World's Best Cookies Aka That 70s Elusive Cornflake Cookies

Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 12 mins

This wonderful recipe was in circulation when I was a kid in the 70s. Years later, a woman brought a tray of these to the office, which I instantly recognized as THOSE COOKIES FROM MY CHILDHOOD, and she refused to give me the recipe (said it was her babysitter's secret recipe)! I searched online (tried several recipes) and asked my friends and family off and on if they'd heard of it, for 10 years. I finally JUST found this online! They are SO GOOD! Bake them for your friends and family and share the recipe with the WORLD! Note, the number of cookies you get will vary - depending on how big you roll the balls.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 325.
  2. Cream butter, sugars, vanilla and egg.
  3. Add oil.
  4. Mix in dry ingredients.
  5. Form dough into walnut sized balls.
  6. Place on cookie sheet and flatten with a fork dipped in water.
  7. Bake for 10- 12 minutes.
  8. Cool on pan for a minute or two, then transfer to a rack to cook.
Most Helpful

I made these for a Cub Scout campout. We have to be careful due to food allergies. All the boys could eat these. I made nearly 200 cookies and they were gone the first night! Everyone loved them. I think the Scout leader ate a couple of dozen himself! Thanks for sharing!

Cooking Mom of 7 July 04, 2010

Heavenly! I used sliced almonds and Total cereal, and snuck in half a cup of raisins...this goes in my file, for sure. They're warm out of the oven as I type this, and my husband will have a fit for these when he gets home. Better make sure I've got milk!:):)

La Dilettante May 13, 2010

I'm rating these as FIVE stars in spite of the somewhat *vague* directions given, because the cookies were very good and very *different*. They are even a little bit on the delicate side (too delicate-tasting for me to be okay with adding chocolate chips...and I *love* chocolate). My cookies turned out as pictured by Sadielady. A person needs to go in expecting these cookies to be chewy in the center and slightly crunchy around the edges. I love the texture. It reminds me of the chewiness of an oatmeal cookie and the "crunch" that coconut lends (although I despise coconut, so it's only texture I speak of there.) I had absolutely NO problems with the dough being crumbly. I used room temp butter and at the creaming step, I let my Kitchenaid mixer go at low speed just mixing away while I prepared the dry ingredients. I used 3 3/4 Cups flour (as opposed to the full 4 C). I also used old-fashioned oats (no q.c. oats on hand). I added the dry ingredients all at once with no trouble. I used a medium scoop and pressed the cookies slightly out as you would do with a sugar-cookie with fork (pressing down, turning the fork 90 degrees and pressing down again.) The cookies should be placed about 1.5 - 2 inches apart on an UNgreased cookie sheet. The cookies spread a little and I had a yield of 54 (2.5 inch diameter) cookies. Also, don't forget to add the vanilla in, as that is not in the instructions!!! I added mine in between steps three and four. (This could possibly solve the "crumbly dough" issue???) I'll keep this recipe for it's out-of-the-ordinary flavor and for it's simplicity! ~Jeff's Girl Way Out West

Jeff's Girl Way Out West January 11, 2006

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