Easy to Make Homemade Wheaties Cookie Recipe with Step by Step Photos

Wheatie cookies baked and ready to share

Ready for a Wheaties cookie?
Ready for a Wheaties cookie? | Source

Favorite Cookie Recipes


For many years as I was growing up I watched my mother make homemade cookies. When I was old enough she would let me help stir the batter and best of all...lick the spoons! Finally she let me do more of the preparation work with her as I continued to age and under her watchful eyes this became a fun family project.

In those days kids took lunch boxes to school and my two younger brothers and I could always count on a couple of homemade cookies along with our sandwich and piece of fruit or little box of raisins.

My dad also took a lunch pail to work in those days.

My mother was an excellent cook and baker. Not only did we have the homemade cookies, but she also baked bread for those sandwiches. She baked many loaves during the week to help feed our family of five. On her baking days, the house smelled so wonderful from those yeast breads and sometimes we would come home from school and get to eat some that was still warm from just being baked.

Ah...but this hub relates to some of her cookie baking and I'll share one of our favorite recipes with you, the reader.


Ingredients for the Wheatie Cookies

Ingredients for the Wheatie Cookies
Ingredients for the Wheatie Cookies | Source

Easy to Make Cookies


This Wheaties cookie recipe is easy enough to make if one has all of the ingredients on hand.

Here is what you will need to follow this recipe:

  • 1 cup shortening ( I use butter flavored Crisco )
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups Wheaties
  • 2 cups shredded coconut

Begin by creaming the shortening. I still have a hand held electric mixer that is an old one but it still does the job!


Cream the shortening...
Cream the shortening... | Source

After the shortening is creamed, add both sugars, the eggs and vanilla and blend together well.

Sugar eggs and vanilla added to the creamed shortening.
Sugar eggs and vanilla added to the creamed shortening. | Source

Make sure the cookie batter is well blended before going on to the next step.

Creamed shortening with the sugar, eggs and vanilla after being blended.
Creamed shortening with the sugar, eggs and vanilla after being blended. | Source

Next...add the shredded coconut and blend together.

Add the shredded coconut
Add the shredded coconut | Source

Sift the flour, salt and baking powder through a sieve into a separate bowl.

Sifting the dry ingredients into a separate bowl
Sifting the dry ingredients into a separate bowl | Source

After the dry ingredients are sifted, add them gradually to the cookie mixture and keep blending.

Sifted dry ingredients being added to the mixture.
Sifted dry ingredients being added to the mixture. | Source

Finally blend the wheaties into the cookie mixture.

Wheaties being added to the cookie mixture
Wheaties being added to the cookie mixture | Source

After thoroughly blending, chill the dough in the refrigerator. This can be done for several hours or cover it and even leave it overnight to be baked the next day.

Wheaties boxes

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The Wheatie box that was purchased to make these cookies.  Another athlete featured on a Wheaties box, Mary Lou Retton.
The Wheatie box that was purchased to make these cookies.
The Wheatie box that was purchased to make these cookies. | Source
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Another athlete featured on a Wheaties box, Mary Lou Retton.
Another athlete featured on a Wheaties box, Mary Lou Retton. | Source

Wheaties Boxes


Just a note about the Wheaties boxes...


Some people actually collect them and sell them on sites like EBay!


Known as the "Breakfast of Champions" numerous athletes, Olympians and sports figures have been featured on these breakfast cereal boxes since 1934. Everything from people who have excelled in things like golf, swimming, baseball, football, gymnastics, wrestling, auto racing, track and field, fishing, soccer, tennis, figure and speed skating, snowboarding and skateboarding, NASCAR, hockey, basketball and more have been featured.


Our Wheaties box will go into our recycle bin, but if you have the room and wish to make some money years from now, you might wish to start collecting these eyecatching boxes and hope that this interest continues. Certainly there will be no lack of subject matter nor star athletes that will continue to grace these cereal boxes.


It must be such a thrill for the athletes to make it onto a Wheaties box!

OK...back to our recipe...

After the cookie batter is well chilled, roll into balls about the size of walnuts and place onto greased cookie sheets. ( I use the product Pam and spray the cookie sheets.)

After the cookie dough is chilled roll into the size of walnuts.
After the cookie dough is chilled roll into the size of walnuts. | Source
Place on cookie sheets .
Place on cookie sheets . | Source

Bake at a temperature of 350 degrees Fahrenheit about 8 to 12 minutes or until browned. If using a convection oven this timing can be reduced up to a couple of minutes.

Cool on racks until completely cooled before putting away in containers.

This makes about 5 dozen crisp cookies and they freeze well if so desired.

Ready to taste some Wheatie cookies? Here is the final product! Enjoy!

Baked cookies

Bake at 350 degrees for 8 to 12 minutes.
Bake at 350 degrees for 8 to 12 minutes. | Source
Cool the wheatie cookies on racks.  The ones pictured here have cooled a bit and are stacked until completely cool and ready to be packaged.
Cool the wheatie cookies on racks. The ones pictured here have cooled a bit and are stacked until completely cool and ready to be packaged. | Source

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Cookie Gifts


For many years my dear mother and I baked Christmas cookie gifts together and while some are more plain looking like these Wheaties cookies, others had more decorations and colors. The coconut flavor as well as the spices makes this a delicious cookie and makes a great addition to a cookie assortment.

I am once again embarking upon this long tradition for Christmas cookie gifts this year but will have to do so without my mother's help this year as she is now in a heavenly realm. She passed this recipe on down to me and now I will share it with you the reader.

Perhaps you have cookie baking traditions with your own family?

Do you have favorite family recipes that you routinely bake year after year?

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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi Au fait,

Thanks for the pin. Hope you enjoy making some of these delicious Wheaties cookies for yourself someday. :)


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

Pinned these delicious nutrition cookies to my "Deserts" board.


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi Careermommy,

Ah yes...the breakfast of champions. That is a great ad program that Wheaties has had for many years. Enjoy these cookies with my blessings.


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hello peachpurple,

Your kids will be happy being able to eat these Wheaties cookies. Enjoy your teatime with them! Thanks for your comment and the vote up.


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Careermommy 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

This is the dessert of champions Peggy. Thank for for the clear instructions. These look wonderful!


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