Kitchen Sink Cookies

After having made a huge batch of these cookies a few weeks ago, I’m SO glad I froze the majority of the dough in a ready-to-bake form.  Not only were these cookies one of the more outstanding cookies I’ve made in quite a while, but they came in extra handy this past week and weekend during Hurricane Irene and the time following sans electricity.  Packed with protein from a good deal of creamy peanut butter and whole grains from the oats, these kitchen sink cookies make a great snack or dessert that obviously don’t need to be refrigerated.

Kitchen Sink Cookies

If you’re wondering about the name, the explanation is pretty simple: you can basically throw everything but the kitchen sink into them.  In addition to the original ingredients, in this version I also added chocolate chunks in place of the recommended chips, Reese’s Pieces since you can never have too much peanut butter in a cookie, and toasted coconut (my version is below).  Toasted coconut adds this amazing depth of flavor to baked goods and since I needed some for the granola I also made recently, I decided to use some of in these cookies as well.  (Look at me patting myself on the back right now. 🙂

Kitchen Sink Cookies

The cookies themselves are nothing short of magnificent.  They are mostly chewy but have nice crispy edges and because there is NO flour in them, the peanut butter really shines through as a main ingredient.  And the best part?  In every single cookie, you’ve got different pops of added-in flavor so no one cookie is alike!  I’m thankful to have baked up a bunch of these before we lost electricity because they really are quite comforting during this mess of a week we’re having here.

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Kitchen Sink Cookies
source: adapted from Blue-Eyed Bakers via Annie’s Eats

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sweetened coconut
  • 1 1/4 cups light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/3 cups creamy peanut butter
  • 8 tbsp (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 1/2 cups quick-cooking or old fashioned oats
  • 1 1/4 cups pretzel M&Ms
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chunks
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup Reese’s Pieces

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.  Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.  Using one lined baking sheet, spread the coconut evenly in one layer.  Bake coconut for 8 minutes.  Using a spatula, turn the coconut over and bake for an additional 3-5 minutes then check for browning.  If coconut has started to brown, turn once again using a spatula.  Continue baking, checking the coconut for browning, and turning with the spatula every minute or two until all of the coconut is all evenly and lightly browned. The total time should be about 15-17 minutes. Be careful in the last few minutes as the coconut can go from browned to burned very quickly.  Once finished, remove the coconut from the oven and set aside to cool completely.  Lower the oven temperature to 350 degrees F.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the sugars, peanut butter and butter.  Beat on medium-high speed until well blended.  Mix in the eggs one at a time, scraping down the bowl as needed.  Blend in the baking soda, vanilla, and salt.  With the mixer on low speed, mix in the oats until just incorporated.  Fold in the pretzel M&Ms, chocolate chunks, raisins, Reese’s Pieces, and cooled toasted coconut with a spatula.
  3. Drop heaping tablespoons of dough (I used a medium-size/3 tbsp dough scoop) onto the prepared baking sheets, leaving a couple of inches between each dough ball.  Bake 8-11 minutes, until light golden and just set, being careful not to overbake.  Let cool on the baking sheets 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.  Store in an airtight container.

Yields 4-5 dozen cookies.

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  • August 31, 2011 at 5:58 AM

    I love the idea of so many delicious things in one cookie! Definitely a good cookie to get through the hurricane:-)

  • August 31, 2011 at 6:39 AM

    Heaven in a cookie. You are amazing, Tara.

  • August 31, 2011 at 6:40 AM

    I’ve been meaning to make a version of cookies like this to clean out all those half empty bags of chocolate, coconut, and other candies in my baking pantry. If I have the energy today I might whip them up for the kids.

  • August 31, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    looks easy and great ,tasty cookies..

  • August 31, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    Look at alllll those yummies!! Certainly are the kitchen sink cookies. They look fabulous though. I think my favorite ingredient would have to be the pretzel M&Ms…

  • August 31, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    Pure fun in this cookies….contains so many yummy things.

  • August 31, 2011 at 11:24 AM

    Yum! These look and sound delicious. I can’t wait to have these around!

  • August 31, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    Oh, these look fabulous!! LOVE your addition of the toasted coconut….mmmmmm.

  • August 31, 2011 at 2:34 PM

    Wow! You can add anything in it? My kind of cookies for sure. Thanks for sharing.

  • September 1, 2011 at 5:01 PM

    I have got to get my hands on these – and then sadly, I have to skip down the candy isle cuz I really have nothing to toss into them… Its getting to be that time of year again though where the pantry will explode with extra candy. 😀

  • September 1, 2011 at 10:55 PM

    Love this idea, love that each cookie is unique. Sooo delicious!

  • September 2, 2011 at 10:07 AM

    oats, chocolate chunks AND pretzel M&M’s…be still my heart, I’m in love <3

  • September 2, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    Oooo, yummy. A great way to jazz up cookies!

  • September 2, 2011 at 12:29 PM

    delicious , aw-some, Thanks for lovely yummmy cookies.

  • Lizzie Traps
    September 3, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    Just made these cookies with my cousins…they were a HUGE hit! They stayed moist and chewy, even after sitting out overnight. Delicious!

    • smellslikehome
      September 3, 2011 at 9:50 AM

      Yay Lizzie! They are definitely one of our favorites!

  • September 7, 2011 at 3:14 PM

    Wow, you so made me want more of these like, right now! Glad you enjoyed them 🙂

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