The World’s Best Cookies

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These really are the WORLD’S BEST COOKIES! I know that is a lofty proclamation, but it’s so true. The first bite I took of these cookies was heaven and in my mind I said “that’s why they call them the World’s Best!”

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This is another recipe from my Mom’s recipe box. Much like her banana bread and snowball recipe, this one is sure to be a keeper. I was rifling through her recipe box looking for nuggets of gold when I came upon this cookie recipe. Fast forward a year, and she was doing the same thing and texted it to me. It was finally time for me to try them!

So…what makes them the World’s Best Cookies? So many things!

I think that the first (and most important) standard for any cookie is taste. These have a taste that’s hard to describe; kind of like a non-chocolate chocolate chip cookie and a pecan sandie, all rolled into one.

The other requirement for any cookie, in my book, is a chewy texture with a crisp outside but soft and gooey inside, and this cookie is most certainly that. So many factors go into making this cookie all of those things and one of them are all the ingredients inside. I also like to call these “kitchen sink cookies” because seriously, when I read the ingredient list I was amazed at all the components.

Sure, I’ve put oats and butter in cookies (haven’t we all?) But what about cornflakes? And nuts and coconut…and oil?

I know – this recipe has not only butter but oil too. It has brown sugar and granulated sugar. And flour and oats…and all sorts of mix-ins. I have no idea where this recipe originated or what it was originally called but World’s Best Cookie Recipe is definitely on the list.

stack of cookies

I am pretty sure this cookie hails from the 70s. Only in that era would people think to add butter and oil to a recipe and call it good, am I right? Plus…cornflakes were a huge thing back in the day. Now…does anyone eat cornflakes anymore? Or are the just purchased to coat chicken or make cornflake cookies? I know that’s the only reason I buy them…except when I’m craving plain cereal with sugar.

(Or sometimes I want a crunchy peanut buttery dessert and I melt chocolate and peanut butter and stir in cornflakes for crunch. I tell you, I can make dessert out of anything!)

These cookies are soft and chewy, crunchy and gooey and SO FULL of delicious flavor. When I find recipes like this I wonder where they went. Why aren’t these on bakery shelves and all over the internet? I’d choose these over chocolate chip cookies any day of the week!

Do you wonder how all these ingredients meld together to make the best cookie recipe of all time? Okay, let’s break it down:

If you’re looking for the World’s Best Cookies Recipe, look no further. These cookies are full of butter, oil, sugar, cornflakes, coconut, pecans, and oats and really are the best tasting cookie I’ve ever had.

broken in half stack of cookies

How to make the World’s Best Cookies:

  1. Oil and butter…yes BOTH! For me, butter is essential in cookies. It provides not only flavor but that telltale chewy texture a good cookie has. But, as I discovered with my favorite shortbread cookie recipe, adding oil along with butter makes them chewy and soft at the same time. Weird, but true.
  2. Granulated and brown sugar. Granulated is the regular go-to for cookies because it helps with crunch and spread. Brown sugar helps with softness, so adding both ensures a nice soft cookie.
  3. Oatmeal: adding oats to a cookie adds to the chewiness. These are by no means oatmeal cookies, but the oats add a good chew. If you don’t have quick cooking oats you can make your own by adding old-fashioned oats to a food processor or blender and pulsing a few times.
  4. Cornflakes – bring on the 70s! Adding cereal to cookies isn’t knew to me (um, Fruity Pebbles Cookies, anyone?) and I love adding cereal for texture and crunch.
  5. Coconut – you can skip if you don’t love it, but you don’t 100% taste it, it’s more for texture.
  6. Nuts – use walnuts or pecans or your favorite nut. Great for flavor and texture. I used pecans, which is why I suspect I tasted Pecan Sandie in these cookies.
  7. As usual, I like to chill my cookies before baking to let the flavors meld. Plan accordingly!

Now, there is no chocolate in these cookies and I don’t miss it one bit…but you can add 1 cup of chocolate chips if you want. That would make them the World’s Best Cookies x1000!!

This recipe makes about 4 dozen cookies, depending on size. They freeze well too, so you can save them for later!

Let me know if you remember these cookies. I was too young back in the 70s…but I’d love to hear if they were really a thing!

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The World's Best Cookies

These really are the WORLD’S BEST COOKIES! I couldn’t believe how good they were when I tried them!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (227g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup (198g) granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (208g) brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup (237ml) vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup (80g) quick cooking oats
  • 3 1/2 cups (434g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (60g) sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup (25g) lightly crushed cornflakes
  • 1/2 cup (63g) chopped pecans or walnuts

Directions:

  1. Note: this dough requires chilling.
  2. Cream butter and sugars in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Cream until light and fluffy. You can also use a hand mixer. Add oil and stir until smooth. Add egg and vanilla, mix until smooth, then stir in the salt and baking soda.
  3. Mix in oats and flour until just mixed. Stir in coconut, nuts, and cornflakes.
  4. Scoop 2 tablespoon balls of cookie dough onto a cookie sheet covered in wax or parchment paper. No need to spread the balls out, you’re just going to chill them. Cover with plastic wrap and chill at least one hour. (If you chill longer than 4 hours you may need to let them warm up a few minutes on the counter before baking.)
  5. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or silpat baking mats. Place cookies 2” apart on prepared cookie sheets. Lightly press down with the palm of your hand. Bake for 9-11 minutes or until the bottoms just start to turn golden brown. Cool at least 5 minutes on cookie sheet before removing to rack to cool completely.
  6. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 1 month.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 4 dozen cookies, Serving Size: 1 cookie

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 300
  • Total Fat: 17g
  • Saturated Fat: 5g
  • Cholesterol: 23mg
  • Carbohydrates: 34g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 19g
  • Protein: 3g
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18 comments

  1. Glad they lived up to their name. I don’t suppose you could mail me one…?? lol Can’t remember if I ever made them; I don’t think so.

  2. I’m trying your cookies rite now they are chilling but so far so good will get back with you once I bake and thanks for sharing

  3. These sound amazing – with a little bit of everything! Will have to get some corn flakes and try them got everything else. I had to laugh at your peanut butter, chocolate and cornflakes we do the same thing but with Rice Krispies cereal! To die for!

  4. Your recipe looks awesome for the cookies but I have always wondered why recipes call for unsalted butter and then add salt? I always use salted butter and don’t add the salt and I never had a problem with recipes……………Just asking is all!!!

  5. I can remember my mom making them in the early sixties, they are my daughters all time favorite. I have on occasion not had cornflakes on hand, and have substituted other cereals, or left it out totally. I have also added toffee bits, or caramel chips…the daughter is not a chocolate fan. Lol. Any way you make them it is a wonderful recipe!

    Rating: 5
  6. Fabulous cookies. I used Kellogg’s Special K Nourish with coconut, cranberries and almonds. They are a corn flake, but with extra good stuff in it. Fantastic. I did not use any chocolate chips but they might be good. I just wanted to make them pretty much the same as the original recipe. I did use chopped almonds rather than walnuts or pecans.

    Rating: 5
  7. I don’t remember these from the ’70’s, but they certainly look good enough to try!

  8. hey girl- these cookies look so yummy!

  9. We call these the 70s cookies!! I bake mine at 325, I will have to try 350 and see what changes!

  10. Oh I would love these soooo much! I love all those crunch ingredients. Must try these soon. Thanks for sharing. Pinned for now!

  11. I am such a cookie lover that I almost always go for a cookie over any other goodie! I would rate these in the top 5 of my all-time favorites. I like the comment about using Special K Nourish too, sounds yummy. Might try adding that and dates or sunflower seeds the next time I make it… the possibilities are endless.

  12. Great cookies. Easy to make. My wife loved them. She said it’s like 4 cookies in one. Also added chocolate chips which made them even better.

    Rating: 5
  13. We have always called these Funeral Cookies in our family. (We got the recipe from my husband’s great aunt at a funeral.) We flatten ours slightly with a fork, otherwise they are exactly the same. Everyone who tries them loves them.

    Rating: 5
  14. I have made these for many years, but refer to them as Ranger cookies. I don’t know where the name came from, but I do know they are a household favorite and the ingredients are very much the same. They quite seriously could be called ‘everything but the kitchen sink’ cookies!

  15. Am making theses cookies as we speak. How long do I refrigerate cookies, before baking?

  16. Funny you should mention you melt chocolate and pb and add corn flakes – my youngest and I love to melt choc chips and throw in pb when we are craving something sweet! We’ll have to add corn flakes next time. I made fried ice cream for my middle child’s 19th birthday on the 15th and have left over crushed corn flakes. I was wondering what I was going to do with them…now I know – these cookies! (and maybe add to some pb & choc!)

  17. OMG, I have to agree! These look so decadent – definitely, the world’s best cookies! I mean cornflakes and pecans and coconut, just thinking about it is making me salivate!

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