Friday, November 1, 2013

making afghans

These biscuits have become a firm favourite in our house. 

I was first introduced to them by my Kiwi friend Nessie, who runs an awesome bakery here in Noosa.
She makes biscuits the size of small plates. Some days my friends and I sneak out for coffee and afghans after school drop off. It's a small reward after the morning chaos.

So, imagine my delight to find the recipe in the Frankie magazine cookbook, "Afternoon Tea"
This cookbook is magic, by the way. Simple old-style recipes beautifully photographed and styled. (This isn't a sponsored post, by the way! I just love this cookbook.)

I'm gradually working my way through each and every recipe.

(It's always useful to have a little helper in the kitchen. Just to make sure the dough tastes just right.)


for the mixture:
200g softened butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/4 cups plain flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
2 cups cornflakes, crushed.. I get little helping hands to do this
1 cup walnuts, crushed ( optional.. my kids aren't big on these, so I just leave them out)

For the icing:
1 block of cooking chocolate (I like dark, but milk is fine too)

preheat oven to 180 degrees.
cream butter and sugar in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy. sift in flour and cocoa, and mix. Fold in the cornflakes (and walnuts, if you're using them) until just mixed.

Line a baking tray with baking paper. Spoon or roll mounds, whatever size you like, onto tray. Bake for about 15mins, until just set (try not to dry them out too much, as it's already a crumbly biscuit)

While biscuits are cooling, melt chocolate. I just microwave it, but you can melt it in a bowl over boiling water, if you like.

Ice each biscuit with a dollop of chocolate. Top with your fave topping..this recipe features walnuts, but Nessie uses slivered almonds, which I adore. The kids also like shredded coconut, or just plain.

Eat 'em all up. Now.

(New Zealanders.. I'm probably preaching to the converted. Sorry about that)

Anyone else got some simple yummy biscuit recipes on their blog?

Leave me a link, and I'll happily pop over to check it out.


  1. One of my all time favourite biscuits. Love the crunchiness and the cocoa taste and ALWAYS with walnuts or pecans for me (the kids not so keen so all the more for me). Will try the coconut though that would be nice also.

    These on my blog are a really lovely choc chip recipe easy to make and a good yield. This version is Gluten Free but just use normal flour and works just the same.

  2. These are impressive looking biccies. I shall have to get hold of this cookbook. x

  3. Oh yum! These look delicious... am going to check out that cookbook!


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