There has been a heap of talk lately about the amount of sugar in processed foods and the effects it's having on children and their behaviour. I use to only buy pack biscuits when it was convenient, when I needed something that was quick, easy and gluten free (rice crackers) or when I needed to take something to the park for a play date. But since moving into the granny flat I've purchased numerous packets of sugary biscuits every week. The kids love it. I've still made muffins or cupcakes but its been ages since I've made cookies.
The kids seem to be getting a hit of sugar every afternoon between 4 and 4.30pm. This isn't ideal because it's Quinlan's feeding time, it's dinner preparation time and it's the beginning of quiet time. So with this in mind I decided to make my own cookies, they needed to be tasty, easy to eat and something that the kids would love eating. So I combined two of the children's favourite biscuits to create these lovely Cornflake Choc Chip cookies.
Cornflake Choc Chip Cookies
Makes about 24 depending on size
125grams butter, chopped and at room temperature
2/3 cup of caster sugar
1 teaspoon of Maple Syrup
1 1/4 cup self-raising flour
1 tablespoon milk
1 1/2 cups cornflakes
1/2 cup milk chocolate bits
1/2 cup white chocolate bits
1. Preheat your oven to 180 °C. Line a large baking tray with non-stick baking paper.
2. Using an electric mixer cream the butter, sugar and maple syrup in a bowl until its pale and creamy. Add the flour and mix on a low speed until its just combined. Add milk and mix until the dough comes together.
3. Using a wooden spoon, stir in chocolate bits and cornflakes.
4. Roll tablespoonfuls of mixture into balls and place them on your baking paper. Using a fork flatten the balls slightly.
5. Bake in the oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until they are golden. Stand for 5 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat with remaining mixture.
6. When completely cool these cookies can be stored in an airtight container or they can be frozen in a plastic bag or another storage container.
These have gone down a treat. I've frozen mine and I give one to Caelan in his lunchbox and by morning tea it's defrosted and ready to eat. I spread a few of my biscuits a little thin and because of this when I've put them in the freezer they have broken and become crumbs. The solution here would be to collect the crumbs and use them to make a cheesecake base down the line.
I took the opportunity today to sit down with a cup of tea, a few cookies and a book. It was good to have a few cookies on hand especially when Mr Opoes comes home and eats three with a few bites before he rushes off to spend some time with the kids before it's dinner time.