Crispy and crunchy Honey Joys from scratch. These delicious treats are made with Cornflakes, butter, and honey. My recipe also includes a secret ingredient to make them even more irresistible. These are perfect for celebrations and parties!
These homemade, sticky, buttery treats will remind you of your childhood. They are easy to make and SO delicious. These treats are easy to make and taste delicious. They’re perfect for picnics, birthday parties, or any other occasion.
Why you’ll love this recipe
These are quick and simple to make.
No need for an electric mixer.
These are sticky, chewy, and crunchy.
Make them in advance.
Honey Joys, a favorite childhood treat in Australia, are often served at birthday parties. These are quick to make, easy, and always popular.
They’re usually made from Cornflakes, Caster Sugar (or honey), and butter. After some recipe testing, the Honey Joy could be improved slightly without losing the simplicity.
I first swapped caster Sugar with brown sugar. Brown sugar has a subtle caramel taste thanks to the molasses. After adding salt, I balanced the honey’s sweetness. The result was outstanding.
There was always a feeling that these Cornflakes covered in honey could be made even better.
I suddenly remembered the magic Cornflake Crunch Soft Serve I had tried at the famous Milk Bar Bakery in New York. (You know, we made copycat versions of their cakes and cookies.
Christina Tosi, the pastry chef and founder of Cornflake Crunch, adds a little milk powder. She claims it makes everything better. I decided to add milk powder to Honey Joys.
Three Honey Joys and I were done. These were the chewy, crunchy Honey Joys that were sweet and salty. This was my work done.
What you will Need
Cornflakes For maximum crunch, I recommend a box of Cornflakes that is still fresh.
The secret ingredient in these Honey Joys is milk powder. If you do not have it available, you may leave it out.
Salt: Salt brings out the flavor and cuts through the sweetness.
Brown sugar Many recipes call for Caster sugar. Brown sugar is an excellent alternative to granulated or white sugar. It adds a caramel flavor that I enjoy.
Honey: Honey coats the flakes, giving them a sticky and toffee-like flavor.
How to make them
Mix cornflakes, salt, and milk powder.
Butter, honey, and sugar are heated until foamy.
Pour the Cornflakes over and mix them well.
Pour into a cupcake tray with muffin cases.
Bake them for 15 minutes. Let them cool down completely.
Honey Joys: How to make them perfect
Grab a new box of Cornflakes. For maximum crispiness, avoid the stale Cornflakes in your pantry. Fresh is always best!
Use a scale to weigh your ingredients. For best results, measure your ingredients with a scale. You need the exact amount of butter and honey for the perfect amount of crunchy and chewy.
Be quick: Pour the honey butter sauce over your Cornflakes, and stir it quickly to coat everything. They are then placed straight into the oven. If you leave them out too long, you’ll end up with soggy cookies.
Let the Honey Joys cool down completely. I know that it’s tempting, but Honey Joys taste best when completely cooled. When they are fresh out of the oven, they will still be fragile and soft. If you try to eat one, it will crumble in your hand. They will firm up after a while, but they will still be sticky and may stick to the cupcake liners. After an hour or so, they will be crisp and crunchy. It’s worth the wait.
How to store them
Honey Joys should be stored in an airtight container at room temperature. If you make them ahead of time, they can be stored in the refrigerator. The cookies will last up to 5 days. They do not freeze well.
How to eat them
Honey Joys taste best when eaten straight from the package. These bite-sized treats are portable and easy to carry around, which makes them a favorite for kids’ birthday parties or picnics. Enjoy them as a dessert or for an afternoon or morning tea. These are simple, but they’re always a hit!
Honey Joys are gluten-free
Kellogg’s cornflakes are not gluten-free. If you can find gluten-free Cornflakes, then these treats are gluten-free.
Can I leave the milk powder out?
Yes. Honey Joys will taste even better with milk powder. It is usually near the milk products in the supermarket. If you cannot find it, you can still leave it out. You will not be disappointed – I promise.
Honey Joys are soft and sticky when they come out of your oven. Let them cool down completely before you eat. After cooling and being at room temperature for several hours, they will be crisp but still chewy. They won’t stick to the cupcake liners.