Cherry, chocolate, cornflake and coconut cookies (the everything cookie)

Cherry, chocolate, cornflake and coconut cookies with a bite taken out of it.

These are unmistakably homemade cookies. They’ve got that chunkiness to them, and randomness of ingredients like cornflakes and cherries, that no mass producing cookie company would ever market.

Coconut, chocolate, cherries and cornflakes on a table

The cafes around Melbourne seem to be doing away with making cookies themselves and instead put packaged cookies in jars, distributed from wholesalers. This is rubbish and makes me want to stand, hand on hip, and tell then I won’t be spending $3.50 on a cookie today and not to look at me that way ‘coz they know damn well why.

Packaged cookies are good in their own right. I love Oreos and Mint Slices A LOT. But I buy them from the supermarket. Not the café. I take cookies seriously.

Cookies with a jar of cherries

And these are serious cookies. Quite sweet. Good amount of crunch. Difficult to stir, but worth the effort.

Speaking of homemade, I wanted to share this happy snap from my Christmas this year. We were on dessert duty and my boyfriend got a fondue fountain in his work secret santa, so we bought a whole lot of random things – fruit, donuts, I made crepes – and dipped them in old school style. My brother even dipped a fruit mince pie in.

Chocolate fondue fountain on a table with fruit and sweets

It’s a tenuous link, but I feel it backs up my argument about how random homemade stuff can be awesome. And shop stuff is also awesome. But each has its place. And cafes should start offering lovely chunky, unsymmetrical homemade cookies again before I turn into a blue fuzzy Sesame Street character and monosyllabically start demanding them.

Cookie monster looking like a zombie with the caption 'coooookieeees'

I also recommend following the cookie monster on Twitter. Hi-lar-ious.

Ingredients
125 grams butter, softened
2/3 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 egg
1 cup wholemeal plain flour
1/2 cup SR flour
1 cup cornflakes
1 cup desiccated coconut
1/2 cup maraschino (glace) cherries
1 cup (200 grams) dark chocolate (milk choc will make it sweeter and they are already sweet cookies)

Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 180C, line a couple of baking trays with baking paper.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar with electric beaters in a large bowl.
  3. Mix in the vanilla essence and gradually add the egg, beating well.
  4. Add the flours and fold into the batter.
  5. Stir in the coconut, cherries and dark chocolate chips. Then carefully fold in the cornflakes.
  6. Roll into balls, or drop level tablespoons of the cookie mixture onto the baking tray, leaving about 4cm between each cookie.
  7. Press down firmly with a floured fork. Makes ‘em look all professional like. They don’t spread much, so squish them good.
  8. Bake for 10 minutes, turning the tray around half way through. They’re done when the bottom of them is just turning brown. They’re nice soft, so don’t overcook.
  9. Cool on a wire rack.

Healthy: If you make 30, they’re 140 calories a cookie.

Storage: In a cookie tin, mine kept for a couple of weeks and were still fresh.

Makes: 24-30 depending on the size you make them

16 Comments on Cherry, chocolate, cornflake and coconut cookies (the everything cookie)

  1. birgitlikes
    28 January 2013 at 7:59 pm (2 years ago)

    Wow – these cookies really have everything.
    Very creative mixture of ingredients. I would definitely buy them in a cafe. :-)

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    • Aimee@clevermuffin
      30 January 2013 at 11:08 am (2 years ago)

      I get very excited when I see cookies with this much stuff in cafes too :)

      Reply
  2. Victoria
    28 January 2013 at 11:24 pm (2 years ago)

    These look quite delicious! They look tender AND crunchy….mmmm good!

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  3. Sarah
    29 January 2013 at 1:43 am (2 years ago)

    i agree- homemade & storebought can both be great, and each has a place. these cookies sound wonderful :)

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    • Aimee@clevermuffin
      30 January 2013 at 11:08 am (2 years ago)

      Totally! If i’m eating store bought, I also want to pay store bough prices!

      Reply
  4. Kristy
    29 January 2013 at 2:36 am (2 years ago)

    I had no idea you could follow Cookie on Twitter! That in and of itself is hilarious! I’m with you about the cafes and cookies. It’s no fun to buy a mass produced cookie at a cafe when you have them at home in your pantry. You kind of expect that homemade goodness from the cafe. I’m with you!

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    • Aimee@clevermuffin
      30 January 2013 at 11:07 am (2 years ago)

      I think there is every chance those of us who bake get pickier about what we’re served, but I still think you should be able to expect freshly baked goods when you pay those prices.

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    • Aimee@clevermuffin
      30 January 2013 at 11:06 am (2 years ago)

      Lol! I know… he makes my twitter feed so much better.

      Reply
  5. Geni - Sweet and Crumby
    30 January 2013 at 5:56 am (2 years ago)

    These are complete cookie happiness! I love this recipe and can’t wait to try them Aimee! Your fondue dessert bar looks incredible! What a fabulous idea to add crepes to dip.

    Reply
    • Aimee@clevermuffin
      30 January 2013 at 11:06 am (2 years ago)

      Crepes are awesome with fondue, I was quite proud when I thought that up 30 mins before I was due to leave!

      Reply
  6. Courtney
    31 January 2013 at 6:25 am (2 years ago)

    I love the addition of cornflakes- how fun! I love that they stay crunchy – that would certainly make me happy.

    Reply
    • Aimee@clevermuffin
      31 January 2013 at 10:44 am (2 years ago)

      Cookies should be either crunchy or chewy… or sometimes both!

      Reply
  7. Amy
    4 February 2013 at 6:02 am (1 year ago)

    wow, these cookies really have it all! I’ve never added cornflakes to cookies but i bet it adds such a great flavor and crunch :) I totally wanna get in the kitchen now!

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  8. Amy
    8 February 2013 at 8:41 am (1 year ago)

    Hello Aimee. You have just reminded me that I made Cornflake cookies a couple of times when I was a Brownie. About thirty years ago! Maybe I should make yours to relive the memories. They sound delicious and much more fancy than the ones I made before!

    Reply

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