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Afghan Biscuits

By Chelsea Sugar
Afghan Biscuits
30 servings
  • 84 reviews

  • Difficulty Easy
  • Prep time 10 mins
  • Cooking time 15 mins
  • Serves

    200g butter (softened)
    ½ cup Chelsea Caster Sugar or Chelsea Organic Raw Sugar
    1 tsp vanilla essence
    1 ¼ cups of plain flour
    ¼ cup cocoa
    1 ½ cups cornflakes (or crushed weetbix)

    1 ½ cups Chelsea Rich Chocolate Icing
    1 Tbsp butter (softened)
    1-2 Tbsp boiling water


    Preheat your oven to 180°C. Grease or line a baking tray with baking paper.
    In a large bowl beat butter, sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy. Sift in the flour and cocoa, add the cornflakes then stir thoroughly until the mixture is combined.
    Place heaped teaspoonfuls onto a baking tray, squeeze mixture together gently if necessary then press lightly with a fork.
    Bake for 15-20 minutes. Cool on a wire rack before icing.

    Icing: Mix chocolate icing sugar, butter and 1 Tbsp boiling water at a time until combined, adding more hot water if necessary until icing is a spreadable consistency. Ice biscuits and top each one with half a walnut.

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Average Rating
(84 reviews)

Easy recipe, definitely delicious bikkies.


Deliciously good afghans.

My son made this recipe for an ethnic study of New Zealand in high school. Went over like gang-busters! He is going to enter these biscuits in the county fair for his ethnic food. Only change we make is the frosting. We used a chocolate frosting as your icing sugar isn't readily available in the middle of the USA. Thanks for sharing!

I’ve made these so many times and EVERY single time they turn out great. Not so sure how some people are getting “pancakes”?? are you sure you’re using the recipe correctly

I love this. So easy and quick to make. I made two lots of this recipe for my children school lunch and they come home asking for more in their lunch box. Thank you Chelsea

Great recipe- very easy, makes good afghans, they don't rise much so quite small

I found the recipe very dry, the biscuits fell apart.

Excellent recipe. ...easy to make and also i had all the ingredients already...only took 30 mins in the open...i did use extra doses of vanilla essence but thats just what i like...they turned out yummy...

Yummy! Changed it up a little... Did 1/2 cup cocoa and used 2 tbls of hot strong black coffee instead of the vanilla essence... Super rich, chocolaty and yummy. Tip: Don't push the cookie dough down too much as the balls of dough will expand and spread when cooking.

Yummy Afghans - easy to make!

love them so yum and so quick and easy

So wonderful! My mum even stole a little while I was making them into balls! Haha they are even great raw. maybe just refrigerate the raw mixture for a bit and you've got some fudgy goodness!

I really like these. Is there a way to make these gluten free though?

CHELSEA: Hi there, thanks for your feedback :-) we don't have a gluten free version yet unfortunately, will have to add it to the list! You could try replacing the flour with gluten free flour and use gluten free cornflakes. You may find the biscuits are flatter and more crumbly though.

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Very easy recipe with few ingredients & they taste yummy, my kids love them too :)

Starting to do it going GREAT so far

These are very nice I’m about to make some now just need some butter !!! I just don’t like walnuts that’s it.

Didnt like this recipe. I followed it exactly and my cookies had no backbone and turned into a puddle on the tray and took far longer than they should have

I don't know why this recipe has so many 5 stars?
We had no biscuits but some very crumbly pancakes. A minority of reviews suggests that baking powder should be added at some stage !!!
CHELSEA: Hi there, sorry to hear this recipe didn't work out for you. We've made these afghans many times and they've always been great. Have you had a look at the recipe video? Baking powder isn't a common addition to afghans and this recipe shouldn't require it.

My kids and gran babies love this recipe always a good treat for everyone ..especially with the extra cocoa added for a richer texture Yummy
Thanks chelsea

Great recipe! Even better if you add extra cocoa (a bit less than 1/2 cup instead of the 1/4 cup recommended) . Then you have dark chocolate afghans which blow people's minds!

I love them!

Cool but I'm going vegan naww

Absolutely delicious, super nice with the weetbix.

OMG yummy

These are amazing. This recipe never fails. Thank you Chelsea.

Childhood favourite!!!! Ultimate sweet treat in the afternoon, or sneaky early morn!

i like it they taste so nice

I LOVE afghans and this is the perfect recipe for the perfect biscuit! I am not the best baker but this recipe makes it so much more easier and faster! they taste delicious!!

Delicious! Does anyone know if you can freeze the mix ahead of time? Looking to make a stack load for a charity bake sale, would be great if i could make them in advance?
CHELSEA: Hi there, yes this mix is suitable for freezing. We would recommend shaping them, freezing them on a tray and then (once frozen) transferring to zip lock bags to store in the freezer until you are ready to bake the the biscuits. They can be baked from frozen, just allow a few extra minutes. Good luck!

These biscuits were easy to make with my sister. They were delicious. We love this recipe.

Good to have all the Kiwi goodies online just missing Tan square then this would be all my favs.
CHELSEA: Hi there, we do have a couple of recipes for tan square :-)

Just made these biscuits. The biscuit is delicious but we found the icing far too sweet so I'll try a ganache next time..

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Trust worthy recipe

A fantastic easy to follow recipe. Make these monthly for the family lunches.

I made this for my school assignment and got a really good mark. thankyou so much! x


Should have read reviews first. My son a coeliac and I tried with gluten free flour. Turned out one big flat pancake. Think will try again though with addition of baking powder as suggested. Will let you know how they turn out :) smell fantastic

So delicious

yummy as my go to recipe for baking in it self love it :)

very nice they were scrumpshouse

Im 52 now but at age 11 I used buying these cookies from the school tuck shop. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I live in Aus now but New Zealand will always be home because of favourite foods like these cookies.. Thank you.

On point quick easy and kids just love them.

Such a treat that's easy to make with staple ingredients. Absolutely delicious. (No walnuts)

I love this AMZINNG!!!!

This is my go to recipe for Afghan biscuits. Delicious! (Everyone else thinks so, too)

These biscuits are SO yummy!

Great Recipe, I hope to make more soon!

I love, love this recipe. I didn't work the mixture too much which gave me beautifully big crumbly biscuits. Now I'm making them all the time for mum!!! Thank you

Tried with gluten free flour and absolutely failed! The biscuits turned out like pancakes to the point where they can't even be lifted off the tray....
CHELSEA: Hi there, sorry to hear these didn't turn out well when you used gluten free flour. Perhaps the addition of 1/2 - 1tsp baking powder would help.

Looks easy to follow with mokopuna. Thanks.

Unreal, keep thinking of an excuse to make them.
First time, made quite big, next time a bit smaller with shorter cooking time.

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A very delicious biscuit. Simple recipe. A++++

Love this afghan recipe be an easy 1 4 my grandchildren 2 make :).......Thank You 4 sharing :)

Love this recipe, it is so quick and easy and a crowd favorite!

Wonderful easy afghan recipe, i didn't get my icing as dark though. Also so nice to have a recipe without baking soda or baking powder

Tried this recipie and was so disappointed in the flat biscuits that they resulted in. Reading over different recipies for Afghans I've repossessed it's missing baking powder. off course didn't realise this till after so - flat pancake biscuits

Love this afghan recipe, so quick and easy and yummy of course

An old NZ favourite. I love these afghan biscuits. If mum made these we knew someone special was coming!

Great afghan recipe easy and yummy

great recipe, even better with chocolate ganache ontop instead of icing sugar based icing

Easy and Delicious Afghans.

My 'Go To' Recipe every time.

so easy to make and delicous to eat i really enjo making them i am 10 so it is SUPER EASY TO MAKE I LOVE THEM.

Love making these!! So easy and really yummy! ☺

For someone who is new at baking wouldn't know when the afghans are ready to take out of the oven.mthat is my only suggestion but otherwise I really liked the recipe and it tasted great

Really good recipe. Quick and easy

Excellent recipe- these biscuits were delicious!

Super easy and really yummy.

So easy to make and delicious

So easy to achieve perfect results for a complete novice. Super easy. Great recipe!!

So easy to achieve perfect results for a complete novice. Super easy. Great recipe!!

I use weetbix instead. Way better!

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Great Recipe!

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i made these also, and i have never liked afgans would never buy them, but made these and cant stay away from the pantry!!! my 13 year old and my students love them too....:)

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This is just the best Afghan recipe I have found.

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Great afghan recipe. Just like my mum use to make.

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These are my go to sweet fix they are so good and easy to bake.

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Delicious!!!!!! I love this recipe!

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Easy recipe, granddaughter loves them. Well worth the effort.

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Nice with Weetbix instead of cornflakes too!

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So easy and quick to make, so delicious!!

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Fantastic recipe. The first time I have been able to create Afghan biscuits successfully. Thank you!

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This was actually the best Afghan recipe ive ever tried.

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Yummy!!! :)

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