Small Batch of Wheaties Cookies

I always liked Wheaties cereal, but never felt athletic enough to buy it. Wheaties was for people who broke a sweat, like Mary Lou Retton and Bruce Jenner. I preferred cereal that saved me energy. For instance, Total, which said I’d have to eat 10 bowls of other cereal to get the same nutrition as one bowl of Total. Now that was appealing. Even Special K was more alluring because the commercials implied weight loss as a result of eating the cereal – no hurdles, push-ups or gymnastics.

Well, something’s changed. It appears Wheaties is getting away from their sporty image and targeting the weight loss crowd with a big banner across the box that says “Jump Start Your Metabolism With a Wheaties Breakfast” Logically, any cereal (food for that matter) would jump start one’s metabolism, but I liked Wheaties bold move into targeting the weight conscious yet lazy, so I bought a box hoping the next morning at breakfast, my metabolism was going to be a white-hot calorie burning furnace.

I ate some Wheaties this morning and am feeling a little warm right now. Or maybe it’s because I’ve been in the kitchen baking these Wheaties cookies which, no doubt, have a negative calorie value due to all the Wheaties.

This recipe is a scaled down version of something I found on Recipezaar, I liked this one because it called for chocolate chips, but if you are not addicted to chocolate, you might try this version or perhaps this one.

The recipe below was pretty good. The cookies are chewy with crispy edges and the fresh, wholesome, athletic, taste of Wheaties.

Wheaties polaroid

UPDATE: I tasted these cookies later in the day and they tasted even better. I also noticed a big difference in the batch I cooked for 12 and the batch I cooked for 15 minutes. Both were good, but the 15 minute batch was crunchier yet not burnt tasting. I cooked it on an insulated cookie sheet which probably helped in that department. Also, I felt the cookies needed nuts. I didn’t add them to my batch, but I’ve written them in as optional for the recipe. Definitely try these!

Small Batch Wheaties Cookies

5 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup packed brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup crushed Wheaties (measure after crushing)
1/2 cup chocolate chips (more if desired)
1/3 cup toasted pecans (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Cream butter and both sugars with an electric mixer; Beat in the egg and vanilla. Stir together flour, baking, soda, baking powder and salt. Add flour mixture to sugar mixture and stir just until mixed. Stir in the Wheaties followed by the chocolate chips and pecans (if using)

Drop cookies by tablespoonfuls onto parchment lined cookie sheets and bake for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned around edges.

Makes 20 cookies

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Comments

  1. Flssgrl says

    This post was funny!! I might not be athletic enough to eat these cookies! Love the photo too!

  2. says

    Those look good. I always have raisin bran on hand and bet they would be good, too. (Except I’d pick out the raisins if I was putting in chocolate chips.)
    I need to go bake something. I’ve got about a billion choices and can’t decide. Too many things look and sound good. So I sit and keep reading blogs. Guess that’s better on my diet, sitting……better than eating my baked goods. Hey, that might be the only time sitting is better for you.

  3. Janet says

    I am laughing so hard about the comment you made about eating Wheaties and how your metabolism was going to be a white hot burning furnace…that is a hoot! I guess I better get myself out to the store and get some of those too;-) I think the cookie looks yummy and I will print it off to make later. I am on a very restricted diet (came up allergic to vanilla and cocoa bean just to mention a few things). I am hoping it was a false positive reaction to those two items because I love making your recipes! Thanks again for another tempting cookie!

  4. Sue says

    This is a very funny, and entertaining entry. :-) Thanks for the giggles. I also like the Cookie Madness logo with your photos.

  5. says

    Katrina, you could try raisin bran, but you’d miss out on the awesome calorie burning power of Wheaties.

    Janet, I think you should see a different doctor. Seriously.

    Everyone else, I’m glad you found it funny. However, I am dead serious. Okay, not really.

    Thanks for the feedback on my Polaroid frames. At the BlogHer conference, they gave us free subscriptions to a premium version of Picnik — a site that lets you edit photos on the Internet. It’s a lot easier to use than Photoshop.

  6. Joanna says

    I just read Janet’s comment, and I must say how truly sorry I am to hear about your cocoa allergy! Chocolate is part of my everyday diet and I don’t know if there is even a decent replacement. Maybe carob? But anyway, the Wheaties box advertisement reminds me of this one I saw on t.v. today about doughnuts. Heinz Ward is on a box of America’s #1 most nutritious doughnut. There is NO such thing as a nutritious doughnut haha

  7. says

    If I did use Raisin Bran, I would be helping my digestive health in getting my daily fiber though!
    I actually haven’t bought Wheaties in quite some time. Wonder if the kids would eat it instead of Cinnamon Toast Crunch? Hmmmm.

  8. Janet says

    Thanks, Joanna, I am hoping it wasn’t true that I am allergic to cocoa bean….groan…no chocolate;-( I am definitely going to challenge it and hope it was false positive result!

  9. says

    Oh sure, add the update and really make me want to try these! I just made some killer brownies and am now out of chocolate, including chips, too. Need to get to the store!
    List:
    Wheaties, for white-hot calorie burning power and some apparently great cookies
    Chocolate, because you just can’t be out

  10. Kathleen says

    Thanks Anna! How do these compare to your Thick and Crunchy Corn Flake cookies? Are wheaties and corn flakes similiar?

  11. says

    Thank goodness. Considering I’m the only one who eats cereal in my house, it’s hard to get through a box before it goes stale. Now I have something else to do with my Wheaties! Thanks so much!

  12. Anonymous says

    I have always enjoyed the Wheaties Cookies that was my mother’s recipe, it is the same as the one here except it only have one cup of coconut. She has also made them with corn flakes. Tasty combo.

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