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No-Bake Holly Cookies: Easy Kids Christmas Cookie Recipe

Recipe adapted from Kraft Recipes

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.

No-Bake Holly Cookies from The Cookie Elf

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 food coloring.

  • 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 leaves.”

Expect No- Bake Holly Cookies to be different shapes. They look natural that way!

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