Chocolate chip breakfast cookies

Chocolate chip breakfast cookies – A combo between a soft cookie and a muffin top packed with mini chocolate chips and  farro for a chewy bite. chocolate chip breakfast cookies recipe 1

Chocolate chip cookies for breakfast it’s my kind of language. I mean, who doesn’t want to wake up to a warm soft cookie full of chocolate chips? Let’s not confuse these cookies with chocolate chip cookies or think these are the oatmeal cookies and I just added chocolate chips to them. No, these ones are chocolate chip breakfast cookies.

Yes, they do have oats. They also have applesauce. Some sugar in the raw. And farro.


If farro sounds like a foreign language to you, let me translate it for you.

Farro it’s a wheat like grain with a hearty flavor and a chewy, creamy texture. It has been used for centuries in Italy, only in the last couple of years has began to be found in the US stores. It’s a good substitute for rice, cracked wheat, wheat berries.

For these cookies I use pearl farro, given to me by the lovely people at Tuscan Fields

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A couple of weeks ago I applied for a scholarship to Eat Write Retreat, sponsored by Tuscan Fields. Along with other 49 other food bloggers I’m creating a unique recipe featuring this hearty grain.

In the past I’ve used farro in salads in even in risotto but this time I wanted something else. Something to fit my blog theme. At first I thought of making some bread, than the idea of muffins started to make room in the back of my mind but, but cookies knew how to talk me into making them.

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These cookies turned out soft, more towards a cake muffin top. They are sweet, but not too sweet, packed with chocolate chips and farro. The farro gives the cookies a nutty flavor and a chewy bite, pairing great with the addition of the almond extract.

I ended up with 3 dozen of cookies. We enjoyed some not just for breakfast, but also as an afternoon snack or after dinner treat.

This is definitely not going to be my last time using farro in desserts, it’s just the beginning.

Chocolate chip breakfast cookies

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

1 hour

Yield: 3 dozen of cookies

Chocolate chip breakfast cookies

Chocolate chip breakfast cookies – A combo between a soft cookie and a muffin top packed with mini chocolate chips and farro for a chewy bite


  • 1/3 cup uncooked Tuscan Fields Pearl Farro
  • 1/2 cup diced cold butter
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup sugar in the raw
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup boiling water
  • 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips


  1. In a small saucepan add the farro and 1 1/2 cups of water and boil for about 20 minutes until cooked. Drain and leave to cool completely.
  2. When the farro is cold, heat the oven to 400F. Line 2-3 cookie baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  3. In a food processor add the butter, applesauce and sugar and blend for about 2-3 minutes until creamy.
  4. Add the baking soda, almond extract and oats and keep pulsing, slowly adding the boiling water through the feeding tube.
  5. Turn the food processor off and add the flour. Pulse until just combined.
  6. Place the batter into a mixing bowl and add the cooled farro and chocolate chips. With a spatula, fold them in.
  7. Using a medium ice-cream scoop, drop cookie dough on the prepared sheets.
  8. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes or until the top is firm to touch and slightly golden.
  9. Remove from the oven, leave to cool for a coupe of minutes on the baking sheets before placing them to cool completely on wire racks.
  10. Enjoy!

Other cookie recipes you might enjoy

Coconut muffin top cookies 

Mint chocolate muffin top cookies

Chocolate chip pumpkin muffin top cookies


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  1. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life says

    Yeah…I want to wake up to chocolate chip breakfast cookies every morning. They sound awesome!!!!

  2. Carol | a cup of mascarpone says

    Wow! I love how you used farro in these cookies…so now we can eat them for breakfast! They look delicious, Roxana!

  3. Liz says

    Uh, oh…if my family finds out there’s a chocolate chip breakfast cookie, they’ll want me to make these every week! They look SO good!!!

  4. says

    Yay! Healthy chocolate chip cookies for brekkie! Thank you for sharing information about farro, Roxanna. The applications in baking and cooking seem endless. Your breakfast cookies look soooo yummy. Thank you! Pinning…

  5. says

    This is so interesting with farro! Can’t wait to try this and sneak some grains/protein into my kids’ treats! Maybe, if they are lucky, they will get cookies for breakfast! LOL!

  6. says

    What great looking breakfast cookie. My son would do back flips if I let him eat cookies for breakfast so I really need to make these, I’m going to look for farro.

  7. says

    My DS is in 4th grade and they eat a really late lunch, so they are encouraged to bring a (hopefully) healthy snack to tide them over. My son loves banana bread so I usually make it into mini muffins. This looks like a fun alternative! I don’t have a food processor (why am I suddenly seeing tons of recipes using food processors?) so I am wondering if I can just use my KitchenAide mixer? I’ve never heard of farro before so I’ll have to look around for some. Thanks so much for such a fun and healthy recipe!

    • says

      Hi Melissa,
      If you don’t have a food processor, you can crumble the flour and butter with your fingers and slowly, with a whisk/steardy spatula incorporate the rest of the ingredients.

      Happy Baking,

  8. lisa@cookingwithcurls says

    Cookie for breakfast…YES please! I have never tried Farro, okay I’ve never heard of it before, so I am intrigued :) Thanks for sharing and have an awesome weekend – Lisa

  9. Linda Sidowski says

    Do you know if Farro can be found in any supermarket? (I live on the East Coast.) Or is there a substitute that could be used. Thanks!

    • says

      Hi Linda,
      You can find farro at Whole Foods or any other grocery stores that type. (I have Wegmans in my area) Or you can look for a Middle Eastern store around you.


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