Gingerbread Breakfast Cookie Recipe

This flavorful gingerbread breakfast cookie recipe yields a filling, delicious, and healthy way to start the day. They have some fun ingredients to keep you satisfied! 

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Breakfast cookies are a wonderful thing for ohsomany reasons.

  • Cookies for breakfast. (Really, this is reason enough but I’ll continue.)
  • Cookies for breakfast.
  • Cookies for breakfast.

Okay sorry let’s try again.

  • Portion control – one cookie is filling and perfectly sized for breakfast.
  • Kids LOVE them. Umm, hello….they think mom is letting them eat a COOKIE for BREAKFAST.
  • Grab & go. Perfect for those busy mornings (aka EVERY morning).
  • Versatile and fun to create new flavors – try chocolate banana breakfast cookies or apple crisp breakfast cookies.

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Since it is officially December, I thought I’d create a fun holiday-themed breakfast cookie recipe. Gingerbread seemed like the way to go. As much as I love all things peppermint, I’d rather have my peppermint in my toothpaste and not my breakfast cookie. But after breakfast, I’m game for all things peppermint (like these easy peppermint shortbread cookies!). I gave these breakfast cookies tons of great gingerbread flavor thanks to molasses, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and a touch of cardamom to keep things interesting. The base of these cookies is a combination of whole wheat flour and oats. Super filling with tons of great fiber. A combination of butter and Greek yogurt keeps the cookies flavorful and moist. I added in dried cranberries and chopped apples to not only give great flavor but also provide some textural variety and color.

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Gingerbread Breakfast Cookies

Gingerbread Breakfast Cookies

Yield: 12-16 depending on size
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 33 minutes

This flavorful gingerbread breakfast cookie recipe yields a filling, delicious, and healthy way to start the day. They have some fun ingredients to keep you satisfied!


  • 1 and 1/4 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1 and 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup diced granny smith apple (about one apple)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. In a medium bowl, stir together flour, oats, flaxseed, salt, baking powder, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and cardamom until combined. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together softened butter and yogurt. Add brown sugar and mix until combined. (This mixture won’t look pretty, but that’s okay)
  3. Add eggs, molasses and vanilla, mixing again until combined.
  4. With the mixer on low, gradually add in the dry ingredients until just combined.
  5. By hand, fold in the cranberries and apples.
  6. Scoop onto a silpat or parchment paper lined baking sheet by about 1/4 cup spoonfuls. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until firm to the touch.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1 cookie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 173 Total Fat: 5g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 31mg Sodium: 135mg Carbohydrates: 28g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 15g Protein: 4g sometimes provides nutritional information, but these figures should be considered estimates, as they are not calculated by a registered dietician. Please consult a medical professional for any specific nutrition, diet, or allergy advice.
Verdict: I loved this breakfast cookie recipe — such a great way to start the day.

Husband’s take: I think he prefered these as an after-work snack but he loved them too.

Changes I would make: None are necessary.

Difficulty: Easy!

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  1. How long do you think these will last in the fridge (after baking)?

  2. What a fantastic breakfast treat! My family would love these.

  3. Oh my kids love it when I make breakfast cookies! These look so good!

  4. Would love to have cookies for breakfast every morning, especially with a big gulp of milk! These seem like the perfect idea for the holidays, too!

  5. Um, sign me up for cookies for breakfast!! I’m in love!

  6. I mean, cookies for breakfast are really all the reason I need. I’ve never tried using yogurt to make cookies before, which is strange, because I put yogurt in literally everything else I make.

    Off topic, but how are those Le Creuset mugs? Do they keep coffee hot awhile? They’re so nice looking that I wouldn’t mind getting a few. But only if they keep coffee hot!

  7. I’m all about the gingerbread right now. These look great!

  8. My kids love when they get cookies for breakfast and with a recipe like this I wouldn’t say no!

  9. I still can’t believe there are such things as breakfast cookies! Healthy, filling, delicious, yes please!!!

  10. Did I hear someone say cookies for breakfast?? I’M THERE.

  11. So the fact that I want to eat about a dozen of these yummies kind of detracts from the whole portion control thing!

  12. Ok this is TOO FUNNY!!! What are the chances?? Wish I had seen your recipe earlier – love that you used molasses!

  13. I just love breakfast cookies. These look so yummy!

  14. Breakfast cookies are one of my favorite things right now, and I absolutely love that you made a gingerbread version!!! These look so good with all of the spices, cranberries, and apples. Pinned!

  15. Wish I had one right now with my coffee! Love these. So good! And anytime I get to eat a cookie for breakfast is a win in my book!

  16. Realistically, you had me at cookies for breakfast.
    BUT, I also like gingerbread (we both posted ginger cookie yum today!) So thats 2 reasons to make these.
    and if I needed a third.
    Cookies for breakfast. Pinned!

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