Browned Butter Cap'n Crunch Chocolate Chip Cookies


I always have a hankering for those sugary-sweet cereals I had as a kid. Whenever I'm at the grocery store I long for them... but resist and buy Blueberry Morning or Kashi or something healthy like that.

I buy the healthy stuff because I know it's good for me, but man, what I would give for a bowl of Lucky Charms right now.

A while back I noticed now they're making smaller boxes of cereal and selling them for a dollar. I saw Cap'n Crunch and knew it had to be mine. It was only a dollar! I had to.



I love Cap'n Crunch! Although I think I might like Peanut Butter Cap'n Crunch even more. I like the Crunch Cerries, too. When I was a kid I would eat all of the Cap'n Crunch first and save the Crunch Berries for last... dessert, I suppose?

I did end up eating some of the Cap'n Crunch, but I used most of it in this cookie recipe: Browned Butter Cap'n Crunch Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Oooh crackly.

These cookies were very, very good. I ate way too many of them. They have such a good flavor! They're chewy, slightly crisp, but still soft.

I used browned butter, ground up Capn Crunch, peanut butter, brown sugar, sugar, vanilla, egg, baking soda, salt, cake flour and chocolate chips in the batter.

Delicious, amazing cookies.

I have a gross story about a little boy in my kindergarten class and Cap'n Crunch. I'll never forget what happened. I can't share it with you though, because you won't be hungry for these cookies anymore.

What's your favorite cereal? Is there a certain dessert you want me to create using it?

When I was younger, I loved, loved Berry Berry Kix and Rice Krispy Treat cereal.
Okayyy I still love those cereals. They took Berry Berry Kix off the shelves for a few years, but it's back, baby.

Browned Butter Cap'n Crunch Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 1/4 cups Cap'n Crunch cereal
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup cake flour
2/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat cookie sheets with cooking spray.

Process Cap'n Crunch in a food processor until finely ground.

Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat; cook 1-2 minutes, whisking frequently, until butter foams and turns light golden brown.

In a large mixing bowl, using a mixer on medium speed, beat together browned butter, peanut butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar until well combined and grainy - about 2 minutes. Beat in vanilla, egg, baking soda and salt and beat an additional 2 minutes. Reduce mixer speed to low and beat in Capn Crunch and flour until just combined. Stir in chocolate chips until combined.

Drop heaping, round tablespoons of dough onto cookie sheets. Bake 12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 2 minutes before transferring cookies to wire racks to cool.

Makes 16 big cookies


  1. I THOUGHT you said Cap'n Crunch! Pour me some milk. NOW! Please. =)

  2. Yes, rice krispie treat cereal was popular in our house, mostly for eating straight from the box. Also apple jacks, apple cinnamon cheerios, and golden grahams, which my fiance and I still buy every other month or so!

  3. Oh yum. I loved Rice Krispy Treat cereal as a kid too! That and Cracklin' Oat Bran were forbidden fruit, found only at grandma's house.

    My all-time FAVORITE though is Reese's Puffs. Cinnamon Toast Crunch might make an interesting recipe though!

  4. Have I ever told you that I love you?? These cookies need to be in my life!

  5. My husband really wants the rice krispies clusters cereal to come back, haha-- talk about childhood flashback.

  6. oh YUM I've had browned butter chocolate chip cookies on my list of things to bake for a while!

    And cereal! aahhh yum! I am addicted to cereal, I can't get enough of it. Same with granola. I go through cereal boxes so fast it's ridiculous. Could you make something with cheerios?!

  7. What a coincidence - I just finished a bowl of Nature's Path Crunchy Maple Sunrise cereal, and said to myself, "This tastes like Cap'n Crunch." Maybe I can make those cookies with the cereal :D

  8. You don't seriously think you can get away without telling us about what that little boy did, do you???
    I was never really allowed junkie cereal when I was a kid, but I remember when I used to go to friends' houses or sometimes as a special treat on vacation, I had Fruit Loops and they were my favorite! The cookies are beautiful by the way.

  9. Love this idea! Mmmmm, cap'n crunch in cookies, sounds delicious! :)

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  11. Emily - these cookies are just pure (evil) goodness on a plate! YUM!

    Great job!!

  12. I love cereal and ate a lot of Cap'n Crunch as a child, Luckily my dad liked it so we always had it. I came across a recipe the other day for a cookie with Cap'n crunch it it, but it did not have chocolate chips. I am going to have to make these.

  13. I'm shocked that you didn't mention Apple Cinnamon Cheerios as one of your favorite cereals or even the lower grade equivalent, Apple Jacks.

    OMG, those don't even make it into the bowl, they're SO good, which is why I haven't had them in the house for a decade.

    That's interesting that you add cake flour. You don't find it makes a less crispy cookie and they're more bar-like? Adding peanut butter is genius...

  14. Oh my. This is the best idea. I MUST try these cookies; I LOOOOVE Cap'n Crunch!

  15. I'm not a big cold cereal eater. I'm more of bacon person when it comes to breakfast treats, but I definitely had my obsession with sugar cereals growing up. Cocao Pebbles were nirvana to me. My mother was anti-Cap'n Crunch, so I never tried it till high school. Boy did I feel deprived.

    I haven't had it in years. Trying to cut that sugar/carb intake a bit. Now you have me craving it.

    I would defintely eat this crumled in your brown butter cookies. I can't even conceptualize how good this must taste.

  16. This is one heck of a recipe. Very cute, emily! (:

  17. omg i LOVE Cap n Crunch. Something about it just makes me think of childhood. In fact, I think i need to go buy a box just to eat some :) and make these cookies with!

  18. cap'n crunch was one of my favorites! i really loved the milk at the bottom of the bowl. so sugary sweet.

  19. Sounds like we love all the same cereal! Berry Berry Kix are the BEST!

  20. Ohhh! You need to create a recipe with Cocoa Puffs or Cocoa Pebbles! Two of my favorite cereals that I never get to eat anymore. If I had those in my house that's all my kids would eat!

  21. I love your cookies! A like to eat cereals from time to timebut crunchy and light ones!

  22. I always crave the sugary, sweet cereals too, but rarely buy them. (They are SO tempting though!) I love the idea of Captain Crunch in a cookie.

    Apple Cinnamon Cheerio cookies could be pretty good... and at least Cheerios are not too unhealthy :)

    (BTW - Have you ever tried Quaker Crunchy Corn Bran cereal? It's a new favorite of mine. Really good, and pretty healthy too.)

  23. These not only look amazing but they give me an excuse to buy Cap'n Crunch! I miss those commercials..

  24. My all-time favorite cereal has got to be cinnamon toast crunch. Honey bunches of oats is a close second :)

  25. My dad would literally freak for these cookies! My mom was always a toughie with cereal... but dad always snuck in the good sugary ones!

  26. I am a total cereal whore. I can't keep it around cause I'll eat it within a day. A whole box. In a day.

    I love honey bunches of oats and cinnamon toast crunch and golden grahams....and these cookies!

  27. What an interesting recipe for chocolate chip cookies, and a delicious one at that. I'm currently on the search for the best chocolate chip cookie.

  28. I lobve coming to your blog - there'll always reliably be something good here. These look delish - though we don't have Cap'n Crunch here.

  29. Crazy cookies!!! Cap'n crunch!!? That is AWESOME.

  30. Thanks everyone!

    Anon, I love all of those. Mmm golden grahams are amazing!

    Sally, yesss rice krispie treat cereal! I don't think I've ever had Reese's Puffs before. I made cinnamon rolls with cinnamon toast crunch one time.

    C&C, right back at ya!

    Anon, they still make it!

    Jen, of course. Just regular cheerios?

    Nuts about Food, mmm Fruit Loops. Okay, I'll tell you. He threw up Cap'n Crunch and chocolate milk all over the classroom floor and it smelled awful. I'll never forget it.

    Sue, I LOVE apple jacks! I like the apple cinnamon cheerios too, but I never think to buy them. Oh and the cake flour makes them crispy and light.

    Rachel, I love those cocoa krispies. I definitely need to bake something with those.

    Hi Mallory! Thank you!

    Shannon9585, I saw that at Target the other day and was curious. Now I'm mad at myself for not buying it! It looked good.

    Bakerbynature, thank goodness for dad! Nice guy.

  31. I should make these for my hubby. He would love them!

  32. This is a great idea and a great cookie. I invite you to link it at Bake with Bizzy.

    I made chocolate chip cookies, last night but they were plain compared to these which are classy/

  33. ok, so i never liked cap'n crunch, but bronwed butter i'm all over it :)

  34. My youngest loves Cap'n Crunch. He would go nuts for these cookies. What a great idea!

  35. I totally ate all the normal ones and saved the berries too. Same for lucky charms - I saved the marshmallows and ate them last. These cookies sound good. I will have to give them a shot!

  36. I LOVE Honey Comb....and still eat it to this day. What could one make with Honey Comb?? I'm sure you could come up with something :)

  37. Hi! I just found your blog and I LOVE it! Your recipes look AMAZING. :)

  38. Oh yum! This makes me want to go out and buy a huge box of Cheerios for some reason--I haven't had them in years!

  39. crunch-a-tize me? oh heavens. it's a lame line, but it's a good cereal, and these are great cookies!

  40. Those sure look perfect, Girl! I love using cereal in cookies!

  41. I loved cinnamon toast crunch and blueberry muffin tops. I still occasionally buy them if I see them on sale :). I would if cookies made out of those would work :)?

  42. Angie, I love Honeycomb. I bet I could come up with something...

    Hi Mellie! Thanks for stopping by!

  43. Brown butter AND Cap'N Crunch?? Wow!!!! They sound awesome!!! I've been craving Lucky Charms for a while now. And I was devastated when I couldn't find Berry Berry Kix anymore. I'm kind of annoyed that it's not berry shaped anymore...but I'll take what I can get. I think My all time favorite cereal is Corn Pops though. I gotta have my Pops.

  44. Hey! So, I made these last night and my hubby and I flipped out!! They are so freakin' awesome!! I, of course, had to blog about, I'm sending some peeps your way for the recipe! Thanks so much for the inspiration! :)

  45. Jade, yaaay! I'm so happy you liked them!

  46. Hey!
    I just found your blog and noticed in a few of your cookie recipes that you brown the butter instead of just throwing the regular stick in there. Just wondering what the browned butter changes about the recipe...? I made your peanut butter chocolate chip cookies stuffed with banana and peanut butter and they were amazing!

  47. Emily, I'm glad you liked the cookies! I like browning the butter because it gives the cookies more flavor... nutty, toasty flavor. Mmm.

  48. Hi! Just wanted to thank you for the recipe! I made a modified version of it, and it went over great! They were delicious. I was just wondering if you had tried them with ap flour? Thanks!

  49. Yay, glad you liked them! I haven't... I wonder if it would make much of a difference? I would probably use less AP flour, since cake flour is lighter.




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