Trashy cookies

By Julie Van Rosendaal
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I love a cookie crammed with plenty of stuff—salty, sweet, chewy, crunchy, melty… I like to rummage through my cupboards and baking drawers and toss in handfuls of whatever I find, particularly those ends of bags that might wind up forgotten in the back of the pantry.



  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup old-fashioned or quick oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2-1 cup chocolate chips or chopped chocolate or chocolate bars
  • 1/2 cup crushed pretzels
  • Anything else you like


  1. Preheat the oven to 350˚F. In a large bowl, beat the butter, peanut butter and brown sugar until creamy; beat in the egg and vanilla. Add the flour, oats, baking soda and salt and beat on low or stir until the dough comes together. As you stir, add the chocolate, pretzels or chips, and anything else you like.
  2. Drop by the large spoonful (or use a scoop) onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until golden around the edges, but still soft in the middle. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. 


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