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Holiday Spruce Cookies

These easy treats won first prize at our last cookie exchange for "prettiest and best tasting" cookie! They're fun to make, and your kids will like trimming them with red-hot candy ornaments.
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    2 dozen


  • 36 large marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons green food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 4 cups cornflakes
  • Red-hot candies
  • 12 Tootsie Roll Midgees, cut in half, optional


  • In a heavy saucepan, combine the marshmallows, butter, food coloring and almond extract; cook and stir over low heat until smooth. Remove from the heat; gently stir in cornflakes until well coated. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto waxed paper.
  • Using a 3-in. Christmas tree cookie cutter, shape into trees. Add red-hots for ornaments. Press a Tootsie Roll half into the base for tree trunk if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 85 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 73mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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  • mandycamps
    Dec 19, 2009

    This has too much almond flavor, maybe with 1/4 to 1/2 tsp it'd be better. It's virtually impossible to work with warm or even at room temp, we just ended up putting them in cupcake molds.

  • mochabelle
    Dec 16, 2009

    Make sure to grease up your fingertips because the mixture is stickier than expected and hard to manipulate. We scrapped the cookie cutter after the 2nd "cookie"; it was just easier to shape the tree by hand. My kids - ages 10, 8 and 4 - enjoyed decorating the trees, but quickly handed over the tree shaping responsibility to me. Very cute, but can't say I'd make these again.