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.
  • COOKIES FOR BREAKFAST.
Overhead of gingerbread breakfast cookie on green checked cloth with dried cranberries scattered.

Since it is officially December, I thought I’d create a fun holiday-themed breakfast cookie recipe. Gingerbread seemed like the way to go. 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.

Closeup of gingerbread cookie on green checked cloth with coffee mug in background.

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 dried cranberries and chopped apples for great flavor and nutrition, and to provide textural variety and color.

Gingerbread cookie cracked in half showing the inside of the cookie
Recipe

Gingerbread Breakfast Cookies

4.67 from 6 votes
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 18 minutes
Total: 33 minutes
Servings: 16 cookies
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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Ingredients 

  • 1 ¼ cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1 ½ cups rolled oats
  • ¼ cup ground flaxseed
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ½ cup diced Granny Smith apple, about 1 small apple (see note)

Instructions 

  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Add eggs, molasses and vanilla, mixing again until combined.
  • With the mixer on low, gradually add in the dry ingredients until just combined.
  • By hand, fold in the cranberries and apples.
  • Scoop about ¼ cupfuls onto a silpat or parchment paper lined baking sheet, leaving room between each cookie to allow for spreading. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until firm to the touch.
  • Bake for 15 to 18 minutes. Allow to cook 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Notes

  • If preferred, the apple can be shredded so there aren’t visible chunks of apple in the cookie.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie, Calories: 169kcal, Carbohydrates: 28g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 0.1g, Cholesterol: 31mg, Sodium: 148mg, Potassium: 135mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 14g, Vitamin A: 125IU, Vitamin C: 0.2mg, Calcium: 58mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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20 Comments

  1. Tiff @ Love, Sweat, & Beers says:

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

  2. Lisa @ Garnish with Lemon says:

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

  3. Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps says:

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

  4. Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough says:

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

    1. Rachel Gurk says:

      I don’t know where you heard that.

  5. Kari@Loaves n Dishes says:

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

    1. Rachel Gurk says:

      Ha! Good point. :)

  6. Liz+@+The+Lemon+Bowl says:

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

  7. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar says:

    I just love breakfast cookies. These look so yummy!

  8. Kristine @ Kristine's Kitchen says:

    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!

  9. Liz+@+Floating+Kitchen says:

    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!

  10. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness says:

    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!