Gluten free cornflake biscuits and Box Boy

Here in New South Wales, Australia, we have been recovering from devastating storms and torrential rain. Outside play has been at a minimum. Finally, the sun was shining and I screamed at politely asked my children to go outside and play. They ignored me. During my rant soliloquy on the benefits of outdoor playing Kid 2 came up to me, wearing a cardboard box. He had become Box Boy, reminiscent of The Boy in the Bubble but less circular.

Kid 2: Hug me.

Not particularly wanting to hug him at that moment, I decided to take this as an opportunity to think outside the box. I wrapped my arms around my cardboard enclosed child and squeezed. For the record, it was odd and rather scratchy.

The gluten free cornflakes used in the recipe also came out of a box. Having known and adored similar styles of biscuits in my cheery childhood, I assumed the sproglets would devour them immediately. Incorrect. The little buggers sweethearts wouldn’t even try them. ‘Go on, eat one,’ said I. ‘No’, said they, resolutely and determinedly.

The adults who got a look in loved every one of these crunchy, vanilla studded, buttery biscuits. To say they pair well with a good cup of cha (tea) is an understatement. For fans of secondhand goodness, please note the adorable Swedish mug rescued from an op shop for the ripe price of a dollar. Got to love a bargain.


125g butter
1/2 cup caster sugar (I used raw)
1/4 tsp vanilla bean powder, or 1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste or vanilla essence
180g gluten free self-raising flour, sifted
1 tbl milk
1 1/2 cups gluten free cornflakes
1/2 cup sultanas

Preheat oven to 180C and line two baking trays with baking paper.
Cream the butter, sugar and vanilla in a mixing bowl until light and creamy. I usually scrape the bowl down using a spatula at least once during this process.
Add the flour and mix on a low speed to incorporate.
Add the milk and mix until the dough comes together.
Use a wooden spoon to mix the cornflakes and sultanas in, stir until well combined.
Use a heaped teaspoon per biscuit and roll into a ball. Place onto the trays, allowing room for spreading, slightly flatten each biscuit with a spatula.
Cook for 12-15 minutes or until lightly golden. I often turn the trays halfway through cooking to allow for even cooking.
Remove trays from oven and let cool for five minutes before transferring to a wire rack.
Made 22 biscuits.

A Cheergerm adaptation of a recipe from the Taste website. The link to the original recipe is provided below the photos.


18 thoughts on “Gluten free cornflake biscuits and Box Boy

  1. These look like my Mum’s Cornflake Fruities! The kids don’t know what their missing out on, but then that’s all the more for you and the Yak! Hope the storms didn’t cause too much damage at the Cheer house.

  2. Mmm, I love cornflakes! And yes, it’s a darling mug. Glad to hear the storms were not too destructive. I have relatives in NSW whose power was out for a couple of days.

    • I love them too LM! Glad you like the sweet wee mug too. Just a few leaks but we were lucky. We live above a valley and for two days nights straight I lay in bed and it sounded like a giant freight train was roaring towards us. I can’t believe our windows didn’t blow in. Oh, where do your relo’s live? Our family up one hour north of Sydney had no power for three days.

  3. Crunchy, chewy, buttery, sugary–oh good heavens, what box did this not tick off for the boys? Never mind. Pack up that gorgeous green tin and ship me the leftovers. Okay, you’re right. There aren’t going to be any leftovers.
    I do covet that tin tho. And the cup. And seriously everything that comes out of your fantabulous kitchen.
    One of these days, Cheergerm, I’m planning to show up at your front door.
    But don’t worry. I’ll bring a bucket for the leaks. House gifts are my specialty.

    • Kids, huh, who can guess!? They were soooo good….you can rock up at my door any day Mrs P….and with a gift?? Even better….materialistic…Moi? That tin was another cool find…I have to stop…despite me telling the Yak that my crockery cupboards are like the Tardis…. 😳

  4. I’m glad to hear you folks are out and about again.
    These things look good. I might see if Jennee will whip some up. Actually I’ll get Matty on it. Yep, that’s what I’ll do 😜
    Nice work Mrs Cheer.

  5. I can almost smell those delightful biccies cooking – yep their wonderful aroma has just hit the UK! You are lucky, really, that the kids aren’t of the cornflake persuasion, means more for you and The Yak. Cook with enough cornflakes and Kid 2 can have his own box ensemble. Meanwhile you can keep munching from your lovely biccie tin and drinking tea from your fab Swiss mug – another great find. Plus you all made it through the storms, windows intact. All’s well that ends well, Mrs Cheergerm. πŸ˜ƒ

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