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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. To view your WW PersonalPoints for this recipe and track it in the WW app or site, click here!

Holly Bunches

Holly Bunches
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Holly Bunches

Holly Bunches are easy to make and a fun holiday treat!


  • 8 tablespoons 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


  • Unroll some parchment paper and set aside.
  • Bring the butter and marshmallows over medium-low heat in a large pot, stirring constantly until melted. When melted, remove from heat.
  • Add food coloring and vanilla and mix thoroughly. Stir in corn flakes until thoroughly coated.
  • 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.


To view your WW PersonalPoints for this recipe and track it in the WW app or site, click here!
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 myfitnesspal.com)
MyWW SmartPoints per (1 piece) serving: (SP calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)
Green: 2 SmartPoints/ Blue: 2 SmartPoints/ Purple: 2 SmartPoints
Weight Watchers Points Plus:
2 per bunch, 3 for 2 bunches (P+ calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)
slightly adapted from Mr. Food

Holly Bunches

11 comments on “Holly Bunches”

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

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

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

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

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

  6. yum! great holiday cookies…very festive!

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

  8. 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.

  9. I would love to make this for a Christmas party!4 stars

  10. I would love to make this for a Christmas party!5 stars

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