Desserts Recipes

No Bake Corn Flake Toffee Drop Cookies

Make delicious corn flake toffee drop cookies with this distinctive Canadian toffee treat!

When I was a kid, every once in a while my father would surprise me with a bar of Mackintosh’s Toffee. For those of you who’ve never had the pleasure of smacking a Mack, this distinctively Canadian treat is a bar of not too hard and not too soft toffee in a distinctive red tartan cardboard box. My job was to smack it against the kitchen counter and carefully unwrap the toffee. We’d pick out bite size pieces and sit up late talking.

I was so sad when Nestlé Canada stopped making these toffee bars a few years back. For a while the only toffees we could get  were individually wrapped bite-size soft candies that tasted nothing like the classic bar. So when they brought back Mackintosh’s Toffee a couple of years ago, I was pretty stoked. The toffee recipe tastes slightly different, but pretty close to what I remember. And perfect for making one of my favourite treats again: no bake corn flake toffee cookies!

These No Bake Corn Flake Toffee Drop Cookies are a decadent treat made from corn flakes, sliced almonds, Mackintosh's Toffee, coconut milk, and vanilla.

Now, I usually post paleo and clean eating recipes, so let me be clear. There is no theory under which these are remotely good for you. What they are though, is incredibly delicious! We all need a treat once in a while, and these are one of my favourites. Mackintosh’s Toffee is a unique Canadian treat, but never fear American friends. These are sold on Amazon in packs of 4 or 12. Once you smack a Mack, you’ll never go back!

If you have celiac disease or are avoiding gluten for whatever reason, be sure to choose corn flakes that are certified gluten-free. Most commercial corn flakes contain barley malt which contains gluten, but there are several brands of gluten-free corn flakes on the market now.

They’re super simple to make. If you can make rice cereal treats, you can make these. Melt some butter, toffee, and coconut milk, then add corn flakes, sliced almonds, and a touch of vanilla. See? Easy peasy!

I like the look of “cookies”, but these are easily made in dessert bar form too. Just press the corn flake toffee mixture into a lightly greased baking dish and chill. In fact, the drop cookies sometimes need a little bit of help taking shape before they set, so they stay together a little more as a pressed cereal bar. Either way, they taste just as good as I remember!

No Bake Corn Flake Toffee Drop Cookies



  • Start by smacking your Mack into small pieces.
  • Melt butter in a large saucepan over low heat.
  • Add toffee pieces and coconut milk and stir frequently until the toffee is completely melted. Watch the pot carefully to make sure it doesn't burn.
  • Once fully melted, add vanilla extract and stir.
  • Add corn flakes and sliced almonds, mix until well-covered.
  • Drop onto wax paper and allow to cool.


For corn flake toffee bars, make recipe as instructed above and press mixture into a lightly greased medium baking dish. Chill and cut into squares once hardened.
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  • Yay I had seen this post somewhere on another linky but lost track – found you again at This Zis How We Roll 🙂 Pinned – I have a giant box of cornflakes that I had bought to use for crunchy potatoes but only needed one cup!

    • Glad you discovered it again! Yes, this is great for using up an old box of corn flakes. I only make them because I don’t want the corn flakes to go stale. 😉

  • Still loving these!! and wishing I was in BC instead of Ontario, it’s really snowing and cold here 🙁

    Thanks so much for linking up at the Bloggers Spotlight party! I pinned this to our group board. Don’t forget to come link up again on Thursday and see the featured posts!

  • These look so delicious but I do not have access to this toffee! Would love to try them using something similar though!

    • You could try it with another brand of toffee. This toffee is my fave because it’s not too hard or soft. You do need to use chewy toffee (the hard, brittle stuff won’t melt), but the stiffer you can find the better so it solidifies with the corn flakes. You might need to reduce the coconut milk or even leave it out entirely if you can only get soft toffees.

      • Hi. I was wondering if you could use the toffee bits that are in bag that you put in cookies. And if yes, how much? Thanks.

  • OMG, can this be true? I am in love with this recipe but I will try to limit myself to only making it once a month!

  • These look totally amazing! I am going to try to make some for the Vernal Equinox. Thanks for sharing!

  • I know I’d love this! Mackintosh Toffee was my favourite special treat when I was a kid, I used to get so excited when I’d see that red package!

  • If I wanted to press into a baking dish, which size pan would be best? 8×8 inch square? It just says medium size so not sure. I dont want really thin bars but not too thick either.

    • Yes, 8×8 is typically the size I use. But the mix doesn’t spread out so I’ve also used a larger pan and just not filled it all the way across.