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Dec 16

Holly Bunches

Holly Bunches

As Will Ferrell says in the movie Elf, “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is by singing loud for all to hear.” The second best way (which he somehow failed to mention) is probably to make these Holly Bunches. They’re so quick and easy to make and the results are fun, festive, adorable and delicious. I absolutely love the cinnamon flavor from the red hot candies mixed with the marshmallow-y goodness of the coating. It’s perfect. These are an ideal treat to bring to a holiday party or cookie exchange because they stand out on a buffet table and everyone loves them. I will warn you though – there’s food coloring in them, so you may end up with a green tongue after eating. It’s so worth it though. With so many decadent, calorie-laden foods being passed around this time of year, it feels good to whip up a treat that gives you the sweet & festive flavors you crave guilt-free.

Holly Bunches

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Holly Bunches

Yield: 36 bunches


½ cup (one stick) light butter
30 regular-sized (not mini) marshmallows
1 teaspoon green food coloring
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
4 cups cornflakes cereal
72 pieces red hot cinnamon candies


  1. Unroll some parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Bring the butter and marshmallows over medium-low heat in a large pot, stirring constantly until melted. When melted, remove from heat.
  3. Add food coloring and vanilla and mix thoroughly. Stir in corn flakes until thoroughly coated.
  4. Drop the mixture by generous tablespoons onto the prepared parchment paper, making 36 piles. On each holly bunch, stick two cinnamon candies on top. Let the bunches cool for at least 30 minutes.

Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints:
2 per bunch (SP calculated using the recipe builder on

Weight Watchers Points Plus:
2 per bunch, 3 for 2 bunches (P+ calculated using the recipe builder on

Nutrition Information per bunch:
50 calories, 9 g carbs, 5 g sugars, 1 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 0 g protein, 0 g fiber (from

slightly adapted from Mr. Food

Holly Bunches


9 Responses to “Holly Bunches”

  1. #
    kimbalika — December 16, 2012 @ 5:42 am

    We made these as kids (many years ago). But we formed them into wreaths. They were adorable!

  2. #
    Brandi — December 16, 2012 @ 2:01 pm

    I love these! Haven’t made them in forever though. 😉

  3. #
    Millie Snyder — December 16, 2012 @ 5:43 pm

    How far in advance can you make them? How do you store them?

  4. #
    hotspicyandskinny — December 16, 2012 @ 7:51 pm

    Wow! I’ve never seen these before. They are so pretty.

  5. #
    Marilyn @ Lipgloss and Spandex — December 16, 2012 @ 11:23 pm

    These look so cute and sound delicious! I would have a hard time not eating them ALL…

  6. #
    Elizabeth — December 17, 2012 @ 1:39 pm

    yum! great holiday cookies…very festive!

  7. #
    capybara recipes — December 21, 2012 @ 10:38 am

    Very creative! Love to make some on that on our Christmas party! Totally fabulous!

  8. #
    موسوعة الطبخ — January 10, 2013 @ 9:04 pm

    very nice thank you so much =)

  9. #
    Kim — November 25, 2014 @ 10:10 am

    Just a note that this is not vegetarian due to the marshmallows (contain gelatin), though if you substitute with vegetarian marshmallows (not sure if there are mini ones easily available), that should work.

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