What with all the holiday and family get togethers we have had over here at my house the past few week, we have had quite a few bags of chips and pretzels left over. Always almost empty… Always dumped into the compost because I mean, I am not so keen on seeing bags of little bits of chips and pretzels in the pantry that I know will never get eaten. Plus it is not like I am saving carrots or grapes or anything I would eat, it’s junk food. But still. I hate the food waste. That is why I made these cookies. To not waste food. And because we had people coming over to the house for dinner and I cannot not have something for dessert. That would be just wrong. And lastly because I am pretty sure that chips and pretzel pieces only make a plain chocolate chunk cookie into an amazing sweet and salty cookie that will just blow your mind.
And I was right. I made the cookies, I feed them to the mr, the sister, friends and all the littles and they just couldn’t get enough.
Current thought. I am sitting here typing and have come to the conclusion that I should start a bakery that makes cookies out of people almost empty bags of chips, like a Cheeto dust cookie, or a peanut butter Funyun cookie or chocolate chocolate chip Dorito cookie.
Yes. this is a good idea. Oh man, I am a genius.
But back to theeese cookies. Start with these. I’ll let you know when I open the storefront to Garbage Cookies (that is what I'll call the place) You can stand in line for the peanut butter Funyun cookies. I have a feeling about that flavor. Until then…
To the cookies!
The stuff. The small bowl has flour, baking powder and baking soda. The big bowl has brown and white sugar. Then you need oil, almond milk, vanilla, chocolate chunks, some pretzels and some plain salted potatoes chips.
Start with the wet. Mix the oil, the milk, and the vanilla into the sugars until completely smooth
Whisk together the dry stuff.
Dump dry into wet.
And mix until its a cookie dough. Now here is the thing, you need to stick the dough in the fridge for a couple hours and if you mix in the chips and pretzels now, well I think that might make them extrealemy soggy, so hold off. For now, cover dough and refrigerate for 2-4 hours.
When the time comes for baking, grab the mix ins and with whatever method you chose, crush the chips and pretzels into small bits. (avoid turning into a dust, you want bits)
All salty and crumbly and ready to go
Grab the dough from fridge and dump in the stuff that needs to go in (crushed chips and pretzels and chocolate chunks).
Mix until incorporated.
Scoop dough into balls and place on a baking sheet.
Into the oven and out they come all golden brown and smelling like yes and mmmmmm.
Get those cookies on a wire rack to cool and to free up the baking sheet to keep baking.
Look at this proud cookie. Chips, pretzels, and chocolate chunks all on display.
Now is when you get yourself a plate, pile it up high, and eat.
Remember, sharing is caring so maybe share a cookie or two. (but like you don’t HAVE to)
Stay happy this weekend.
Pretzel And Potato Chip Chocolate Chunk Cookies
makes about 2 dozen cookies
2 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
6 tablespoons plant milk
1/2 cup crushed potato chip
1/2 cup crushed pretzels pieces
3/4 cup chocolate chunks or chips
In a large bowl, mix together the sugars, oil, milk, and vanilla until completely combined. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and soda. Dump the dry into the wet and mix until the dough comes together. Gather the dough together in the bowl and cover with plastic and stick in the fridge to rest for at least 2 hour and up to a day.
When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350
Right before you take the dough from fridge, get your chocolate chunks, pretzels, and chips out. If the chips and pretzels are not already in little bits, place them in a bag (just use the chip bag if you have it) and smash with a heavy object until you turn the chips and pretzels into bits. Be carful that you don’t turn it all into a dust, look for small bits. Pull dough from fridge and mix the stuff in. Scoop out balls of dough and place on baking sheets. Bake cookies in oven for 11-12 minutes or until lightly browed. Remove from oven and immediately transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool.
And now you eat.
Store uneaten cookie in a airtight container for up to a week or freeze them but I doubt you will have too. The cookies went fast.