Thick trash cookies, also known as kitchen sink cookies, loaded with potato chips, pretzels, m&ms, chocolate chips, peanut butter cups and sprinkles.

Trash Cookies

  • Author: Melissa
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 7 minutes
  • Total Time: 22 mintes
  • Yield: 16 cookies 1x


These delicious Trash Cookies seriously have everything you could possibly want in a cookie…thick, soft, sweet, salty, crunchy… It is seriously PACKED with goodies. The best part of this recipe is that it is easy to throw together, and doesn’t need to refrigerate so you get to eat it in a flash!



  • 3/4 cup (162 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (100 grams) granulated sugar 
  • 1/2 cup (106 grams) packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 21/4 cups (280 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup (19 grams) crushed potato chips
  • 1/2 cup (36 grams) crushed pretzels
  • 1/2 cup (76 grams) Reeses baking cups & candy
  • 1/3 cup (49 grams) milk or semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup m&ms
  • 1/3 cup (80 grams) white chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup sprinkles
  • Sea salt flakes


First, preheat the oven to 350°F and line two cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. (I love using my silicone baking mats because they make cleanup a breeze, and I hate throwing away all the parchment paper after I am done baking.)

In a large bowl, cream together the butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar.

Add in an egg and mix well.

Then, add in the all-purpose flour, baking soda and salt and stir together until fully incorporated. The dough will be very thick.

Next, you will add in all of the goodies (potato chips, m&ms, Reese’s baking chips and candy, chocolate chips, and sprinkles.) But, reserve some of the goodies to add on the top of the dough balls before they go in the oven so they will come out of the oven looking crazy delicious!

Use a spatula and gently stir all of the ingredients until they are well incorporated.

Roll into 1-1/2 tablespoon balls (or use a medium cookie scoop) and place them on the baking sheet. Add the reserved goodies and place a good amount of them on top of the dough ball. Add a sprinkle of sea salt flakes on the tops of the cookies.

Bake until the edges start to brown, about 7-8 minutes. Allow cooling for a few minutes before transferring the cookies to cooling racks.


Make these into holiday cookies by choosing holiday colored m&ms and sprinkles and call them Santa’s Christmas Trash Cookies! 

  • Category: cookies
  • Method: bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: trash cookies, kitchen sink cookies, santa's trash cookies