A classic delicious Chocolate version of Grandma’s Afghan Biscuits recipe. Definitely one to save!
I was blessed to know my wonderful Grandma into my early 20′s until she passed from Cancer. She was a Wife to a Sheep Farmer, a Mother to seven, a Grandma to 21 and by now would be a Great Grandma to lots & lots of Great Grandchildren!
She was very special to me and some of the fondest memories I have of her are baking and preparing meals for her family & grandchildren and I am delighted to have many of her recipes, passed on by my Mum who was her eldest daughter.
It is not until you go to write up a recipe that you think about the name of the thing you are needing to write about – Afghans. Hmmmm interesting name for a biscuit! There is little to no helpful information online about where it got its name but in the USA they call their blankets or throws Afghans. I digress……
There are several theories – some that it looks like the mountainous regions of Afghanistan, others that it was created during a time of an Afghan war – but one thing is for sure – this is a well loved and much made biscuit in New Zealand which has been around for nearly 80 years! Unlike traditional cookies it contains very little sugar compared to the butter content, but this is made up for with the sweet icing and the addition of a walnut half on top – such a traditional cookie prepared in a very traditional way. There are few variations around – some with no vanilla, some with coconut etc but I like to keep to this recipe from my Grandma – it is lovely, not too crumbly and delicious!
Pin It – Grandma’s Afghan Biscuits
If you would prefer to make an even easier version then don’t roll the dough into balls! Make it into a slice instead, check out my version of that here – Recipe for Afghan Biscuit Slice
Onto the recipe!
This is such a New Zealand favourite – I would love to hear of my overseas friends trying it out on their friends and family. If you do send me a photo of anything you bake on my website to my email firstname.lastname@example.org or pop a pic up on my Facebook page – www.facebook.com/justamumnz
Thank you so much for stopping by to check out this easy delicious recipe from my family to yours.