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Santa’s Christmas Trash Cookies


by Liz Farano


14 tablespoons unsalted butter room temperature

½ cup granulated sugar

½ cup brown sugar

1 large egg

2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda make sure it’s not expired

¼ teaspoon salt

⅓ cup crushed potato chips

⅓ cup crushed pretzels

⅓ cup milk or semi-sweet chocolate chips

½ cup m&m’s I used red, green and blue

⅓ cup white chocolate chips

¼ cup sprinkles of choice

Sprinkles of flaky sea salt for tops of cookies

Steps to Make It

Preheat oven to 350º and line two baking sheets with parchment.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt until combined, set aside.

Using a mixer on, in a large bowl cream together butter and sugars for 1-3 minutes on medium speed until light and fluffy. Once the mixture turns pale yellow in color and has a light and fluffy texture, you’re done. Do not over-cream mixture.

Beat in egg until combined.

Add dry ingredients to wet and mix until together until combined. (Dough will be very thick.)

Add in potato chips, pretzels, m&m’s, chocolate chips, and sprinkles and mix together.

Using a medium sized scoop, scoop onto parchment paper and slightly press them down onto baking sheets and sprinkle with sea salt. Add additional pretzels, chips, candies and sprinkles to tops of cookies for decorative touches. If you want the cookies thick, don’t press down as much, you can control how thick you want them. Sprinkle with some sea salt if you wish.

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.