Basic cookies are just so… well, basic. And while there’s something to be said for simplicity, this holiday season, I’m just not that into it.
Instead, I decided to trash up an otherwise basic oatmeal chocolate chunk cookie recipe with everything but the kitchen sink. Okay, maybe that’s a slight exaggeration, but I did stuff ’em full of Special K cereal for added texture, two kinds of chocolate, and a healthy dose of crushed up potato chips for a little more crunch and just enough of a salty edge to strike that golden sweet-to-savory ratio.
If you really want to nerd out, you could call these “Synergy Cookies,” because each cookie is SO MUCH MORE than merely the sum of its ingredients. But your friends and family would probably judge you, so you probably shouldn’t.
Whatever you do, just make them. And try not to eat all three and a half dozen of them in one sitting.
Trashed Up Sweet & Salty Cookies
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted sweet cream butter, melted
- 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
- 1¼ cups light brown sugar, packed
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract (I used Nielsen-Massey)
- 2 large eggs
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon corn starch
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1½ cups quick-cooking oats
- 1½ cups crushed potato chips
- 1 cup Special K cereal
- 1 cup mini milk chocolate morsels
- ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chunks
- Preheat oven to 350º F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper
- In a large bowl, whisk together together butter, shortening, brown sugar, and white sugar until smooth
- Add eggs and vanilla, whisk until just incorporated
- With a large spoon/spatula, mix in flour, baking soda, corn starch, and salt until just incorporated
- Fold in oats, 1 cup chips, Special K cereal, chocolate chips, and chocolate chunks
- Roll dough into 1-inch balls, roll dough balls through remaining ½ cup crushed potato chips, and place on baking sheet
- Bake for 8-9 minutes; cookies will look slightly under-done, but this is okay-- they will continue to bake through as they cool
- Let cool on cookie sheet for 2 minutes, then use a spatula to transfer cookies to a wire cooling rack