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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Cornflake (and Crispy) Crunch!

Today’s recipe is a teaser recipe. But that’s the way it’s gotta be. I need you to have this recipe before I can share three other recipes with you. Hence, the tease. But I promise it will be worth the mystery and the wait!

The recipe below for Cornflake Crunch is from the book Momofuku Milk Bar by Christina Tosi. I have yet to visit the Momofuku Milk Bar in NYC, but I’ve been told it is quite the experience. Next time I’m in New York I am definitely making a special trip. Anyway, back to the Cornflake Crunch. Like I said, it’s an ingredient in another Momofuku recipe that I will share with you tomorrow. I also made a Crispy Crunch, which I needed for another recipe that I’ve been trying to perfect. Again, you’re going to have to wait a bit for the big reveal!

So, for today, let your imaginations run wild…what wonderful things will we be using the Cornflake and Crispy Crunch for?!

Cornflake (and Crispy) Crunch!
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Adapted from Momofuku Milk Bar by Christina Tosi
Recipe type: Dessert
  • 5 cups cornflakes or crisped rice
  • ½ cup milk powder
  • 3 tablespoons sugar (Jane note: I would use 4 tablespoons)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt (Jane note: If you are using salted butter, only put in ½ teaspoon of salt)
  • 9 tablespoons butter, melted
  1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees F.
  2. Place cornflakes in a medium bowl and crush with your hands until they are about ¼ in size. If using crisped rice, no need to crush it, although you can a little bit if you like. Mix in milk powder, sugar and salt. Add butter and stir to coat evenly.
  3. Spread on parchment- or Silpat-lined sheet pan and bake for 20 minutes. I think I had to toast them a bit longer than that and I stirred them around halfway through baking. They should look toasted, smell buttery and should crunch gently when cooled.
  4. Cool completely then store or use in a recipe. Store in an airtight container – up to 1 week at room temperature, up to 1 month in the fridge or freezer.


  1. 1

    Can’t wait for all the wonderful recipes that these yummy crunchies will go in…I’m wondering if it would even taste could as a coating for some savory dishes….endless possibilites:)

  2. I saw the author on a re-run of Martha last week. She made the crunch for a few recipes. I won’t give away the great looking things she made, but they looked amazing. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  3. 3

    Hi, I wanted to try this but don’t have milk powder, can it be omitted or is there a substitute for it? Thanks.

    • Jane Maynard

      hi megan! so, I am not a pastry chef nor did I create the recipe, but I imagine the powdered milk plays an important role since there are so few ingredients in the recipe. that said, I am always one to go and try recipes even when I’m missing ingredients. 😉 I think if you DO try it without the powdered milk, you should at some point also do it with so you can compare to the original to see the difference. I am thinking this is a recipe, however, that I would probably wait to try until I got some powdered milk in hand. feeling like this isn’t super helpful…hopefully it is! 🙂

    • Raya

      hello, i made the cornflake crunch without the powdered sugar for the Milk Bar Cookies and they turned out heavenly great 🙂

  4. 4

    What about powdered buttermilk instead?

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