Cornflake, Cranberry and Raisin Cookies

Did you like cereal as a child? I love them now but they never made it to my favourite breakfast list when I was a child. I think I know why! Because they were never as sugary or nutty or as flavourful as they are today. And now I snack on them whenever I am hungry, straight out of the box, pretty much throughout the day.

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My title is kind of deceptive isn’t it? Sounds like a big bowl of health. Yes, the ingredients more or less form a part of the breakfast category. But I am not promoting health here. I can say with absolute certainty that I am promoting deliciousness with a few healthy ingredients.

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These cookies are so quick and easy to make. They get a nice crunch from the corn flakes and a lovely chewy tang from the cranberries and raisins. The recipe is totally adaptable to use chocolate chips or nuts instead. Also, any crunchy cereal should work. Once, someone asked me if this was a means of getting nutrition over to my kids like a lot of mothers do. Well, fortunately I did not have to. Both my boys are pretty adventurous about food and I have never had to hide cereals in a cookie. But coming to think of it, it’s a fantastic idea for fussy or picky eaters. Because these are delicious and addictive. And bright and cheerful.

Big kids will love them too!

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Cornflake, Cranberry and Raisin Cookies (adapted with variation from

Yields 16 cookies

125g butter, chopped, at room temperature
2/3 cup castor sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 1/4 cups self-raising flour, sifted (or 11/4 cup plain flour plus 1 tsp baking powder)
1 tbsp milk
1 1/2 cups cornflakes
1/2 cup cranberries
1/2 cup raisins

Preheat oven to 180°C. Line two large flat baking trays with non-stick paper.

Using an electric mixer, cream the butter, sugar and vanilla essence in a mixing bowl until creamy. Add the flour and mix on low-speed until just combined. Add milk and mix until dough comes together. Using a wooden spoon, stir in corn flakes and sultanas, and mix until well combined.

Using 1 tbsp of mixture, roll into balls. Place onto baking trays allowing room for spreading. Flatten slightly with a spatula. Bake for 12-14 minutes, swapping trays after 8 minutes or until light golden. Stand for 5 minutes on tray before transferring to a wire rack to cool.



  1. says

    I have loved plain corn flakes all my life. But it is not like, I cannot live without having them. It is OK to have them kinda range :)
    And the cookies look absolutely oven fresh, delectable, crunchy and yum.
    Lets say a tad healthy and 100% delicious!!
    Also I’m a big fan of having cookie with milk by the side. I dunno there is something about this combination, that I can never let go off! Lovely shots, Sonali!

  2. says

    Coming from an Indian family and those days, cereals were never for breakfast. Its usual tosai, idli etc etc. I don’t take breakfast and yes, I know its not good but I eat by 11am. I do eat cereals as snack when watching tv. Certainly I like what you did to the cereals. You use it for a lovely cookie and actually. We do have cookies made from cereals for Deepavali. I would love to try a piece and I know how the crunch from the cereals will be fabulous.

    • Sugar et al says

      I know what you are talking about Nava. I too grew up eating Parathas and Pooris. The cereal trend was just catching up. But now cereals are indespensable to me. Thank you!

  3. says

    You just reminded me that my favourite treat as a youngster was chocolate cornflake cups. I loved those things and were the first things I learnt to make as a child.

    These look like a more sophisticated version! Don’t know about the raisins :) but love the cranberries! A healthy cookie, love it!!


    PS: I really hope that when you visit your brother in Denver, you will allow me to host you also.

    • Sugar et al says

      Oh thank you Nazneen! I hope to visit him soon. Have been postponing for a long time…maybe early next year. It will be awesome to catch up. I will be looking forward to seeing you:-)

  4. says

    Ah, I love this post! I already sprinkle cranberries into my cornflakes with milk in the mornings, so this is a way for me to take my ‘breakfast bowl’ to work in a portable version! Hm… can I call them healthy? Yeah, why not! Thanks for this post! xx

  5. Sugar et al says

    Ha ha…love the ‘portable version’ theory Laura! Healthy..don’t think so but we may call it ‘guilt-free’

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