No-Bake Holly Cookies: Easy Kids Christmas Cookie Recipe
Recipe adapted from
No-Bake Holly Cookies are an easy Christmas cookie recipe for
kids and a colorful addition to a Christmas cookie tray.
They are fun to make
and set quickly, too, so they are ready fast.
The cookies are a variation of traditional Rice Krispie
Treats, but this recipe substitutes corn flakes for rice cereal.
The corn flakes
imitate the leaves on a holly branch. Cinnamon candies mimic holly berries.
Prep time: 15 minutes
Setting time: 20-30 minutes
Makes about 30 cookies
1/3 cup butter or margarine
30 large marshmallows
1 teaspoon green food coloring (about 30-40 drops)
3 cups corn flakes
2 tablespoons small red cinnamon candies
Directions for No-Bake Holly Cookies
- Measure out 3 cups of corn flakes. Set aside.
- Set a large saucepan on the stove top. Place butter and
marshmallows in the pan. Turn heat onto low. Cook butter and marshmallows
together, stirring continually, until melted and smooth, about 3-4 minutes.
Stir in food coloring. Or place butter and marshmallows in a microwave-safe
bowl. Microwave on high at 30-second intervals, stirring after each interval,
until the mixture is melted and smooth when stirred, about 2 minutes, and then add
- Remove the mixture from the heat (or from microwave.) Use a
wooden spoon to add corn flakes in 2-4 additions, turning over the cereal
quickly to coat surfaces completely with each addition before the mixture gets
too sticky. Make sure all cereal is coated completely or some “holly leaves”
won’t be green.
- Use vegetable spray to coat surfaces of a small ice cream
scoop, cookie scoop, or kitchen teaspoon. Scoop rounded tablespoonfuls of the
cookie mixture onto the prepared baking sheets. Press 2 or 3 cinnamon candies
into the center of each cookie, mounding each one slightly.
- Allow the cookies to set either at room temperature or in
the refrigerator. Cut into bars. Store cookies loosely in an airtight container
with waxed paper in between layers.
Special Baking Tips for
No-Bake Holly Cookies
While a teaspoon of food coloring may seem like a large
amount, don’t skimp on it. The green marshmallow mixture appears intense in the
pan, but that color covers the yellow corn flakes. A lighter green marshmallow
mixture, colored with less than 20 drops of food coloring, loses its intensity
when combined with cereal and produces less-festive, brownish-greenish “holly
Expect No- Bake Holly Cookies to be different shapes. They look
natural that way!
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