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Walnut Grove Recipes

Afghans (Chocolate Cookies)


Afghans - chocolate cookies

Makes 12-14

  • 150g butter
  • 110g brown sugar
  • pinch salt
  • 150g flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp corn flour (or corn starch)
  • 1½ cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1½ tbsp cocoa
  • ½ cup cornflakes


1. In a large mixing bowl cream the butter, brown sugar and salt (if your butter is already salted omit the salt). Add the vanilla essence and mix until incorporated.

2. Sift flour, corn flour, baking powder cinnamon and cocoa into the creamed butter and sugar. Mix well.

3. Add the cornflakes, slightly crushing them, and mix until they are all incorporated and the mixture is firm.

4. Mould dessertspoons full into even balls, and place onto a greased baking tray. Do not flatten them too much.

5. Bake in a medium oven - 375°F/190°C for around 15 minutes, or until they are just browning slightly. Remove from oven, leave on the tray to cool slightly then transfer to a wire rack to cool.


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Serving Suggestions

These are lovely if iced with chocolate icing when they are cold and topped off with a walnut half. Perfect for any time you fancy cookies!

Advanced preparation

These cookies will keep for up to 5 days in an airtight container, but they are always best the day they are made.

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