There are two things I can say with certainty that will be found in every good ole kiwi household, one is some sort of tube, jar, or vat of either vegemite or marmite, or both, and the other is the Edmonds Cookery Book.  No home in the 70’s was complete without it and I’m pretty sure this would be the case today….. (nz readers feel free to jump on in here at to agree or attest!).  Every single recipe from childhood is guaranteed to have come out of this book, the good, the bad, the downright horrifying and those in-between.

One of the good ones and every kids favorite is afghans, it’s a cookie dummies…. and a pretty simple one too.  I had to adapt the recipe somewhat since the weights are all in grams and oz’s and I got completely confused, without a scale,  how to convert this into tbsp’s and cups but I think I got it… Mr Weiss has given it the thumbs up with his afternoon cuppa.


1 stick (4 oz) + 6 tbsp softened butter

6 tbsp sugar

1 1/2 c flour

3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa

1 1/2 c cornflakes


2 tbsp softened butter

2 oz bittersweet chocolate,  finely chopped

1/4 c boiling hot water

1 c powdered sugar, sifted

walnuts for topping

Oven 350 F

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, add flower and sifted cocoa (this is just to get the lumps out of the cocoa), mix until combined, stir in cornflakes.  Drop spoonfuls (about tbsp heaping) onto greased cookie sheet.  Bake 16-18 mins.  Cool.

Icing: Melt chocolate with hot water until smooth paste, add softened butter, mix, stir in sifted powdered sugar. Spread onto completely cooled cookie, place walnut piece on top…. ahhh isn’t that nice.



  1. Stephanie
    Posted March 6, 2009 at 10:39 pm | Permalink

    Okay, so the latest pizza post is amazing, then add to that the pie, and now these chocolatey little cookes? How soon can I move it?!

  2. Jill
    Posted March 11, 2009 at 5:35 am | Permalink

    Ahh, your own slice of kiwiana in the USA, where would any kiwi girl be without her Edmonds Cook Book… and yummy Afghan bikies, absolutely corker!

  3. Dany
    Posted March 22, 2009 at 12:42 am | Permalink

    Ours was stuck together by batter on the pikelets page… My flatmate still makes Sante biscuits but puts broken up Milky Bar bits in them :o)

    • thecatskillkiwi
      Posted March 22, 2009 at 9:33 am | Permalink

      I was thinking of making pikelets but I’m not sure how to explain these to an american.. mini pancakes? not really

  4. jim
    Posted August 2, 2012 at 11:03 pm | Permalink

    I think our old EDMONDS COOKBOOK has traces of every recipe we have made on it some were

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