Cinnamon Cereal Cream Cheese Cookies

Treats using cereal milk have become all the rage nowadays. There are places devoted to it in the major cities and we even had a place recently open up here about 3 miles from my house in suburban NJ! I was really inspired by it and decided to play with ideas here at home. I came up with these absolutely scrumptious cinnamon cereal cream cheese cookies during that brainstorming and testing and luckily this brainstorm worked out! They were really easy to make and had the most pillowy texture from the milk and cream cheese.

The key to the cereal milk was letting the cereal sit in the milk for 20 minutes. That really developed the flavor before I drained it to have a 1/4 cup for the batter. I also took a bunch of the dry cereal and crushed it into crumbs to use in both the batter and also sprinkle on top.
The batter then came together in minutes in my stand mixer. It was the classic method of beating the butter, sugar and cream cheese together, followed by pouring in the wet ingredients and then finally bringing it all together with the dry ingredients. It was a really wet, sticky batter, so no hands were used in this recipe. I just used my beloved cookie scoop.
That 1.5 inch scoop made the perfect sized little mounds that I plopped right onto my lined cookie sheets. Then I generously sprinkled the crumbs on top to finish them up before they went into the oven.
It took 15-20 minutes for them to become puffy and just slightly golden around the edges. Um and by the way the house smelled incredible. I let them cool for a few minutes before transferring them to a rack to cool completely.

That was all there was to it! Since they were pretty heavily cream cheese and butter based, I stored them in the refrigerator in a sealed container and helped myself for a snack whenever I wanted! Oh my goodness, there was so much cinnamon goodness going on and the texture of the cereal on top really drove it home. Hope you all love these fun treats too! xoxo

Cinnamon Cereal Cream Cheese Cookies
Cinnamon Cereal Cream Cheese Cookies
5 from 1 vote
Cinnamon Cereal Cream Cheese Cookies
Cinnamon Cereal Cream Cheese Cookies
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Cereal Soaking Time
20 mins
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins
 

These cinnamon cereal cream cheese cookies are so fun and easy to make. They're pillowy soft and fluffy with extra crunchy cereal sprinkled on top.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cinnamon Cereal Cream Cheese Cookies, Cookies
Servings: 24 cookies
Calories: 221 kcal
Author: Jeanie and Lulu’s Kitchen
Ingredients
  • 2 cups cinnamon toast crunch cereal divided
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 stick butter softened
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 whole egg
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 and line two cookie sheets with silicone mats or parchment. Take a 1/2 cup of the cereal and pour the milk over it in a bowl. Let it sit for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, gather your other ingredients and set up a stand mixer with the paddle attachment. Take the remaining 1 1/2 cups of cereal and place it in a zip top plastic bag. Crush it all into crumbs with a rolling pin, meat mallet, whatever you have on hand. Drain the milk through a strainer into a 1/4 cup measuring up. Discard the soggy cereal. Whisk the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and a 1/4 cup of the crumbs in a bowl for the dry ingredients. Then it's time to put it all together.

  2. Combine the cream cheese, butter and brown sugar in the stand mixer bowl and beat them together thoroughly. Then pour in the cereal milk and the egg, letting them get completely mixed in. Finally, slowly pour in the dry ingredients until you have a soft, sticky dough. Use a heaping 1.5 inch cookie scoop measure to scoop perfect mounds of dough right onto the lined sheet trays, putting 12 on each sheet evenly spaced. Finally, generously sprinkle the remaining crumbs on top of each mound of dough. Bake them for 15-20 minutes until just golden around the edge. Let them cool for a few minutes before letting them completely cool on a cooling rack. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Cinnamon Cereal Cream Cheese Cookies
Amount Per Serving (2 cookies)
Calories 221 Calories from Fat 104
% Daily Value*
Fat 11.5g18%
Saturated Fat 6.8g43%
Cholesterol 45mg15%
Sodium 223mg10%
Potassium 92mg3%
Carbohydrates 26.8g9%
Fiber 0.7g3%
Sugar 12.4g14%
Protein 3.6g7%
Calcium 50mg5%
Iron 2.3mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
These cinnamon cereal cream cheese cookies are so fun and easy to make. They're pillowy soft and fluffy with extra crunchy cereal sprinkled on top. #cookies #dessert #cereal #cinnamoncerealcreamcheesecookies #jeanieandluluskitchen

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