12 Days of Holiday Treats: Holiday Joys

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Holiday Joy Treats on a black serving tray.

Welcome to Day 8 of

The Twelve Days of Holiday Treats!

Once again, this year, from December 1st-12th I’ll post a new holiday treat recipe every day – inspiration for your holiday entertaining!

The recipes I’m sharing are small-er batch (as many of us will still be attending/ hosting smaller gatherings) – each recipe makes 1-dozen or a few more smaller-sized treats that are simple to prepare and that use everyday ingredients and equipment so hopefully you’ll be able to whip up any of these on a whim. Check out the treats from 2019, 2020 and 2021 at the bottom of this post too for more inspiration!

Today is a holiday take on an Australian childhood favourite – Honey Joys. These are the stuff of childhood birthday parties – Cornflakes, honey, butter and sugar baked in a slow oven – deliciously buttery and sweet but not-too-sweet they’re the sort of more-ish treat you tell yourself “just one more” 😉

I’ve changed things up a little by using Special K (! I KNOW – take away my Australian passport immediately!) and, of course, as a nod to the season, I added festive sprinkles. These come together so quickly and use items you most likely have on hand they are literally the best last-minute treat for the holidays!

Yield: 12

Holiday Joys

Holiday Joy Treats on a black serving tray.

A holiday take on an Australian classic!


  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon runny honey
  • 2 cups Special K or Cornflake-type cereal
  • Sprinkles!


  1. Preheat the oven to 300˚F (150˚C).
  2. Line a 12-cavity muffin pan with paper liners.
  3. Pour the cereal into a large mixing bowl.
  4. Melt the butter, sugar and honey in a small pot over medium-high heat until the butter is completely melted and the mixture is frothy.
  5. Pour the melted butter over the cereal and use a rubber spatula to mix until all the cereal is fully coated.
  6. Use a 3-tablespoon cookie scoop to portion out the mixture in the paper liners. Sprinkle with sprinkles.
  7. Bake at 300˚F (200˚C) for 10 minutes. Cool completely in the muffin pan before eating.

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These keep well in airtight containers at room temperature for a few days. But I bet you won’t be able to keep them for long 😉

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Check out the rest of 2022’s 12 Days of Holiday Treats:

Day 1: Chocolate Peppermint Creme Cups

Day 2: Chocolate-Dipped Wafer Cookies

Day 3: Gingerbread madeleines

Day 4: Funfetti Cookies

Day 5: Chocolate Sugar Cookies

Day 6: Coffee Financiers

Day 7: No-Bake Strawbery Cheesecake Cups

Day 8: Holiday Joys

Day 9: Holiday Spice Marmalade

Day 10: Soft Molasses Cookies

Day 11: Coconut Roughs

Day 12: Holiday Lights Jam Sandwich Cookies

Check out 2021’s 12 Days of Holiday Treats:

Day 1: Speculoos financiers

Day 2: Chocolate Dipped Orange Sugar Cookies

Day 3: Madeleines à la Clémentine

Day 4: Chocolate Hazelnut Thumbprint Cookies

Day 5: Sunbutter and Jam Chocolate Cups

Day 6: Hot Chocolate and Marshmallow Cookies

Day 7: Linzer Cookies

Day 8: Chocolate-Hazelnut Sandwich Cookies

Day 9: Choc-Mint Thumbprint Cookies

Day 10: Pailles (Puff Pastry and Jam Cookies)

Day 11: Strawberry Santa Hats

Day 12: Mulled Wine Jam

Check out 2020’s 12 Days of Holiday Treats:

Day 1: Rice Krispie Wreaths

Day 2: Cranberry Cheesecake Bars

Day 3: Peppermint Bark

Day 4: Orangettes

Day 5: Rocky Road Chocolate Crackle Slice

Day 6: Candy Cane Sugar Cookies

Day 7: Orange Pim’s

Day 8: Mendiants

Day 9: Chewy Chocolate Mint Crackle Cookies

Day 10: Apricot, Coconut and Cranberry “truffles”

Day 11: Chocolate, Cherry and Almond Brownies

Day 12: Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Check out 2019’s 12 Days of Holiday Cookies:

Day 1: Easy Three Ingredient Shortbread

Day 2: Jam Drops

Day 3: Chocolate Caramel Slice

Day 4: Melting Moments

Day 5: White Christmas

Day 6: Langues de Chat

Day 7: Chocolate Coconut Slice

Day 8: Cornflake Biscuits

Day 9: Rocky Road

Day 10: Honey Joys

Day 11: Rum Ball Truffles

Day 12: Giant Florentine Cookie (to share)


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