Toffee bits and tortilla chips? Yogurt raisins and honey-roasted peanuts? Sprinkles and cheese puffs? They may not be flavors you’d think to combine in a cookie, but thanks to Stacy Adimando’s The Cookiepedia (Quirk), it’s finally possible, and unimaginably delicious. Her recipe for Everything-but-the-Kitchen-Sink Cookies allows home bakers to mess around with their favorite sweet and salty ingredients, with almost-guaranteed great results. Experiment and learn!
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 egg, plus 1 egg white
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup of your favorite sweet add-ins (peanut butter chips, sweetened coconut flakes, dark chocolate chips, etc.)
1 1/2 cups of your favorite salty snacks (corn chips, potato chips, pretzels, etc.)
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper and set them aside. Cream the butter and both sugars on medium speed for a few minutes, until they look light and fluffy. Add the vanilla and eggs and continue to beat on low speed until well combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
2. In the meantime, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture in two batches, beating slowly after each addition, until fully incorporated.
3. Pour your sweet mix-ins into the bowl. Break up the salty snacks into smaller cookie-friendly pieces and dump those in as well. Use a spatula to stir them together. It should look like a ton of mix-ins. That’s good.
4. Portion 2 heaping tablespoons of dough at a time into imperfect balls and place them at least 2 inches apart on the lined baking sheets. Bake, rotating sheets halfway through, until cookies are golden brown, about 16 to 18 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
Throw in the Kitchen Sink:
Here’s a list of tasty mix-ins you can stir into the cookie dough. Mix and match your favorite snacks!
Makes 1 1/2 dozen cookies
Excerpted from The Cookiepedia: Mixing, Baking, and Reinventing the Classics © 2011 by Stacy Adimando. Reprinted with permission of Quirk Books. Photos courtesy of Tara Striano.
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