These Cornflake Cookies with oatmeal, sunflower seeds, chocolate chips, and more have something for everyone! (Note: This post contains affiliate links.)
Remember that time I made those Banana and Cereal Muffins because I had a box of cornflakes I didn’t know what to do with? I found myself in that situation again after buying another box of this cereal for Skinny Fried Chicken a few weeks ago. If there is any other choice, my boys never pick cornflakes for breakfast, so I have to think of ways to cook with them. I noticed a recipe for “Ultimate Cornflake Cookies” on the back of this particular box and decided to try it with a few changes.
These cookies seriously have something for everyone: Cornflakes (of course), oatmeal, peanut butter, chocolate chips, and even sunflower seeds. Some of that stuff is really good for you, so go ahead and eat an extra one. Or have one for breakfast. That’s totally fine. Cereal and oatmeal are breakfast foods.
When it comes to stirring in your cereal, chocolate chips, and sunflower seeds, you can change up those three ingredients however you like. You could use a different crushed cereal besides cornflakes, but then you’ll have to change the name of the recipe. You could use M&M’s instead of chocolate chips or coconut instead of sunflower seeds or really anything that suits your fancy! (You could even add raisins if you must. Just don’t tell me about it.)
When I told my friend, Jen, about these cookies, she said they sounded like Ranger Cookies. I had never heard of such a thing. This always happens, like when she asked if I had a spiralizer, and I thought she was talking some sort of hair styling tool. She is much more savvy than me and always introducing me to new things. It seems that Ranger Cookies have oatmeal and cornflakes too, so sub out the sunflower seeds for coconut, and I think that’s what you’ll have here. Whatever you call these cornflake cookies, I’m sure your family is going to love them!Print
Everything-But-The-Kitchen-Sink Cornflake Cookies
These Cornflake Cookies with oatmeal, sunflower seeds, chocolate chips, and more have something for everyone!
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: 24 1x
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1 egg
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup all purpose flour spelt or whole wheat flour both work great
- 1/2 cup rolled oats instant or quick cooking
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup cornflakes cereal crushed
- 1/3 cup chocolate chips
- 1/3 cup shelled sunflower seeds roasted and salted
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
- Cream together butter and sugars on medium speed of an electric mixer or vigorously by hand until well blended and fluffy. Mix in peanut butter, egg, and vanilla until smooth.
- Stir in flour, oats, baking soda, and salt until dry ingredients are completely mixed in. Stir in cornflakes, chocolate chips, and sunflower seeds until incorporated.
- Using a medium cookie disher or a tablespoon, place balls of dough two inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. Bake in preheated oven for 12-15 minutes, until edges are brown. Allow cookies to cool completely on baking sheets or a wire rack before storing.
If you substitute a less salty stir-in than the sunflower seeds listed in the recipe, increase salt to 1/2 teaspoon.
- Prep Time: 15
- Cook Time: 15
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Meg @ The Housewife in Training Files says
These are the best kinda cookies…a lil bit of everything!
Ashlyn @ Belle of the Kitchen says
I’m loving these yummy cookies, Andi! They look even better than Ranger Cookies to me. Oh, and a spiralizer definitely sounds more hair-related than food-related, any day. ;)
Thanks for making me feel less dumb about the spiralizer ;) xo
Jaren (Diary of a Recipe Collector) says
I love putting cereal in cookies and these just look so yummy!
Thank you, Jaren!
Heather | girlichef says
Yes, I was thinking that these reminded me of Ranger cookies (which I really like) – but I love the addition of sunflower seeds. I can’t remember every putting ss in a cookie before, I must make these immediately so I can remedy that situation. ;)
They add a nice texture, Heather. You should try it! Thank you :)
Ranger cookies have been around since the 40s if I remember. My mom used to make them all the time. Mostly with cornflakes but you can also use Rice Krispies (saves time on the crumbling too!). These do sound great and I just found some new cornflakes at Trader Joe’s to use in another bakefree recipe but of course there will be surplus in that big box. I don’t know if you know but TJ has a chocolate covered sunflower seed and I got some of those for fun baking too. I’d think they would add just a touch of extra to these without adding a lot of extra chocolate or candies. Can’t wait to make these for my favorite gardeners. They love cookies with cereal to assure them they can eat them for breakfast (or brunch!)
I love baking with rice krispies too, so I might try that next time. I have seen those chocolate sunflower seeds at TJs and have a no-bake energy bites recipe using them. I hope your gardeners enjoy the cookies. Thank you!
Laura O| Petite Allergy Treats says
LOL! A hair spiralizer sounds like a real thing to me too! Love how I can use anything for these cookies to empty bags in my pantry.
I was thinking about you and these cookies this morning because they are almost free of allergens! I know you could customize them with sunflower butter and some other flour or whatever changes you needed to make them safe for your family. Thank you, Laura!
Kacey @ The Cookie Writer says
As soon as I saw the words cornflakes and cookies, I immediately thought of the Forest Ranger cookies my Aunt would make. Now I need to grab the recipe from her!
I’m always so out of the loop. Everyone knows about Ranger cookies but me! I’m glad to finally get with the program ;) Thanks, Kacey!
I like the idea of the sunflower seeds, makes them sound super healthy, hehe :)
YES I agree. Let’s just ignore the butter and chocolate chips, shall we?
They look and sound yummy. Thank you for the tip on replacing peanut butter with Nutella, I had never thought of that.
Thanks, Marsha! I guess Nutella is still a nut, so it wouldn’t be totally allergy friendly, but it WOULD be really good :)
[email protected] in the kitchen says
I love chewy cookies! These look fabulous! :)
Maybe i am missing something.. but there are no eggs in the recipe that I can see but the instructions refer to it. Is it one egg?? no egg??
please advise as I have all the ingredients and would like to make them.
Hi, Sam. I’m so sorry! I just moved over to a new recipe program last week, and I’m still getting used to it. I made a mistake and entered the word “egg” in the wrong box, and I am grateful that you let me know. It’s corrected now, and the recipe calls for one egg. I hope you like the cookies. Have a good night!