This recipe happens to be Santa’s favorite. He likes Christmas cookies with everything in them but the kitchen sink. His favorite ingredients are white chocolate chips, toffee bits, and salty twisted pretzels.
The best thing about trash cookies is you can add your favorite candies or salty stuff. Sometimes I add crushed ruffled potato chips to the recipe.
Santa’s Trash Cookies
PREP TIME 15minutes minutes
COOK TIME 10minutes minutes
CHILL TIME 20minutes minutes
YEILDS 16 big cookies
1 cup room temperature butter
1 cup brown sugar
½ cup white sugar
2 room temperature eggs
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 ¼ cup all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
¾ mini M&M’s
½ cup toffee bits
½ cup coarsely crushed pretzel twists
¼ cup white chocolate chip morsels
¼ cup Christmas sprinkles
1. Place the softened butter and both sugars into a large bowl or stand mixer and beat until fluffy.
2. Next add the 2 eggs and vanilla and mix until smooth.
3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt.
4. Add flour mixture to the butter mixture and stir just until combined, being careful not to overmix.
5. Now gently stir in all of your add ins.
6. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and chill for 20 minutes.
7. Preheat oven to 350° F
8. Using a cookie scoop, scoop out your dough onto a parchment lined baking sheet, keeping them about 2″ apart.
9. Bake for 8-10 minutes, cookies should be golden brown. Do not over cook or cookies will be hard.
10. Let cool on the cookie sheet for a couple minutes before transferring to a cooking rack.
● Using 2 eggs makes for a chewier cookie, if you prefer a crispier cookie, use only one.
● Chilling is not required but recommended
● Careful not to overmix dough, as it will make your dough and cookies tough
● Be sure to use room temperature butter or dough will be hard to mix
● Using room temperature eggs helps to keep a smooth consistency
● Do not over bake to avoid hard crumbly cookies
● Rest assured that the pretzels will remain crispy and not become soggy
● For extra flair, press extra add-ins into the soft cookies immediately after pulling them from the oven.
● For thicker cookies, chill for an hour or more
● Unused cookie dough can be frozen, portion out each cookie on wax paper and freeze, once frozen bag them up! Will keep for 3 months.
● Store at room temperature for up to 5 days and then freeze any leftovers for up to 2 months.
● For more cookies, use a spoon to scoop smaller cookies.
Customize these cookies to your and your families tastes. Another great combination for trash cookies or Kitchen Sink Cookies is butterscotch chips, crushed potato chips, and peanut butter morsels. Butterscotch and peanut butter flavors are yummy together.
● Coarsely crushed potato chips
● Peanut butter morsels
● Caramel bits
● Peanut butter M&Ms
● Chocolate Chunks
● Chopped candy bars
● Butterscotch chips
● Semi sweet chocolate chips
Everyone in my family loves these cookies. What would your Trash Cookie recipe include? As always, thanks for being here, Kathy
Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com