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Cereal is great, but have you ever baked with it? These Cap’n Crunch Cookies are made with Cap’n Crunch cereal and browned butter and will have you hooked!

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Itook a page from Christina Tosi’s ‘ole book of tricks and combined two of most everyone’s favorite things; cookies and cereal. And for the record, this ain’t my first time, nor will it be my last. Last summer, I madeCornflake Chocolate Chip Marshmallow Cookies from the Momof*cku Milk Bar cookbook and they were pretty scrumptious, but I think I found an even better cookie-cerealcombo using Cap’n Crunch.

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Let’s Talk Ingredients for Cap’n Crunch Cookies

  • Cap’n Crunch Cereal is a corn based sugary cereal and it’s super crunchy! The number one question I get asked about this Cap’n Crunch cookie recipe is, “will this cut up my mouth as bad as when I eat the cereal?” And the answer is no, it certainly won’t! That’s because we pulverize those crunchy nuggets of corny goodness into a fine powder. All the flavour, no wounded mouth.
  • Cake Flour:Using cake flour will help create a more tender and soft cookie than using all-purpose flour. I found that using the pulverized cereal created a very hard, crunchy cookie otherwise. Cake flour helped to keep things softer.
  • Brown Butter: Browning your butter adds an incredible toastiness to these cookies and amplifies the caramel flavour of the cereal. Chances are you’ve already experienced how glorious browned butter is, and I probably don’t need to convince you to make it solely for the purpose of making cookies.

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Tips for Making Cap’n Crunch Cookies

  • Use a food processor to pulverize the Cap’n Crunch cereal. It’s the best way to get a super fine powder.
  • Brown the butter carefully. It can be easy to burn the milk solids, so don’t walk away while making it. Stay close and watch closely. Once the butter has browned, immediately remove it from the hot pan so it stops cooking.
  • Under-bake the cookies. You probably hear this all the time, but under-baking cookies is the key to a great, chewy centre.
  • Store in an air-tight container or they could dry out. These golden beauties have crispy edges and a nice, firm, chewy center. I find that after sitting overnight, they get just a smidge crunchier, but still slightly chewy at the same time. I found it to be a great combination of crispy, crunchy and chewy – perfect for dunking in cold milk!
  • Feel free to eat a few for breakfast, since that’s what the Quaker Oats Company originally intended it for!

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Cap’n Crunch Cookies

Crispy cookies made with Cap'n Crunch cereal!

5 from 12 votes

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Course: Dessert

Cuisine: American

Keyword: Brown Butter, Cap'n Crunch Cereal

Prep Time: 25 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes minutes

Servings: 24 Cookies (depending on size)


  • 3 cups Cap'n Crunch cereal divided
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar lightly packed
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg + 1 egg yolk
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups cake flour


For the Brown Butter

  • Add butter to skillet over medium heat. Once butter has melted, whisk constantly. The butter will bubble and foam up slightly and then subside. This is when the browning will occur.

  • Watch for little brown flecks in the bottom of the pan. It should also smell nutty. Watch carefully as the butter browns, because it can burn quickly. Once the foamy has subsided and you see lots of little brown flecks, the butter has been browned.

  • Remove from heat and transfer to a bowl to stop the cooking process. Allow butter to come to room temperature. It doesn't need to be solid.

For the cookies

For rolling the cookies:

  • In a food processor (or plastic bag, smash with a rolling pin) pulse remaining 1 cup of Cap'n Crunch cereal until finely ground.

  • Portion dough into 2-3 Tbsp sized balls, then roll the cookie dough in the ground cereal and coat evenly. You can also add coarse pieces of cereal to the tops of each cookie, too.

  • Bake for 8-9 minutes. Aim to have them slightly under baked if you want them to still be slightly soft once baked.

  • Cool for 2-3 minutes on the baking sheet, then transfer to a rack to completely cool.

Nutritional calculation was provided by WP Recipe Maker and is an estimation only. For special diets or medical issues please use your preferred calculator

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Recipe adapted from Bourbonnatrix




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  1. Cap'n Crunch Cookies (5)huntfortheverybest

    very creative! they have a unique taste and i think it’d be perfect in a cookie.


    • Cap'n Crunch Cookies (6)Nicole Harling

      Thanks! They most certainly do make a perfect cookie, in my opinion 🙂


  2. Cap'n Crunch Cookies (7)Annette Malec

    Making them right now!


  3. Cap'n Crunch Cookies (11)Chococat

    Cap'n Crunch Cookies (12)
    I made them today, they were a big hit! I didn’t have cake flour but all-purpose was fine. Thank you!


    • Cap'n Crunch Cookies (13)Nicole

      Im so happy to hear they were a hit!


  4. Cap'n Crunch Cookies (14)Allison

    Why cake flour vs all purpose flour?


    • Cap'n Crunch Cookies (15)Nicole

      Hi Allison, cake flour in this recipe helps keep the cookies really soft and tender. You can definitely still just use all-purpose. Cake flour just has lower protein, which leaves baked goods (such as cakes) nice and tender.


  5. Cap'n Crunch Cookies (16)Michael

    My granddaughter made Tosi’s Corn Flake cookies, and I immediately thought, wow love to try these with Capn Crunch. Obviously I was not alone! I used the Tosi recipe substituting the cereals. Her recipe calls for making a “crumble”. The result was delicious. Now I will need to make your version to compare. Did you try the Tosi recipe, or did you want to make it your own?


    • Cap'n Crunch Cookies (17)Nicole

      Hi Michael, I’ve made her Corn Flake cookies before and loved them! That’s where I got the inspiration for these!


  6. Cap'n Crunch Cookies (18)Lulu Lake

    Cap'n Crunch Cookies (19)
    Followed the recipe exactly and they came out wonderful!


    • Cap'n Crunch Cookies (20)Nicole

      Hi Lulu. I’m thrilled to hear you enjoyed the cookies!


  7. Cap'n Crunch Cookies (21)Mikayla

    Cap'n Crunch Cookies (22)
    Well, I cannot tell you adequately how much we LOVED these cookies. My favorite cereal as a kid and as an adult, did not so much because it is so rough on the mouth. Now I can get the great flavor in a delicious cookie, so now I can eat them with milk or a cup of coffee!


  8. Cap'n Crunch Cookies (23)Amy Liu Dong

    Cap'n Crunch Cookies (24)
    This sounds like a perfect cookie to pair with my coffee or tea.
    I can’t wait to make this at home.


  9. Cap'n Crunch Cookies (25)Jamie

    Cap'n Crunch Cookies (26)
    Loving already this cookie treat! Looks absolutely delicious! An instant favorite especially among kids! Great texture too, making this so enticing and tempting!


  10. Cap'n Crunch Cookies (27)Katie Crenshaw

    Cap'n Crunch Cookies (28)
    How fun are these cookies? And they have such a great flavor and texture. They turned out so good.


  11. Cap'n Crunch Cookies (29)Silvia

    Cap'n Crunch Cookies (30)
    Baking with cereal is so fun. My kids love when I make cookies with their favorite cereal, and this was not the exception to the rule. They ate every single one of them.


  12. Cap'n Crunch Cookies (31)Kristina

    Cap'n Crunch Cookies (32)
    These cookies turned out delicious. My kids love this cereal so it was a double treat for them, and probably many other kids!


  13. Cap'n Crunch Cookies (33)Dee

    Cap'n Crunch Cookies (34)
    What a fun and unique treat! My daughter will love these cookies. I’ll be making this week.


  14. Cap'n Crunch Cookies (35)Maddy

    i can’t wait to try these but not sure where to find cake flour. Is this the same as all purpose flour?


    • Cap'n Crunch Cookies (36)Nicole

      Hi Maddy, Cake flour is a finely milled flour with a lower protein content than AP. Making your own cake flour substitute is easy. Just take out two Tablespoons of flour from one cup of all purpose flour and add in two tablespoons of cornstarch to get one cup of cake flour.


  15. Cap'n Crunch Cookies (37)Moop Brown

    Cap'n Crunch Cookies (38)
    Captain Crunch was one of my favorite cereals growing up so I’m looking forward to trying these cookies.


  16. Cap'n Crunch Cookies (39)Christy

    Cap'n Crunch Cookies (40)
    What a fun concept for a cookie! Cap’n Crunch was such a special cereal in my childhood. We actually only got to have it for Christmas morning and Easter morning so it has so many fond memories attached to it! I HAVE to try these cookies!


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