‘Santa’s Trash’ Will Definitely Be Your New Favorite Christmas Cookie Recipe

It's made with a handful of chocolate chips, a couple of potato chips...

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Imagine this—it’s Christmas Eve. The last-minute Christmas shopping is finally done and you’re settling into your festively decorated home with your family. You grab your holiday apron, preheat the oven and decide what treats to bake for Santa. Will you opt for the classic chocolate chip cookies that are always a hit…or maybe a batch of irresistible chocolate pretzel rings?

How about a cookie recipe that includes BOTH—and more!

Santa’s Trash Is the Tastiest Thing You’ll Have All Season

You could bake the classic Santa-shaped sugar cookies, but what I’m about to share with you is definitely less traditional. Now, don’t get me wrong. When I say “trash,” I don’t mean using all the leftovers from Santa’s family dinner. I mean something much, much more delicious!

This cookie recipe will knock your socks off. It packs sweet and salty in every bite—no need to bake four different desserts when it’s all in one convenient package!

What’s in the Recipe?

Well, this recipe is a lot like any other cookie. You’ll start with the basics:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

But now, for the best part! You’ll also need:

  • 3/4 cup crushed potato chips
  • 3/4 cup crushed pretzels
  • 1-1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup red and green sprinkles
  • Flaky sea salt (for garnish)

You read that correctly…potato chips, chocolate, pretzels and sprinkles all together at last! Santa would be more than happy to receive these as compensation for all those gifts he’s bringing down the chimney.

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Santa’s trash cookies recipie by @delish Yum! INGREDIENTS 🍭❄☃🎅☄🎁🎄 3/4 c. cup unsalted butter, at room temperature 1/2 c. sugar 1/2 c. brown sugar 1 large egg 2 tsp. vanilla 2 1/4 c. all-purpose flour 1 tsp. baking soda 1/4 tsp. kosher salt 1/3 c. crushed potato chips 1/3 c. Crushed Pretzels 1/3 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips 3 tbsp. red and green sprinkles Flaky sea salt, for garnish DIRECTIONS 1.Preheat oven to 350º and line two cookie sheets with parchment. 2.Cream together butter and sugars until light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes. 3. in egg and vanilla. 4.In another large bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, and salt. Add dry ingredients to wet and mix until smooth. Dough will be thick. 5. stir in chips, pretzels, chocolate chips, and sprinkles. 6.Make tablespoon size balls of dough. Slightly press them down onto the cookie sheet and sprinkle with sea salt. 7. Bake until edges are just starting to get golden, 7 to 8 minutes. 8.Remove from oven and let cool 2 to 3 minutes, then transfer to cooling rack to cool completely. #Santastrashcookies #delish #yum #christmas #cookies

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How to Make Them Your Own

The best part about these cookies is…you can mix and match to your heart’s content! Want to add some walnuts? Some caramel baking truffles? Go for it! No need to wait until Christmas to enjoy these tasty treats.

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Melany Love
Melany has been writing food news for Taste of Home for four years. Her knowledge of current culinary trends comes from her extensive time spent on FoodTok and scouring Instagram for any unusual food, charcuterie design or coffee shop creation. Apart from freelancing, she has worked at bookstores like Barnes & Noble and Half Price Books and as a barista. She has always wanted a career in writing, and got her start at Taste of Home. When she’s not working, Melany is playing the latest video game, curled up with a book or spending time with her cats.