Trash Can Cookies

Don’t let the name fool you!  These cookies are pretty awesome!  These trash can cookies will get people’s attention. Loaded with all kinds of add-ins!

Trash Can Cookies… TRUST me!

Here’s how they were introduced to family/friends:

Family/friends: “Hi Vanessa, what are those you baked?”

Me: “I baked some trash can cookies.”

Friends/family: “Trash can cookies?!?”  (Weird faces made)

Me: “Yes! Trash can cookies.”

Family/friends: “Trash can cookies?!?  What do you mean trash can cookies?”  (Still weird faces made)

Me: (With a big smile on my face.)  “Well, cookies that have chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, rice krispies, pretzels, mini m&m’s, Oreos, potato chips, cereal crumbs, sprinkles and I think that’s it.”  

Family/friends: “Potato chips?  Oreos in cookies?”  

Me: “Yes and Yes!  They are really good!”

After tasting a cookie they were hooked!  When you try these trash can cookies, you can’t stop at one.  True Story.  

These cookies didn’t last long and we all had a great time! 

I was inspired by our local and seasonal ice cream shop.  They offer a “trash can” ice cream sundae.  They even serve it in a small brightly colored trash can!  

 So, I decided to try and create a cookie.  Very glad I did.  It was a success! 

Very simple cookie to make.  

These trash can cookies, are definitely a good way to use up certain items.  Like the handful of Oreos in the pantry.  Or the broken chips in the bottom of the bag.  Check out your pantry and start gathering the ingredients to bake up some fun and delicious cookies!

 These have become a new favorite in our family!  Get the kids in the kitchen and everyone can get, “trashed” together!   

Grab a glass of milk and enjoy some cookies! 


Trash Can Cookies
Crazy name for a fun and delicious cookie. Packed with all kinds of ingredients!
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  1. 1/2 cup melted butter - (1 stick)
  2. 4 Tablespoons butter Crisco
  3. 1/4 cup sugar
  4. 1/4 cup brown sugar
  5. 2 eggs
  6. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  7. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  8. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  9. 1 1/2 cups pastry flour (sifted) - (all purpose flour can be used)
For the trash can part
  1. 1 cup rice krispies
  2. 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  3. 1/2 cup butterscotch chips
  4. 1/2 cup finely crushed pretzels
  5. 1/2 cup crushed Oreos (about 6 Oreos)
  6. 1/2 cup mini m&m's
  7. 1/2 cup crushed potato chips
  8. 2 Tablespoons sprinkles
  9. 1/2 cup cereal crumbs - (I used frosted mini wheats crumbs) *Optional
  1. In large mixing bowl, whisk together the melted butter and crisco. Pour in the sugars and combine. Add the vanilla, salt and eggs one at a time, mix well.
  2. Sift in the flour, and baking soda. Mix together until flour is combined into mixture.
  3. Now, add the trash can ingredients. Dump them right in and mix everything together.
  4. Scoop out Tablespoons of dough and chill in the fridge for a few hours or overnight. This will keep the cookies from spreading.
  5. When ready to bake. Preheat oven to 350 F and bake for 8 minutes. Use a non-stick baking sheet or line with silicone liner. Allow to fully cool on baking sheet before removing.
  6. Makes about 50 - 1 Tablespoon cookies
  1. I recommend chilling this dough. The easiest way to prepare them, is to scoop out 1 Tablespoon of dough into a large container with lid. Chill in the fridge for at least a few hours or overnight. When you're ready to bake, pull out the pre-scooped cookie dough and preheat oven.
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5 comments on “Trash Can Cookies

  1. Jane Doe

    11 photos of the same thing to get to the recipe?? Overkill

    1. Vanessa

      Hi Jane Doe!

      Thank you for the feedback (this was one of my first posts and still learning). I hope you enjoy the cookies, they are delicious! :-)

      1. Sue B

        You did a great job!

    2. Sue B

      I loved all the pics…increased the excitement!!!!
      Good job! Recipe worth waiting for!

      1. Vanessa

        Glad you liked the pictures. :-)