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7+ Inventive Ways to Use Your Breakfast Cereal

on November 17, 2021
last updated May 13, 2024
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7+ inventive ways to use your breakfast cereal, including these chewy and nostalgic Lucky Charms Cookies.
Lucky Charms Cookie to represent list of inventive ways to use breakfast cereal.

Looking for an inventive way to use your favorite cereal? We have options for dessert, breakfast, cocktails, and snacks.

Green tip: Did you know that of the billions of pounds of food wasted annually, it is estimated that 50% of it happens in our homes? It’s always best to avoid food waste as much as you can!

As an environmental scientist, I am always trying to find ways to combat food waste, and cereal is one of those things I buy on sale, thinking it will be a great solution to busy mornings, but then forget about the box in the back of the pantry.

But with fun options like these inventive ways to use your breakfast cereal, you will never waste cereal again! Below you will find my favorite fun cereal recipes with a variety of different cereals from Lucky Charms to Cinnamon Toast Crunch!

1. Crispy Captain Crunch French Toast

close up of stack of Captain Crunch French Toast
Your favorite crunchy, sweet treat cereal makes the perfect coating for buttery brioche in this crispy pan-fried Captain Crunch French Toast.
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2. Colorful M&M Rice Krispie Treats

m&m's rice krispie treats
These M&M Rice Krispie Treats are the most colorful, fun, and sticky-sweet way to treat yourself, without ever turning on the oven!
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3. Fruity Pebbles Cookies

Fruity Pebbles cookies, with a bite taken out of the cookie front and center.
These Fruity Pebbles Cookies with white chocolate chips use the colorful cereal both inside the dough and as a crispy outer later to infuse fun flavor into each nostalgic bite.
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4. Epic Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cheesecake

Slice of Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cheesecake
This Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cheesecake uses sweet cereal as a crunchy base to a creamy, silky filling to create the ultimate breakfast/dessert fusion.
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5. Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats Dipped in Chocolate

peanut butter rice krispie treats dipped in chocolate and then drizzled with peanut butter
These Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats are sticky, sweet, crunchy, nutty, and chocolatey all at once. The most nostalgic treat!
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6. Cinnamon Toast Crunch Shooter

two cinnamon toast crunch shooters
Enjoy a shot of nostalgia with this Cinnamon Toast Crunch Shooter that gives you all the delicious flavor of your favorite childhood cereal, but in adult fashion.
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7. Fruity Pebbles Pancakes with Cereal Milk Whip

Fluffy Fruity Pebbles Pancakes with Cereal Milk Whipped Cream
These Fruity Pebbles Pancakes are light and fluffy with a little crunch and color from the delicious cereal bits! Plus, an optional cereal milk whipped cream to add on top.
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8. Lucky Charms Cookies

Close up of Lucky Charms cookie with a bite taken out of it.
These chewy Lucky Charms cookies use both the marshmallows and the cereal to bring nostalgia to every single bite. Only 30 minutes required!
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I hope this list of inventive ways to use your breakfast cereal inspired you to get creative in the kitchen! If you’re still not sure where to start, check out this recipe for these fun Lucky Charms Cookies!

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7+ Inventive Ways to Use Your Breakfast Cereal, including Lucky Charms Cookies

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Marley Goldin
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7+ inventive ways to use your breakfast cereal, including these chewy and nostalgic Lucky Charms Cookies.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 10 cookies


  • ¾ cup Lucky Charms marshmallows
  • ¾ cup ground up cereal, without the marshmallows (about 1½ cup of cereal before blending)
  • ½ cup softened unsalted butter (½ cup butter = 1 stick)
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
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  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper or reusable baking mats.
  • Separate the marshmallows from the cereal. Collect ¾ cups of the marshmallows and about 1 ½ cups of the cereal without marshmallows. Set the marshmallows aside and use a food processor or high-powered blender to grind the cereal up into a fine dust. You will need ¾ cup of the ground cereal.
  • To a large mixing bowl, add softened butter and sugar. Use a hand mixer on high to cream together until light and smooth (about 2-3 minutes).
  • Add the egg and vanilla extract and use your hand mixer on low to combine.
  • Add the ground up cereal, flour, salt, and baking soda and mix to combine, careful not to overbeat. Use a spatula to scrape any flour off the sides of the bowl and integrate it into your dough.
  • Set aside a handful of marshmallows and use a rubber spatula to fold the rest into the dough to combine.
  • Use a large cookie scoop or 2 heaping tablespoons of dough to form your cookies, adding them to the prepped baking sheets. Leave at least an inch of space in between each cookie for minor spreading.
  • Bake for 13-16 minutes on the top rack. Remove from the oven and while they are still hot, push the extra marshmallows into the top. Allow to cool and enjoy!

Pro Tips

  • Make sure you measure the cereal dust after it’s ground up. Usually, you will get ¾ cup ground-up cereal from 1 ½ cup of whole cereal, but the amount tends to vary slightly. 
  • Cookie monsters are always happy at my house with this delicious selection of my best cookie recipes to choose from! Nom nom nom!

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Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Diet Vegetarian
Keyword Cereal, Cookies, Easy, Lucky Charms Cookies, Recipes Using Cereal
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