Introduction: Santa's Trash Cookies

About: Hey y'all! My name is Lydia and I want to share my passion for cooking/baking with everyone!

Hey guys! Christmas is fast approaching us and what better way to get in the mood for Christmas than to bake cookies! Around this time of year I love to bake all kinds of food and cookies are a must right after Thanksgiving. Today I am showing you how to make Santa's Trash cookies (strange name) but its a cookies that is sweet and salty all in one, so if you're craving some junk food this might just be your cookie (this recipe yields a hard cookie not a soft chewy one). This is a fun cookie to make with the family and kids will get a kick out of this one! You can enjoy some of Santa's Trash Cookies during the Holiday season and leave the leftovers out for Santa. To make your own follow the step by step instructable below or watch the video tutorial here:

Step 1: Ingredients and Tools

  • ¾ Cup unsalted Butter (room temp)
  • ½ Cup granulated Sugar
  • ½ Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 large Egg
  • 2 teaspoon Vanilla extract
  • 2 ¼ Cup all-purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt
  • 1/3 Cup Potato Chips (crushed)
  • 1/3 Cup Pretzels (crushed)
  • ¼ Cup semi-sweet Chocolate Chips
  • ¼ Cup Holiday M&Ms
  • 3 Tablespoons Holiday sprinkles
  • Flaky sea salt, for garnish


Step 2: The Dough: Cream Butter and Sugar

Begin by preheating the oven to 350ºF and line two cookie sheets with parchment. In a large bowl cream together butter and both of your sugars until light and fluffy. Then mix in egg and vanilla

Step 3: Dry Ingredients

In another large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Add dry ingredients to wet and mix until smooth.

Step 4: Add the "Trash"

Gently stir in potato chips, pretzels, chocolate chips, M&Ms and sprinkles.

Step 5: Scoop

With a ice cream scoop, gently scoop and make tablespoon size balls of dough. Slightly press them down onto the cookie sheet and sprinkle with sea salt.

Step 6: Top With More "Trash"

Top them with extra crushed potatoes chips, crushed pretzels, chocolate chips, M&Ms, and sprinkles.

Step 7: Bake and Cool

Bake until edges are just starting to get golden, 7 to 8 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool 2 to 3 minutes, then transfer to cooling rack to cool completely.

Step 8: Enjoy!

Enjoy some of Santa's Trash Cookies or simply leave them out for Santa to enjoy ;-)

Step 9: Video Tutorial

If you prefer a video tutorial, you can watch it here!

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