Cornflake-Macadamia Nut Cookies

Cornflake-Macadamia Nut Cookies

March 7: National Cereal Day

Whenever we are on the island of Kauai, it is mandatory to stop in at the Kauai Kookies factory store. Islander loves their cookies so much that she even considered retiring in Hanapepe! Once in a while, her family and friends back on Oahu mail care packages to us on the mainland and include a few boxes of Kauai Kookies.

When those precious cookies don’t come often enough, she resorts to baking something similar to the Kauai Kookie “Cornflake Krunch” flavor—cornflake-macadamia nut cookies. Crushed cornflake cereal is what makes them “krunchy” and the macadamia nuts add a touch of the tropics to these treats.

For a sweet snack, bake a batch of cookies made with macadamia nuts and cornflakes cereal, especially on National Cereal Day.

Recipe

(Adapted from “Flavors of Paradise Cookbook” by Pearl City Community Church)

 Ingredients

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • ¾ cup sugar, granulated white (we used C&H brand)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla (we used Hawaiian Vanilla Company brand)
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup cornflakes cereal, coarsely crushed
  • ¾ cup macadamia nut pieces (we used Mauna Loa brand)

Directions

In a large bowl, cream the butter with the sugar. Mix in the vanilla. In a separate bowl, combine the flour and baking soda. Gradually stir this mixture into the creamed butter and mix well until a cookie dough is formed.

Cornflake-Macadamia Nut Cookies

Crush the cornflakes cereal to measure one cup. Fold this into the cookie dough. Add the macadamia nut pieces. Roll out one-inch balls.

Cornflake-Macadamia Nut Cookies

Place them on a lightly greased baking sheet about two inches apart. Flatten into discs. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees F for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and cool completely. Yield: Approximately 3-4 dozen cookies.

Notes

  • When Islander still lived on Oahu, she would visit her godsister, Min V., in Kekaha, Kauai, on long weekends. What a wonderful coincidence that Kauai Kookie was on the way to Min’s house from the Lihue airport!!!
  • Kauai Kookie used to bake up different flavors of cookies and only offered them at the factory store or at special events (such as the Made in Hawaii Festival) where Islander would buy a bunch of bite-sized “banzai cookies” and macadamia nut tea cookies.
  • Islander once left a box of Kauai Kookies out on the dining room table and put a “kapu” on them. However, her brother could not resist and ate them all while she was taking a nap. As soon as she woke up, he immediately ran out to the store to buy replacements to avoid her wrath. To appease her, he bought more Kauai Kookies—and some especially for himself.
  • We also gift Kauai Kookies to our mainland friends after coming back from a visit to Hawaii. Share the aloha!
  • Mahalo to Mary Ann B. for sending the “Flavors of Paradise Cookbook” to Islander for her birthday. Mahalo to Lisa L. for giving us vanilla extract from the Big Island.
  • Try the recipe for macadamia nut-white chocolate chip cookies on September 4, which is National Macadamia Nut Day.
  • Search our blog for other recipes containing cereal as an ingredient.

Hawaiian-Style Chex Mix

Hawaiian Style Chex Mix

March 7: National Cereal Day

Put some pizzazz in a plain party chex mix and add some aloha with meaty macadamia nuts and flavorful furikake. Hawaii’s locals love to sprinkle the latter on snacks, such as “hurricane popcorn” and Spam musubi. The salty-sesame rice seasoning balances the sweetness of the sugar-syrup in the cereal mixture. Try something deliciously different for your next social gathering and for National Cereal Day—mix it up with macadamia nuts and furikake for an onolicious Hawaiian-style chex mix! Aloha!

Recipe

(From Auntie Maria B.)

Ingredients

  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 box rice chex cereal
  • 1 box corn chex cereal
  • 2-4 cups macadamia nuts
  • 1 bottle furikake (nori fumi or nori komi)

Directions

In a saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Add the vegetable oil, sugar and corn syrup. Mix until well combined.

Hawaiian Style Chex Mix

Line two large baking pans with foil. Mist with cooking spray. Combine the rice and corn chex cereals with the macadamia nuts and divide evenly into the two pans. Pour the sugar-syrup over the cereal mixes, dividing evenly between both pans.

Hawaiian Style Chex Mix

Mix with a spatula. Sprinkle furikake. Bake in a preheated oven at 225 degrees F, stirring every 15 minutes, for one hour. Remove from the oven and let cool, stirring every so often to prevent the ingredients from sticking together. Store in an airtight container until ready to serve.

Hawaiian Style Chex Mix

Notes

  • Mahalo to Auntie Maria B. for the recipe as well as the macadamia nuts and furikake that she sent to us from Hawaii.
  • Fond of furikake? Then try furikake on fish (mahi mahi)!

Corn Flake Hawaiian Chicken

Corn Flake Hawaiian Chicken

March 7: National Cereal Day

Taste the tropics in a chicken dish covered in crushed corn flakes cereal. The island-inspired ingredients in this recipe include a pineapple-flavored marinade and shredded coconut in the crumb coating. Kellogg’s cereal company calls it “Chicken Hawaiian,” although this is neither a typical nor traditional recipe from Islander’s home state of Hawaii. But for mainlanders who want a meal made with aloha, Corn Flake Hawaiian Chicken is a fragrant and fine dish for dinner and on National Cereal Day.

Recipe

(Adapted from Kellogg’s)

Ingredients

  • 6 chicken legs (or other favorite chicken pieces)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup frozen pineapple-orange or pineapple juice concentrate, thawed
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ½ cup shredded coconut
  • ½ -1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 2 cups corn flakes cereal, crushed
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup (4 tablespoons) butter, melted

Directions

Place chicken in a shallow dish. Season with salt. In a small bowl or measuring cup, beat the egg with the juice. Pour over the chicken. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour, basting several times.

Corn Flake Hawaiian Chicken

In a bowl, combine the shredded coconut with the curry powder. Mix in the crushed corn flakes. Remove the chicken pieces from the marinade. Coat the chicken in the corn flake crumb mixture.

Corn Flake Hawaiian Chicken

Place in a foiled-line baking pan. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle the melted butter over the chicken pieces. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees F for 45-60 minutes or until the chicken is no longer pink and is cooked through.  Do not cover or turn the chicken while baking. When done, remove the chicken from the oven. Drain on paper towels, then transfer to a serving dish.

Corn Flake Hawaiian Chicken

Notes 

  • The chicken may be coated with skin or without and may be bone-in or boneless. The shredded coconut may be sweet or unsweetened.
  • Search our blog for other recipes made with cereal.

Rice Krispies Treats

Rice Krispies Treats 

March 7: National Cereal Day

We went on a “food field trip” to Cereal City USA in 2005, a few years before the tourist attraction closed down. Located in Battle Creek, Michigan, the “Breakfast Capital of the World” and headquarters of the Kellogg Company were about a four-and-a-half hour drive from where we used to live in Northern Illinois.

Rice Krispies Treats

At Cereal City USA, we were able to tour part of the production facility and learn how corn became corn flakes, see several interactive and historical exhibits on display, play in the kids’ area, put our picture on a mini-cereal box and eat toaster tarts and, of course, cereal. We even had breakfast with Tony the Tiger (Frosted Flakes cereal) and mingled with other mascots, such as Toucan Sam (Froot Loops cereal) and Snap, Crackle and Pop (Rice Krispies cereal)!

Rice Krispies Treats

Our own mothers used to make marshmallow treats out of toasted rice cereal for us when we were children. Nowadays, these sweets snacks can be found from bake sales and bakeries to coffee shops and convenience stores. They are also pre-packaged as breakfast bars/square treats. But why buy them when they can be made at home in a snap…crackle and pop?!

Below we post the original recipe for Rice Krispies treats and its chocolate variation. Rice cereal marshmallow treats are good to eat for breakfast, at snack time and on National Cereal Day.

Recipe

(Adapted from Rice Krispies)

For the original rice cereal treats

  • ¼ cup (½ stick) butter
  • 1 package (10 ounces) or 5 cups regular marshmallows (or 4 cups miniature marshmallows)
  • 6 cups rice cereal (Rice Krispies— gluten-free also available)

Directions

In a large pan, melt the butter over low heat. Add the marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Mix in the cereal until combined well.

Rice Krispies Treats

Spread the mixture into a greased 13×9-inch pan. Press down evenly using parchment or waxed paper. Allow to cool, then cut into squares and serve.

Rice Krispies Treats

Bonus Recipe

Cocoa Krispies Treats

Cocoa Krispies Treats

For the chocolate rice cereal treats

  • ¼ cup (½ stick) butter
  • 1 package (10 ounces) or 5 cups chocolate-flavored regular marshmallows (or 4 cups miniature marshmallows)
  • 6 cups chocolate-flavored rice cereal (Cocoa Krispies)

Directions

In a large pan, melt the butter over low heat. Add the marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Mix in the cereal until combined well.

Cocoa Krispies Treats

Spread the mixture into a greased 13×9-inch pan. Press down evenly using parchment or waxed paper. Allow to cool, then cut into squares and serve.

Cocoa Krispies Treats

Notes

  • There are other flavored marshmallows in jumbo and mini sizes. And there are other kinds of toasted rice cereal (fruit-flavored, gluten-free, frosted and generic). Check for availability in local grocery stores.
  • Rice cereal marshmallow treats may be formed or cut into shapes, stacked as cakes, dipped in chocolate, frosted and decorated, made into pops, fortified and flavored with fruits and nuts and much more!
  • Click HERE to download a PDF of Kellogg’s press release about the Rice Krispies mascots—Snap, Crackle and Pop.
  • Check out the Cheerios Bars recipe which we also blogged about for National Cereal Day.

Cheerios Bars

Cheerios Bars

March 7: National Cereal Day

For a Glee-themed get-together at Islander’s brother’s university, we brought over Cheerios bars to represent the popular television show’s cheerleaders who are nicknamed “Cheerios.” These cereal-based snacks are packed with peanuts and peanut butter for protein and are sweetened with honey, sugar and chocolate for an energy boost. The college kids said they even like to eat these Cheerios bars for a quick breakfast as they dash off to their morning classes. And “Gleeks” like to munch on them while watching the show. Make Cheerios bars for an easy snack, for a Glee-themed get-together or for National Cereal Day.

Recipe

(Adapted from The Pioneer Woman)

Ingredients

  • 3 cups Cheerios cereal
  • ½ cup peanuts
  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon butter (for greasing a 9×9-inch pan)

Directions

Grease a 9×9-inch pan. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cereal with peanuts and chocolate chips.

Cheerios Bars

In a saucepan, heat the honey with the sugar until dissolved. Remove from the stove top and mix in the peanut butter until smooth.

Cheerios Bars

Pour into the cereal mixture. Combine all ingredients well, allowing the melted chocolate to coat everything. Place into the greased pan, pressing down evenly. Let cool before slicing into bars or squares.

Cheerios Bars

Notes

  • Cheerios (originally named “Cheeri-Oats”) debuted in 1941 as the first oat-based, ready-to-eat cold cereal in America. There are a variety of flavors currently on the market. Try any of one of them instead of the original flavor for the recipe above to create different taste combinations.