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. 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?

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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!!!!!!!

  6. 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!

    1. 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!

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

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

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