Cocoa Brown Sugar Cookies


So a lot of you already know I visited Sonal from Simply Vegetarian earlier this week. We spent an entire afternoon together and she sure fed me well. ๐Ÿ™‚ We ate, chatted, ate some more and soaked some sun since it was a beautiful windy day. Iโ€™m so glad we met – a day very well spent! To get a sneak peak of some of the wonderful food I had there youโ€™ll have to click here and here.

Itโ€™s so great to be meeting someone whose blog, recipes and writing you admire. Sonal is as warm and welcoming as her blog is- it was like spending an afternoon with an old friend! What was even cool-er was that I was eating straight from Simply Vegetarianโ€™s kitchen!

Since I knew she was going to be cooking up a lavish spread I had to take something special for her too! I took our favorite Rhubarb Crisp and these Cocoa Brown Sugar Cookies. Initially, we called them Brown Sugar Cornflake Cookies but then we realized we already have a version of this. These Cocoa Brown Sugar Cookies are actually a combination of two of the recipes that we have already put up on the blog. Youโ€™ll find those recipes here and here.


We did make a few tweaks here and there (read: added a tablespoon of cocoa) and got these delicious-ly light and crunchy cookies! We probably werenโ€™t going to put this recipe up thinking these were ordinary cookies but when Sonal said they were such a hit, it had to make it here (I actually made another batch to take pictures and put them up here :))! The hint of cocoa powder gives the cookies a subtle hidden flavor thatโ€™ll keep you wanting more. So this is what we are bringing to this weekโ€™s Fiesta Friday.

Here is how we made them:

Cocoa Brown Sugar Cookies

Yield: 10 medium size cookies


  • ยผ cup coconut oil (for substitute see notes below)
  • ยฝ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 flax egg which is 1 tablespoon flaxseed powder mixed with 3 tablespoons water (see notes below)
  • ยพ cup oatmeal flour
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • ยผ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup cornflakes, crushed
  • ยฝ cup walnuts, chopped


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 F.
  2. In a small bowl mix oatmeal flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking soda and set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, mix the coconut oil and the brown sugar together for about 2-3 minutes until they are well incorporated.
  4. Then, add in the vanilla extract and flax egg and mix for about a minute or so.
  5. Next, add in the dry ingredients that you have set aside in step 2. Mix this only until incorporated fully.
  6. Then add in the crushed cornflakes and walnuts and mix.
  7. Using an ice-cream scoop or a normal spoon drop 1 inch mounds of dough onto a sheet pan lined with parchment paper and slightly flatten them from the top. Bake for 14-16 minutes.
  8. Transfer the cookies to a baking rack and cool completely.


1. Coconut Oil: You may choose to use regular unsalted butter in place of the coconut oil in this recipe. If you do so, you should use ยฝ cup butter.

2. Flax Egg: Mix one tablespoon flaxseed powder with 3 tablespoons of water and let it to stand for 5 minutes. You can use a regular egg if you want to in place of the flax egg.

3. Oatmeal Flour: If you donโ€™t have oatmeal flour, you can use regular all-purpose flour.


Cocoa Brown Sugar Cookies

leaning tower of…cookies


  1. Awwww… very cute looking cookies! I’m always scared of using coconut oil in my cooking, may be ‘coz I never liked coconut ๐Ÿ˜› This one is a keeper recipe for sure…

  2. What a creative idea! I love a bit of crunch ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. How cool! I love the idea of meeting another blogger in person. I’ve wanted to suggest it once or twice before, but I always thought I’d come off a bit stalker-ish …sort of like those people that your parents warn you about when you first start using the internet hehehe. Great recipe as well! Anything with cocoa wins my vote!

    • Hahaha.. I know what you mean, Indira. But I think with some people you know it’ll be good to meet. ๐Ÿ™‚ I think I can say that about everyone from the FF gang- everyone is so warm and fun to be around!

  4. These cookies look fab! Bet they’re yummy!

  5. How fun that you and Sonal got to spend time together cooking and chatting! It’s always so much fun to meet other bloggers in person, isn’t it? These cookies look fabulous, Aditi, and beautifully presented. I must really try these, they look healthy and also full of flavor. Have a great evening. xx

    • Thanks, Ngan. You could substitute brown sugar with coconut sugar to make them healthier and more guilt free. And ofcourse, it sure was so much fun to meet Sonal. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. These look so delicious!! I also totally love the packaging as per usual ๐Ÿ™‚ great pictures!!

  7. Cookies aren’t such a big thing over here. And I’m usually surprised at how popular they are elsewhere. This recipe of yours is a must make and then decide. Even though I’ll have to use an egg as I can’t get my hands on flaxseed. Cookies here I come!

  8. Wow, I love the look of the cookies! So yummy – perfect for lunches! Hey, you are so lucky to have spent some time with Sonal whose blog I admire greatly! What a nice treat for the both of you! ๐Ÿ˜€

  9. Wow! these look awesome & I love your packaging ideas ๐Ÿ™‚ Glad you & Sonal got to spend time together ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Mmm… I’d love one (or two) right now!

  11. Wow, Aditi, this sounds like a fabulous recipe!! Especially if it’s Sonal-approved ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m bookmarking this for sure. Thank you so much for bringing this to Fiesta Friday, I see there’s already a line of people waiting to get one! ๐Ÿ˜€

  12. I’m so happy that you and Sonal got to spend time together! Lucky you to get to eat in the Simply Vegetarian kitchen!! And these cookies look so good, Aditi. I’ll invite you over so you can bring me some, too, okay?? ๐Ÿ˜€

    • You are just jealous, aren’t you now? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Jokes apart, it was a lot of fun. It would be so great to have a fiesta friday gang meet up at some point! We’ll wait for your invite Patty, just so we can bring you the cookies..and bailey some too! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  13. I love to combine recipes when I can – they frequently are a huge success as with your cookies. Thanks for posting your two original recipes and this one ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. I saw these at Sonal’s blog – they look so amazing! Definitely adding these to my “to-cook” list!

  15. I love cookies. They are probably my favorite treat! These sound like a cookie I would really enjoy! Thanks for sharing them with us.

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  17. yum, yum! The cornflakes addition is a very good choice to this already delicious cookie. I have to visit you guys soon, even my husband is looking forward to it, he has seen your blogs and loves it! ๐Ÿ™‚ Will send an email in the next few weeks…

  18. These cookies sound so goodโ€“bet they have a great crunch with the cornflakes in them!

  19. Aditee :)))))). See I am smiling and a big one :). Thanks a ton for pairing this recipe. I am saving it and it is going in my favorite recipe category. I am going to post it under your blog link on my Facebook page also. I hope you don’t mind :).

  20. I got a peek of these in Sonal’s post and I was hoping you would share the recipe. Thank you for posting it! They look delicious! Cocoa and walnuts are a perfect couple in my opinion, and I imagine the corn flakes add a delightful crunch..yum. ๐Ÿ™‚

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