Holly Leaf You Can Eat : Holly Leaf Cookie Recipe

holly leaf for santaThis is one of my favorite shrubs in the garden that I can’t grow but I can bake!  In today’s post, I share a little history of the holly leaf cookie and the recipe.

Holly Leaf Cookie Recipe

This recipe has been in my family since I was a little girl.  The first time I made this was in the late ’70s with my father.  This tasty treat is a lot like the rice crispy only it uses corn flakes.  Over the years it has become a challenge to find the red hot candies at the grocery store so I am sure to stock up when I find them.  I hope you will use the print option on this page and make this holly leaf cookie a tradition in your home.

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Holly Leaf You Can Eat


  • 1 (16 ounce) package large marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons green food coloring
  • 5 cups cornflakes cereal
  • 1 package cinnamon red hot candies


  1. In the Microwave at 50% heat - melt together the marshmallows, butter, vanilla, and food coloring.
  2. Carefully mix in the 5 cups of corn flakes.
  3. Drop by spoonfuls on wax paper.
  4. Decorate with red hots. Set aside, and allow to cool.

I’ve been making this delicious low-fat treat since before I could see over the kitchen counter.  I hope you will try these and make it a tradition in your home just as it has been in ours for the past few decades.

Note: I usually find the red hots needed in this recipe in the ‘old people ‘ candy section.  They will store forever in an airtight container.  Sounds kind of gross to keep those candy treats forever but once you try them you will understand.

Another trip I use when making these is to coat my hands with soft butter.  That way when I am shaping the Holly Leaf Cookie the green food coloring doesn’t stick to my hands.  No one wants to be the green monster ( with colored hands) for the holidays.  However, as far as your lips and teeth being colored green you are on your own!

 Let’s Connect

I would love to hear from you and what you are baking up this Holiday Season.  In conclusion please add a comment below and I will be sure to respond as soon as possible.

Happy Baking,

5 thoughts on “Holly Leaf You Can Eat : Holly Leaf Cookie Recipe”

  1. Thank you for the recipe…great for kids to do!!

    Merry Christmas !!
    Wishing you and your loved ones peace, health,
    and happiness in the coming New Year.

  2. Great share, Bren! These are one of my favorite cookies too! I haven’t made them in forever. Printing off the recipe now to add to my collection. Thanks!


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