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Milk Bar Cornflake-choc chip-marshmallow cookies

I got the Milk Bar cookbook for Christmas and have been enjoying baking and eating over the last couple of weeks.
Yesterday I made and shaped the cornflake, etc cookies. I just baked 2 off, you know, so I could test them before making more fresh for the kids after school. I ended up with very flat, lacy cookies. Not what I was expecting. From the picture and description I expected something thicker, puffier, chewier.
Has anyone else out there made these cookies, and if so how did they turn out?
What could have gone wrong with mine? I followed the recipe, I may have added slightly more butter, but no more than a half a tablespoon. I baked straight from the fridge into a preheated oven.
Do you think I could bake these together in a 9x13 pan and get something akin to a blondie? I just don't think that my group of kids are going to enjoy the flat, crispy cookies, although they are very tasty!

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  1. Extra butter could definitely cause it to flatten. You could bake it in a pan; it'll be closer to a blondie but probably flatter. I'd use parchment paper sling because it could fall apart and be difficult to remove. Let it cool first, too, before cutting.

    1. I am convinced that this recipe has an error. I posted about it on their FB page but they never responded. Mine were flat and lacy even after refrigerating the cookies before baking.

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      1. re: Becca Porter

        Thanks for the replies, nice to know I am not the only one getting these results. I think I will try baking the rest in a 9x13 pan and follow chowser's suggestions. Next time I try the recipe I will try adding a little more flour.
        I'll let you know how the "cornflake crunch blondies" turn out.

      2. I made the recipe exactly as stated (I even weighed the ingredients) and mine were flat and lacy too. Not what I was expecting, but still tasty and somewhat addictive.

        1. That happened to me when I went to bake them off. I then scooped out the rest of the dough using a smaller (a little under 1/4 cup) scoop and they baked perfectly. It took about 7 - 8 minutes per batch of cookies.

          I wonder if it has something to do with the ovens they used testing the book. I don't have a convection oven, mine is a 20 year old electric.

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          1. re: potato or yam

            They definitely tested these recipes using convection. I have to pull mine way earlier than the guidelines using a regular oven.

          2. I smushed all of my cookie dough balls together in a 9x13 pan and baked it for about 40 minutes. After 20 minutes it was getting dark near the edges, but was still very wet in the middle, nowhere near baked through. I lowered the temp from 350 to 300 at this point.
            A lot of the butter baked out of them and they were looking very greasy. The marshmallow component did not do well in the oven for so long. It all got very caramelized and crunchy towards the edges. I tried one warm and was not impressed. I wrapped the whole pan in saran and left it overnight. I just cut them up, removing all of the edges. They taste okay, chewy but greasy.
            This is not something I would try to duplicate. I will however work on the recipe for the cookies. I like the combo of flavours, but will go lighter on the cornflake crunch next time and use regular size chocolate chips. I'm going to try increasing the flour. I really liked the confetti cookies from this book, and while they also call for 16T butter they have 2 1/2 c flour as opposed to the 1 1/2 in the cornflake cookies.
            Anyone made the corn or compost cookies out of this book?

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            1. re: cheesymama

              The corn cookies are probably my favorite thing in the book! They are amazing.

              As far as the compost cookies go, they are good. However, I find butterscotch chips to be vile chemical tasting dreck. I have made the mistake several times over the years of using them. Never again. Next time I will leave them out.

              1. re: Becca Porter

                I made the compost cookies and would probably leave the coffee grounds out next time. They gave off a burnt odor which was slightly freaking me out because I put a lot of work into those cookies.

                Got mixed reviews from my friends. Coworkers loved them. I felt like there was a little too much going on in them. And I couldn't get past the smell.

                As far as the cornflake/choc chip/marshmallow cookies, I just decided they would be tasty, but unpleasant looking cookies. Some of the half melted marshmallows looked like white mold (or worse - I'll leave it to your imagination.) When I packaged them for my Christmas cookie boxes, I wondered if people would just toss them because they looked molded.

                1. re: mtoo

                  Oh, I loved the ground coffee. I am big coffee fan though.

                  1. re: Becca Porter

                    Thanks to both of you. I think I'll make the corn cookies for my book club next week and the compost cookies for a parent meeting, also next week.