Chocolate Cornflake Cookies aka Afghan Cookies

Since I seem to be on a cereal tip at the moment, here’s another cookie recipe featuring cornflakes.An update of a recipe first posted way back in 2016 these cookies definitely worthy of making, not just sitting way back in my old blog posts.

First created after a bit of research into International cookies and to help ‘ Spring cleaning’ my larder, using up bits and bobs that had been lurking at the back of the shelves. As you can imagine, my larder is pretty stuffed with ingredients, so any additional space is always most welcome. So, that large half-used pack of cornflakes was definitely in my sights. It was using up far too much space! And that cookie jar needed filling.

Apparently chocolate cornflake cookies, also known as Afghan cookies are extremely popular in New Zealand. Worth investigating, I thought. The traditional Afghan cookie is a chocolate cookie, studded with crunchy cornflakes, topped with a rich ganache and with a walnut sitting on top. I’m obviously going to skip the walnuts, but the rest is pretty much fitting the brief. There are many theories as to the origins of the name because these cookies are all Kiwi rather than Afghan. One is that they might have been sent to soldiers fighting in the second Afghan war in the 19th Century by their wives back in New Zealand. Like a predecessor to the more universally known Anzac cookies. Or another theory is that they could just look like the mountainous landscape of Afghanistan.

I hope you like these crunchy chocolatey biscuits – they went down a treat here

Chocolate Cornflake Cookies aka Afghan Cookies

(dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, soya-free, sesame-free, vegetarian and vegan)


200g dairy-free margarine

50g soft brown sugar

50g caster sugar

175g plain flour

25g cocoa powder

1/2 tsp baking powder

1tbsp dairy-free milk

50g cornflakes

  1. Cream together the margarine and sugars.
  2. Stir in the flour, cocoa and baking powder. Adding the dairy-free milk to slacken the mixture and making it easier to combine.
  3. Gently stir in the cornflakes, trying to keep them as whole as possible
  4. Place tablespoons of the mixture into a lined baking sheet, with enough room to spread. Flatten slightly.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes at 180 degrees centigrade
  6. Cool on a wire rack

For the icing:

1tbsp water

1 tbsp caster sugar

1 tsp vanilla

1 tbsps dairy-free margarine

1/2 cup icing sugar

1 tbsp cocoa powder

  1. Melt together the water, caster sugar, vanilla and  margarine. Bring to a bubbling syrup and then pour in the cocoa powder and icing sugar. Stir to form glossy icing.
  2. Spread over the cookies and leave to set.

15 Comments Add yours

  1. Laura says:

    You are a genius! These are one of my fave cookies and my son would never have been able to eat them- until now! Will be baking them with him after school tomo!! Thank you Lucy!

    1. lucylox says:

      Awesome! did you make them? I hope they were up to scratch x

  2. pinkiebag says:

    Oh my goodness these look like a delightful treat. Thanks for sharing, Chloe.

  3. They look great! What’s the origin of the name though? Any ideas? In America, an afghan is a kind of blanket (rug to you), typically one that has been crocheted by an elderly family member.

    1. lucylox says:

      I’m not sure, it seems that no-one really knows where they come from and why they’re so popular in NZ – although having eaten them i can see why they’re so popular! x

      1. I love the Aussie story of Lamingtons! I wonder if NZ has something fun like that about these cookies?

      2. lucylox says:

        ooh i don’t know that story, must look it up…

    1. lucylox says:

      aww thank you so much x

  4. Liz says:

    Oh yum. Something new for me to try. I have bookmarked for later, when I next bake.

    1. lucylox says:

      Hope you enjoy them x

  5. dpranita583 says:

    Thanks for sharing recipe . I will try it .

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