Date Cornflake Cookies

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Cornflakes are a rarity in our house.  Cereal is generally a pretty boring affair, with high-fibre and low sugar being the key factors for choosing.  Lots of bran and oats – yum.  So cornflakes are only bought as a rare treat.  It says a lot about my kids’ diet though that they never even think to ask for things like Coco Pops or Fruit Loops!  When we do have some cornflakes about, I will often make some cookies with them.

These cookies have a lovely soft texture on the inside, with bites of chocolate and date sweetness, and a crunchy outside.

Recipe

  • 250 g butter, softened
  • 1/2 c brown sugar, loosely packed
  • 1/2 c raw sugar
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 c plain flour
  • 3 t baking powder
  • 1 c dried dates, chopped
  • 1 c dark chocolate bits
  • cornflakes

Line baking trays with baking paper.  Preheat oven to 180C.

Beat butter, sugars and vanilla together until batter is light and fluffy.  Add eggs 1 at a time and beat until well mixed. Mix baking powder with flour, and add to egg batter in batches, mixing well with each addition.  Add dates and choc bits and mix until well combined.

Roll into teaspoon sized balls and roll in cornflakes, pressing them into the dough.  Place on baking tray with room for them to spread.

Cook for about 10 minutes to until just set.  Leave to cool fully on trays.

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About baking bohemian

My name is Jen and I am the baking bohemian. My blog identity comes from the cultural background of my mother’s family, (Bohemian), and my mother’s more left wing lifestyle (bohemian). The big ‘B’ Bohemian refers to the rich cultural heritage of our family that emigrated from Bohemia when it was still its own country (it now comprises two thirds of the Czech Republic). Food featured prominently in the family and broader social life of that part of my family. No social interaction was without sustenance, and any celebration, large or small, was an invitation to cook up a storm. My own family emigrated from the United States to Australia when I was a child. For the most part we lived with our mother, and my dad eventually moved back to the US. The little ‘b’ bohemian relates to the semi-alternative lifestyle we led with our mother. I hesitate to refer to her as a hippy, for that conjures up so many misconceptions, but certainly she was on that side of the fence. She was probably more eccentric than radical at the end of the day, but she could really cook. We always set extra plates at the dinner table because inevitably people would visit at dinner time. I started cooking when I was about eight. Cookies. Obviously I was motivated by desire! I loved cooking, I loved that the kitchen was always, in every way, the heart of the house, so I was always part of anything else that was happening while I was cooking. I loved people loving my food. With all the different things that I have done in my life and am interested in, food has remained my most consistent and enduring passion.

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