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Peanut Butter Breakfast Cookies

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A cookie for breakfast? Heck yeah! These Peanut Butter Breakfast Cookies are a great morning start, or a great after-school snack!

Peanut Butter Breakfast Cookies |

Do you make New Year’s resolutions? I don’t usually; I prefer to make goals. One year I made a goal to go (indoor) rock climbing, and it felt so good when I ticked that off my list.

This year? My goal is to finish my cookbook with my sanity intact. And to make a doctor’s appointment for a checkup. (I’m not even going to tell you how long it’s been since I had a check up. You’d all just yell at me.) I think I’m finally over the getting weighed part…but I just don’t want blood work. Hello, I’m a dessert blogger who is writing a dessert cookbook. #toomuchbutter #toomuchsugar #hellolipitor


I’m assuming you are making some resolutions, right? What are they? Is one of them to get healthy? Eat better? Stop binge eating cookies? (I wonder what that would be like; to stop binge eating cookies? Let me know how it feels.)

Well, eating healthy and reading my blog probably seem like they don’t go together, but that’s not true. Sometimes I can make healthier treats. Or, at least, I can try.

Starting today, I have a couple of breakfast ideas you’re going to love. Because, especially if you’re eating healthier, you have to have breakfast!

And why not have cookies for breakfast?? That’s the best kind of morning meal, if you ask me!

Peanut Butter Breakfast Cookies |

Last year I made Banana Breakfast Cookies and they were a huge hit. So I wanted to make another batch, and this time I went peanut butter. Because without peanut butter, life would be sad.

These cookies look like cookies. But they’re much healthier than regular treats…so you can eat them in the morning. These cookies are filled with peanut butter, oats, whole wheat flour, and flax. They have an egg and a touch of coconut oil for binding (you you can use vegetable oil if you prefer, but you don’t taste the coconut, I promise). I added mini chocolate chips because if I can have chocolate for breakfast I’m a happy girl, but you can leave that out.

Each cookie with chocolate chips is about 160 calories; without them they’re about 130. They pack over 4 grams of protein per cookie. Now, I know that 160 calories is a lot but how many cookies can you say have 4 grams of protein? Not very many, I’m sure!

These would also be great for an after school snack. They’ll satisfy the kids’ requests for cookies, but keep them full until dinner.

A note about the recipe: they are very crumbly when they come out of the oven. They’ll firm up as they cool so don’t remove them from the cookie sheets until they’ve completely cooled. They’re not a chewy regular cookie, they’re more like a cross between granola and those easy gluten-free peanut butter cookies in texture and taste. Just wait until they’re cooled to move them, then they’ll stand up to holding.

Peanut Butter Breakfast Cookies |

Cookies for breakfast…now that’s a resolution I’d like to make!

Peanut Butter Breakfast Cookies

Yield: 12 cookies


  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed meal
  • 3/4 cup quick oats
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a cookie sheet with a slipat baking mat or parchment paper.
  2. Using a stand or hand mixer, mix peanut butter, brown sugar, and coconut oil until smooth. (If your coconut oil is too hard to scoop out of the jar, you can microwave it for about 30 seconds.) Stir in egg, then mix in baking soda, flaxseed meal, oats, and whole wheat flour. Stir in chocolate chips (optional but yummy).
  3. Using a 2 tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop uniform size balls of dough onto your cookie sheet. They won’t spread, so they can be semi-close together. Press down slightly with the tines of a fork.
  4. Bake for about 9 minutes, until the bottoms start to get golden. Do not remove from cookie sheet until they are completely cooled. These are very fragile until they have time to set. They’ll still be more crumbly than a normal cookie, but will stay together once cool.
  5. Great for breakfast or for an after-school snack!

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88 Responses to “Peanut Butter Breakfast Cookies”

  1. tanya posted on January 2, 2014 at 6:12 am (#)

    I used to be able to buy a certain breakfast cookie that was soft but hearty and weren’t processed at all!. Then they disappeared. I do believe I need to give your version a try! I believe they are exactly what I am looking for.


    • Dorothy Kern replied on January 2nd, 2014 at 6:25 am

      Thanks Tanya! Enjoy! Happy New Year!


  2. Aimee @ ShugarySweets posted on January 2, 2014 at 6:13 am (#)

    LOVE these Dorothy. I mean really, cookies for breakfast? Yes please. Happy New Year!!


  3. Kate @ Coffee with Kate posted on January 2, 2014 at 6:59 am (#) I’m curious: What are the white specks in the cookies? I assumed sea salt when I first saw the picture, but don’t see if in your ingredients.


  4. Zainab @ Blahnik Baker posted on January 2, 2014 at 7:11 am (#)

    I am with you, I don’t do resolutions. I sometimes have one goal for a year but not more than that. I do however get my yearly appts in to check blood levels etc but it’s just the scientist in me lol! Hopefully you make it in soon!! These cookies look amazing and I love the specks of flaxseeds in them. So hearty :) Happy New Year!!


  5. Mary Frances posted on January 2, 2014 at 7:14 am (#)

    I am officially making a resolutions list just so I can have cookies for breakfast. These are great! Peanut butter and oats is such a satisfying combo! I can’t wait to see the finished cookbook; I know it will be fantastic. These cookies are a great start to 2014!


  6. Lisa @ Wine & Glue posted on January 2, 2014 at 7:44 am (#)

    OMG. Can I tell you how desperately I need a REAL check up. Like relying on the OB for check ups isn’t really wise. (But I can’t stand any more appointments after four pregnancies in six years.) And hello dentist! I’m not even sure what it’s like to go there anymore. Anyway, I LOVE these cookies. 130 calories does NOT seem like a lot. Seems like I could have two with a cup of coffee and be good to go 😉 Who are we kidding. Three cookies, six cups of coffee.


  7. Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent posted on January 2, 2014 at 9:13 am (#)

    Cookies for breakfast… I’m in :) Good luck with the rest of your cookbook!


  8. Erin | The Emerging Foodie posted on January 2, 2014 at 9:29 am (#)

    Oh good–I’m not the only one worried about my over-consumption of sweets influencing my blood? Glad to hear you are, too. 😉 These look delicious! So much better than the breakfast I just ate. Yummm! Hope you had a great kid-less NYE, Dorothy!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on January 2nd, 2014 at 3:20 pm

      Today I’ve had two bites of pie, at least 1 1/2 cinnamon rolls, a bite of brownie, and 10 licks of frostings (for testing purposes, of course). I think I’m going to burn out my sugar tastebuds!


  9. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) posted on January 2, 2014 at 9:35 am (#)

    Seriously I think I’m in utter love with the idea of a breakfast cookie!!


  10. Mimi @ Culinary Couture posted on January 2, 2014 at 9:59 am (#)

    I just had actual cookies for breakfast and now I’m wishing I had these SINCE I’m currently regretting that unhealthy decision!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on January 2nd, 2014 at 3:19 pm

      LOL, you sound like me Mimi! :)


  11. Lindsay @ Life, Love and Sugar posted on January 2, 2014 at 10:08 am (#)

    Love this idea Dorothy! Somehow eating healthy in the form of a cookie feels better and yummier.

    Oh and I don’t do resolutions either. Never stick to them 😉


    • Dorothy Kern replied on January 2nd, 2014 at 3:19 pm

      It’s just too hard, and who wants that defeat following them all year? #notme !


  12. Tanya posted on January 2, 2014 at 10:41 am (#)

    I’m so glad you said to let them cool completey before removing from the pan. I like to take them right off and start nibbling on cookies. I will have to be patient with these.


    • Dorothy Kern replied on January 2nd, 2014 at 3:18 pm

      I wanted to too – and then it fell apart! Lesson learned. :)


  13. Averie @ Averie Cooks posted on January 2, 2014 at 12:02 pm (#)

    Peanut butter for breakfast. YES!!! I love the way you think :) They look perfect and just what I need!


  14. Renee @ Two in the Kitchen posted on January 2, 2014 at 1:56 pm (#)

    “Without peanut butter, life would be sad” I SO agree with this phrase Dorothy, and these cookies look like the perfect way to get more peanut butter in my day! :)


  15. Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig posted on January 2, 2014 at 2:54 pm (#)

    I need a check up too!! What month should we make it in…December? Ha-ha! Love these cookies, going to Pin them now!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on January 2nd, 2014 at 3:16 pm

      LOL, my goal is March. After I stop needing to test all these book recipes! Because even if they tell me I can’t eat it anymore, I still have to! :)


  16. Laurie F. posted on January 2, 2014 at 6:33 pm (#)

    My resolution is to write as well and as humorously as you (and to walk every day). I have a much better chance of keeping to the second resolution. I guess that’s why you are the cookbook writer and I’m not. Congratulations on a fabulous year!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on January 2nd, 2014 at 8:06 pm

      You are too sweet Laurie! :) I wish we could go walking together. That’s much more fun!


  17. Trish - Mom On Timeout posted on January 2, 2014 at 7:20 pm (#)

    I’m all for cookies for breakfast and these look FABULOUS! I’m more goal-oriented too, otherwise I feel like a failure on January 2nd when I’ve already wussed out on my resolutions 😉 Love these Dorothy!


  18. Tieghan posted on January 2, 2014 at 8:36 pm (#)

    I am all for peanut butter for breakfast!! These look perfect, Dorothy!


  19. Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen posted on January 2, 2014 at 8:51 pm (#)

    MMM this is definitely my kind of breakfast!!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on January 3rd, 2014 at 6:21 am

      Mine too! Thanks Kristi!


  20. Crystal posted on January 2, 2014 at 9:07 pm (#)

    My goal is to be healthy this year so these cookies will be great!! I also got your muffin recipe too!! Thanks so much for the recipes. Can’t wait to try them!!


  21. Jennifer @ Not Your Momma's Cookie posted on January 3, 2014 at 12:24 am (#)

    These look fabulous, Dorothy!


  22. Consuelo @ Honey & Figs posted on January 3, 2014 at 2:35 am (#)

    Breakfast cookies? I’m in! These look delicious, and I love that there are 4 grams of protein in each cookie. That’s awesome!
    And you’re right Dorothy: goals sound much better than resolutions.
    Have a nice weekend! ; )


    • Dorothy Kern replied on January 3rd, 2014 at 6:20 am

      Thanks Consuelo! You too!!


  23. Megan - The Emotional Baker posted on January 3, 2014 at 4:01 am (#)

    I’d love to have these for breakfast. Can’t wait to give them a try!


  24. katie posted on January 3, 2014 at 4:34 am (#)

    Ummm cookies for breakfast sound great and the fact that they have a few grams of protein in them works too! 😉


  25. Lisa @ Garnish with Lemon posted on January 3, 2014 at 4:56 am (#)

    Cookies for breakfast is the most brilliant idea. It is always a surefire way I don’t have to battle with my daughter over breakfast! Thanks for the recipe!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on January 3rd, 2014 at 6:19 am

      You’re welcome! Thanks Lisa!


  26. Ice posted on January 3, 2014 at 5:31 am (#)

    Oooh! I’ll definitely make these my snacks on the go. Thanks for the recipe!


  27. Jennifer @ Mother Thyme posted on January 3, 2014 at 6:54 am (#)

    I could eat these everyday for breakfast! Love these!


  28. Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction posted on January 3, 2014 at 6:54 am (#)

    I can get on board with eating cookies for breakfast! :) Love these!


  29. Chris @ Shared Appetite posted on January 3, 2014 at 7:11 am (#)

    Cookies for breakfast?! I’m sold! New I stumbled across this blog for a reason :) That’s my type of breakfast!

    Foudn your blog through Erin @ Emerging Foodie. Loving taking a look around!


  30. marcie posted on January 3, 2014 at 7:29 am (#)

    I don’t make resolutions either really, Ive just adjusted my eating as I did binge on cookies in December! These cookies, however, wouldn’t make me feel guilty at all, breakfast or not!


  31. Jennie @themessybakerblog posted on January 3, 2014 at 4:42 pm (#)

    You are so right. Life would be extremely sad without pb. I’m so excited for your cookbook. These really look great. Pinned.


  32. Shannon @ Bake.Frost.Repeat posted on January 3, 2014 at 5:15 pm (#)

    I’m like you, not really about resolutions and more on making goals. These breakfast cookies look fantastic.


  33. Kathy posted on January 3, 2014 at 7:30 pm (#)

    I like goals so much better than resolutions. Goals sound more positive! And these cookies sure look great! Love breakfast cookies!


  34. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) posted on January 4, 2014 at 7:24 am (#)

    yepp. perfect breakfast. making these!


  35. Cate @ Chez CateyLou posted on January 4, 2014 at 6:32 pm (#)

    I really should stop binge eating cookies…although if they are healthy breakfast cookies like these, then it is ok, right?! They look delicious!!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on January 6th, 2014 at 7:11 am

      LOL, totally. That’s the way I think. :)


  36. Laura Dembowski posted on January 5, 2014 at 5:40 am (#)

    Yay for breakfast cookies! I hate going to the doctor too, but if you find one you like, it’s so much easier. They’ll understand you and work with you so everyone’s happy – not just yell at you and tell you to take pills.


    • Dorothy Kern replied on January 6th, 2014 at 7:09 am

      That’s my problem! I never find one I like. Ugh. :) Thanks Laura!


  37. Amy posted on January 5, 2014 at 3:25 pm (#)

    I’m right there with you — no resolutions, only goals! My goal this year is to cook more. After baking all day for the blog, I run out of energy (and willpower to wash dishes) to cook meals most nights, so I eat lots of salads and yogurt. I’m all set to start tonight with meatloaf! (Kinda nerve-wracking!) You are TOTALLY going to rock it this year with your cookbook! And trust me, I hate blood work too… I call it “going to the vampires.” 😉 But since there’s a Starbucks directly across the street from the hospital, I bribe myself with a latte if I can get blood drawn without shedding any tears. It’s tough, but I earned it last time!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on January 6th, 2014 at 7:05 am

      LOL! Half the time they have to bring me donuts during the bloodworm so I don’t pass out!! It’s annoying. :) Thanks Amy!


  38. Amy posted on January 5, 2014 at 3:33 pm (#)

    P.S. I was totally distracted by the vampires story that I forgot to say… THANK YOU for including my muffins!! You are just the sweetest blogger ever. :) Have a wonderful rest of your weekend!!


  39. Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking posted on January 6, 2014 at 1:40 pm (#)

    I think I should write down my latest resolution would be to eat more cookies for breakfast!I’m pretty sure it would be one resolution I will be able to stick to it until December 31st :)

    Great breakfast cookies! Love me some peanut butter and chocolate chips together!


  40. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life posted on January 7, 2014 at 8:04 am (#)

    Cookies for breakfast…this is a goal I could totally keep all year long. Love these delicious bites of goodness!!!


  41. Jana posted on January 10, 2014 at 6:04 pm (#)

    Made these for my 4 year old…BIG HIT! Love your recipes!


  42. Meghan Cox posted on January 18, 2014 at 9:50 am (#)

    I am trying like MAD to eliminate processed foods in my (and my husband’s) diet. The man eats a cereal bar for breakfast everyday. Ewwww. So, can I use regular PB in these cookies, or is natural OK? Thanks for the advice and the recipe.


  43. Tracey posted on February 28, 2014 at 6:54 am (#)

    Can these be made with a gluten free flour?


  44. Denise posted on April 7, 2014 at 7:18 am (#)

    I made these today with some leftover mini-m&m’s instead of chocolate chips. I also only use unsweetened natural peanut butter. I was so happy this these. They weren’t overly sweet and they were very filling. I will be making these again. Great to feed the kids for breakfast or after school. Thanks so much for the recipe!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 7th, 2014 at 7:18 pm

      I’m so glad you liked them Denise! I need to make them again. Thanks for the notes about the natural PB, I always wonder so it’s good to know it works!


  45. heather posted on May 9, 2014 at 8:19 am (#)

    made these this morning and just the simple fact that they were eating cookies made for an easy sell! Yum and full of healthy stuff :-) I used almond butter b/c we go to a peanut free school and it’s what we had and still yum!


  46. Lindsay posted on May 19, 2014 at 12:55 pm (#)

    Oh my goodness these look heavenly!! Can’t wait to make these!!


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  48. Karolina posted on June 7, 2014 at 5:02 am (#)

    I’ve just made them and they’re amazing! But I’ve used 2 eggs instead of one.
    Thanks for this recipe. :)


  49. Rachel Garcia posted on June 16, 2014 at 6:53 am (#)

    Can I substitute agave nectar for the brown sugar and still have them turn out ok?


  50. Hannah Barta posted on July 17, 2014 at 8:35 pm (#)

    I just made these! SO good! I substituted old-fashioned oats, which made the aftertaste a little bitter, but I still like them a lot :) Thanks for sharing!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on July 18th, 2014 at 6:23 am

      I’m glad you liked them Hannah! Good to know about the old-fashioned oats!! :)


  51. Jennifer posted on January 10, 2015 at 8:10 am (#)

    The “dough” is SO crumbly. Hard to work with. Would adding another egg help? Or more peanut butter. Looks more like granola but hoping to get it into cookie form. I’m sure it’ll be delicious regardless of how it comes out. 


    • Dorothy Kern replied on January 11th, 2015 at 3:19 pm

      You can try adding more peanut butter or an egg, for sure. I know my dough was crumbly, but not so dry I couldn’t form cookies. They don’t spread at all and the batter was not like a normal cookie dough!


  52. Tracey posted on January 12, 2015 at 12:50 pm (#)

    Can these be made  gluten free? 


    • Dorothy Kern replied on January 12th, 2015 at 1:44 pm

      I’ve never worked with GF flours. You can try using GF flour or oat flour. If you do, let me know how it works!


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