Garbage Cookies

filed under: Cookies on April 28, 2010

We have all had them.

Garbage Cookies.

Monster Cookies.

Everything Cookies.

5 from 1 vote
Garbage Cookies
Garbage Cookies
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
32 mins

These cookies are no fail. Add whatever YOU like!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Garbage Cookies
Servings: 24 cookies
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 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
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a medium bowl sift flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.

  3. In a separate large bowl, cream together shortening, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla. Combine well.

  4. Add flour mixture to wet ingredients and stir until just combined. Then add oats and stir by hand to combine.

  5. Use 1/4 cup and scoop onto cookie sheet, you should get about 6 per sheet.

  6. Bake for at least 8 minutes, but most likely will bake for 12 depending on your oven.


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!




You can also check here to get my SUPER easy version.

Have fun baking!

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  • Ginger says:

    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.

  • Barbara A Tignor says:

    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.

  • Debbie says:

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

  • Felix says:

    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)

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    Brand new recipes that people find kinda acceptable.