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Hearty Breakfast Cookies

"These cookies are a delicious and hearty alternative to doughnuts or pastries. Also great to pack in lunches and on trips. Try one with your morning coffee or tea. For a slightly richer treat, use buttermilk in place of the water. Substitute dates for the raisins, if you prefer."
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47 m servings 478 cals
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Original recipe yields 12 servings (2 dozen cookies)


  • Calories:
  • 478 kcal
  • 24%
  • Fat:
  • 21 g
  • 32%
  • Carbs:
  • 64.9g
  • 21%
  • Protein:
  • 12.3 g
  • 25%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 51 mg
  • 17%
  • Sodium:
  • 579 mg
  • 23%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease two baking sheets or line them with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat together butter, peanut butter, brown sugar, and vanilla until creamy. Beat in eggs and water.
  3. Mix together flours, oats, wheat germ, salt, cinnamon, and baking soda. Mix into peanut butter mixture. Stir in raisins or dates (see Cook's Note). Drop by ice cream scoopfuls 2 1/2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets. Flatten slightly.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 18 to 20 minutes. Cool on baking sheet for 2 minutes, then transfer to cooling racks. Store in an airtight container.


  • Cook's Note:
  • You may substitute chopped pitted dates for the raisins.

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Love this recipe! I'm sure it was a great recipe as is, but to bump of the "health factor" a bit I made some substitutions that worked well. I know that drives some people crazy to change a rec...

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Unfortunately, these did not go over well in my house. They were dry, and I even added the banana like some suggested. Using a measured scoop, mine only made about 20, so maybe they had to bak...

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Love this recipe! I'm sure it was a great recipe as is, but to bump of the "health factor" a bit I made some substitutions that worked well. I know that drives some people crazy to change a rec...

I love these cookies, they're not very sweet and they're good for breakfast or snack. Don't let the calorie section scare you, I made 27 cookies from one recipe and I used my ice cream scoop an...

LOVE IT!! I'm a full-time mom and full-time student, so meals aren't really a priority in my life. These are so quick and easy to make, package in servings, throw in the freezer, and pull out ...

I have been searching for just the right "healthy" cookie recipe for a long time. Usually I make "Ranger cookies" that have lots of good-for-you fillers but tend to be dry and crumble easily. ...

I have never felt compelled to rate one of these recipes before, but these cookies are the best thing I've found here! I replaced the cinnamon and raisins with chocolate chips and upped the per...

What a great recipe. I'm a grad student, so I don't have a lot of time to cook elaborate meals, and I'm a vegetarian so I have to pay attention to protein. This recipe is perfect: easy, yummy,...

Excellent breakfast cookies that tasted great and were easy to make. I kept the batter in the fridge and baked them as I needed them... warm cookies in the morning, mmmmmm.

My husband loves to take breakfast to work vs. eating it at home because he gets up so early so I try to get creative. These "cookies" are great. They came out very moist and freeze well. Like...

These cookies are wonderful. I have a hard time getting my 3rd grader to eat breakfast... now I just hand him a big cookie and he is thrilled. I used applesauce in place of all of the butter a...