Cookies with Special K cereal added to the dough along with white chocolate, cranberries and almonds are crispy without being dry. An EASY to make cookie where cereal is not the only SURPRISE ingredient.
I’m always on the search for cookies that are a little different, like these Special K Cookies. I send cookies or bars to my mom and mother-in-law every month and I try to be creative and find something they can’t get at the grocery. I also have to keep in mind that I’ll be shipping them. These are not only great to ship but the flavors are unique and are one of my favorites.
The combination of ingredients come together perfectly in these delightful cookies. I love the richness that white chocolate adds to desserts, like when you coat Chex mix with it or cover pumpkin balls in it. It also make the most decadent dessert when poured over caramel pretzels. So it’s no surprise that it adds richness to these cookies.
What I love most about Special K cookies is the texture. The cereal adds a unique crispiness that you don’t normally get in a cookie. You either have chewy or crunchy, but this cookie is crispy. The cereal helps, along with the addition of oil.
You might think that they’ll taste like Special K cereal, but that flavor doesn’t come out at all. It just gives them a crispier texture which I love. They have sliced almonds, dried cranberries, oatmeal and white chocolate but what really puts them over the top is the orange extract.
What is orange extract and how long does it last
I don’t know about you but this isn’t a pantry staple for me. I bought it just for these cookies and it’s the only thing I’ve used it for. Orange extract is just vodka and orange peel and would be easy to make. (Maybe I’ll make a batch and add it to a bag of cookies for a hostess gift.)
Most extracts have a shelf life of about a year, unless it’s vanilla, so buy the smallest bottle you can find unless you plan on making lots of cookies! It really transforms these cookies from just a good cookie to a GREAT one. Who would’ve guessed that just a teaspoon of orange extract could make such a difference.
Now that I have a bottle that’s only going to last a year, I think I’ll try these Orange Creamsicle Truffles.
What you’ll need for cookies made with Special K cereal
The ingredient list is long but I bet you have most in your pantry.
- Special K Cereal – the unique texture makes the cookies crispy, you only need a cup.
- Instant oatmeal – don’t use rolled oats.
- Orange extract – make sure it’s not too old, it only lasts about a year.
- White chocolate chips – for a rich flavor.
- Dried Cranberries – a little tart with the sweet.
- Slivered almonds – great taste and a nice crunch.
- Pantry staples – flour, white and brown sugar, vanilla, egg, baking soda, oil and butter.
How do you make Special K cookies
Step 1: Cream butter and sugar together and then add orange extract, vanilla and oil.
Step 2: Combine cereal, oatmeal, flour, baking soda and salt and add to the butter mixture.
Step 3: Stir in the white chocolate chips, cranberries and almonds. Form into balls and place on a baking sheet, flattening them slightly with your hand and bake.
Everyone that tries these just can’t stop talking about how wonderful they are. Not only are they great to ship but they’re perfect to give away at Christmas or for a teacher gift at the end of the year. Maybe you’ve got a cookie swap coming up, these would be perfect.
FAQ’s and Tips
Since these cookies have oil and butter, the dough does not need to refrigerate, you get instant gratification.
These cookies are perfect for shipping. They will not fall apart and you don’t have to worry about melting.
Place it in a ziplock and it will stay fresh until you’re ready to make another batch.
Taste it and if it’s not potent, then pick up a new bottle.
If you are using a 2 tablespoon scoop, it will make 60 normal size cookies. If want bakery sized cookies, it will make 38.
If cereal is not your breakfast food of choice, then place the leftover Special K Cereal in a Ziplock back, it will stay fresh for a long time.
Need more cookie ideas
- If you like pumpkin spices, then try some frosted pumpkin cookies
- Shortbreads are always good especially with chocolate chips
- Add dried cherries for festive chocolate crinkle cookies
- A peanut butter sandwich cookie is delicious and fun to make
- We love potato chip cookies
- Try some peanut butter chocolate chip cookies
- You can never go wrong with chocolate chip
- Both kids and adults love s’more cookies
- Add a cheesecake filling to thumbprints
- Add some booze to oatmeal pecan cookies
Adapted from a recipe from Lynn Wells
Special K Cookies
- 1 cup butter softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon orange extract
- 1 egg
- 1 cup cannola oil
- 4 cups flour
- 1 cup Special K cereal crushed
- 1 cup quick cooking oats
- 1 tablespoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup white chocolate chips
- 1 cup slivered almonds
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- Preheat oven to 350º. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
- With an electric mixer, combine butter and sugars and beat until creamy. Add vanilla and orange extract and egg and mix. Add oil and mix until combined.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, cereal, oats, baking soda and salt. Add to batter mixing on low until combined. Stir in white chocolate, almonds and cranberries.
- Using a 2 tablespoon ice cream scoop, form into balls and place on a cookie sheet, slightly flatten with the palm of your hand. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
- Let cool on pan for about 2 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack.
Barbara’s Tips + Notes
- Use fresh orange extract, it only stays fresh for about a year and then will loose it’s flavor.
- You do not have to refrigerate the cookie dough before baking.
- This will make 60 cookies using 2 tablespoons of dough or 38 cookies if using a regular ice cream scoop.
- These cookies freeze great and are perfect to ship.
If you make Special K Cookies, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to also tag me on Instagram! I would love to see your creation.