Simple Honey Joys Recipe

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Simple, quick and delicious – doesn’t this sound like a perfect combination for your next snack adventure? You don’t have to be a gourmet cook to enjoy tasty homemade treats. This Australian treat has been enjoyed by generations. Get ready to impress your friends with this recipe for honey joys.

How to Make Honey Joys with Cornflakes

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When you first here the name of this sweet treat, you may think – a what? What is a Honey Joy? If it has honey in it – it must be good – right?

The term “cornflake cupcake” has been used to describe this snack. Simple, it is a mixture of cornflakes, sugar/honey and butter. It was part of a marketing campaign aimed at Australians as a unique way to use cornflakes.

Regardless of their origin or the words that you use to describe them, they are quick, easy and inexpensive to make.

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  • cornflakes
  • honey
  • coconut
  • sugar

Cornflakes: Kellogg’s Cornflakes are the cereal of choice for making honey joys. However, the store brand will work just fine as long as they are fresh.

Honey: Raw honey is always the best way to go but you can use a pasteurized product if you desire. With a shelf life of virtually forever, you will find many uses for honey in your home.

Sugar: Only a small amount of sugar is needed, most recipes suggestion a extra fine granulated sugar but the regular kind will work too.

Coconut: Shredded coconut adds a unique texture and flavor to this recipe for honey joys. However, if you don’t care for it or want to cut the calories further – you can omit the coconut.

Instructions for making honey joys recipe, mixing butter, honey and cornflakes and putting in tin.

Putting it All Together

Simplicity itself, this recipe almost makes itself. Assemble your ingredients and preheat the oven.

1. Begin by heating the butter, honey and a little granulated sugar in a saucepan. Take care to stir frequently, we do not want it to burn or scorch.

2. Pour honey mixture over the cornflakes and coconut that have been combined in a large bowl.

3. Gently mix the cornflakes and wet ingredients until the flakes are coated with butter. Do not break the flakes – stir carefully.

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4. Scoop recipe into muffin tin and bake for 10 minutes. If you use paper liners, clean up is much easier.

Two sizes of cornflake cupcakes on colorful plates.

Mini-Sized Cornflake Cupcakes

This recipe is written with the idea of using full-sized muffin liners. However, I really like the mini muffin size too.

Your honey joys are less likely to fall apart in the small size. They are also easier to eat at parties or other occasions for finger foods.

If you don’t have a mini-muffin pan – no worries. You can fill the paper and then arrange on a regular baking sheet. They may not look perfect but they taste so good – no one will care.

Bite sized honey joys in mini cupcake liners.

Making Honey Joys Healthier

The basic recipe for honey joys calls for the use of butter. Most people love butter and why not – it tastes great! Still, there are times when you may way to reduce the calorie or fat content of your diet.

One way to make the original recipe healthier is to substitute coconut oil for butter. This taste may be a bit different but you can substitute if you wish.

When using honey in cooking, I always choose raw, unpasteurized honey. Yes, even though it may be heated in the process of making the recipe.

A natural food preservative, honey is also used to make snacks with fruit – such as honey dried apple rings.

Or if you are looking for another quick easy snack – cheerios with peanut butter and honey are yummy.

Raw honey contains all of the good substances that come straight from the hive. It has not been overheated or micro-filtered.

If you adhere to a vegan lifestyle, you may prefer to avoid the use of honey. If so, you can substitute rice malt syrup instead. However, some vegans do include honey in their diet.

Don’t be afraid to use cereal for simple treats. Small amounts can be a part of your diet without worry. These peanut butter & oatmeal balls are busting with energy.

How to Store for Freshness

Assuming they last long enough for storage to be an issue – you have several options. Honey Joys must be in an airtight container or they will become soggy and lose their crunch.

They are fine on the kitchen counter for a few days – or in the refrigerator for about a week.

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Honey Joys Recipe

Charlotte Anderson @ Carolina Honeybees, LLC
Do you need a sweet, crunchy honey snack that’s easy to make? Look no further than Honey Joys! Made with just a few simple ingredients, including honey and cornflakes, these little bites are the perfect combination. When you need something in hurry, they are a great inexpensive choice. They are also a fun activity to do with the kids. Grab your apron and whip up a batch of these delicious Honey Joys!
4.50 from 4 votes
Prep Time 17 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 24
Calories 89 kcal

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  • 6 oz Butter
  • 1/4 cup Fine Granulated Sugar
  • 4 tbsp Honey
  • 1.5 cups shredded coconut
  • 9 cups Kelloggs Corn Flakes


  • While oven is preheated to 300°F, mix the cornflakes and shredded coconut together in a large bowl.
  • Add the butter, honey and sugar to a saucepan over medium heat. Stir gently to prevent overheating.
  • Heat until the mixture is bubbly and stir often to prevent scorching. We do not want this mixture to burn but it should reach the foamy stage.
  • Pour melted hot mixture over the dry ingredients and stir to combine. Be gentle but thorough.
  • Spoon honey joys mixture into a muffin pan with paper liners.
  • Bake for 10 minutes in the hot oven, then remove. Allow to cool on the counter before eating or storing in air-tight container.


Take care to avoid over-heating the butter mixture.  It should not reach the foamy stage.
Be gentle when mixing in the cornflakes.  Don’t crush the cereal – instead gently fold ingredients together.


Serving: 51gramsCalories: 89kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 1gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 99mgPotassium: 48mgFiber: 1gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 199IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 10mgIron: 3mg
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