly Cookies for many years!  Everyone loves them.

Holly Cookies Recipe - RecipeGirl.com

Yield: 2 dozen

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Holly Cookies

The kids love these cute little holly cookies- anything gooey and green! Their flavor is reminiscent of rice krispie treats.


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 30 large marshmallows
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons green food coloring
  • 3 1/2 cups corn flakes
  • red cinnamon candies


  1. In a large pot, melt the butter and marshmallows over medium heat, stirring constantly. Add the vanilla and food coloring. Stir in the corn flakes. Grease a spoon and drop spoonfuls of the mixture onto a greased cookie sheet, or vegetable oil sprayed wax paper. Place 3 red cinnamon candies on each bunch of "holly," pressing slightly so they stick.
  2. Let sit until they have cooled and set.
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14 Responses to “Holly Cookies”

  1. postedMay 7, 2012 1:45 PM

    My aunt used to make these every Christmas and we always called them corroded Corn Flakes! YUM!

  2. postedNov 25, 2012 3:56 PM
    Amy Boquist

    I have always shape the cornflakes into wreaths and called them wreath cookies..

  3. postedDec 5, 2013 11:44 AM
    Crystal Wright

    I’ve been eating these since kindergarten…and have been making them for years…they are one of my favorite cookies!

  4. postedDec 12, 2013 2:12 AM

    Love this idea – these would be great using any colour throughout the year!

  5. postedDec 24, 2013 8:38 AM

    When I added the vanilla and food coloring the consistency of the marshmallow/butter mixture thinned and they don’t seem to be holding up very well…Any advice?

    • postedDec 27, 2013 3:01 PM

      I’m not sure- did they end up setting after they cooled?

  6. postedDec 24, 2013 7:55 PM
    Taylor Clark

    The recipee calls for large marshmallows. This should say campfire marshmallows. I bought jumbo marshmallows on an unfulfilled quest for the ever elusive large marshmallows. This was incorrect. Be forewarned.

    • postedDec 27, 2013 2:59 PM

      I’m familiar with mini marshmallows and large (regular-sized marshmallows). I believe the jumbo marshmallows that they just started marketing in recent years are for S’mores.

  7. postedNov 17, 2016 8:20 PM

    My sons favorite!  I’m gonna surprise him this year!!  Thanks!

  8. postedDec 2, 2016 2:31 PM
    Jill Lauman

    Place in fridge to set. Then dip each cookie in fine baker’s sugar.
    Store in between layers of wax paper. Freezes well if you want to
    make ahead.

  9. postedDec 8, 2017 5:56 PM

    Need to substitute mini marshmallows for the large. Any suggestions? Thanks.

    • postedDec 9, 2017 12:46 PM

      1 Regular Marshmallow = 13 Miniature Marshmallows (OR) 8 Regular Marshmallows = 1 cup mini marshmallows

  10. postedJan 20, 2018 2:42 PM

    Tried making these. Followed it to the letter and waited a bit for them to dry – they’re hard as rock for some reason. What did I do wrong?

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