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Santa’s Trash Cookies

Santa’s Trash Cookies are an amazing Christmas cookie recipe that contains pretzels, chocolate chips, potato chips, and sprinkles. These are the ultimate salty and sweet Christmas cookie with a crunch!

Yes, these cookies have potato chips in them! Have you every had potato chip cookies?

Santa's Trash Cookies

Santa’s Trash Cookies Ingredients

To make these unique Christmas cookies, you will need the following (go to the recipe below for exact amounts and instructions):

  • Butter, salted: I used salted butter, but you can use unsalted butter
  • Sugar, brown
  • Sugar, granulated
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Flour
  • Cornstarch: The cornstarch softens the cookies a little bit which changes the texture from chewy to more cake-like (but still delicious)
  • Baking Soda
  • Salt
  • Pretzels
  • Chocolate chips: I used milk chocolate chips, but you can also use semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips if desired. See notes for more suggestions on add-ins that can be used in these cookies.
  • Original potato chips
  • Christmas sprinkles: your sprinkles don’t have to be Christmas themed, but I think it’s a fun addition. The sprinkles add another crunch, so I wouldn’t omit them completely.

Santa's Trash Cookies Ingredients

How to Make Santa’s Trash Cookies

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Make the batter. In a bowl, cream butter and sugars together until light and fluffy. Mix in the eggs and vanilla extract until just combined. Add in flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt. Mix until just incorporated.
  3. Add the “trash” ingredients. Fold in pretzels, chocolate chips, potato chips, and sprinkles.
  4. Bake the cookies. Drop spoonfuls of the cookies onto the cookie sheet, two inches apart. Bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes.
  5. Let cool for five minutes before transferring to the cooling rack.

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Storage Instructions

Store these cookies at room temperature in an airtight container for up to one week. They can also be frozen for up to 3-6 months.

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Optional Add-Ins

The beautiful thing about trash cookies is that you can dump whatever you want in them! These particular cookies include the four ingredients above, but I would recommend adding your favorite of anything!

  • If you are a fan of peanut butter, add some peanut butter chips, peanut butter M&Ms, or peanut butter cups.
  • Adding red and green mini M&Ms or regular size ones is also a great addition.
  • Others like white chocolate chips or chunks, dark chocolate chips, or semi-sweet chocolate chips.
  • You could try butterscotch chips or caramel bites.
  • If you are a big fan of nuts, use almond pieces, walnut pieces, or peanut pieces.
  • Even adding some crushed peppermint candies would be a great idea! 

But whatever you do, enjoy the cookies! Oh, and put some out by the fireplace for Santa too. You know, with a glass of milk. I mean, they are his trash after all!

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Santa's Trash Cookies

Santa's Trash Cookies

Yield: 3 dozen
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Santa’s Trash Cookies are an amazing Christmas cookie recipe that contains pretzels, chocolate chips, potato chips, and sprinkles. These are the ultimate salty and sweet Christmas cookie with a crunch!

Ingredients

  • ½ cup salted butter, softened
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup pretzels, chopped
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  • ½ cup crushed wavy original potato chips
  • ¼ cup Christmas sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a bowl, cream butter and sugars together until light and fluffy.
  3. Mix in the eggs and vanilla extract until just combined.
  4. Add in flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt. Mix until just incorporated.
  5. Fold in pretzels, chocolate chips, potato chips, and sprinkles.
  6. Drop spoonfuls of the cookies onto the cookie sheet, two inches apart.
  7. Bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes.
  8. Let cool for five minutes before transferring to the cooling rack.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 36 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 92Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 107mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 0gSugar: 7gProtein: 1g

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Neva

Thursday 23rd of December 2021

I made them exactly by the recipe. They don't look anything like the photo. They spread a lot! Mine were very flat. If I were to make them again I would chill the dough. I wasn't impressed with the taste. I would give them a 6 1/2 out of 10.

Emily Enchanted

Friday 24th of December 2021

@Neva, are you at altitude by chance?

Brittany Butler

Monday 20th of December 2021

The sugar sizes, how many eggs not vanilla extract are listed under ingredients, upsetting was trying to make these for Christmas today

Brittany Butler

Monday 20th of December 2021

@Brittany Butler, I refreshed my page and they appeared !

Lindsay Troy

Saturday 18th of December 2021

Can I use chips that aren't wavy? My husband grabbed wrong ones

Emily Enchanted

Saturday 18th of December 2021

@Lindsay Troy, sure! They just might not be as crunchy.

REESA

Monday 13th of December 2021

CAN YOU SUB THE CORNSTARTCH WITH ANYTHING ELSE?

Emily Enchanted

Monday 13th of December 2021

@REESA, yes, you can use rice flour.

Marlene Tillery

Friday 10th of December 2021

Why the cornstarch? Have never used cornstarch in a cookie recipe?

Emily

Sunday 12th of December 2021

It makes them soft and thick. :)

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