Crispy Special K Cookies Recipe

These Special K cookies are crisp, buttery and filled with Special K cereal.

Finished plate of cookies
Special K cookies were part of my early adventures in the kitchen. I remember both my mom and my grandmother making them and getting to help. It is a comfort cookie bringing back memories of my childhood.

Over the years we tried to dress them up with chocolate chips or nuts but the original version was always my favorite. At my grandmother’s funeral, I brought a batch for my family to eat as we shared memories. I sent my aunt off to a new home in Arizona with a batch. That is what I love about family, food, and traditions.

A couple of weeks ago I made up a batch of them for the first time since that day. I brought them over to my niece and nephew not sure that they would like them. Well, I was wrong, they loved them. Go ahead, make a batch for your family and see what they think.

I also love to use Special K cereal in Special K Biscotti, perfect for dipping in your coffee for a mid-afternoon pick-up!

Ingredients Needed

  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Butter
  • Sugar
  • Vanilla
  • Egg
  • Special K cereal

How to Make Special K Cookies

These are 15 minute cookies. First, you just mix together the butter, sugar and vanilla together in a bowl. Beat in the egg.

Next, place one cup of special k cereal into a plastic bag and crush with your hands or a rolling pin!

Then, in a separate bowl mix dry ingredients together and add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture, along with 2 cups of the Special K cereal.

Bowl of special K cookies dough.

Roll into 1 teaspoon size balls and roll them into the remaining crushed Special K cereal. Place on a cookie sheet lined with a Silpat or parchment paper.

Balls of Special K Cookie dough ready to bake on a cookie sheet.

Place in the oven and bake until golden brown 8-10 minutes.

Special K Cookie Variations:

These cookies are a great base for other add-ons. Try one of them or mix them together:

  • Add 1 cup chocolate chips
  • Add 1 cup pecans
  • Stir in 1/2 cup dried cherries & 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips.
clock clock iconcutlery cutlery iconflag flag iconfolder folder iconinstagram instagram iconpinterest pinterest iconfacebook facebook iconprint print iconsquares squares iconheart heart iconheart solid heart solid icon
Plate of special k cookies on a table

Classic Special K Cookies


A classic cookie is crunchy and buttery. The secret ingredient is Special K cereal.


Units Scale
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 3 cups Special K cereal, crushed


  1. Crush the 3 cups of cereal to 2 cups.
  2. Stir together 1 cup of the crushed KELLOGG’S SPECIAL K cereal, flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. In large mixing bowl, beat margarine and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla. Beat well. Add flour mixture. Mix until well combined.
  4. Portion dough using rounded measuring teaspoon. Shape into balls. Roll in the remaining 1 cup crushed cereal. Place about 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  5. Bake at 375° F for 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove immediately from baking sheets. Cool on wire racks.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Cookies
  • Cuisine: American

Similar Posts