The Trash-Can Cookie and I met in the strangest of places. Hancock Sheetz. I can’t remember why I was at the Sheetz store in Hancock. Where I was going? What I was doing? But those cookies left a lasting impression and a desire to know: exactly what goes into a cookie of the Trash Can variety.
I took a picture of the wrapper, then when I got home (from wherever I went???) I googled the Trash Can Cookie. And the realization hit me: the Trash Can Cookie is a blank cookie dough canvas, that can be created with any combination of ingredients that are leftover from other baking endeavors. A few pretzels left in the bag, you say? Mash ’em up and throw ’em in. Corn flakes left in the bottom of the box? Those go in too.
Now, according to the Sheetz Schweetz wrapper, the authentic Trash Can Cookie has: toffee, pretzels, corn flakes, chocolate chips, coconut and marshmallows. My Trash Can cookies have: Lay’s Potato Chips (I love the salty with the sweet. It’s unbelievably tasty), toffee bits (pictured below, just what was left in the bottom of the bag), mini-chocolate chips and oatmeal.
These cookies are some of the best I have ever made. I love the texture: mealy and chewy with a delicious crunch.
They are coffee’s BFF. They beg for a frosty glass of ice-cold milk.
Here’s the recipe for the cookie canvas. Now clean out the pantry and create a cookie. A Trash Can Cookie.
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Trash Can Cookies are perfect for using the last little leftover bit of anything in the pantry. Bits o' brickle toffee, crushed pretzels, potato chips, corn flakes, chocolate, white chocolate or peanut butter chips, coconut, marshmallows, oatmeal, sprinkles or Rice Krispies just to name a few. Please share your own Trash Can Cookie creation on FB or instagram and hashtag #fourmileridge and #trashcancookie.
- butter - 1 cup (2 sticks) softened
- brown sugar - 3/4 cup
- sugar - 3/4 cup
- eggs - 2 - jumbo or large
- vanilla - 1 tsp
- bread flour - 2 1/3 cups (or all-purpose)
- salt - 1 tsp
- baking soda - 1 tsp
- mix-ins - about a half-cup of each: toffee bits, crushed pretzels, potato chips, chocolate chips, coconut, sprinkles, marshmallows, oatmeal, Rice Krispies
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Beat softened butter and sugars til fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing after each addition. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, add vanilla and mix.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt. Add to the bowl of the mixer. Scrape down the sides and mix again. Dough should be stiff. Add up to six mix-ins (about half cup of each). To make the cookies exactly as pictured use: 1/2 cup mini-chocolate chips, 1 cup crushed Lay's Potato Chips, 1/2 cup of oatmeal and 1/2 cup of toffee bits.
Mix just until incorporated. Scrape the bowl down once more (don't forget the bottom) before baking. Scoop using a medium-sized scoop onto cookie sheets. I used silicon baking mats. Ungreased baking trays or parchment -lined cookie sheets will also work.
Bake for 1o minutes or until golden brown and done in the middle.
Let cool on the baking sheets for about 5 minutes, then cool completely on a cooling rack.