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Don't let the name fool you - Afghans are a delicious crunchy cornflake treats from our New Zealand neighbours.

By Alice Storey
  • 15 mins preparation
  • 15 mins cooking
  • Serves 16
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Don't let the name fool you - these crunchy corn-flake treats come from our New Zealand neighbours. Be generous with the icing -  it's almost the best bit.


  • 200 gm butter, softened
  • 100 gm brown sugar
  • 185 gm plain flour (1¼ cup)
  • 25 gm Dutch-process cocoa (¼ cup)
  • 60 gm corn flakes
  • 2 tbsp roasted hazelnuts, halved
Chocolate icing
  • 240 gm pure icing sugar, sifted (1½ cup)
  • 1½ tbsp Dutch-process cocoa
  • 20 gm butter, melted


  • 1
    Preheat oven to 180C and line 2 oven trays with baking paper. Beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy (2-3 minutes). Sieve flour and cocoa over butter mixture and beat to combine. Add corn flakes and stir to combine. Place heaped tablespoonfuls of dough on prepared trays, press lightly to flatten and bake, swapping trays halfway, until edges are firm (10-12 minutes). Cool completely on trays.
  • 2
    For icing, combine icing sugar and cocoa in a bowl. Add butter and 1½-2 tbsp hot water and stir until smooth, adding a little extra water until mixture is thick but just spreadable. Spread thickly over biscuits and top with hazelnuts. Afghans are best eaten the day they’re made, but will keep for 2 days in an airtight container.
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