Cornflake oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

It amazes me that after more than 500 posts and all the recipes I've attempted in the last few years, there are still so many times I find myself saying/thinking, "this is something I've never tried before...".  I probably shouldn't be all that surprised but it's a constant reminder that there are endless things to explore and have fun with.  And it can be a very simple thing, like putting cornflakes into cookies!
We usually don't have cereal in our house.  My husband isn't a fan and the little guy is not into eating cereal in the traditional way - i.e., with milk.  He'll pretty willingly have it along side milk but not together.  So cereal isn't a morning routine but a few weeks back, I bought a box of cornflakes to make baked cornflake-crusted chicken.  I've wanted to make it for ages but never have cornflakes on hand.  I finally decided to just buy a box for the purpose and while my son has been enjoying occasional bowls of cornflakes with a side of milk, I had plenty left to experiment with...so why not make cookies!

You know what?  I kind of loved it.  Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies with crushed cornflakes thrown in turned out to be a very good thing.  My family and I devoured our batch of cookies.  The cornflakes added a mysterious little crunch and slightly sweet-caramelized flavor that was really enjoyable. 
I found it's key to add the cornflakes and mix it fairly well into the batter so that the cornflakes break up and crush into small pieces.  In one of my cookie bites, I had a lone large piece of cornflake and I just thought it was too hard, too large somehow, while the crushed bits melded rather perfectly into the cookie.  

This was a tasty experiment.  Making use of my cornflakes was a great excuse to bake a batch of cookies! These have the whole chewy, crunchy, melty elements all taken care of in one.  Now that I've tried this, I'm eager to try it out with rice krispies instead of cornflakes. It's yet another thing I haven't done but have been curious about.  Honestly, there are endless reasons to make cookies, which is not a bad thing in my book!


I was planning to simply take a good oatmeal chocolate chip cookie recipe I've made in the past and fit some cornflakes into it but I stumbled upon this recipe in my research and it fit right into the cookie I envisioned eating.  I'm glad I used it!
Add oats and cornflakes to the dough, then mix with the mixer to break up the cornflakes before stirring in chocolate chips
I like using old-fashioned oats because I love the chew it adds and I really want that to be prominent.  If you prefer, you can use quick oats instead.  It bears repeating that you should add the cornflakes into the batter, then let the paddle of your stand mixer mix it in and break up the cornflakes into smaller pieces.  Going in, I was a little hesitant and wondering if the cornflakes should be crushed or not.  Now that I've made them, I discovered that breaking them up a bit turns the cornflakes into ideal little bits within the cookie that add a bit of crunch and a slight sweet flavor that we really enjoyed. 
Have you had cookies with cornflakes?  How does it compare with rice krispies?  I need to try that next, and hopefully, soon.

Recipe

Cornflake Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies 
Adapted from Chef in Training

- Makes approximately 18 cookies (depending on size) -

1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar 
1 1/2 teaspoons milk
1 large egg
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup sifted all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup old-fashioned oats
1 cup cornflakes
3/4 cup dark chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and set racks in the upper and lower third position.  Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicon baking mats. 

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter together with the sugars.  Add milk, egg, and vanilla extract.  Mix until combined, scraping the bowl as needed.  

In a separate bowl, lightly whisk the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together.  Add this to the mixing bowl and beat until combined.  Add oats and cornflakes and beat on low-speed to incorporate (you want to break the cornflakes up into smaller pieces). Stir in the chocolate chips with a rubber spatula.  

Scoop cookie dough into about 2-tablespoon mounds (or as desired) onto the baking sheets, spaced about 2 inches apart.  Bake for 10 minutes, rotating pans midway, until cookies are set and the sides are golden.  Remove baking sheets to wire rack and let cool a few minutes before transferring cookies to the rack to cool completely.  





32 comments:

  1. Not really a fan of cornflakes, but I love the idea of using them in the cookies. Thanks for sharing, Monica.

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    1. I used to love cornflakes as a kid and I don't mind it now though rarely eat it. It's a fun toss into the cookies though. ; )

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  2. That's a brilliant idea Monica. Did it have a little crunch with the chewiness of the cookie? We dont eat much cold cereal and milk in our house either, but warm oatmeal yes. Do you eat congee in the mornings usually? Congee is great for breakfast but not for making cookies... lol

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    1. Yes, it gave the cookies a teeny bit of crunch and this caramelization that was really nice actually. I love to eat oatmeal and hot foods...some mornings, I make congee for a Chinese theme breakfast but not that often to be honest. I do love congee and going for dim sum. : )

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  3. Yum! Adding cornflakes is a brilliant idea and I love that added crunch to the cookie (: Have you ever tried coating french toast in cornflakes? It's a delicious layer of crunch, and I love it. The first time I had it was at Walker Brothers, a breakfast restaurant, and it was so good!

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    1. What an idea you've given me, Monica! You know I think I've seen it on menus and I definitely remember seeing a Captain Crunch version but I'm pretty positive we've never had it! Mmmm...another box of cereal might be in the works. Thanks, Monica!

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  4. How nice! Never tried this with cornflakes (like you, we don't really have them in the house) but I know we would all love them. I definitely like a 'crunch' to a cookie. They look delicious too. Have a great rest of the weekend Monica.

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    1. I am all gaga for texture in my food, even more so than the rest of my family. This was a fun excuse to make cookies, Jo! : ) Talk soon!

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  5. That is so interesting! My mother-in-law used corn flakes in a lot of recipes - mostly as a topping for casseroles. Love the idea of putting them in cookies. My husband would love it! Have a wonderful weekend - hope you are having some of the same gorgeous weather we have here in Virginia

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    1. The weather here is amazing, Tricia! We were away and came home to this warm paradise. Enjoying it and I bet you are, too. : )

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  6. Hi Monica, I bet the corn flakes brought a different texture to the cookies, you really are a great baker. I bet these are delicious.

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    1. You're too kind, Cheri. The cornflakes did do this funny thing to the cookies - I enjoyed the hint of crunch and caramelization.

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  7. These cookies look and sound delicious- cornflakes are such a fun addition :) Pinning!

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    1. Thanks for pinning, Medha. Cookies are just great things, aren't they?

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  8. Ha! There are an infinite number of reasons to make cookies!
    I've had loads of success using rice krispies in cookies, but I haven't hit on the perfect corn flake cookie recipe yet. Maybe this is it!

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    1. Yes, so true and I'm glad for it! I really want to try the rice krispies in cookies! I assume it will be an even airier kind of crunch. Nice!!

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  9. Nice food! I love it. My daughter also likes it. I will try doing for her on next week. Thanks! Healthoop

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  10. these chocolate chip cookies are lovely! Pinning them right away!

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    1. Thanks, Marcela. I love a good batch of chocolate chip cookies...

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  11. I love cornflakes and the idea of adding them in cookies sounds interesting.They look so beautiful and Delicious!

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    1. I'm totally glad I did it. They were tastier than I expected. Hope you try it one day.

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  12. I love the crunch part of these chocolate chip cookies.

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    1. I like crunch in so many things, too, Bal.

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  13. I'm glad you showed me the way with this cornflake chocolate chip cookie recipe because I never would have thought to combine them! In love!

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    1. I've seen cookies with cereal in it and have always been curious. I would make/eat these anytime. : )

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  14. I love, love chocolate chip cookies! These ones scream my name!

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    1. A warm homemade chocolate chip cookie is such a wonderful treat, isn't it?!

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  15. Oooo I bet the cornflakes add such a cool texture to these cookies!! My mom always used to make potato chip chicken so now you have me thinking about growing up with these cookies! :)

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    1. I only recently realized how good potato-chip encrusted meat is! haha - yikes! : ) These cookies were tasty, Ashley. Have to start buying cornflakes on the regular now. ; )

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  16. Oatmeal cookies are my favorite and I can just imagine that the cornflakes add such a nice crunch! I can't wait to try that next time:) They look perfect!

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    1. Hi Kelly - thanks for taking the time to check in here. Hope all is well and you're not too busy. The cookbook will be amazing, no doubt!
      I just made another batch of these cookies this week, mostly to gift to a friend. They're good! And looks like I'll be buying cornflakes more regularly. ; )

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