Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Afghan Cookies

Source: http://www.grouprecipes.com/23374/afghan-cookies.html

  • 200 grams butter
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut
  • 2 cups corn flakes
  • Now this was not my first choice of recipe for these crunchy easy cookies. I browsed through many recipe books and websites and stumbled across this one. It seemed to be larger in quantity and had more ingredients; such as coconut and vanilla essence. There are many different versions of the 'Afghan cookie'; but as it is a know treat to our friends in New Zealand, I trusted the advice from a New Zealand woman who claims she has perfected the recipe. 
  • Method: 
  • Beat the butter and sugar until light and creamy. Beat in the egg and vanilla essence.
    • Sift together the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt and using a metal spoon stir into the creamed mixture with the coconut and corn flakes. Spoon large tablespoonfuls of the mixture onto greased trays. Bake at 180°C for 15 minutes.Cool on a cake rack before icing with chocolate icing.
    • Icing: In a bowl sift 11/2 cups icing sugar and 2 tblsp cocoa. Blend in 1 tsp melted butter and 2-3 tblsp warm milk until you have a thick icing of spreadable consistency.
    • The only trouble I had during this whole process was beating the butter, sugar and egg mixture. It seemed once the egg was added it all sort of separated and refused to turn into a "light and creamy mixture". I used a combination of electric beater and a large metal spoon (which to my surprise, worked better). 
    • The cookies are very flavoursome and filling! Perfect with icing or without!

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