I have loads of old cookbooks and recipes that I have either inherited or collected as a child and that included my Cooking Clips book. I decided to have a snoop through my cooking clips the other day and discovering how old some of the recipes are, it gave me the idea to include a retro section here on the blog! And this is where the retro Corn Flake Cookies come into it.
As you can imagine, many of the ingredients in some of the 70’s cookbooks aren’t particularly vegetarian or vegan friendly which gives me the added bonus of vegging them up too. (not this one, this one is a fine vegetarian cookie as it is!)
The reason that this one cropped up is because I have some old corn flakes in the cupboard that I have been wanting to use up, so falling onto this recipe came at the perfect time.
There are very few ingredients to this recipe, so I was a little but dubious to how they were going to come out and to my surprise they are pretty surprised. I don’t think I’ll be making them for gifts, but for a simple snack, they are tasty. 80’s tasty, but tasty all the same!
I also blatantly placed the dollops too close too – who would have thought they would spread quite so much! But oh well, nice little baking interlude for the week.
It is really funny how I feel instantly like a child again when I am baking with cornflakes. Was that pretty much all we had to bake with in the 80’s?! Also, you will notice that I have slightly changed some of the ingredients because we are much more
pretentious advanced and modern these days!
50 g margarine
75 g golden caster sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 free-range egg
50 g plain flour
pinch of salt
1 tsp baking powder
50 g corn flakes (in my case Waitrose Essential)
Preheat the oven to 175 C
Grease a baking sheet
Cream the butter, sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy (work those muscles!)
Gradually beat in the egg (too fast and it will curdle)
Add the flour, baking powder, salt and corn flakes and mix well
Spoon teaspoon amounts of the mix onto the baking sheet (wider apart than you would think to save my mistake!)
Bake in the oven for 14 minutes (or between 10-15 mins depending on your oven)
Remove once golden and cool on a wire rack
Enjoy with some Nesquik, Angel Delight, Dream Topping or other amazing 80’s classic ‘food’!
Honestly, I am having so much fun looking through my old cooking clip book and Kenwood Chef books that I can really see this becoming a bit of a feature. Just think of the theme parties we could have using all of the retro recipes I find.
Dreaming of retro parties!
Did you grow up in the 80’s? What were your favourite snacks/treats from those good old days?
Let me know in the comments!
- 50 g margarine
- 75 g golden caster sugar
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 1 free-range egg
- 50 g plain flour
- pinch of salt
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 50 g corn flakes (in my case Waitrose Essential)
- Preheat the oven to 175 C
- Grease a baking sheet
- Cream the butter, sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy (work those muscles!)
- Gradually beat in the egg (too fast and it will curdle)
- Add the flour, baking powder, salt and corn flakes and mix well
- Spoon teaspoon amounts of the mix onto the baking sheet (wider apart than you would think to save my mistake!)
- Bake in the oven for 14 minutes (or between 10-15 mins depending on your oven)
- Remove once golden and cool on a wire rack
- Enjoy with some Nesquik, Angel Delight, Dream Topping or other amazing 80's classic 'food'!