The Kiwi Afghan Biscuits


So as some of you may have noticed, my posts over the last 6-8 weeks were not as regular as normal! I have been traveling through South East Asia and now I’m living inChristchurch,  New Zealand for the next year. Naturally after all that travel I couldn’t wait get baking again but as I do not have many essentials yet I’ve had to keep it pretty simple with cookies and brownies.

These cookies/ biscuits I came across yesterday in a cafe, I popped in for a coffee and came out with a ginger beer and an Afghan! It was yummy! I googled a recipe and hopped on my bike and stopped to pick up some ingredients on my route home. I based my recipe on this one here but as always I’ve made them to suit my taste! I think next time I’ll add a pinch of good salt too!



Afghan biscuits are a kiwi (New Zealand) favourite with a not so kiwi name.

This recipe produces a wonderfully crunchy, yet delicate biscuit made out of cornflakes, and always topped with chocolate icing and walnuts.” ….Chelsea Sugars NZ

This recipe should make about 20 cookies.

I baked them at 180º for 10-15 minutes.


175g butter

½ cup Sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 ¼ cups plain flour

¼ hot chocolate powder

1 ½ cups crushed cornflakes


I used chocolate- 1/2 square per cookie.

Handful of walnuts.


Preheat oven to 180°C.

Line a baking tray with baking paper.

In a large bowl combine the butter, sugar and vanilla until thoroughly mixed. (I always use my clean hands for this).

Add the flour and cocoa and mix.

Add the cornflakes and roll into 1 big ball of dough.

Break up the dough into roughly 20 pieces/balls and flatten slightly when adding to baking tray.

Bake for 10-15 minutes. Cool on a wire rack before frosting.


Melt the chocolate over a bain marie and using a spoon drizzle a thumb sized amount on each cookie.

Then add a walnut to each cookie.



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