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World’s Greatest Cookies

Do you have a partial bag of cornflakes sitting in your pantry leftover from some Thanksgiving side dish or dessert? Are you looking for ways to use it up because eating it as cereal just is not that tempting? Let me help you! Or should I say let my wonderful Mom help you! She makes these cookies all the time for our care packages that she sends. She even entered them in a local cookie contest for our home newspaper and she won editor’s choice! They are absolutely delicious and are sure to be the hit of your cookie exchange. That is if they even make it out the door.

**Also note that we are starting our Chillin’ for the Holidays series which includes holiday cookies all week long this week, a Show Us Your Cookies Photo Contest and RSVP for the Once A Month Mom “Show Us Your Cookies” Virtual Christmas Party!

 World’s Greatest Cookies


Kelly @ onceamonthmeals.com


  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar or sucanat
  • 1 cup brown sugar firmly packed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1 cup rolled oats, regular
  • 1 cup crushed cornflakes, preferably natural brand.
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup walnuts or pecans (optional)
  • 3 1/2 cups sifted all purpose flour, unenriched, unbleached
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


Preheat oven to 325. Cream together butter, vanilla and sugars until light and fluffy. Add egg, mixing well, then applesauce, mixing well. Add oats, cornflakes, coconut, and nuts, stirring well. Then add flour, baking soda, and salt. Place dough in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before forming. Mix well and form into balls the size of small walnuts, place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten with a fork dipped in water. Bake for 12 minutes.

Allow to cool on cookie sheet for a few minutes before removing to cooling rack.
 For extra sweetness, sprinkle the warm cookies with granulated sugar. Then watch them disappear!

Freezing Directions:

Prepare dough as outlined above. Roll into a log and wrap with plastic wrap or roll into balls and place in freezer bag until ready to serve. TO SERVE: Thaw in refrigerator. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten with a fork dipped in water. Bake for 12 minutes.

Servings: 24 cookies

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7 Responses to “World’s Greatest Cookies”

  1. Joanna Vanderkooi says:

    Thank you so much…it looks like a great cookie…er, the GREATEST cookie! :D

  2. These sound yummy, there are so many good ingredients in them!

  3. Kimberly says:

    Wondering if you’ve ever tried them with rice crispies (crushed?). I don’t have cornflakes sitting around, but I do have rice crispies.

  4. Awesome Dawson says:

    Has Mom or you ever made a chocolate version…like adding 1/2-3/4 cup of cocoa to the mix?

  5. Miz Helen says:

    Hi Kelly,
    This is a great cookie, I just love the corn flakes in the recipe. I will be making these soon. Hope you are having a great week end and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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