Apple Jacks Cereal Cookies

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Boxed cereal does not make a regular appearance at our house. But we do get a box occasionally. It’s typically used as a snack instead of breakfast.  And lots of times, it’s used to make these awesome cookies.

The dough is friendly to lots of cereals, so feel free to use your family’s favorite. I used Apple Jacks (well, honestly, the Kroger generic brand called “Apple Dapples”) this time, but have successfully used fruit loops and fruity pebbles in the past.


Apple Jacks Cereal Cookies

  • 1 c. butter or margarine
  • 1 1/2 c. sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 3/4 c. flour
  • 1 T. baking powder
  • 1/4 t. salt
  • 3 c. Apple Jacks (or cereal of your choice), coarsely crushed
  • 1/3 c. sugar, for garnish

1. Cream butter or margarine with sugar until creamy. Beat in eggs. Add flour, baking powder and salt. Beat just until combined. Stir in coarsely crushed cereal.


2. Roll a heaping teaspoon of dough into a ball and roll in sugar. Place on a cookie sheet and bake for 8 to 10 minutes at 400 degrees.

This recipe makes between 5 and 6 dozen cookies. I tend to make the whole batch at once since then we’d just eat them all at once. I usually freeze half the dough instead.


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  1. YUM! Those look delicious, and what a good way to use up some leftover cereal.

    I have to ask–when are you going to do the 30-minute-meal thing again? I love those. :)

  2. Niki says:

    Interesting, I may have to try these soon! I love apple jacks!

  3. Bree says:

    so creative, I don’t buy sugary cereal even on sale because my kids crave sweet enough as it is they don’t need it for breakfast, but I would use itto make cookies for dessert treats! Great tip :)

  4. Amy says:

    I wonder how those would taste with crushed Reese’s Puffs (which is what I have on hand right now).

    My kids aren’t big on “fruity” cereals. I usually have Cocoa-something on hand though.

  5. Cindy Briley says:

    Just made these tonight, and they are delicious! Just like the post above me, I was thinking they’d be good with Reese’s Puffs. I plan on making those in the future. Thanks for another great recipe!

  6. Kalei says:

    These cookies look really YUMMY!! I am going to be trying them soon.

  7. Ashley says:

    I just want to start off by saying I’m a terrible cook. I made these cookies early this morning and they turned out great. I’m looking forward to trying different types of cereal with this great recipe.

  8. Julia says:

    I tried making these today, but they ended up tasting extremely off. I think it might have been either I put too much baking soda in or my dad thinks it might have been the cinnamon in the apple jacks. They tasted good when you put them in your mouth, but then they tasted like you put in a teaspoon of old bay. Uhh.. Any idea? :(

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  14. Stephanie says:

    I made these with Oreos before and it was FANTASTIC! I had left over lucky charms so I used those and that was a bad idea. FYI no lucky charms.

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  16. Hilary says:

    Those are beautiful cookies! And Apple Jacks is a great idea! Cereal in cookies is such a fun idea!

    I usually make these cookies with Coco Puffs which have peanut butter and a really unique texture that is really fun.

    Thank you for sharing!

  17. Deb L says:

    Wow! I had some Froot Loops I needed to use up and when I first saw this recipe I was surprised at how simple it was and that the reviews were actually good. I never imagined a cookie made with Froot Loops in them could be so good!! I was very pleasantly surprised at how tasty they are! I’m not much into cookies, but I actually like them. I’m positive the kids will LOVE them!!!!

    Thanks Kate!!!

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