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Feb 20, 2018

Trail Mix Cookies

These Trail Mix Cookies are loaded with nuts, seeds, dried fruit, whole grains, and dark chocolate, which makes it easy to justify having them for breakfast, or anytime of the day.

Trail Mix Cookies

These trail mix cookies are loaded with lots of delicious and nutritious ingredients, including dried cherries, toasted sunflower seeds, and toasted walnuts. Just like trail mix, there are just enough chocolate chips to make you want to keep having more.

There are lots of oats, a bit of whole wheat flour, and just a small amount of all purpose flour to hold the cookies together.

These trail mix cookies are great for a quick energy boost, a mid afternoon snack, and even for a grab-and-go breakfast when you are racing out the door. You can substitute raisins or cranberries for the dried cherries, but I loved the tartness of the cherries in contrast to the chocolate chips.

Trail Mix Cookies

Note: One of the tricks to making these cookies is to bake them until they just come together. The centers might even seem a little raw when you pull them out of the oven, but don't be tempted to cook them any longer. Once they set, they will be the perfect texture.

My husband, kids, and grandkids are not big fans of nuts, so I took the entire batch of these cookies (after stealing a few for myself) to work, and they quickly disappeared.

P.S. If you are looking for another excuse to have cookies for breakfast, definitely check out these Triple Oatmeal Blueberry Cookies.

Trail Mix Cookies

After the recipe, be sure to check out the rest of the breakfast cookies from the #CreativeCookieExchange bakers.
Yield: 24 cookies

Trail Mix Cookies


  • 3 ounces (1 cup) rolled (old-fashioned) oats
  • 2 3/4 ounces (1/2 cup) whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/4 ounces (1/4 cup) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 7 ounces (1 cup packed) light or dark brown sugar (I used half and half)
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 1/2 cup unsalted sunflower seeds, toasted
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, toasted and coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup bittersweet or semisweet chocolate chips


  1. With a rack in the middle, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line two rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper. 
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the oats, whole wheat flour, all purpose flour, salt, cinnamon, and baking soda. 
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the melted and cooled butter, egg, and vanilla. Add the sugar and stir with a wooden spoon or spatula until smooth. Add the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Add the cherries, sunflower seeds, walnuts, and chocolate chips, and stir until just combined. 
  4. Divide the dough into 24 even pieces and roll each piece into a ball. Place them on the two baking sheets, two inches apart, 12 balls per baking sheet. Bake the cookies, one sheet at a time, for 12 to 16 minutes (mine took 12 minutes), until edges begin to brown but the middle still looks a bit raw. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheets for 10 minutes, and them move them to a wire rack. 
  5. You can serve these cookies warm or at room temperature. Store in an air tight container after cooling. 
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This recipe was adapted from the amazing book, The Perfect Cookie: Your Ultimate Guide to Foolproof Cookies, Brownies, and Bars. I've been really happy with everything I've baked from the book.

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Trail Mix Cookies

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  1. We must find some dried cherries to try these! Now that we mentioned it, we don't remember seeing them anywhere and they must be so good in cookies! We do have raisins and craisins just in case though:D
    Sending you our love!

    1. I think they would work just as well! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Don't you love making co-workers happy? I swear, I love the baking part, picking a recipe, gathering the ingredients, but to me nothing beats the feeling of dropping that platter in the mail room and imagining grad students and faculty arriving, slow on a cold Monday... not in the greatest mood... and finding one little reason to smile... ;-)

    1. I totally love it. Just as you describe it! I will admit to timing how long it takes for everything to disappear and someone dropping off the empty container in my office!

  3. Not only do these look amazingly delicious, but they are still healthy for breakfast! Can't wait to try. ;-D


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