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Afghan Biscuits

  • Author: Erin Clarkson
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 12 cookies 1x
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: New Zealand


These Afghan Biscuits are a New Zealand classic. Afghan Biscuits are a chocolate cornflake based cookie, topped with a simple chocolate icing and a walnut. This Afghan Biscuit recipe is super easy to make and a crowd favourite.



Afghan Biscuits

  • 200g butter, at room temperature
  • 100g granulated sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 180g all-purpose flour
  • 30g cocoa
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 70g cornflakes

Chocolate Topping

  • 30g unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 125g icing sugar, sifted
  • 15g cocoa
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 Tbsp Boiling water
  • Walnut Halves



  1. Preheat the oven to 350°f/180°c. Line two sheet pans with parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla and mix to incorporate. Add flour, cocoa, and salt, and mix until combined. Add the cornflakes and mix briefly to incorporate.
  3. Place 2 Tbsp scoops on the prepared baking sheets, leaving room for spreading. Gently roll each piece of dough into a ball and flatten slightly.
  4. Bake for 12-15 minutes, rotating pans half way through, or until the edges are set. Remove from oven, and allow to sit on the tray for 5-10 minutes. Move to an oven rack, and allow the biscuits to cool completely.


  1. Combine butter, icing sugar and cocoa in a small mixing bowl. Add boiling water and mix until smooth (refrain from adding extra water until you have mixed well, or you get stuck in an icing sugar - water - icing sugar vortex)
  2. Spoon a small amount of the icing onto each biscuit, and place a walnut half on each one.
  3.  Store in an airtight container in the fridge for a more 'fudgy' texture, or out at room temperature if you prefer them more crunchy!

Keywords: Afghans, Afghan Biscuits, Chocolate Icing, Walnut, Biscuits, New Zealand