Every month I look forward to getting the email with my blog assignment for Secret Recipe Club. It means that I can go and secretly check out someone’s blog, choose some terrific recipes to try and post one here on Reveal Day.
My assignment this month was Sarah's Kitchen. Sarah is a gal from Kent, England who now lives in Texas. She became an American citizen in 2010. Sarah has been blogging since 2008 so there were lots of wonderful recipes to choose from
Since we are great fans of cubed steak, I had to make Steak Fingers. I made them with both beef and pork cubed steak, and we like them very much.
Always looking for new potato recipes, I found Fresno Potatoes and Greek Lemon Potatoes. I also found No Knead Bread, Processor Danish Pastries, and Sweet Corn Tamale Cakes. All of these recipes have something in common, and that is that they require baking in an oven. Unfortunately, we have hade 100+ degree heat for some time now, and I certainly didn’t want to use the oven, so I won’t be making these until the heat cools down.
However, even though it is hot, the Cornflake Marshmallow Cookie recipe kept calling my name, and I finally succumbed even though it, too, requires the use of the oven. I decided that I could make the Cornflake Crunch early in the day and bake the actual cookies late in the evening, which is what I did.
I had about 1 1/2 c. more Cornflake Crunch than I needed for the cookies. It was very good just to munch on, but I have an idea to use it up which I will post later. I was a little concerned about the amount of salt called for in the cookie part of the recipe so I reduced it to 3/4 t.
I used a 1/4 c. ice cream scoop to form my cookies so they were probably a bit smaller than Sarah’s cookies as she used 1/3 c. for each one. I formed all my cookies and put them on a parchment-lined baking sheet and put that in the fridge to chill. I put 4 cookies at a time on another parchment-lined baking sheet to bake. The cookies spread a lot, so more than 4 cookies spread into each other.
It may have been my oven, but 375 degrees was too high, and the first pan of cookies burned. I reduced the heat to 350 degrees, baked the cookies for 15 minutes and they came out perfect. The cookies do need to sit a bit before they are removed from the pan. I just very carefully slid the parchment paper with the cookies onto a counter, lined my baking sheet with a new piece of parchment paper and continued baking. These are very BIG crispy, crunchy somewhat delicate cookies. I suggest that they be served with a napkin to catch the crumbs. They will certainly satisfy any cookie cravings you mightbe having.
Go visit Sarah’s blog and find yourself some great recipes.
Cornflake Marshmallow Cookies
From Sarah’s Kitchen
5 c. corn flakes
1/2 c. dry milk powder
3 T. sugar
1 t. salt
9 T. butter, melted
1 c. butter (2 cubes), softened
1 1/4 c. sugar
2/3 c. light brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 t. vanilla extract
1 1/2 c. flour
1/2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. baking soda
3/4 to 1 1/2 t. salt (you choose)
3 c. Cornflake Crunch
2/3 c. mini chocolate chips
1 1/4 c. mini marshmallows
To make the Cornflake Crunch, place cornflakes in a large mixing bowl and crush well with you hands. Add the milk powder, sugar and salt. Pour in the butter and stir until well blended. Spread mixture onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Bake at 275 degrees for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool. Then break up with your hands.
To make the cookies, put butter and sugars in the bowl of a stand mixer. Cream together for 2 minutes. Add eggs and vanilla and beat for 8 minutes Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir to blend. Reduce mixer speed to low and add dry ingredients, mixing just until combined. Remove bowl from mixer and stir in Cornflake Crunch, chocolate chips and marshmallows with a spoon or spatula.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Scoop 1/4 to 1/3 c. mounds onto the baking sheet. Cover with cling wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Heat oven to 350-375 degrees. Remove 4 cookie mounds from fridge and place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes. Let cool for at least 5 minutes before removing from baking sheet or carefully slide parchment paper onto a counter, cut a new piece of parchment paper and continue baking.
The cookies will be big-5 or 6 inches in diameter. They are somewhat delicate so handle carefully. Makes about 18 cookies.
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