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Santa’s Trash Cookies

Santa’s Trash Cookies has the perfect balance of salty and sweet. They contain pretzels, chocolate chips, and sprinkles, which make them the ultimate crunchy Christmas cookie!

Santa's Trash Cookies

These cookies are literally everything but the kitchen sink. It’s the perfect way to use up all those random bits of candy, snacks and chocolate you have lying around the house.

This recipe is super simple and can be easily customized to your liking. So whether you’re looking for a fun activity to do with the kids or just want to get rid of some things in your pantry, these cookies are for you!

If you’re looking for more Christmas cookies to make, try the Chocolate Crinkle Cookies or Christmas Gooey Butter Cookies! They’re both delicious and perfect for gift giving!

how to make Santa's Trash cookies

What are kitchen sink cookies?

These cookies get their name from the fact that they are made with everything but the kitchen sink! This is the perfect cookie recipe for using up those odds and ends in your pantry.

Mix and match different kinds of nuts, candy, and chocolate chips to create a unique cookie that is sure to please everyone.

Why You’ll Love These Cookies

  • They’re super easy to make!
  • You can make them ahead of time and freeze them.
  • They’re perfect for those last-minute holiday get-togethers!

What You Will Need

  • Butter – I used softened unsalted sweet cream.
  • Sugar – granulated
  • Light brown sugar
  • Large egg
  • Pure vanilla extract
  • Flour
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Pretzels – can use any kind of pretzels as long as they are crushed.
  • Chocolate chips – this recipe uses a combination of semi-sweet and white chocolate chips.
  • Peanut butter chips
  • Baking chips – red, green and white to make it festive.
  • Crushed peppermint candy
  • Christmas sprinkles
kitchen sink cookies

How to Make Santa’s Trash Cookies

Prep: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.

Make the cookie dough: In a bowl, cream the butter and both sugars with a mixer for about 3-4 minutes or until light and fluffy. Continue beating and add egg and vanilla. Beat until combined.

Combine wet and dry ingredients: Whisk the flour, baking soda, and salt together in a medium bowl. Stir the flour mixture into the wet mixture until combined.

Stir in mix ins: Use a rubber spatula to gently fold in the pretzels, chocolate and white chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, Christmas sprinkles red green and white baking chips, peppermint candy into the cookie batter.

Bake the cookies: Scoop dough using a medium cookie scoop into your hand and roll dough into a ball and place cookie onto cookie tray. Bake at 350 degrees for 14 minutes and until cookie edges start to turn a golden color.

Cool cookies: Remove from the oven. Set aside to cool for 3 minutes while still on the cookie sheet. Gently transfer the cookies to a cooling rack.

How to Store

You can store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 3 months.

FAQs

What is the best way to eat these cookies?

We recommend enjoying Santa’s Trash Cookies with a tall glass of cold milk. However, they are just as delicious on their own!

Can I make these cookies ahead of time?

Yes, you can make these cookies up to two days in advance. Just store them in an airtight container at room temperature.

How are they made?

Santa’s Trash Cookies are made by combining leftover candy and other sweets with cookie dough. The mixture is then shaped into cookies and baked.

What do they taste like?

Since Santa’s Trash Cookies are made with a variety of different sweets, they can taste quite different from one another. Some common flavors include chocolate, vanilla, and peppermint.

Santa's Trash Cookies

Yield: Makes 20 cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 14 minutes
Additional Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 49 minutes

Santa's Trash Cookies has the perfect balance of salty and sweet. They contain pretzels, chocolate chips, and sprinkles, which make them the ultimate crunchy Christmas cookie!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted sweet cream butter, softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 ¼ cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup pretzels (crushed)
  • 1 ¼ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 ¼ cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 ¼ cup peanut butter chips
  • 1 ¼ cup red, green and white baking chips
  • 1 ¼ cup Christmas sprinkles
  • 1 ¼ cup crushed peppermint candy
  • Garnish: pretzels, chocolate chips, and Christmas sprinkles

Instructions

Prep: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.

Make the cookie dough: In a bowl, cream the butter and both sugars with a mixer for about 3-4 minutes or until light and fluffy. Continue beating and add egg and vanilla. Beat until combined.

Combine wet and dry ingredients: Whisk the flour, baking soda, and salt together in a medium bowl. Stir the flour mixture into the wet mixture until combined.

Stir in mix ins: Use a rubber spatula to gently fold in the pretzels, chocolate and white chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, Christmas sprinkles red green and white baking chips, peppermint candy into the cookie batter.

Bake the cookies: Scoop dough using a medium cookie scoop into your hand and roll dough into a ball and place cookie onto cookie tray. Bake at 350 degrees for 14 minutes and until cookie edges start to turn a golden color.

Cool cookies: Remove from the oven. Set aside to cool for 3 minutes while still on the cookie sheet. Gently transfer the cookies to a cooling rack.

Notes

How to Store

You can store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 3 months.

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