My grandma had the best oatmeal cookie recipe that made a lightly sweet breakfast cookie. Cookies for breakfast?? Yes! This breakfast cookie recipe is a yummy oatmeal breakfast cookie that is extra delicious when crumbled into a bowl and milk poured on top. This recipe breakfast cookies is the perfect grab and go breakfast idea. Loaded with the goodness of oats, raisins & walnuts, breakfast cookies are a favorite recipe at my house for generations.

Oatmeal Raisin Breakfast cookies stacked on a plate. - text: grandmas breakfast cookies
Let’s eat cookies for breakfast!

Grandma’s Breakfast Cookies Recipe

The funny thing about this story is my grandma who passed down this recipe never like sweets. She never served dessert and considered anything out of the garden as “sweet enough”.

How she decided that the one time we got cookies at her house was for breakfast, I will never know! But one of the things I love about this breakfast cookie recipe is it is not very sweet and is tastily hearty. I think in many cases you can even call this healthy breakfast cookies.

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Ingredients for easy recipe - breakfast cookies - soft & chewy oatmeal raisin walnut cookies - that make great breakfast cookies!
This is what you will need to make breakfast cookies!
  • *1 cup of butter
  • **2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup of milk
  • ***1 cup sugar 
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 2 cups oatmeal
  • ****1 cup walnuts, pecans, cashews or almonds
  • *****1 cup of raisins
  • salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg

*You can substitute 1/2 cup of unsweetened applesauce for 1/2 cup of the butter.

**You can substitute 1 mashed banana for one egg.

***You can even decrease the amount of sugar slightly if you are using applesauce or banana.

****If you leave out the nuts, increase the oatmeal by 1/2 cup.

*****You can substitute cut dried fruit like cranberries, cherries, dried apples or mixed dried fruit mixes for the raisins.

Directions to Make Grandma’s Easy Breakfast Cookies

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Each process step of making recipe - breakfast cookies - homemade oatmeal raisin cookies in a grid picture with ingredients and mixing bowls.
Here are the easy steps to making yummy breakfast cookies.

Step 1

In a mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter and sugar. Then add eggs and milk. You can use a stand or hand mixer for this step, or you can simply use a whisk.

Step 2

In a separate mixing bowl, stir together the remaining ingredients except the raisins and walnuts. Add the dry ingredients to the wet slowly, stirring until combined.

Step 3

Stir in the raisins and walnuts.

Step 3 - Breakfast Cookie Recipe - The sticky, yummy oatmeal raisin breakfast cookie dough in a stainless mixing bowl.

The dough will be quite sticky and the consistency of wet cement…I am serious.

Step 4 

Step 4 - Breakfast cookie recipe - Drop oatmeal cookies on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
Drop the oatmeal batter onto a cookie sheet.

Drop the cookie dough by Tablespoon-fulls onto a parchment lined large baking sheets and bake at 350 until  golden brown – about 8-10 minutes. 

Step 5

Step 5 - Breakfast Cookie Recipe - Oatmeal Raisin Walnut breakfast cookies cooling on a wire rack.
Let the breakfast cookies cool on wire racks!

Cool the cookies on wire racks.

How to Store Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

  • Store in an airtight container or ziploc bag. They will keep for up to a week if stored properly.
  • Or, you can put them in the freezer where they’ll hang out happily for up to 3 months!

Additional tips for making these yummy oatmeal raisin breakfast cookies

  • If you would like perfectly shaped cookies, chill the dough for one hour and roll into balls before baking.
  • When baking cookies, you can bake them 2 cookie sheets at a time. Stagger each cookie sheet on a different height rack, and switch them around half-way through the baking time.
  • Parchment paper on the cookie sheet cuts back on the cleaning, but be careful when placing a parchment lined cookie sheet into the oven. It’s slippery and can slide off the pan easily!
  • If you don’t have parchment paper on hand, grease your cookie sheet before dropping the cookies on them.
  • Add a little protein by substituting 1/2 the butter with peanut butter, cashew butter or almond butter. The taste and texture will be a little different, but yummy!
  • Dairy-free butter substitutes work well in this recipe and I often pair them with applesauce for extra flavor to make this cookie recipe vegan. My favorite non-dairy milk to pour over is soy milk or coconut milk. Of course, the obvious would be oat milk! Substituting flax egg for regular eggs works too.
  • A pinch of ginger is fun to add for a bit more spice. Or go crazy with substituting candied ginger pieces for a portion of the raisin amount.
breakfast cookies in a bowl as cereal
Nothing better than cookies for breakfast…

How this recipe became a family favorite breakfast recipe.

We are just a wild and crazy bunch.

This recipe is from my grandmother.   It was one of the rare desserts she made except for her infamous garbanzo taffy which will NOT be appearing in a future recipe post.  

Because these oatmeal cookies aren’t very sweet, my family crumbled them up, poured milk over them, and ate them like breakfast cereal.

Recipe Breakfast cookies complete - A pile of oatmeal raisin cookies on a plate with a glass of milk behind it.
Our recipe breakfast cookies is now complete!!!

This oatmeal breakfast cookie recipe is also something that the boys have access to for snacks. They prefer to eat them as cookies and by the handful.

This breakfast oatmeal cookie recipe is the perfect balance of chewy and soft with a satisfying chewiness complimented by the raisins or dried fruit. The cookie’s exterior typically has a slight crispness to it, especially around the edges, offering a delightful contrast to the softer, lighter middle with notes of apple cinnamon and all things fall spice.

Yield: 48

Best Ever Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

Best Ever Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

Loaded with oats, raisins, & simple ingredients, these soft & chewy healthy breakfast cookies also double as a delicious snack!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup of milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 2 cups oatmeal
  • 1 cup walnuts, optional, see note.
  • 1 cup of raisins
  • salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg

Instructions

STEP 1: IN A MIXING BOWL, CREAM TOGETHER THE SOFTENED BUTTER AND SUGAR. THEN ADD EGGS AND MILK.

You can use an stand or hand mixer for this step, or you can simply use a whisk.

STEP 2: IN A SEPARATE MIXING BOWL, STIR TOGETHER THE REMAINING INGREDIENTS EXCEPT THE RAISINS AND WALNUTS. ADD THE DRY INGREDIENTS TO THE WET SLOWLY, STIRRING UNTIL COMBINED.


STEP 4: STIR IN THE RAISINS AND WALNUTS.


The dough will be sticky.

STEP 5: DROP BY TABLESPOON-FULLS ONTO A PARCHMENT LINED COOKIE SHEETS AND BAKE AT 350 UNTIL  GOLDEN BROWN – ABOUT 8-10 MINUTES.  


Cool the cookies on wire racks. Store in a sealed plastic container or ziploc bag. They will keep for up to two weeks if stored properly.

Or, you can put them in the freezer where they’ll hang out happily for up to 2 months!

Notes

You can substitute 1/2 cup of applesauce for 1/2 cup of the butter.

You can even decrease the amount of sugar slightly if you are using applesauce.

If you leave out the nuts, increase the oatmeal by 1/2 cup.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

48

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 105Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 74mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 1gSugar: 6gProtein: 2g

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24 Comments

  1. I just put a batch of these into the oven. Can’t wait for the children to go to bed so *I* can have cookies and milk!

    OK only kidding (a ilttle). I told them they could each have 1. Thanks for a super easy, super delicious recipe!

  2. Cookies for breakfast and for snacks are really great. Especially with a glass of milk or with a cup of coffee. I will surely love to try your recipe.

  3. Yum! This sounds great. My kids will surely love this for their breakfast matched with fresh milk. Thanks for the simple and easy recipe.

  4. Ooh, these look good.

    We do popsicles for breakfast too–just pureed fresh fruits (sometimes mixed with plain yogurt if the consistency needs help). And then you get to be the cool mom who lets them eat popsicles whenever they want to.

  5. What’s not to love about cookies for breakfast? These sound delicious. I’ll bet they would be good with dried apricots too…

  6. This recipe sounds easy and great! Love it! My toddler loves things she can hold in her hand and take bites from- she would totally dig this:)

    1. Thanks Shannon, I do think it would go over well. You call anything a cookie and the kids don’t care that they aren’t awful for them.