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 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
- Vanilla Extract
- Cornstarch: The cornstarch softens the cookies a little bit which changes the texture from chewy to more cake-like (but still delicious)
- Baking Soda
- 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.
How to Make Santa’s Trash Cookies
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- 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.
- Add the “trash” ingredients. Fold in pretzels, chocolate chips, potato chips, and sprinkles.
- Bake the cookies. Drop spoonfuls of the cookies onto the cookie sheet, two inches apart. Bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes.
- Let cool for five minutes before transferring to the cooling rack.
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.
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!