These Afghan Biscuits are crunchy, sweet and chocolatey. Made from corn flakes and topped with chocolate icing, it isn’t hard to see why these are such a classic in New Zealand!
AFGHAN BISCUITS RECIPE
225g / 1 Cup / 2 Sticks Butter
100g / 1/2 Cup Sugar
160g / 1 1/4 Cups Flour
25g / 1/4 Cup Cocoa Powder
60g / 2 Cups Corn Flakes
30g / 2 Tbsp Butter
125g / 1 Cup Icing Sugar / Powdered Sugar
15g / 2 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
2 Tbsp Hot Water
12 Walnut Halves
In a medium sized mixing bowl or the bowl of your stand mixer add in the butter and sugar. Make sure your butter is at room temperature.
Cream these together with a hand mixer or a whisk for a few minutes until the light and fluffy.
Measure out the flour and cocoa powder and add these straight to the butter and sugar. If your cocoa powder is clumpy it’s best to sieve the dry ingredients first so it’s easier to mix.
Fold the ingredients together with a wooden spoon or spatula until the flour is just about incorporated.
Add the corn flakes to the dough and fold them in gently, trying to not break them up as much as possible.
Use a 2 Tbsp cookie scoop or a spoon to measure out the afghans and roll them into a ball. Place on to a lined baking tray and use the back of a spoon to press the afghans down. They will spread a small amount in the oven but this just gives them a head start. Make sure to leave space around each afghan so it has room to spread.
Bake the Afghans in a 180C / 350F oven for 15-20 minutes. Cool on the sheet for 15 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely before icing.
To make the chocolate icing in a medium sized mixing bowl add the icing sugar (powdered sugar), salt, cocoa powder and room temperature butter.
Pour in the boiling water and use a whisk to combine the ingredients together until smooth. You may need more water for a thinner consistency but add this very slowly so you don’t get stuck in the trap of more icing sugar, more water, more icing sugar.
Icing the Biscuits
Add about a tablespoon of the chocolate icing to each of the afghan biscuits and spread it with the back of a spoon.
Top each afghan with a walnut half and leave for 20-30 minutes for the icing to set.
Storing Afghan Biscuits
Store the afghan biscuits in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. If you would like to keep them longer they can be frozen. Just pull them out of the freezer and let them come up to room temperature before enjoying. They will still be crunchy and delicious!