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Breakfast Cookies


Martha loves these cookies. Packed with nuts, fruit, and seeds, these wholesome treats are the on-the-go alternative to granola--no bowl, spoon, or milk required.

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  • Yield: Makes 8 large or about 14 small cookies

Photography: Andrew McCaul

Source: Martha Stewart Living, September 2012


  • 2 cups whole-wheat flour
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 4 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 cups packed dark-brown sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 4 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup raw almonds, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened dried coconut
  • 1/2 cup raisins or currants
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped dried mango
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped dried papaya
  • 1 cup banana chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk together flours, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.

  2. Beat butter in a large bowl with a mixer until light and fluffy. Add sugar; beat until well combined. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each. Add vanilla; beat until just combined.

  3. Slowly add flour mixture, and beat until well combined. Add oats, almonds, seeds, coconut, raisins or currants, mango, and papaya, and beat to combine.

  4. Form dough into 8 cookies (using 1 cup each) or about 14 smaller cookies (using 1/2 cup each), and place on 2 parchment-lined baking sheets. Top with banana chips. Bake until golden and firm, 30 minutes for large cookies and 20-25 minutes for smaller cookies. Let cool completely on baking sheets, about 30 minutes.

Cook's Notes

Cookies can be stored in an airtight container up to 1 week.

Reviews Add a comment

  • MS10310508
    15 JUN, 2017
    It's a cookie not a salad. If you want lo cal they have a section for that.
  • MS11544744
    8 JUN, 2017
    Yikes, where did I go wrong? I've made these cookies 1-2 times a month, made them at least 18 times - we love these cookies. However this time the batter turned out crumbly and dry. I looked over the recipe to see if I had forgotten an ingredient, the only thing I can think of, is it took longer than usual because of my bad back pain, I had to keep taking breaks. Any help would be much appreciated
  • karengaylin
    2 JUN, 2016
    I made this recipe but cut the ingredient amounts by half ( I probably added a little more dried fruit).This still made 24 good sized cookies using an ice cream scoop. I also cut the sugar by half a cup and substituted a snack sized cup of unsweetened apple sauce. With the addition of dried fruit,these cookies were sweet enough. These were enjoyable without being over the top ; good with tea or coffee as well as a snack or lunch box addition.
  • prvrbs31gal
    30 SEP, 2015
    I got about 36 cookies out of the batch... replaced half the butter with applesauce, cut the brown sugar to 2 cups, and used unsweetened coconut. They taste delicious, but I only gave them 3 stars because as originally written, the recipe has way too much fat and sugar. Topping with the dried bananas is optional, but we liked the extra crunch. Next time I may try to use all white wheat flour instead of the all-purpose. These would be great for soccer snacks, hiking, etc.
  • mimiwood1
    25 APR, 2015
    I recently made the cookies after watching the episode for the 2nd time. I used 2 sticks of butter, 1/4 cup coconut oil and 1/4 cup of applesauce. The results were amazing. I used a 1/4 cup cookie scoop which turned out well and made 42 cookies. I will be making them again. This recipe is a definite favorite!
  • cylanstar
    18 NOV, 2014
    I have to use gluten-free flour and nondairy/vegan butter. The butter doesn't cream as with normal butter. I would love to add gluten-free oats and peanut butter with dried apples, dried cranberries, raisins- golden and dark, dates, maybe figs? and the banana chips. Since using peanut butter do you have to use less butter? Will try using coconut oil as an alternative to the butter. But this recipe, these cookies look awesome as a grab and go breakfast for all in my home. Thank you Martha
  • sljohnston
    25 OCT, 2014
    I watched this episode on TV and just couldn't believe the ingredients - for 8 cookies!! I also ran the ingredients through a recipe analyzer and got 1400 calories/70g fat for ONE cookie. A whole pound of butter for 8 cookies is outrageous, there's nothing healthy about these AT ALL. Even 700 calories each for 16 cookies or 350 calories each for 32 cookies is unreal. People should know the calorie count - I think this is actually an incredibly irresponsible recipe.
    • davinci
      29 MAR, 2015
      I agree with you--- and jmaxjack is wrong. This recipe (as I am finding most of MS's to be) is misleading on television. Due to the high fat content and sugar for such a low portion amount, I will not make these.
    • jmaxjack
      24 FEB, 2015
      if you don't like the recipe, then keep your negative comments to yourself and move on. Do you have any kitchen sense and possibly think about how you could lighten it up? I have and I think you could easily change the recipe for lighter cookies. Why don't you try something like, "hi martha - can you make suggestions to how I can lighten up your recipe? I would love to try it but would like to cut back on some of the calories - thank you" Now, doesn't that seeem a little more mature?
  • MissMidori
    9 AUG, 2014
    Just made these beautiful cookies. These are to die for. These are so easy and so delicious I used apricots instead of mango. Also used a 2 inch cookie scoop made the perfect size. Martha sorry to hear of the loss of your sister God Bless. Tracy G.
  • MS10589452
    24 APR, 2014
    very delicious as usual. Thank you Martha
  • midair
    30 JAN, 2014
    Delicious! Have made these 2 or 3 times & my boys love them. I was shocked by the amount of butter too but used the smart kind to make it not quite so bad. Have made the half cup size and cookies are huge! I get 20 to 21 cookies per recipe. You could cut this recipe in half if you didn't need so many. Thanks for the tip on coconut oil, always looking for healthier ways to make treats. Have tried applesauce in cookies but with poor results. Turned out much too soft & cakey.