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Cornflake Cookies

A favourite for decades, based on my Mum's bakery recipe.
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These Cornflake Cookies are packed with golden Cornflakes and sweet, juicy sultanas.

Plus, this recipe includes a pinch of a secret ingredient that my Mum learnt about during her time as a pastry cook in country bakeries. 

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Crunchy Cornflake Cookies Recipe: a favourite for generations

Cornflake Biscuits have been enjoyed by generations here in Australia.

I always remember my Mum making them and also bringing them home from the bakeries she worked at during the 1990s.

They were always a welcome treat. 

When researching the different ingredients and methods for making them, I found a recipe for Cornflake Cookies published back in the late 1940s in a Sydney newspaper.

Here, they’re recommended as an after-school snack.

cornflake cookies recipe from the sun newspaper dated 1949
Recipe from Sydney’s The Sun Newspaper, dated 21 August 1949. 

My easy Cornflake Cookies recipe is based on these historical recipes, the Women’s Weekly recipe and Mum’s recollections of how she made Cornflake Cookies while working in bakeries.

And, yes, my Cornflake Crunch Cookies recipe includes a pinch of that secret ingredient I didn’t see in any of the other recipes!

Cornflake Cookies Ingredients

Have you got everything you need to make these Cornflake Cookies?

The great thing about these biscuits is you’ve often got all the ingredients on hand to make them.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • butter
  • caster sugar (superfine sugar)
  • egg
  • sultanas (or choc chips if you want the naughtier version)
  • SR flour (or plain/all-purpose flour plus baking powder)
  • cinnamon
  • cornflakes.

Did you spot that secret ingredient I’ve been talking about?

Yes, it’s the cinnamon. 

It’s just a pinch, so you won’t actually taste it in the Cornflake Cookies. But it just seems to bring out the flavour of the other ingredients.

For all ingredient quantities, keep scrolling to the recipe card at the end of this post.

cornflake cookies ingredients, on bench overhead shot

How to make Cornflake Cookies

These are so easy to make, and all the instructions can be found in the recipe card at the end of this post.

But let’s just run through the process quickly.

Prepping

These biscuits are baked on lightly greased baking trays in a moderate oven.

You’ll need plenty of Cornflakes. Two cups for the recipe and one cup for rolling the cookie balls in prior to baking.

TIP: There’s no need to crush the Cornflakes. They will naturally crush a little as you combine them into the mixture and roll your cookie balls in them.

Mixing

After creaming the butter and sugar and then mixing in the egg, you simply fold in the remaining ingredients. 

TIP: I use a hand mixer to make the cookies so I’m not tempted to overbeat in a stand mixer.

Rolling

Once your mixture is ready, it’s time to roll!

These cookies should be on the large side. Scoop out about 45-50 grams of mixture for each cookie and roll into a ball with your hands.

Coat each ball in the additional cornflakes, using your hands to gently push the flakes onto the ball and ensure a good coating of Cornflakes.

Baking

Place balls onto baking trays, flattening a little and leaving enough room for cookies to spread.

These cookies should take about 25 minutes to bake and reach that beautiful golden brown colour.

Once baked, transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

cornflake cookies

Recipe FAQs

Q. How long will Cornflake Cookies keep for?

They should last up to a week if stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.

Q. Can you freeze Cornflake Biscuits?

You can! Store the baked cookies in an airtight container for up to a few months. Defrost overnight at room temperature before serving.

Q. Are sultanas or choc chips better in Cornflake Cookies?

That’s a tough question to answer? They’re both great options and I’d say go with sultanas if you’re feeling traditional and choc chips if you’re making them for kids. But, really, it’s a personal preference thing.

Q. Does this recipe make crunchy or chewy Cornflake Cookies?

This recipe creates a cookie that’s a bit of both – which means it’s perfect in my book! But if you want crunchier, just bake a little longer. And for softer and chewier, bake a little less.

Love these Cornflake Cookies?

Tell me about it below in the comments and check out the rest of the Cooking with Nana Ling Biscuits and Cookies Recipe collection. You might especially like these other recipes which use breakfast cereal ingredients: Rice Bubble Cookies, Rice Bubble Slice, Chocolate Crackles, White Christmas, White Chocolate Rocky Road and Honey Joys.

cornflake cookies on wire cooling tray

Cornflake Cookies

A favourite for decades, based on my Mum's bakery recipe.
4.76 from 50 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Australian
Keyword: cornflake cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 16 cookies
Calories: 150kcal

Ingredients

  • 125 grams butter
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar (superfine sugar)
  • 1 egg
  • 2/3 cup sultanas (variation idea: use choc chips instead of sultanas)
  • 1 cup SR flour (or 1 cup plain/all purpose flour + 2 teaspoons baking powder)
  • pinch cinnamon
  • 2 cups cornflakes
  • 1 cup extra cornflakes (for rolling)

Instructions

  • Pre-heat oven to moderate (160 degrees celsius, fan-forced).
  • Lightly grease three baking trays.
  • Put one cup of cornflakes in a baking dish, ready to roll your cookies.
  • Cream butter and sugar until smooth.
  • Add egg and mix again until combined.
  • Fold in sultanas, flour and cinnamon (sifted together) and the two cups of cornflakes.
  • Roll into balls. Each ball should be 45-50 grams. Coat in additional cornflakes.
  • Place balls onto baking trays, flattening a little and leaving enough room for cookies to spread.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a golden brown colour.
  • Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

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Notes

TIP 1: There’s no need to crush the Cornflakes. They will naturally crush a little as you combine them into the mixture and roll your cookie balls in them.
TIP 2: I use a hand mixer to make the cookies so I’m not tempted to overbeat in a stand mixer.
Q. How long will Cornflake Cookies keep for?
They should last up to a week if stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.
Q. Can you freeze Cornflake Biscuits?
You can! Store the baked cookies in an airtight container for up to a few months. Defrost overnight at room temperature before serving.
Q. Does this recipe make crunchy or chewy Cornflake Cookies?
This recipe creates a cookie that’s a bit of both – which means it’s perfect in my book! But if you want crunchier, just bake a little longer. And for softer and chewier, bake a little less.

Nutrition

Calories: 150kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 99mg | Potassium: 66mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 304IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 2mg
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Adam

Sunday 5th of November 2023

Awesome biscuits, I’ve made these & I’ve also changed the recipe. I’ve added coconut butter instead of butter, also add Lactose free Choc chips macadamia nuts, coconut chips & sultanas 1/2cup. There So good & lactose free.

Libby Hakim

Tuesday 7th of November 2023

Thanks for the feedback, Adam! Happy cooking :)

Stacey

Monday 4th of September 2023

Baked these today for my 2 boys lunch box snacks. They turned out lovely, I cooked them for a little less time as we wanted them to be chewy. They were lovely and crisp on the outside and deliciously chewy on the inside.

Libby Hakim

Tuesday 5th of September 2023

Hi Stacey. Lovely! Thanks for leaving a review. Hope the boys enjoy them :)

Wendy

Sunday 2nd of July 2023

Wonderful biscuits, swapped out the and used chopped dates! Have made this recipe 4 times, hubby can’t stop eating them!

Libby Hakim

Sunday 2nd of July 2023

Thanks so much, Wendy! So glad you (and hubby) are loving this recipe. Happy cooking x

Kerry

Thursday 15th of June 2023

Just made theses biscuits very easy and love them put half sultans and chocolate chips yummy

Libby Hakim

Thursday 15th of June 2023

Hi Kerry - awesome, and such a great idea for when you can't decide whether to put choc chips or sultanas in them! Enjoy :)

susan

Saturday 22nd of April 2023

delicious

Libby Hakim

Saturday 22nd of April 2023

Thanks, Susan!

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