. cinnamon raisin shredded wheat cookies .

by Amanda @ .running with spoons. on October 26, 2012

Hello, my name is Amanda, and I’m slightly very much addicted to shredded wheat cereal.

Whether it’s with milk or yogurt, dipped in applesauce or straight out of the box, I just can’t seem to get enough of these delicately woven squares of wheat – and I think I’ve found a great new way to cater to my addiction…

Cookies! I needed a way to use up all those pesky cereal crumbs that continue to linger at the bottom of the bag long after all the good stuff is gone, and cookies seemed like as good a way as any to do it. Granted, they may not exactly be the traditional cookies that you’re used to, but there’s something undeniably addictive and satisfying about these little guys all the same – I had an impossibly hard time keeping my hands off them…

… and probably ended up eating about 5, not counting all the little ‘broken-off’ pieces that I randomly came across, which everyone knows don’t count. Whaaaaaat? I blame the shredded wheat. I love that stuff, and you can definitely taste it in these babies, though not overpoweringly so. The cookies themselves ended up being incredibly soft and doughy, yet simultaneously light and crispy. It’s the strangest, yet most addictive thing ever. I’m in trouble…

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. cinnamon raisin shredded wheat cookies .

Ingredients (makes 24 cookies)

  • 1 cup shredded wheat cereal crumbs (I use Kashi Cinnamon Harvest)
  • 1 cup all-purpose whole wheat flour
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • ¼ cup granulated cane sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup applesauce
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup raisins (or chocolate chips/nuts/other dried fruit)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF and lightly grease a cookie sheet or cover it with parchment paper.
  2. In a food processor or blender (I used a Magic Bullet), process cereal crumbs until finely ground.
  3. In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine flour, cereal, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Mix until well combined and set aside.
  4. Cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add in egg, applesauce, and vanilla. Mix well.
  5. Pour wet mixture into flour mixture, stirring until everything is fully incorporated. Add raisins.
  6. Drop dough onto prepared cookie sheet by rounded tablespoon.
  7. Bake 10-12 minutes, or until edges begin to turn brown.
  8. Remove from oven and let cool for ~10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.

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And because I feel kind of bad for not coming up with a pumpkin recipe to celebrate National Pumpkin Day, here are some of my all time favorite ways to use the loveable orange squash:

Pumpkin Chili Mexican Scramble
Curried Apple Pumpkin Soup
Pumpkin Hummus Tortilla Pizza
Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

What was the last baked treat that you ate?
Any fun plans this weekend? Halloween parties? Baking endeavors?

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1 Chelsie @ Balance, Not Scale October 26, 2012 at 5:15 pm

I have recently fallen in love with shredded wheat (something I’m SOOO glad I never touched, and thereby never ruined, during the carb-loving zone of my ED!!) and am looking to slowly accumulate enough to make these. They will be the medal of success for conquering two large challenges: (1) eating cereal on a regular enough basis to accumulate enough crumbs, and (2) making a cookie using real butter and sugar.
I’m a little afraid, but I know I’ll make it there. And probably sooner than I give myself credit for! Thank you my dear!! :)
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2 Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 27, 2012 at 7:42 am

Cereal, butter, and sugar were pretty tough challenges for me as well, but the hardest part is actually facing the challenge and after that you come to see that every single fear food is really no big deal. You’ll definitely get there soon – you’re doing so awesome already!

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3 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table October 26, 2012 at 5:21 pm

I love all cereal… if you can put it in a cookie, all the better! Can you send me these to eat post-comp? ;)
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4 Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 27, 2012 at 7:43 am

Definitely ;) Does cereal in cookies count as #strangebutgood?

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5 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table October 27, 2012 at 7:29 pm

YES! Especially with the back-story about the crumbs. :)
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6 Brittany October 26, 2012 at 5:38 pm

GEN-I-US! I love this, what a clever idea to use up those crumbs!! NOW I need cookies..again..I need more cookies!

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7 Hollie October 26, 2012 at 6:10 pm

Here is the thing. If something is broken, it doesn’t count as calories. As long as it’s not a whole anything. S0 100 peices of cookie count as 0 calories…obviously. That is an awesome idea for a cookie! YUMMY!
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8 Alexandra October 26, 2012 at 6:17 pm

HAHAHA!!!! AGREED! I like the way you think :D
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9 Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl October 26, 2012 at 7:02 pm

This is so perfect because I usually end up tossing the last part of the bag that just contains crumbs…and I hate to waste! :(
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10 Alex @ therunwithin October 26, 2012 at 7:19 pm

so creative! my dad loves shredded wheat, he would love these
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11 Jess October 26, 2012 at 9:10 pm

What a great way to use up those crumbs! I haven’t had shredded wheat for ages!
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12 Andrea October 26, 2012 at 10:36 pm

It’s been too long since I’ve had Kashi Cinnamon Harvest! That needs to change. Then I need to make these cookies :) The last baked good I ate was some zucchini bread after dinner :) Still going strong with zucchini over here.. who says the season has to be over?! My garden does not…

This weekend I am having a little beer tasting at my house with some friends.. it’s supposed to be cold so some beer with those comfy-warm spices is really going to hit the spot, don’tcha think?! I’d totally invite you, if you did not live in another country!

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13 Jessie October 26, 2012 at 11:05 pm

I feel like I should run to the store today and pick up a box of cinnamon raisin shredded wheats just so I can make these cookies!

Last thing I baked: the hubs & I baked pb banana bread last night for him to take into work today
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14 kelsey October 26, 2012 at 11:18 pm

genius!!
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15 Aimee October 27, 2012 at 12:25 am

I LOVE shredded wheat! I don’t know if you saw, but I left a comment on your instagram telling you how to make porridge with shredded wheat. You must try it, I think it’s even better than oat porridge!
I was reading the shredded wheat packet yesterday, and they suggested crumbling them up and sprinkling over salads. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan, but I think this is perhaps taking it too far?
As for me, I am off to go and make these, pronto!
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16 Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 27, 2012 at 8:27 am

I’ll definitely be giving the porridge thing a shot soon! And yeah I’m not too sure how I feel about putting shredded wheat on salad… I think it’d just be better to go the crouton route at that point.

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17 Gina @ Health, Love, and Chocolate October 27, 2012 at 12:46 am

I was waiting to see what creative recipe you came up with, I’m impressed! :-)
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18 Floey October 27, 2012 at 4:44 am

Omg my mom would love these! Do you have to include applesauce? I don’t have any on hand..
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19 Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 27, 2012 at 8:30 am

You probably don’t have to. If your dough ends up being a little too dry, you can always add a spoon of honey or maple syrup.

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20 Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers October 27, 2012 at 5:07 am

Mmmm, I <3 raisins and Kashi Cinnamon Harvest. I bet these are great!
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21 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin October 27, 2012 at 5:34 am

What a great idea! I always end up throwing out the shredded bits at the end of the bag because I never know what to do with them. :P

Also thank you for posting a recipe with real ingredients instead of “frankencookies” made with stevia, powders, gums, etc. I can’t even imagine how recipes like that even taste good!
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22 Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 27, 2012 at 8:32 am

:lol: Frankencookies – love it! Definitely don’t love them, though. I’ve gone that route before, and yeah… they don’t taste the best. You can convince yourself for a while that they taste good, but you see the difference as soon as you have the real thing.

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23 Danielle @ Clean Food Creative Fitness October 27, 2012 at 5:44 am

I used to love shredded wheat back in the day! The frosted kind was my favorite! I can’t have it anymore because I can’t have gluten! Now I just need to wait for a gluten free shredded wheat to appear! Cookies look awesome :)
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24 Sara @my less serious life October 27, 2012 at 5:51 am

you are so creative! now i need shredded wheat bits!
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25 Leslie October 27, 2012 at 7:06 am

What a creative way to use cereal! I have to confess that when I eat shredded wheat cereal, my favourite part is pouring all the leftover bits out and soaking them in milk … sounds gross eh? But I love it. I’ll have to hold back and save some to make these cookies. Thanks for the recipe!
Last thing I baked: chocolate chip cookies for a bake sale at school!
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26 Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 27, 2012 at 8:36 am

That doesn’t sound gross at all! I’ve actually been wanting to try soaking them in milk and leaving them in the fridge for a while to thicken up.

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27 Shannon October 27, 2012 at 7:39 am

Ah I have not baked in soo long! These cookies sound AMAZING especially since oatmeal raisin are my favorite type of cookie. I am most definitely starting the save up process of the crumbs from shredded wheat cereals! This weekend is a lot of studying and the weather is going to help me since its raining and nasty outside. We are apparently getting a snowicane on Tuesday… I may take a break and go do a little fun workout at the gym depending on how my body feels and if I get stir crazy!
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28 Sam @ Better With Sprinkles October 27, 2012 at 7:50 am

Love this idea! It makes me want to run out and buy a box of Mini Wheats (I love that stuff)

The last baked thing I ate was about 1 1/2 cupcakes on my birthday Wednesday – one was chocolate, one was red velvet and both with vanilla buttercream frosting. Yea…they were pretty amazing.
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29 Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 27, 2012 at 12:34 pm

Dibs on the leftover half!

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30 Kat October 27, 2012 at 8:36 am

ohhhh yes. These babies look mighty tasty! Im totally going to have to give these a try, except the weather is going to be 90 again this weekend, which means Ill be sweating AGAIN in ym kitchen. Ugh, so gross. However, sunday night we are having a halloween party :) Im making potato soup with french bread and am having a carmel apple dipping station with homemade caramel, apples, and all sorts of toppings like nuts, mini mellows, candy and even sprinkles :)
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31 Jess @ JessieBear What Will You Wear October 27, 2012 at 10:19 am

ohhh man. I was wondering what you were going to do with those cereal crumbs… this is beautiful.

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32 Liz (formerly VeggieGirl) October 27, 2012 at 12:10 pm

OH MY YUM – fabulous cookies there!

I baked a Halloween bundt cake – that’s my latest baking project.

I’m dressing up for Halloween – I was going to go to a party tonight, but I just found out that it starts at midnight… too late for me, haha.

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33 Jessica October 27, 2012 at 1:29 pm

These look like such a good idea! I actually don’t mind cereal dregs provided I have a nice full bowl with them on top! ;-)

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34 Lisa October 27, 2012 at 1:30 pm

Yum! What a creative idea! I love it. You always come up with such neat things! I’m supposed to go out for Halloween tonight, but it’s a monsoon out so I’m having a tough time deciding if I actually want to now ha ha.
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35 Missy October 27, 2012 at 6:18 pm

Pumpkin and hummus? NICE.

PS- I bet Jenae HRG would really dig these cookies…lol. A FMW version.
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36 Ellie@Fit for the Soul October 27, 2012 at 9:37 pm

Mmmmmm not many foods appeal to me right now, but your cookies look delish! I’ve been craving cookies like no other~wish I could go over and have like, at least 1 lol. :D And I agree with others–this IS creative! I’ve been keeping my eye on Barbara’s shredded oats lately! They look so good too.
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37 kris October 28, 2012 at 9:51 am

suchh a perfectly delicious idea!! Andd they’re “soft and doughy, yet simultaneously light and crispy”?? I want.

The last baked treat I ate was macarons. Today I’ll be making some mochi for a halloween potluck tomorrow. I’d kinda rather be making (er, eating) these cookies though… ;)
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38 Irina @ Chocolatea Time October 28, 2012 at 10:01 pm

I think these may have just inspired me to purchase some cereal! The texture of them looks so interesting. Believe it or not, I’m not big on cereal these days but it’s slowly starting to creep back into my life again in the form of rice puffs and Gorilla Crunch (basically like Kix…please tell me you remember that cereal?!). And I totally missed pumpkin day…what a FAIL! How embarrassing, especially coming from this pumpkin lover :/

Hope you had a great weekend!
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39 Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli November 1, 2012 at 1:34 am

Way to get creative! I’d say that I’d try these, but the cereal crumblies at the bottom of the bag are my FAVORITE! If you get tired of your cookies, you can just start mailing your crumbs to me! ;)
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