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Afghan Biscuits Recipe


Since I began this site different family members have been waiting with anticipation for this national favourite  to appear. It’s easy to make and I’ve never had it fail.


  • 7 oz/200 gm butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1  1/2 cups sifted flour
  • 4 tablespoons cocoa
  • 2 cups cornflakes
  • walnuts


Cream the butter and sugar and then add the vanilla. Combine the dry ingredients and add to the mixture. Mix well. Put spoonfuls of the mixture on to a cold, greased oven tray.  Press down a little. Bake at 180 C/350 F for 15 minutes (if you are using a fan-forced oven  then you will need to lower the temperature by up to 10 degrees centigrade and/or adjust the time).  Place on a wire rack to cool. Ice with chocolate icing and place a walnut on top. Store in an air-tight container.

Chocolate icing:

  • 1 cup sifted icing sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • dash of hot water

Mix all of the icing ingredients together in a bowl until a thick paste is formed.

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28 Comments to

“Afghan Biscuits Recipe”

  1. Avatar February 19th, 2012 at 1:07 pm Alice Falefaea Says:

    i love it. thank you.

  2. Avatar April 14th, 2012 at 6:28 am Jori Says:

    This makes me think of my wonderful time in NZ! I love it! Thank you so much.

  3. Avatar May 11th, 2012 at 6:20 pm nadia Says:

    good recipe and it helped me with my cooking xx

  4. Avatar September 5th, 2012 at 8:45 pm Sarah Says:

    These are the best! So yum.

  5. Avatar September 21st, 2012 at 7:09 am Trent Says:

    Made these heaps of times and love them so much. brilliant recipe thanks!

  6. Avatar September 24th, 2012 at 1:57 am Leslie Hansen Says:

    Great recipe thanks!
    I didn’t have any corn flakes so i used oats instead, but a little less than the recipe says because they’re more dense, it turned out great and everyone loves them!

  7. Avatar May 17th, 2013 at 3:57 pm Emma Says:

    Love these, they are the biscuit of my childhood! I will have to make them :)

  8. Avatar May 20th, 2013 at 5:32 am HARRY Says:

    have been looking 4 u 4 ages. first time cook.

  9. Avatar July 10th, 2013 at 12:08 pm Barbara Says:

    This recipe didn’t work for me. I have made these before from another recipe and most other ones instruct to mix the dry ingredients (not including the corn flakes) and then fold in the corn flakes after. Made for a very crumbly biscuit.

  10. Avatar August 15th, 2013 at 9:14 am Melissa Says:

    This recipe is amazing. I substituted the normal flour to gluten free flour and it made the nicest gluten free afghans that I have ever tasted. They didn’t even taste like they were gluten free :)

  11. Avatar October 24th, 2013 at 3:39 am brooke Says:

    yes yum

  12. Avatar October 29th, 2013 at 7:55 pm Debi Rakanui Says:

    These are the only afghans I make – perfect!

  13. Avatar December 25th, 2013 at 3:53 pm Folding Electric Scooter Says:

    Neat blog! Is your theme custom made or did you download it from somewhere?
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    Hi, a friend designed it for me but not custom made.

  15. Avatar February 25th, 2014 at 7:41 am admin Says:

    Thanks, yes they are really yummy :-)

  16. Avatar February 25th, 2014 at 7:47 am admin Says:

    Sounds great, I’ll give it a go too!

  17. Avatar February 25th, 2014 at 7:49 am admin Says:

    Shame. Maybe not enough butter?

  18. Avatar February 25th, 2014 at 7:50 am admin Says:

    Sorry for late reply and hope it’s going we’ll :-)

  19. Avatar February 25th, 2014 at 7:51 am admin Says:

    Hope they’re doing you proud!

  20. Avatar May 4th, 2014 at 4:50 am Tania Says:

    Great basic recipe. Afghans were always a childhood favourite of mine. I also added sultanas to give that extra chew and taste. A bit crumbly on the day they were made but brilliant the next day and after…..not that they last that long in my house :-)

  21. Avatar June 4th, 2014 at 9:35 am Joanne Brooks Says:

    I put more butter in than the recipie says.. it needs it . and I get my hands in and squash the cornflakes in so you can hardly see the cornflakes. It is divine this recipie. I have made it many times. if the recipie looks dry just add some melted butter. use your judgement.

  22. Avatar July 26th, 2014 at 12:26 am Amy Winks Says:

    Was a bit dry so put the bowl in the microwave for 40 seconds and that helped it come together quite well lol :)

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