Double Chocolate Breakfast Cookies with Zing

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What is your stand on chocolate for breakfast? How about double chocolate? And what if we add some oatmeal and cheerios and turn it all into cookies?

Double Chocolate Breakfast Cookies. With zing. As in citrus zest stirred into the dough. This cookies will wake up your taste buds and make you dance!

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It’s like taking your favorite cereal and your morning cup of juice, adding some chocolate ( because… well… everything is better with chocolate ) and turning it into a cookie. Addicting!

These cookies are a favorite in our family right now. We simply can’t get enough of them. They are super easy to whip up and unexpectedly delicious. With each bite you will be totally amazed at the balance of flavors and satisfaction in taste. Crispy edges, yet chewy center.

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Double Chocolate Breakfast Cookies with Zing

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 9 minutes

Total Time: 24 minutes

Yield: about 3 dozen cookies

Chocolate, cereal, oatmeal and citrus zest - all in your new favorite cookie!


  1. 1/2 c unsalted butter, softened
  2. 3/4 c granulated sugar
  3. 1/2 c packed dark brown sugar
  4. 1 large egg
  5. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  6. 3/4 c all-purpose flour
  7. 1/4 c unsweetened cocoa powder
  8. 1/2 tsp baking soda
  9. 1/4 tsp salt
  10. 1 tsp freshly grated citrus zest ( I used grapefruit zest )
  11. 2 c old-fashioned oats
  12. 1 c cheerios
  13. 1/2 c semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together dry ingredients ( flour, cocoa powder, soda and salt ). Set aside.
  2. Place butter and both sugars in a large mixing bowl of a stand mixer and cream until light and fluffy.
  3. Add egg and vanilla and zest and mix just until combined.
  4. With mixer on low speed, add dry ingredients and mix just until combined. Fold in cereal and chocolate chips.
  5. Cover the dough and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled ( 2 to 3 hours, preferably overnight ).
  6. When ready to bake, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Line your cookies sheet with parchment paper. Scoop out the dough into a tablespoon size balls and place on prepared sheet, leaving at least 2 inches of space between cookie balls. They will spread!
  7. Bake 9 to 11 minutes. Cool on a sheet for 3 minutes, then transfer onto a cooling rack.


Refrigerating the dough helps the flavor to blend and the citrus flavor to develop. It also produces thicker and chewier cookies. Make sure you leave plenty of space between each cookie ball as these will spread while baking.

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 Double Chocolate Breakfast Cookies with Zing
Anna is a wife, mom, blogger, freelance writer and photographer, self-taught baker. Will never give up chocolate, coffee and bread. And cheese. And wine.

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23 thoughts on “Double Chocolate Breakfast Cookies with Zing

  1. chocolate for breakfast? Glad to see one of my major food groups counts as breakfast in other households too!!

  2. Eek, I love chocolate with a zing, be it with cinnamon (mmmmm) or citrus, which totally wakes me and my taste buds up! These breakfast cookies look awesome. Cookies for breakfast rules!

  3. These cookies will great for our “grab and run” breakfast. We all have “THOSE” mornings. Love the addition of the zest.

  4. chocolate cookies for breakfast… ok i love you more than ever. :) and cheerios hiding inside! And oats! and citrus. These are like a dream come true Anna. I wouldn’t ever mind jumping out of bed for a huge plate of these. Because who can stop at one?

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  6. I don’t make cookies enough. I’ve realized this recently. I think I need to make THESE cookies! They sound so good and any time I can incorporate chocolate into breakfast and not feel too guilty is a good day. Lovely!!

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