Chocolate Afghans

Difficulty - Medium
Prep time - 15 minutes
Cook time - 15-20 minutes
Serves - Makes 20

Chocolate Afghans

These mouth-watering cookies will become a staple in any household. Chocolaty and soft with a little bit of crunch and smooth rich icing, topped with a walnut these biscuits make for a sensory sensation that won’t last long in the tin. Easy to make and simply delicious.

Tips with Butter

Unsalted butter in your baking is the best way to start. If you feel it needs a pinch of salt, you can add it later.

Ingredients

200g Westgold Butter, softened
½ cup Caster or Organic Sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla Essence
1 ¼ cups Plain Flour
¼ cup Cocoa
1 ½ cups Cornflakes, lightly crushed

Icing
1 tablespoon Westgold butter, softened
1 ½ cups Icing Sugar, sifted
2 tablespoons Cocoa, sifted
2 tablespoons Boiling Water
Walnut halves

Method

Preheat your oven to 180°c and line a baking tray with baking paper. In a large bowl beat the butter, sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy. Sift in the flour and cocoa, and stir thoroughly with the butter mixture until combined before stirring in the cornflakes. Place heaped teaspoonfuls onto the baking tray (squeeze the mixture together gently if necessary), then press lightly with a fork. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Cool on a wire rack before icing.

Icing
Make the chocolate icing by beating the butter, icing sugar and cocoa together. Add enough boiling water so the icing is just spreadable. Spread over cooled biscuits and decorate each with a walnut half.

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