Christmas Trash Cookies

Christmas Trash Cookies are tender and buttery, loaded with M&M’s, crushed pretzels, chips, and Rolos. They are festive, and would make a great project to have with kids.

I am in love with these Christmas Trash Cookies. Not only they look great, but taste even better. They are the perfect cookies to have during Christmas season. My other great desserts are Easy Chocolate Mint Mousse and Best Snickerdoodle Muffins.

Christmas Trash Cookies

Christmas Trash Cookies

Christmas Trash Cookies will quickly become a favorite in your house. They are soft, thick, and somewhat crunchy thanks to the potato chips and pretzels in the mix. What I also love about them is how easily they are made. You mix together the ingredients, and then bake them for about 8 minutes. 

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Similarly, they can be very versatile. The name trash cookies comes from basically trashing your kitchen ingredients together. So you can use leftover pretzels, chips, pieces of chocolate, and mix them up before cooking. In this recipe I used Rolos with some potato chips, M&M’s and pretzels, but you can use chocolate chips, Oreos, or even Cheetos. 

 How to make perfect Christmas Trash Cookies?

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF
  2. Mix together butter and sugars until light and fluffy, for about 3 to 4 minutes.
  3. Add the egg and vanilla to the mix, and whisk some more until well combined. 
  4. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, and salt. Add dry ingredients to wet and mix until smooth. Dough will be thick.
  5. Gently stir in crushed pretzels, potato chips, M&M’s and Rolos.
  6. Next, take 2 tablespoons size balls of dough. Slightly press them down onto the cookie sheet.
  7. Bake for about 7-9 minutes, or until golden on the edges.
  8. Once cooked, let them rest for few minutes on the baking sheet before transferring the cookies to a cooling rack.

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Christmas Trash Cookies

Can the dough be made in advance?

Yes, making the dough in advance is definitely an option. Once you made the dough, tightly wrap it up in plastic, and then store in the fridge for up to 2-3 days. When you decide to make the cookies, let the dough rest at room temperature for a bit to soften.

How do you keep Christmas Trash Cookies chewy?

To keep the cookies moist and chewy, you can place them in a container together with a quarter slice bread. This technique is great, because it allows the cookies to absorb moisture from the bread, and therefore keeps the cookies longer. 

How long do cookies stay fresh after baking?

Freshly baked cookies last at room temperature for about 4-5 days. However, if you want to keep them for a longer time, place them in an airtight container.

How to freeze Christmas Trash Cookies:

Before freezing the cookies, make sure they are completely cooled. Then, fully wrap it in plastic wrap, tightly. After, that wrap in aluminum foil or place in freezer bags. Freeze for up to 2-3 months. Defrost before serving.

Christmas Trash Cookies

Christmas Trash Cookies Recipe Tips:

  • It’s best to let the cookies cool in the baking pan after you remove them from the oven. Since the cookies are very soft, it’s best to let them rest a bit, so they will harden once they cool.
  • You can add chocolate chips to the mix, Skittles, or Reese’s if you desire.
  • Make sure all the ingredients are of room temperature, especially the butter.
Christmas Trash Cookies
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
8 mins
Total Time
28 mins
 

Christmas Trash Cookies are tender and buttery, loaded with M&M's, crushed pretzels, chips, and Rolos. They are festive, and would make a great project to have with kids.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Christmas Trash Cookies, Trash Cookies
Servings: 20 cookies
Calories: 298 kcal
Author: Catalina Castravet
Ingredients
  • 2 cups unsalted butter softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup crushed potato chips
  • 1/3 cup crushed Pretzels
  • 1/2 cup M&M's
  • 1 cup Rolos
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cover two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

  2. Using a hand mixer or stand mixer, beat together butter and sugars until light and fluffy, for about 3 to 4 minutes.

  3. Add the egg and vanilla to the mix, and whisk some more until well combined.
  4. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, and salt. Add dry ingredients to wet and mix until smooth. Dough will be thick.
  5. Gently stir in crushed pretzels, potato chips, M&M’s and Rolos.
  6. Next, take 2 tablespoons size balls of dough. Slightly press them down onto the cookie sheet.
  7. Bake for about 7-9 minutes, or until golden on the edges.

  8. Once cooked, let them rest for few minutes on the baking sheet before transferring the cookies to a cooling rack.
  9. Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Christmas Trash Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 298 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g 31%
Saturated Fat 12g 60%
Cholesterol 57mg 19%
Sodium 64mg 3%
Potassium 76mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 26g 9%
Sugars 13g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 11.8%
Vitamin C 0.3%
Calcium 2.8%
Iron 5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Christmas Trash Cookies

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