Holly Christmas Cookies

Holly Christmas Cookies

122 Reviews 5 Pics
  • Prep

    15 m
  • Cook

    10 m
  • Ready In

    1 h 25 m
Heather Dolan
Recipe by  Heather Dolan

“We've been making these cookies for years. They are colorful, festive, and delicious.”

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Original recipe yields 3 dozen



  1. In a saucepan over low heat, melt together the marshmallows, butter, vanilla, and food coloring. Mix in the cornflakes cereal.
  2. Drop by spoonfuls on wax paper, and decorate with red hots. Set aside, and allow to cool.

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These cookies are really cute and festive, but there are some things you should know if you are going to make them. First of all - use a 10 oz package of marshmallows - NOT 16 oz (the first time I made them I had goopy marshmallow everywhere - 10 oz was perfect.) AND - DON"T use wax paper to put them on while they set up - very difficult to remove. Instead, use a regular cookie sheet sprayed with pam or greased with shortening. Good luck!



We have been making these "cookies" since I was a kid. It's really a matter of trial and error. If you can't make them the right way the first time - try adjusting the ingredients a bit. If they are too sloppy - try cutting down on the butter. (Or add more Marshmallows) use BUTTER - NOT MARGARINE if you want them to come out the right way. If they come out too hard, add more butter or don't cook as long. (They almost come out "candied" if you cook too long.) We don't "drop" these cookies - I use WELL buttered fingers to shape them quickly into Wreaths. you decorate with the Red hots to decorate the Wreath. I put them in all my gift baskets for the Holidays and I actually get requests now for them. Another note to remember - Do NOT put the red hots on with buttery fingers. They will fall off the Wreaths. But you have to get them on before the cookie cools, or they will fall off as well. Having a 2nd pair of hands is Great for this. Also, be careful - this stuff is VERY HOT when working with it. Don't Burn yourself.



These cookies always make a holiday cookie plate look festive. I make mine into wreaths by putting a tablespoon of the mixture on waxed paper sprayed with Pam. Then I wet my hands to form the wreaths. I find that works better than putting butter on my hands.

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Amount Per Serving (18 total)

  • Calories
  • 164 cal
  • 8%
  • Fat
  • 5.2 g
  • 8%
  • Carbs
  • 29.8 g
  • 10%
  • Protein
  • 1 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol
  • 14 mg
  • 5%
  • Sodium
  • 108 mg
  • 4%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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