My Mom made these cookies all the time when I was growing up and they were always one of my favorites. The irresistible crunchiness of the cereal in them is incredibly appealing to a kid, but when I recently tested a batch and served them to a crowd of adults, the response was overwhelming. Apparently, grown-ups like crunchy cereal in their cookies too! I thought that everyone made them until recently when I took a very un-scientific poll and discovered that no one I knew had ever had one before. So I decide to SHARE THEM WITH THE WORLD!
If you are wondering what they are like, imagine a chewy sugar cookie with LOTS of texture. They have just a bit of oatmeal in them to give them a nice heartiness, but the crispy crunch of the cornflakes makes them fun and kind of addictive. Like most cookies, these freeze particularly great so be sure to mix up a double batch and tuck a few away. Snuck into a lunch box for school or nibbled on with a late night cup of tea, they are equally scrumptious for the whole family. Don’t worry. I won’t make you share yours with the world.
You can use traditional rolled oats in this recipe, but the finer texture of the quick cooking just seems to work better here. To crush the cornflakes, place 1 1/2 cups in a zip top plastic bag and crush with your hands. You don’t want crumbs or powder, so just scrunch them up until there are no big flakes.
3/4 c (1 1/2 sticks) room temperature butter
1/2 c sugar
1/2 c brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 3/4 c flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 c quick cooking oats
1 c crushed corn flakes (about 1 1/2 c from the box)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
In a medium bowl, cream together the butter and the sugars. Add the egg and vanilla and combine. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Scoop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto a sprayed or parchment lined sheet pan. Flatten slightly with your hands, then bake for 9-10 minutes, or until just golden brown around the edges. Let cookies cool and set on the pan for a few minutes before removing them to a cooling rack. Enjoy!