We have all had them.

Garbage Cookies.

Monster Cookies.

Everything Cookies.

Garbage Cookies
5 from 3 votes

Garbage Cookies

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes
These cookies are no fail. Add whatever YOU like!


  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups whole oats


  • Heat oven to 350 degrees
  • In a medium bowl sift flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
  • In a separate large bowl, cream together shortening, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla. Combine well.
  • Add flour mixture to wet ingredients and stir until just combined. Then add oats and stir by hand to combine.
  • Use 1/4 cup and scoop onto cookie sheet, you should get about 6 per sheet.
  • Bake for at least 8 minutes, but most likely will bake for 12 depending on your oven.

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They are one of my all-time favorites. But they could be better right? 🙂

I love to tweak things in the search of the most fabulous wonderful yummy scrumptious cookie ever.

Start with a basic oatmeal cookie recipe.

(FYI this is the BEST basic oatmeal cookie recipe you will ever try hands down. HUGE flavor.)

To this add whatever you love!

I like to combine a 1/2 cup of rich and creamy organic peanut butter.

Then the really fun stuff.


And there is more.

I also had Heath chips.

And walnuts. (sometimes, and just for everyone else. *I* dont like nuts in cookies!)

And mini caramels.


These cookies are no fail. Add whatever YOU like!




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Reader Comments

  1. I have made a version of these before, so I was excited to try these. Did anyone else have a weird aftertaste? I almost can the baking soda or something. I did sub unsalted butter instead of shortening.

  2. Love all your recipes, cake, and cookies. I am new to your subscriptions, so I haven’t tried other recipes. But I will. Especially now that the holidays are coming up.

  3. I’ve been looking for a good cookie recipe outlet, I’ve finally found one. I’m excited to try all of the recipes!

  4. This is my standard method to get rid of sweets that don’t get eaten. Throw them in the cookies and all is well. (preferably choclaty sweets but you do you)

  5. I love this recipe to get rid of holiday candy, it would be SO much easier if you listed a suggested quantity of mix ins and peanut butter optional in the ingredients list!

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