Family Food – Cornies Biscuits

August 15, 2011

cornflake cookies

I was invited to brunch last week. I don’t often get invited to ‘brunch’. I guess I am not really a ‘brunch’ kind of person. I mean in a perfect world I’d eat breakfast at 10am every day, so who needs brunch? But not only was I invited by the lovely Louisa from Brand Meets Blog, but also by Kelloggs and the invitation sucked me in with the promise of coco pops!

I didn’t actually get to relive my childhood school holiday memories of a big bowl of coco pops with ice cold milk, but I was treated to a glorious grown up ‘brunch’ and some surprisingly interesting conversation about cereals. (I know, who’d have thought breakfast cereal could be interesting!) I was also sent home with a good bag full of cereal and other goodies.

But what to do with the ten different boxes of cereal we now have in our house? Given that we have a wall-less kitchen and little to no storage we seem to have boxes of cereal stashed in some very odd places. So this morning my boys and I decided we’d bake some ‘Cornies’ and begin to use up some of our stockpile.

This is an old family recipe. My copy of it is written in my mother’s handwriting and I think it probably came to her from my grandmother, or possibly she stole it from the PWMU cook book, but either way it reminds me of my childhood and it’s yummy and that’s all that matters.


125 g butter
3/4 cup of sugar (any kind, we like to use brown sugar)
1 egg
1 cup of self raising flour
1 cup of sultanas (mixed dried fruit is good too)
Cornflakes for coating, slightly crushed.

Cream the butter and sugar. Add the egg and mix well. Add sultanas and then flour, stir until the mixture comes to together. It should be a fairly soft batter. Put a handfull of cornflaks in a bowl an crush them a little with your fingers. Drop teaspoons of mixture into the cornflakes and roll around until formed into a rough ball and well coated. Put on a well greased tray. Keep them well spaces as they will spread when cooking. Bake in a moderate oven for approx 10 minutes or until the cornflakes just begin to brown.

I was almost at the end of rolling the little spoonfuls of mixture in the cornflakes when I had the brilliant idea of using some of the new Just Right cereal that came in my goodie bag. It’s berry and barely flavour and I don’t know exactly what they do to this stuff, but the bits of puffed barley have some kind of sweet juice on them and combined with the dried cranberries and raisins it’s pretty darn delicious. So I chucked a handful of that into the last of the cornflakes, taking out the cranberries and raisins to stir through the last of the mixture. Unfortunately I was almost out of mix when I had this revelation so there are only a few biscuits with the Just Right mix on the outside but oh my are they delicious! I am guessing that Just Right is probably a tad too expensive for us to be buying it just to put on the outside of some biscuits, but Izzy is loving it (though it hasn’t tempted my died hard non-breakfast eater, Zoe) so we may just be buying another box in the future anyway!

If you are looking for other cornflake cookie recipes, pop on over to Toushka’s blog, where she’s shared a recipe for chocolate cornflake cookies or Afgans, also something I remember from my own childhood! Yum!

Disclaimer – I was not paid, or even asked by Kelloggs to write this post, but I may have been swayed by the Cornflakes box they had printed with my blog logo and face on it!

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Jo S August 15, 2011 at 3:46 pm

To me brunch just means that you have been up for hours, but haven’t actually had time to eat yet! :)

Jayne August 15, 2011 at 10:02 pm

Thanks Kate. I might just try this, for my Cornflake obsessed child :)

Deb Wild Hope August 15, 2011 at 10:21 pm

My grandma always made these. Brings back memories for me too. I was just asking my mum last week if she had Grandma’s recipe… to which she said no. So it’s very timely that you post this! Thanks!

katef August 15, 2011 at 10:33 pm

it’s funny, so many people have said their Mum or Grandmother used to make these. I will bet the recipe came from the PWMU cook book! My Nan was a fabulous cook and used that cook book a lot… ah fond memories!

Oak August 16, 2011 at 6:28 am

I will give it a shot this weekend and will let you know how it turns out.

Erin August 16, 2011 at 3:31 pm

ah, add choc chips along with the sultanas and these become my childhood favourite ‘chocy-rocks’ mmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Belinda - The Lattimore Acre August 19, 2011 at 10:44 am

Oh yes, I remember these…..yum! Think I will make them today – thanks!

Keri September 9, 2011 at 2:50 pm

I bet Just Right would make good florentines!

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