If, like me, you find yourself unable to resist the allure of the no-bake corn- flake treats sometimes known in America as haystacks and called desert roses in France, then brace yourself for this baked version. Like the old- fashioned haystacks, these don’t have many ingredients—it’s the baking and the addition of eggs and agave nectar that make them different—but they end up being more satisfying than you’d expect. My go-to combination for these is sweetened coconut, chopped nuts, plumped raisins and high-quality milk chocolate, but this recipe is a DIYer’s dream. You can change the nuts, the dried fruit and even the chocolate. Actually, you can even swap the namesake cornflakes for another kind of flaky cereal. What you don’t want to leave out is the salt—it’s the perker-upper here.
You can keep the cookies for about 3 days in a covered container, but they’ll soften. I prefer to put them on a plate and leave them out. That’s a good option only if the air is dry, though, not when it’s humid.
Editor’s Note: This recipe, from Dorie’s Cookies by Dorie Greenspan, has not been tested by the SAVEUR test kitchen.
- 2 large eggs
- 1⁄2 cup (120 ml) agave nectar
- 3⁄4 tsp. fine sea salt
- 1 cup (120 grams) shredded sweetened coconut
- 1 cup (120 grams) pecans or other nuts, coarsely chopped
- 1 cup (160 grams) plump, moist raisins
- 3 cups (84 grams) cornflakes
- 6 oz. (170 grams) best-quality milk chocolate, melted
- Position the racks to divide the oven into thirds and preheat it to 300 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
- Working in a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, agave and salt until smooth, about 1 minute. Switch to a flexible spatula and add the remaining ingredients one at a time, mixing well after each goes in. (Adding the cornflakes close to the end increases their chances of surviving the mixing mostly intact.)
- You can scoop the haystacks with a medium cookie scoop or with a tablespoon. Either way, as you portion out the mixture, try to press it a little so that it kind of, sort of, stays together, and then leave an inch or so between the raggedy mounds.
- Bake the cookies for 30 to 35 minutes, rotating the pans top to bottom and front to back after 15 minutes, or until they’re deeply golden brown and shiny. Transfer the baking sheets to racks and let the cookies cool completely on the sheets; they’ll crisp as they cool but remain slightly chewy in the center.