Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Keep Calm and Eat a Cornflake Cookie or two

It's winter in Melbourne and what better way to entertain and keep Miss Two happy than getting into the kitchen. 
 I try to do baking with Poppy at least once a week whether it be making dinner or cooking some yummy treats. She loves putting on her 50's apron, standing on the step stool and stirring in the ingredients. 
We were in charge of morning tea for Playgroup and some play dates last week so we needed something yummy. It was cold & rainy so it called for something really special- Chocolate Cornflake Cookies. They went down a treat with all the adults and our little people.

125 gm butter (chopped and at room temperature)
1/2 cup caster sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup S.R. FLOUR
1 cup cornflakes (home brand cheaper and just as good)
1 1/2 cup extra cornflakes, crushed a bit,  to coat
1/3 cup dark choc chips
1/3 cup sultanas
1/3 cup of cranberries
1/3 cup of grated coconut (it adds another texture to cookies which I love)

How to make it
Preheat oven to moderate (180 degrees) and lightly grease or line a 2 trays with Gladbake.
Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla and beat. Fold in flour and 1 cup cornflakes and chocolate chips, coconut, sultanas, dried cranberries.
Roll teaspoons of the mixture into balls and roll in crushed cornflakes. If you want large cookies use a tablespoon.
Place on tray 3 cm apart and bake for 12 - 15 minutes or until golden.
Cool on trays. These will last up to a week in an airtight container.

Variations to the Recipe
I doubled the mixture so i had enough for outings and the home cookie jar. I doubled the chocolate too and used a whole bag of dark chocolate bits as I love chocolate.
You could add all or one of the indulgent ingredients like cranberries, coconut or chocolate.
Alternatives are dates, glazed cherries, dried apricot, mixed fruit, white chocolate.
You could also add finely grated zest of a lemon to mixture.

What have you been cooking lately? I'd love to know. 
Have a great day everyone and happy cooking.

x MummaFox
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