Cookie Baking Day 8: All over but the eatin’

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I took this afternoon to finish up two, final items for our big cookie party. Today was a candy day. This actually made a lot easier as it takes much less time to assemble candies than it does to bake cookies.

Cornflake Christmas Holly

These were called Christmas Wreaths in the original recipe (which has since gone offline), but I prefer to make them as Christmas Holly, as it is a lot less work in the final, forming step.

Cornflake Christmas Holly

Cornflake Christmas Holly Cornflake Christmas Holly

Cornflake Christmas Holly


  • 24-36 paper cupcake cups
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 3 cups marshmallows (miniatures melt more easily)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons liquid green food coloring (this seems like a lot, but it gives a nice dark color)
  • I tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 cups cornflakes
  • Cinnamon red-hot candies


  • Prepare cupcake cups on cookie sheet by separating and laying them out individually
  • Melt butter and marshmallows slowly in large pan
  • Once melted, remove from heat and add vanilla and food coloring
  • Stir to distribute color
  • Add Cornflakes
  • Mix thoroughly until all cornflakes are covered
  • Working quickly, as mixture will start to set, spoon on by heaping teaspoon into prepared cupcake cups
  • As quickly as possible, add 3 cinnamon red-hot candies to each cup (adds look of holly berries)
  • Store in air-tight container


Peppermint Reindeer Feed

I came across the simple recipe on and wanted to add it as something new this year. It takes minutes to make yet offers up a lot in flavor, crunch and presentation.

Peppermint Reindeer Feed

Peppermint Reindeer Feed


Recipe: Peppermint Reindeer Feed


The rest of my day has been spent cleaning (Ok, really just re-arranging) my desk and putting away all my supplies and equipment from the last week. Our wonderful cleaner is coming tomorrow do make things look spic and span for the party, so I need to have all my stuff out of the way. I am always amazed at what she can accomplish in a few hours.

On the day of the party I will prepare my Super Secret Christmas Chili in the morning, so it has time to slowly cook and meld all day and also prepare the Pandoro Christmas Tree Cake with Limoncello whipped cream mentioned earlier. This has to be assembled the day of the party of it can get too soggy. After that, I usually end up sitting a lot during the party and talking. A perfect end to another great cookie baking season!


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