Holly Wreath Cookies

Thanks to Donna for doing a virtual cookie swap. How much fun is that?
Anyone can join including you, so go check it out.

I am honored to be her first feature
with a long-standing family tradition cookie called
Holly Wreath Cookies.

Oh the memories of buttered up hands and brothers grabbing all the red hots first.
I don’t know how my mom put up with all of us.

Before I give you the recipe, let me direct you to Donna’s funniest recent blog post about what not to ask black people. Donna is black just in case you were wondering what makes her the expert.

Here is the recipe for those of you who like your cookies made from dirty little fingers.

Holly Wreath Cookies

1 Cube Real Butter
1 Bag Large Marshmallows
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
1/2 tsp Almond Extract
6 cups corn flakes
Lots of green food coloring
Red Hots if desired

First make sure you grease a few large pieces of wax paper prior to preparing cookies. We use Pam to spray the wax paper but mom always used butter or margarine.

In a large stock pot melt the butter. Add marshmallows, vanilla and almond extracts and stir until all marshmallows are melted. Be careful to not burn the mixture. Remove from heat and add green food coloring to bring mixture to a forest green color. It takes quite a bit but it definately looks better than avacado green when you use just a little.

When mixture is a good shade of green add the corn flakes. Fold the flakes into the mixture to avoid crushing the flakes. When flakes are sufficiently green scoop out approxiamtely 1 1/2 cups of flakes onto wax paper. Have kids rub their hands with butter and form the flakes into wreath shapes. Add red hots and let cool.



  1. Lori, they set up really nice, so I don't remember them being a mess when you eat them. They are a lot like rice krispy treats.

    However they are a mess when you make them. You have to form them when they are still somewhat hot and sticky…therefore the butter on the hands…it provides a barrier.

    My mom would just cover the whole table in wax paper.

  2. Your mom is so fun! How did she do all that she did with us crazy kids? and not worry or stress about the mess! haha I am thinking I want to make these but there is NO WAY I would let my kids grubby hands on them or even let them make a mess of the counter…. I am so OCD it sucks! I really need to learn how to let go a little and have some fun with my kids, maybe this is just the thing we need to do! Thank you Alice for reminding me! I think we will have to give it a go! Wish me luck! I will get the stuff today and do it this weekend. I love you!

  3. We are going to try this recipe for our story time treat at the library. I think the little one wants to make gingerbread men though so we may be smooshing the mixture into a mold instead. Green Holly Wreath Gingerbread Men?!?! Could be interesting.

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