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emily m. danforth's Christmas Holly Cookies



emily m. danforth's Christmas Holly Cookies

We’ve been reading and discussing THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST – our book club pick for November written by emily m. danforth. To celebrate, emily has written us a few recipes inspired by her book. Earlier this month, we posted the recipe for Strawberry Pretzel Salad and now we have a recipe for Christmas Holly Cookies – just in time for the holiday season!
Here’s what emily has to say about the cookies . . . and of course – the recipe!
“It’s no secret (if you’ve read the book) that Cam’s grandmother has quite the sweet tooth and she’s always very happy to share her concoctions. While it was hard just choosing one of her goodies from the novel, I finally decided on the Christmas Cornflake Holly Cookies. She brings them when she comes to pick up Cam after Cam’s first semester away at God’s Promise. On page 338 (upon opening a tin her grandmother hands her):
‘It was filled with those cornflake holly wreaths you make with lots of butter and marshmallows and green food coloring, three Red Hots atop each. They were all stuck together, despite Grandma’s best efforts. By the time Lydia and Ruth joined us, we all had Grinch green-tinted front teeth.’
We love these cookies at my house. In fact: my wife loves them so much that we made her a “cake” out of them for her last birthday. (She does not like the red hots and we eschewed them for her birthday version, rendering them basically just rice krispy treats but made with cornflakes instead.) I mean, you can make them for any holiday, really, just by changing the shade of the food coloring and what you call them—but for me they’ll always be holly cookies.”


emily m. danforth's Christmas Holly Cookies Recipe via
1 tsp. vanilla extract (I always add a bit extra)
1/2 tbsp. green food coloring (or more—we like ours very, very green and it really does take a lot of food coloring to make them so)
1 stick butter
1 bag marshmallows (I prefer the large, Jet-Puffed variety, but go your own way, kid)
4 c. corn flakes
Red cinnamon candies (Red Hots)
1. Melt marshmallow and butter in pan over stovetop (stirring frequently) or in large bowl in microwave.
2. Stir down after a few minutes.
3. Add vanilla or mint flavor and food coloring.
4. Gently stir in corn flakes while marshmallow mix is hot.
5. Drop onto greased wax paper (this step is crucial).
6. Before they cool too much, form into “clumps” or actual wreaths if you move fast. (I never do—so mine just look like clumps. It’s best to spray your hands with some PAM or coat with butter before handling this very sticky mixture.)
7. Place 3 Red Hots atop each cookie before they cool.
If you make these cookies or the strawberry pretzel salad, snap a photo and upload it to the book page here! Join in The Miseducation of Cameron Post discussion on the forums!

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