Life Cereal Cookies

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Happy National Cereal Day!!! What’s your favorite cereal? I wish I could say mine was something healthy like plain Cheerios or Corn Flakes, but sadly it is not. I love Oatmeal Almond Crisp or Golden Grahams. Neither is safe around me! I prefer cereal for lunch or in the evening instead of breakfast (I always have to be difficult!)

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These cookies are a fun way to celebrate National Cereal Day without actually eating a bowl of the stuff. The crushed cereal adds a nice texture and crunch to a cookie that is actually quite soft. I think they would be equally delicious with butterscotch chips instead of the white chocolate chips.

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Life Cereal Cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup crushed Quaker Life cereal*
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 small box instant vanilla pudding
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 (12 oz) bag white chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a small bowl, combine flour, cereal, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  • Using a mixer, combine softened butter, sugars, dry pudding mix and vanilla extract. Beat until creamy. Beat in eggs.
  • Gradually add in flour mixture. Gently fold in white chocolate chips. Do not over mix!
  • Drop by rounded, heaping, teaspoonfuls onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Bake for 8-10 minutes.
  • Makes about three dozen cookies.
  • *It took a little over two cups of whole cereal to equal one cup of crushed cereal. If you don't have a food processor, place cereal in a ziptop baggie and roll with a rolling pin.
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    Autumn Chex Mix

    autumn chex mix

    Are you a breakfast person? I am not. It takes me a few hours of being awake before my stomach can handle food. I go in phases of what I eat. Sometimes its a smoothie, then a granola bar and cheese stick. Right now I am into apples and Chex mix. Crunchy and sweet is working for me right now.

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    This Autumn Chex mix is perfect for snacking. Its crunchy, sweet, salty, and spiced with pumpkin pie spice that makes it perfect for fall. Feel free to switch up the cereal, nuts and fruit with your favorites!

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    Autumn Chex Mix

    Ingredients

    • 4 Cups Chex cereal (I used rice Chex)
    • 2 Cups Oatmeal Squares cereal (I used Cinnamon flavor)
    • 2 Cups pretzels
    • 2 Cups dried cranberries
    • 2 Cups nuts (I used 1 cup salted cashews, 1 cup salted peanuts)
    • 1/2 Cup butter
    • 1/4 Cup packed brown sugar
    • 1/2 Cup maple syrup
    • 2 Tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
    • 1 Tablespoon vanilla

    Instructions

  • In a 5 to 6-quart crock-pot, add the cereal, nuts, dried fruit and pretzels.
  • Melt the butter in a microwave safe cup or bowl. Add in the syrup, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla, stir to combine.
  • Drizzle wet mixture over the dry ingredients and stir well. Take caution to not break the cereal and pretzels. Place a paper towel under the lid to soak up the condensation that can develop inside the lid.
  • Cook on high  for about 2 hours, stirring well every 15 to 20 minutes. Mixture is done when there is no more visible liquid. Cooking temps vary, so keep and eye on your mix after 1 1/2 hours.
  • Pour mixture onto baking sheets and allow to dry for two hours or overnight. Store in a air tight container up to 5 days. Yield: About 8 cups
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    Recipe adapted from: Averie Cooks

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