Looking for a delicious and easy way to use up leftover cereal? Look no further than these cereal cookie recipes!
With just a few simple ingredients, you can whip up a batch of these sweet treats in no time. These recipes will guide you toward unique, tasty treats that are all your own. We’ll show you how to use your favorite cereals in creative ways, and we’ll even give you some tips on how to keep your cereal fresh so you can enjoy it for longer.
Who says cereals are meant for a cold breakfast only? If you get creative enough, you can have cereal for snacks or dessert, not just as plain cereal with milk!
One of our favorite ways to use up leftover cereal is to turn it into delicious cookies. We’ve got recipes for cookies made with all your favorite cereals, from Cinnamon Toast Crunch to Fruity Pebbles to Cap’n Crunch.
And we’re not just talking about basic cookies here. We’ve got recipes for cookies with chocolate chips, cookies with nuts, and even cookies with marshmallows. No matter what your taste, we’ve got a cereal cookie recipe that’s perfect for you.
The great thing about these cereal cookies is that you probably already have everything you need in your pantry. So what are you waiting for? Gather up your leftover cereal and get baking! You won’t be disappointed.
- Enjoy the unique mix of cornbread and Captain Crunch in every bite of our #5 Crumbl Berry Crunch Cookie.
- #15 Star Crunch Cookies provide a chewy caramel experience.
- Delight in the creamy peanut butter and fudgy chocolate of these crisp #17 Cap’n Crunch Avalanche Cookies.
Bake it with love and wrap up delicious cereal cookies as a heartfelt gift in a beautiful, hand-crafted olive wood bowl from Forest Decor.
Tips for Using Cereal in Recipes
Here are a few tips for using cereal as a versatile ingredient in both sweet and savory recipes:
- Form Pie Crusts. Crush sweet grain-based cereal, blend with melted butter, and press into a pie dish to create a unique crust.
- Use for Breading. For added crunch and distinctive flavor, use crushed unsweetened cereal instead of breadcrumbs in dishes like fried chicken or breaded fish.
- Stir into Baking. Add crushed cereal to muffin or pancake batter for a pop of texture.
- Sprinkle on Ice Cream. Use cereal as a crunchy sundae topping.
- Blend into Smoothies or Parfaits. Blend cereals into smoothies or yogurt parfaits to improve texture and filling.
- Toss on Salads. Toast cereals like Rice Chex, plain Cheerios, Grape-Nuts, or Wheatabix and use it as a crispy crouton alternative on your salad.
- Make Protein Balls. Mix cereals, oats, nut butter, and honey to create homemade protein balls.
- Mix into Puddings or Custards. Add cereal to your pudding or custard for a crunchy dimension.
- Soak Cereal Milk. Immerse cereal in milk for flavor, then use the milk in recipes ranging from cakes to ice cream.
- Add to Homemade Trail Mix. Add cereal to your homemade trail mix for extra fiber and crunch.
Fun Cereal Cookie Recipes
Nothing’s better than a cookie that’s both chewy and crunchy. These are like chocolate chip cookies, but you use cornflakes and oats instead of chocolate chips. It’s great for when you want something less sweet but equally delicious.
Ingredients include: Cornflakes, rolled oats, pecans, butter, and flaked coconut.
These cookies have colorful lucky charms in them and gooey and sweet marshmallows that give the cookie a hard-to-resist look and taste. Instead of using the cereal as is, you crush them until they have a flour-like consistency.
Ingredients include: Lucky Charms cereal, marshmallows, butter, vanilla extract, and egg.
This cookie might take a little getting used to, but once you get more bites out of these crunchy and sweet cookies, you won’t be able to stop. The white chocolate drizzle is what grabs your attention with these, so it’s best not to skip it.
Ingredients include: Cinnamon toast crunch, cinnamon, white melting chocolate, butter, and vanilla extract.
Fruity and sweet flavors are definitely what you can expect from these Fruity Pebble Cereal Cookies. If you enjoy colorful cookies that are extra sweet, you won’t look further than this.
Ingredients include: Instant vanilla pudding, Fruity Pebbles cereal, butter, eggs, and sugar.
Some cereals give your cookie a crunchy texture, and it surprisingly works wonderfully. This Cap’n Crunch Crumbl Berry cookie may initially be a little tricky, but every bite makes you think all the effort is worth it.
Ingredients include: Cornmeal, Captain Crunch cereal, powdered sugar, cream cheese, and butter.
There are times when it’s best to go simple, and this Apple Jacks Cereal Cookie proves it. Sugar cookie is a straightforward recipe that almost anyone can do. And it’s something that both kids and adults can enjoy.
Ingredients include: Apple Jacks cereal, butter, sugar, flour, and eggs.
When it comes to crunchy cereal cookies, you will never have a scarcity of options. However, these Rice Krispie Sugar Cookies should be on top of your must-try treats. Once you get the hang of making these, you will always make them when you have Rice Krispies on hand.
Ingredients include: Rice Krispies cereal, flour, butter, sugar, and vanilla extract.
One look at these cookies, and you’d think they’re nothing special. They look simple, after all. However, one bite will prove you otherwise because it’s crunchy and chewy in all the right ways. Pro tip: Don’t skip browning the butter because it adds caramel flavor to the cookie.
Ingredients include: Cap’n Crunch cereal, butter, brown sugar, egg, and vanilla extract.
For a nutty and sweet cookie, these Honey Nut Cheerios Cookies are the right treats for you. Although this recipe renders cookies that are sweet enough, they won’t be so sweet that you can’t enjoy more than two.
Ingredients include: Honey Nut Cheerios, raisins, chopped almonds, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
For raisin lovers, there will be nothing better than these soft and chewy Raisin Bran Cookies. It’s straightforward to make, so even if you’re new to turning cereal into cookies, you wouldn’t have trouble with this.
Ingredients include: Raisin Bran cereal, walnuts, milk, flour, and butter.
This recipe is easy because you don’t have to do anything from scratch. If you want to effortlessly whip up a batch of cookies far from your usual, this is for you.
Ingredients include: Trix cereal, butter, egg, and sugar cookie mix.
Cereal cookies don’t always have to be too crunchy to be excellent. This recipe for Cocoa Puff Cookies is one of a kind because it features peanut butter and honey, but the cookies don’t turn out gooey at all!
Ingredients include: Cocoa puff cereal, honey, peanut butter, sugar, and light corn syrup.
Sometimes, the best cookies are those you’d least expect to be the best. If you want to be truly surprised by how well a mixture of tastes and textures can work in one bite of a cookie, try this recipe.
Ingredients include: Rice Krispies cereal, oats, flour, butter, and chocolate chips.
Chocolate and caramel are the stand-out flavors of this cookie, so if you love both flavors, you’re in for a treat! Pro tip: Spray your spoon thoroughly with cooking spray before stirring the marshmallow mixture to avoid a sticky mess.
Ingredients include: Rice Krispies cereal, marshmallows, chocolate chips, caramel, and butter.
Whether you’re having a rainbow-themed party or just want to feel the rainbow, these Froot Loops Chocolate Cookies are great to whip up. Pro tip: Use your hands to turn the cereal into dough balls so they will stick and stay together better.
Ingredients include: Froot Loops cereal, chocolate cake mix, vanilla extract, almond extract, and eggs.
Did you know you can make cereal cookies without baking? This cookie recipe packs all the cereal crunchiness with creamy and buttery flavors that you will not resist. And like an avalanche, you will slide into a Cap’n Crunch Avalanche cookie addiction.
Ingredients include: Cap’n Crunch cereal, marshmallows, chocolate chips, peanut butter, and white chocolate chips.
Chocolate chip cookies are a classic! When you put a twist to the classics, it can either be good or bad–nothing in between. However, these Chocolate Chip Cheerio Cookies are definitely and irresistibly good! Although these are chocolate chip cookies, you can still taste a vanilla-oat flavor that makes the experience even better.
Ingredients include: Cheerios cereal, oats, chocolate chips, flour, and egg.
Tips for Keeping Cereal Fresh
Here are some tips to keep and maintain cereal fresh and tasty:
- Seal Properly. Always tightly seal opened cereal boxes, using the inner plastic bag which can be rolled down and secured with a clip or rubber band.
- Store in an Airtight Container. To extend shelf life, move opened cereal into an airtight container, preventing moisture and air-induced staleness.
- Keep in a Cool, Dry Place. Store the cereal container in a cool, dry pantry or cupboard.
- Avoid Constant Handling. Limit handling cereal or its package to minimize potential moisture introduction.
- Use by the Best-Before Date. Though cereal can sometimes outlast its “best before” date, use it within this timeframe for optimal freshness.
- Avoid Mixing Old and New Cereal. Avoid pouring new cereal into a container with some left, despite the temptation.
The bottom line
When you need to use up a big box of cereal, make sure to try one or two of these recipes! You can even pass them around for others to enjoy. Whether you want crunchy, soft, gooey, or chewy cookies, you’ll find the right one for you in this list.
- Cornflake Cookies
- Lucky Charms Cereal Marshmallow Cookie
- Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cookies
- Fruity Pebble Cereal Cookies
- Crumbl Berry Crunch Cookie
- Apple Jacks Cereal Cookie
- Rice Krispie Sugar Cookies
- Cap’n Crunch Cookies
- Froot Loops Sugar Cookies
- Honey Nut Cheerios Breakfast Cookies
- Raisin Bran Cookies
- Trix Sugar Cookies
- Cocoa Puff Cookies
- Oatmeal Rice Krispie Cookies
- Star Crunch Cookies
- Froot Loops Chocolate Cookies
- Cap’n Crunch Avalanche Cookies
- Chocolate Chip Cheerio Cookies
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