Garbage Cookies

filed under: Miscellaneous on April 28, 2010
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  • We have all had them.

    Garbage Cookies.

    Monster Cookies.

    Everything Cookies.

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

    I love to tweek 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.)

    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
    Ingredients
    • 1 1/2 c flour
    • 3/4 c white sugar
    • 3/4 c brown sugar
    • 3/4 c shortening
    • 1 tsp. vanilla
    • 2 eggs
    • 1/2 tsp. allspice
    • 2 tsp. cinnamon
    • 1 tsp. salt
    • 1 tsp. baking powder
    • 1 tsp. baking soda
    • 1 1/2 c whole oats
    Instructions
    1. Heat oven to 350 degrees
    2. In medium bowl sift flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and all spice. In separate large bowl, cream together shortening, brown sugar, and white sugar until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla. Combine well.

    3. Add flour mixture to wet ingredients and stir until just combined. Then add oats, cranberries, and chocolate if you so desire.

    4. Use 1/4 cup and scoop onto cookie sheet... you should get about 6 per sheet.
    5. Bake for at least 8 minutes, but most likely will bake for 12 depending on your stove.

     

    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.

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    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.

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    These cookies are no fail. Add whatever YOU like!

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

    Have fun baking!

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  • grace says:

    clean-out-the-cabinet cookies. awesome. 🙂

  • Camille says:

    I have a very similar recipe to these, and I like to add rice crispies, becasue them have such a satisfying crunch, and for those who like (personally not me) coconut works in to cookies like these really well
    great pictures!

  • Ann says:

    OMG… I made these last night, and I think this is my new favorte cookie recipe!!! Wow! Seriously… big puffy heart love! Thanks for the recipe. Oh, and I used dark and white chocolate chips, M&M’s, and butterscotch chips – delish!

  • Habibah says:

    I’m from Malaysia… firstly, I’m not into baking, but when I came across your blog, I fell in love in baking now. As a Muslim, now we are having our fasting month, Ramadhan and less than 2 weeks, we will celebrate Eid. So, I think I would try bake this kind of cookie and involve my 2 girls. This would be fun… Thanks a lot for sharing this with us, Amanda. 🙂

  • Jackie says:

    Hi
    I have noticed that you use shortening in all your cookie recipes instead of butter. I would think that butter gives a better flavor than shortening.

  • Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies says:

    Holy crap, Amanda! I just saw what happened to your oven. I would totally be rocking back and forth on the floor. I love Garbage/Monster/Ranger cookies, and the photos are great!

  • Nancy @SensitivePantry says:

    I love cookies that have lots of goodies in them! These look big and chewy and delicious.

  • Tracy says:

    Yum, these look delicious…and, since you say this is the best oatmeal cookie recipe, now I will definitely have to try them!!

  • Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies says:

    Holy crap, Amanda! I just saw what happened to your oven. I would totally be rocking back and forth on the floor. I love Garbage/Monster/Ranger cookies, and the photos are great!

  • Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies says:

    Holy crap, Amanda! I just saw what happened to your oven. I would totally be rocking back and forth on the floor. I love Garbage/Monster/Ranger cookies, and the photos are great!

  • Food Frenzy says:

    A fun cookie to make and enjoy! The cookies and photos look great.
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  • Aimee @ Simple Bites says:

    We call them Dishpan Cookies. 😉

  • CopyKat Recipes says:

    This makes me want to bake cookies, right now. Well as soon as they turn the water back on an the plumber moves out of the kitchen!

  • Maris (In Good Taste) says:

    You had me at the first picture!

  • Femmes russes says:

    I searched for this theme! I just had my first Compost Cookie from Momofuku last week (along with Fruity Cereal Milk). Personally, I prefered the Cornflake Cookie. But my kids were crazy for the Compost. I’m sure they would think these are the tops! Lovely photos!

  • Ann says:

    Amanda, I’ve made these before, and they have turned out great, but tonight they were a flop! 🙁 The batter seemed thin, and they are spreading out really thin on the pan. I used margarine instead of shortening. Do you think that could have made a big difference?

  • Leighton Meester says:

    I like this,Holy crap, Amanda! I just saw what happened to your oven. I would totally be rocking back and forth on the floor. I love Garbage/Monster/Ranger cookies, and the photos are great!GooD Luck.

  • Michelle Williams says:

    I just had my first Compost Cookie from Momofuku last week (along with Fruity Cereal Milk). Personally, I prefered the Cornflake Cookie. But my kids were crazy for the Compost. I’m sure they would think these are the tops! Lovely photos!

  • ElizaBeth says:

    I LOVE making your quick mix version when we need a desert for one of the kids activites. They are always a HUGE hit. <3 you!

  • Chelsea {Whatcha Makin' Now?} says:

    Adding Heath bits…genius! I’ve got to try the cookie base. Looks amazing.

  • Alicia says:

    I can always come here and find inspiring recipes!!!! My daughter JUST requested oatmeal cookies the other day, and now I have found THE perfect recipe!! Thanks again!!!!!!!

  • Lynette says:

    Two questions: Can you substitute butter for the shortening? Also, do you have/need to add peanut butter to the recipe? I always love these monster cookie recipes, but they all call for peanut butter! We don’t like peanut butter in our cookies 🙂

    Thank you!

    • Amanda says:

      Yes, you can substitute butter for shortening, but you might have a flatter, less light cookie. (Will taste great!) and no, you do not need any peanut butter!

      • Lynette says:

        Thank you!!!

  • Tina Tapia says:

    Can I use butter instead if shortening?

  • Matea says:

    These cookies look delicious! I vote that, instead of calling them “garbage cookies”, call them “treasure cookies”!

  • Nick says:

    These cookies look delicious! I vote that, instead of calling them “garbage cookies”, call them “treasure cookies”!

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