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The Cookie of Champions

Wheaties Cookies.

You could still eat the cookie of champions for breakfast, but these Wheaties cookies taste great anytime. With a winning combination of oats, chewy coconut and crispy Wheaties, there’s something in this cookie to appeal to everyone.

I first made this recipe in the mid 1970’s with my mom, who would place a maraschino cherry in the middle of each cookie. Two decades went by before I made them again after noticing the hand-written recipe in one of my old cookbooks. In the last couple years I have started making them more often since my son really likes them. Unless you are a true Wheaties champion and plan on eating the remaining Wheaties cereal for breakfast, get the smallest box you can find. You could also substitute another flaky, crispy cereal of your choice—but wouldn’t that be cheating?

Ingredients for making Wheaties Cookies.

Mix butter, eggs, brown sugar and granulated sugar together until blended.

Add 1 cup coconut.

Add 1 cup old fashioned oats.

Mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt before slowly adding to dough.

Crush Wheaties with hand or bottom of glass until pea-sized.

Roll dough into ball and drop gently into crushed Wheaties repeatedly to coat.

Bake for approximately 10 – 12 minutes until center no longer looks raw and edges are browned.

After letting cool for 1 minute on cookie sheets, transfer cookies to cooling racks.

The recipe pictured above, with detailed instructions and complete photo gallery, can be found on the Wheaties Cookies recipe page.

  • I have never heard of them, but they sure look good. And if you son likes them that is all the verification I need.

  • These cookies are interesting, Brian – we don’t have this cereal here but I’d love to give this recipe a try using a different one. Please don’t tell anyone I’m going to cheat. 😉

  • Enjoyed meeting you today at Netgear. You should bring some of your creations to the next event (so I won’t have to complain about not finding dessert after listening to you talk about chocolate gnache during lunch).

  • Cheryl: Yes, my son can be super picky, so I agree it is a good sign! When I dug up this recipe a few years ago I did a web search to get the oven temperature. Apparently there are numerous variations (some call them ranger cookies) and the ingredients of all the versions were very different. Some called for adding the wheaties to the dough. Most haven’t heard of these, but most agree they are delicious!

    Patricia: I think any crispy flakes should work—I’ll turn a blind eye on any alleged cheating!

    Lisa: good to meet you today. I was so close on the Lunch 2.0@Netgear $2000 raffle prize! doh! I think I should bring some treats next time, too.