Back to School Breakfast Cookies

Back To School Breakfast Cookies ~ these cookies have everything but the kitchen sink in them! ~
Back to School Breakfast Cookies are packed with healthy oats, fruits, nuts, and seeds ~ they make the perfect grab and go breakfast! ~

Breakfast Cookies are chocked full of fruits, nuts, seeds and oats. There’s a little bit of sugar in there too, just for energy, of course…and yes, those are dark chocolate chips…what’s your point?

Back to School Breakfast Cookies ~

I admit the concept of a breakfast cookie is a little bit of a stretch

But considering some of the stuff I see in my supermarket breakfast aisle, these are nutritional powerhouses! OK, maybe you should have a poached egg along with yours…but truly, these cookies have a lot of great ‘stuff’ stuffed into them.

They’re also quite delicious because I based them on my current favorite oatmeal cookie.  I’ve always believed in sweetening the first days back to school, they can be so exhausting and stressful for both the kids and their parents! When my kids were young I tried to make it special in any way I could, and cookies and cupcakes made frequent appearances in our house, and in their classrooms, in those days.

Back To School Breakfast Cookies, grab one on your way out the door! ~

What you’ll need to make breakfast cookies

These breakfast cookies are so crammed full of dried fruits, nuts, seeds, etc., that when they bake they develop yummy fissures and crevices around all those add-ins. You can mix and match whatever you like, but I used:

  • almonds
  • dried peaches and plums
  • pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
  • chia seeds
  • flax seeds
  • dark chocolate chips

Back To School Breakfast Cookies ~

I like these cookies to be nice and big, after all, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so  I pack the dough into a 1/4 cup measure and then flip it out onto the baking sheet. I flatten them ever so slightly and bake for 13 minutes exactly.

Back to School Breakfast Cookies are packed with fruits, nuts, and seeds, for a quick grab and go start to the day! ~


  • Yes, I did use shortening in these cookies because I based them on an oatmeal cookie that I love. If you substitute an equal amount of room temperature  butter, you’ll get a different texture to your cookies, they will spread more, and may not hold together as well.
  • I don’t quite fill the 1/4 cup measure when I’m scooping out my cookie dough, but I pack it in firmly, because otherwise all the chunky bits won’t adhere together.
  • Use any type of dried fruit, nuts, and seeds you like, but do chop them fairly finely or the cookies won’t hold together.
Back To School Breakfast Cookies ~ these cookies have everything but the kitchen sink in them! ~
3.78 from 9 votes

Back to School Breakfast Cookies

Breakfast Cookies are chocked full of fruits, nuts, seeds and oats.  There's a little bit of sugar in there too, just for energy, of course...and yes, those are dark chocolate chips...what's your point?
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Author Sue Moran


wet ingredients

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

dry ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 3/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon


  • 1 heaping cup of mixed chopped nuts dried fruits, seeds, chocolate chips, etc.


  • set oven to 350F
  • Cream the shortening with the sugars until smooth. Beat in the egg and vanilla.
  • Whisk the dry ingredients together. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet, mixing until combined, but don't over beat.
  • Fold in the fruits & nuts, etc, until evenly distributed.
  • Scoop the dough out with a 1/4 cup measure and pack it in. Flip it out onto your baking sheet and flatten just slightly. Set the cookies 2 inches apart, and bake for 13 minutes until they are just turning golden. They might appear slightly underdone, but they will firm up as they cool.
  • Cool on a rack.
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.


don’t forget to pin these Back to School Breakfast Cookies!

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used to make Back to School Breakfast Cookies (photos are clickable)


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    August 24, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    I have discovered that my frustration w many cookies I bake has been solved by using shortening or a combo of butter and shortening, cookies w all butter spread far too much, thanks for sharing this recipe

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    Red D
    September 13, 2016 at 8:45 am

    How do I get to the recipe? I really want to make them for my grandkids! I don’t know how to find blogs??!!

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    Jules @ WolfItDown
    August 17, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    I have ended up in a clickety mess – I see all these beautiful food photos of your blog, and then! I end up having seven recipes open! Hope you don’t mind all the comments.
    But be the mighty Shire – do these look like the best cookies I have seen in a long time! I love all the good stuff you have put in there 😀 Definitely made with love, and some nutritious nibbles! Maybe the cookie fairy will visit me, if not – I’ll make a batch of these myself 😀 x

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      August 17, 2016 at 8:57 pm

      Haha, enjoy Jules!

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    Laura | Tutti Dolci
    August 16, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    Mornings are suddenly looking much brighter with these cookies!

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    Muna Kenny
    August 13, 2016 at 3:19 pm

    Everything I ever wanted in a cookie! I don’t mind having it for breakfast and a big glass of milk. Looks heavenly 🙂

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    todd wagner
    August 11, 2016 at 10:30 pm

    Whoa, so many goodies in a single bite! <3

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    Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
    August 11, 2016 at 10:11 am

    I love the idea of cookies for breakfast, and your right, compared to some of the breakfast crap I’ve seen in stores, these are a heck of a lot healthier! I love that you packed these cookies with all the yum! These would definitely get me out of bed in the morning! Cheers!

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    August 10, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    What more could you want in the morning, these are also perfect for traveling and hiking. Love all the goodies you have in these. Thanks Sue!

    • Reply
      August 10, 2016 at 12:54 pm

      You’re so right, I especially love them for airplanes, and they’re sturdy enough not to fall apart in your carry-on 😉

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    Karen @ Seasonal Cravings
    August 10, 2016 at 11:51 am

    These would make the first week of school so much easier for my little guys! Great idea!

    • Reply
      August 10, 2016 at 12:54 pm

      I think waking up to cookies for breakfast would definitely soften the blow of the first week back, for sure 🙂

  • Reply
    August 10, 2016 at 11:20 am

    What is the nutrition count on these cookies. Seems like a lot of sugar. Also how many cookies did this make?

    • Reply
      August 10, 2016 at 11:25 am

      This recipe makes about 17 cookies, give or take Wilhelmina. I don’t have the nutrition count, sorry. I’m looking into ways to include that on my site, so stay tuned!

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    [email protected]'s Recipes
    August 10, 2016 at 11:13 am

    These are not only great for breakfast, also great as the post workout snack.

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    August 10, 2016 at 10:27 am

    If I go sit down and study a cookbook or something – is that the same as being a student? I would have been happy to take these to school for breakfast, a mid-morning snack or lunch! Love the combination of nuts and fruit – they are so pretty!

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    Jackie Garvin
    August 10, 2016 at 9:28 am

    Who wouldn’t love these??? Awesome recipe.

  • Reply
    August 10, 2016 at 9:12 am

    Oh yeah Sue … cookies for breakfast is very doable not only for the kid but also for me. So good (BTW the fruit popsicles were a hit – just posted them on my blog 😉 Thank you for the idea)

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      August 10, 2016 at 11:25 am

      Oh thanks Meeta, I’m heading over to see!

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    John/Kitchen Riffs
    August 10, 2016 at 8:56 am

    I can could eat cookies for breakfast. Even though I’m not going back to school. 🙂

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    Lynn | The Road to Honey
    August 10, 2016 at 8:52 am

    You could also look at it as these breakfast cookies are waaaaaaay better than skipping breakfast entirely. . .which is what a lot of people do. And given how portable they are and the fact that they require absolutely 0 preparation once they are cooked (other than pouring a glass of milk perhaps), one no longer has a valid reason to skip breakfast. . .especially when it is as divine as this.

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      August 10, 2016 at 11:53 am

      Good point!

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    Bintu - Recipes From A Pantry
    August 10, 2016 at 8:47 am

    I can see why you have called these ‘back to school’, as they are packed full of protein and goodness too

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    August 10, 2016 at 8:25 am

    Wow! So much goodness in a cookie. I’ll have to tweak this for gluten-free and give it a try!

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    Suchi @elegantmeraki
    August 10, 2016 at 8:10 am

    So much fun for kids and healthy too!!

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    Chris Scheuer
    August 10, 2016 at 6:25 am

    I wish my mom had followed your blog when I was growing up, haha! It would have been fun to go to school with these yummy looking cookies in tow! Love all the good stuff you’ve got hiding in them.

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