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Afghan Biscuits

By Chelsea Sugar
Afghan Biscuits
30 servings
  • 131 reviews

  • Difficulty Easy
  • Prep time 10 mins
  • Cooking time 15 mins
  • Serves
    30
Ingredients

    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)

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

Method

    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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Reviews

Average Rating
4.5131
(131 reviews)


I find adding an extra 100g of butter and baking them for only 6-8 minutes taking them out when they are still soft but cooked :) This will make it chewy and not too dry

so divine utterly... fab! from your famous fav actress
all the bet penelope single glass

Best Afghans I have ever made.

A great recipe, they are so easy to make and delicious!!

absolutely delicious and perfect every time. I always make a double batch and they just disappear. Easy to make.

Absolutely fantastic recipe. Easy to follow.

Funny reading the reviews, wonder if people are just not following the recipe? I have found that using scales and quality measuring cups means that they turn out perfect every time.... yumm. Agree with your comment that you should use a cold tray, or cool the batter to make sure they hold shape :)

Hi from the UK, a kiwi co worker in London used to make these for me. Best biscuits ever. I always use this recipe and it always turns out perfect. Thanks so much!

Did not stick together too dry

Good recipe
You can use 2 cups of cornflakes or 1 cup of cornflakes and 1 cup of crushed wet-bix. You can kneed the dough at the end with your hands for it to com3 together quickly.

My afghans always spread out :( any idea why?
Chelsea Sugar:
You could cool your tray and dough before baking to limit the spread.

nah, the recipe on the back of the special K box is superb,these were dry

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Great

Those Afghan biscuits taste amazing and are always a highlight in a party

Too dry and fell apart

Fantastic. Come out great every time, the kids love making then too.

Nice easy recipe, my 4 year old granddaughter made them with me this morning, and make a great job. I also added about a cup of chopped dark chocolate, makes for a yummy surprise

Made a double batch of afghany goodness today “Queens Birthday.” Only baked for 10mins and they are cooling down before they get iced. Easy recipe, dough mix holds well, and my kitchen (no house) smells divine. Can't wait to try one with my cuppa tea later this morning. Thank you Chelsea LOVE your recipes and so do my whanau x

Hi, wondering how many mls is the cup used for measuring? The cup I have says 1 cup/255ml on it. Seems quite big to me, and have made this recipe twice, it's quite crumbly, but yummy! Wondering if I should buy a new set of measuring cups. Thanks

I don't know about the others, but mine was horrible. The mixture was crumbly and smelt of somewhat disgusting scent. I tried to add more butter to the recipe, but it ended in a total disaster. Good luck if you want to experiment with it!

Ease of making: Suuuuper easy! No egg and the crunchy bits make it a perfect recipe for kids to make on their own.
Taste: Deelicious! It's basically a chocolate shortbread recipe with cornflakes, so it will always be crumbly. It would work to throw an egg in for moisture and binding but it's a whole different cookie then.
Alterations: I used half the amount of butter and added 80ml cooking oil, just to be economical. Glad I did because I think it helped increase the moisture as well, making it just a bit less crumbly.

Will defo make again!

Not nearly enough butter in this recipe.!!!

Easy to make. Yummy and non fail. Very good thanks :)

These afghans are always perfect, everyone in the family adores them! Really easy although I sometimes add a bit less sugar... Altogether a big hit :)

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These burnt, they are not that good.

Perfect everytime! I never have a problem with this recipe, however I use ganache to ice instead of this icing and it adds that extra boost for a chocolate fix :)

Great recipe! Family favourite

This is the best Afghan recipe by far! They taste delicious & my kids love them. Great for lunchboxes.

Super biscuits and so easy. Noted the US comment about using chocolate frosting. She should simply substitute confectioners sugar, which should be easy to find anywhere in the States.

Dry and biscuits fell apart

LOVE them made them twice in 4 days!

I baked these on a warm summer evening and the first batch were a disaster and spread out very thin. I assume it was because the dough was too soft. I put the dough for a second batch in the fridge to cool down and firm up before baking and they baked well.

I’m going to be honest, they tasted like powder. I followed to recipe exactly and watched the video. The result ended up so dry and the time for cooking is more like 12 minutes. Add less cocoa powder and it might turn out better.

Whanau fav!

I have made these afghans multiple times. But this time, some of my afghans spread out a little like pancakes, like the others were saying? I literally did everything the same as before but this time I pressed down with a fork like the recipe said so that's probably why. Anyways they still tasted 10/10!! Also I prefer using weetbix in these rather than cornflakes. Gives a better moistness or flavour :D I always count on this recipe for shared lunches we have at school

Great recipe, will be using again.

Can I use white sugar instead of caster sugar? And self raising instead of plain?
CHELSEA: absolutely!

Delicious!!

Turned out perfect, tasty aswell.

Best recipe ever!! Only change we made was baking it for 10 minutes rather that 15. And they turnt out perfect.

As good as a store bought job, and a lot more fun to make. Only problem is that they disappear from my cookie jar.

Trying this recipe was like magic to me . I loved to see the joy in my family 's faces after tasting. The biscuits were so mmmmmm and woooow

Easy recipe, definitely delicious bikkies.

Amazing!

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!

My biscuit mixture crumbled. It was really dry and crumbly. I followed the recipe from scratch. I added extra butter, but the biscuit just melted in the oven. Then I added EXTRA flour to the next batch, but it was really hard to form a ball. Can you please tell me the problem?
CHELSEA: Sorry to hear that.
We've triple tested this recipe and perfection every time. Not sure what is happening at your end?

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

Mixture is way too dry and very difficult to make them hold together on the tray! Tasty but too crumbly.

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...

Nice!

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!

Tasted good but mine turned out super crumbly / soft. Any thoughts as why so I can fix it?
CHELSEA: Sorry to hear that. We've triple tested this recipe, not sure what is going wrong at your end.

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 :-)
https://www.chelsea.co.nz/browse-recipes/tan-slice/
https://www.chelsea.co.nz/browse-recipes/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

Yummy

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 to.love 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.
GAAAWWWWGEOUS

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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!

These biscuits are great. Tasty and quick and easy to make!

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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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Addictive!

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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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