Crunchy Raisin Bran Cookies

Hey, I’ve already accomplished a goal for the New Year!  Hold your applause, but I’ve finally put a dent a big box of Raisin Bran that’s about to go stale. I bought it a few months ago to make that old recipe “Six Weeks Muffins”. Unfortunately, nobody around here thought the muffins were anything special, and I haven’t done anything with the Raisin Bran since. Until now.

Raisin Bran Cookies

I discovered this recipe on, where the source was noted as Food and Family Spring 2007, a magazine put out by Kraft, who happens to keep their archives online. The original recipe is here. I’d planned to make these with some sort of healthier whole grain flour (Ultragrain or KA WWW), but I didn’t make it to the store and ended up using all-purpose.  What I did change was the amount of coconut and the amount of vanilla.  I also cut the recipe in half and added a handful of currants to part of the batter and a handful of chocolate chips to the other part.  My favorites were the ones with the chocolate chips, and they did live up to the “crunchy” in the title.

Crunchy Raisin Bran Cookies
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If you want to use up the Raisin Bran, try these cookies. They might make you buy more Raisin Bran, though.
Serves: 24
  • 1 1/8 cups (5.6 oz) all-purpose flour or white whole grain
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup oats, old fashioned type
  • 1 stick (4 oz) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup Raisin Bran cereal
  • 3/4 cup flaked coconut -- original version used more
  • 1/2 cup toasted walnuts, chopped
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips OR 1/2 cup currants, raisins or whatever dried fruit you have around
  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Have ready a large ungreased baking sheet.
  2. Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and oats in a small bowl; set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and sugars with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.Add egg and vanilla; mix well. Gradually add flour mixture, mixing with a spoon until well blended. Add cereal, coconut, nuts, and chocolate chips (or dried fruit). Drop by heaping teaspoons spacing 2 inches apart onto baking sheets. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Let cool on tray for a few minutes, then transfer to a rack to finish cooling.
Crush the Raisin Bran after measuring out 1 cup. Also, this recipe halves well. To halve an egg, break it into a cup, beat it with a fork and measure out 2 tablespoons.


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  1. says

    Nice to know they’re crunchy! Does anyone purchase cereal from the bulk bins? We don’t eat a lot of cereal at our house anymore. Maybe my days of making cookies with cereal add ins is over. That wouldn’t be the end of the world. This looks like a good recipe though for people who do have extra cereal around!

  2. says

    Sue, every so often I’ll buy flax cereal or granola from the bulk bin. Usually I buy name brand cereals that I have a coupon for or that are on sale.

  3. Martha in KS says

    If you have ALDI stores in your area, their cereals are much less expensive than brand names. I buy their oatmeal, Rice Krispies & Cheerios, and I’ve tried the Raisin Bran. You can taste a slight difference, but for the $$ difference I’ll keep buying them.

  4. says

    These look good. I admire you for trying to use up old cereal. I have a box of berry-berry kix that’s been lingering for a month or two. Turns out, berry-berry kix aren’t as good as I remember them being when I was a kid. So if you have any recipe suggestions…. 🙂

    Martha in KS is so wise! I love Aldi. I want to start an Aldi fan club.

  5. says

    I loooove Raisin Bran :)… Breakfast or Dinner I could eat a big bowl (also one of my favourite cereals as a kid :)). So these cookies are right up my alley. My parents have a box of Raisin Bran just sitting around their house. I ate most of it on the weekend but I think I left just enough for these cookies :). I might have to make a surprise visit to bake these :).

  6. says

    I think I might have to go get Raisin Bran to make these. I do have some Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal that I need to use up, though. I’m thinking of using those for some marshmallow cereal treats…

  7. Raisin Bro says

    So I’ve always been a huge Raisin Bran fan and let me tell you, tonight was epic. I’m doing the dishes and my wife and sister in law are talking about making cookies. I look over and see my Raisin Bran just sitting there. What do you guys think happened? RAISIN BRAN COOKIES!!