Christmas Kitchen Sink Cookies

Christmas kitchen sink cookies are like a festive and glorified chocolate chip cookie, containing “everything but the kitchen sink.” The combination of sweet and salty, paired with crunchy bits of pretzels, sprinkles and potato chips in a soft cookie dough makes these cookies a delicious and fun treat for Christmas! You can add your favorite holiday themed sprinkles, red and green M&Ms and white chocolate chips to these festive kitchen sink cookies to enjoy during the holidays or to give to friends and neighbors as a gift. If you would enjoy more Christmas cookie recipes, be sure to scroll on down below the recipe card to see a list of my favorite Christmas cookie recipes.

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Christmas kitchen sink cookies

Christmas Kitchen Sink Cookies

marilynpeight
These soft vanilla cookies are filled with all kinds of goodies! The festive colors of red white and green from the sprinkles, M&Ms and white chocolate chips makes these sweet and salty cookies a great option to add to your Christmas cookie bake list!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 3 dozen

Equipment

  • baking sheets (linked below)
  • Mixing bowl (linked below)
  • measuring cups and spoons (linked below)
  • Parchment paper (linked below)

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar packed
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour *see note if using bleached flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons Christmas or holiday themed sprinkles
  • 2/3 cup red and green M&Ms Christmas M&Ms
  • 2/3 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup crushed potato chips
  • 1/2 cup pretzel pieces (broken into small pieces)

Instructions
 

Preheat the oven to 350:

  • Cream softened butter and the sugars together in a large mixing bowl until well combined and smooth. Add the beaten eggs and vanilla, then stir to combine. Add 2 1/2 cups flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Mix well to incorporate the dry ingredients, then do a roll test: roll the cookie dough into a ball between your palms, if the dough is sticky, add another 1/4 cup of flour, or just enough so that you can roll the cookie dough into a ball without it sticking to your palms. Gently fold in the sprinkles, M&Ms, white chocolate chips, crushed chips and pretzel pieces.
  • Shape the dough into balls the size of walnuts and place them on greased or parchment lined cookie sheets. (6-12 per sheet depending on the size, the cookies tend to spread out in the oven so I like to leave an inch or two between the cookies.) Additional M&Ms, pretzel pieces, chips, sprinkles and white chocolate chips can be pressed onto the top of the cookie dough balls for decoration (optional, but pretty).
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 10-15 minutes until the cookies are set on the edges and the bottoms are golden, then remove them from the oven and allow the Christmas kitchen sink cookies to set on the cookie sheets for a few minutes before removing. *Note: the cookies will continue to bake a bit on the cookie sheet, so it is best to remove them from the oven just slightly under baked vs. over baked.

Notes

If using bleached all purpose flour, you may need to adjust the amount of flour added to the cookie dough. Add just enough flour to get the cookies to roll between your palms without sticking. If too much flour is added, the cookies will be dry instead of soft and somewhat chewy. 
Additional notes and step by step photos below. 
Keyword Christmas, kitchen sink cookies, M&Ms, Christmas sprinkles, pretzels, potato chips
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Equipment needed for these Christmas kitchen sink cookies:

  • Baking sheets To bake these cookies you will need some baking sheets/cookie sheets. My personal preference is to use my Nordic ware baking sheets (not an ad) for a more even bake on the cookies.
  • Mixing bowl A mixing bowl is needed to combine the cookie dough in. I like to hand mix my cookie doughs and cake batters, but you can also use the bowl of your stand mixer if you prefer not to hand mix the cookie dough.
  • Measuring cups and spoons Measuring cups and spoons are useful for measuring out the ingredients needed for these Christmas kitchen sink cookies.
  • Parchment paper Parchment paper is nice to have for easier removal of the cookies from the baking sheets, but you can also use cooking spray or butter to grease the baking sheets before baking the cookies.

Additional Christmas cookies and treats you may enjoy:

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Ingredients needed for these Christmas kitchen sink cookies: butter, eggs, granulated sugar, brown sugar, pretzel pieces, Christmas sprinkles, vanilla extract, baking soda, baking powder, salt, all purpose flour, white chocolate baking chips, Christmas M&Ms and crushed potato chips (I like to use wedged potato chips for a more textured look).

Note of using bleached vs. unbleached all purpose flour:

The other evening my family and I went out of town to do some grocery shopping. Taking my husband (who hates shopping) and two toddlers (who love to “help”) along always puts me in a bit of a rush, so I grabbed some cheap bleached flour instead of making an extra stop for the unbleached flour I generally prefer to use in baking. Unfortunately, the bleached flour did not hold up well in these Christmas sink cookies and I ended up using more flour than usual to try to get the cookie dough to the right consistency. If you only have bleached flour on hand, you can still use it in this recipe, but you may need to add extra flour to get the dough to the right consistency (this can depend on the brand of flour you are using too).

Step 1: Cream softened butter and the sugars together in a large mixing bowl until well combined and smooth. Add the beaten eggs and vanilla, then stir to combine. Add 2 1/2 cups flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Mix well to incorporate the dry ingredients, then do a roll test: roll the cookie dough into a ball between your palms, if the dough is sticky, add another 1/4 cup of flour, or just enough so that you can roll the cookie dough into a ball without it sticking to your palms. Gently fold in the sprinkles, M&Ms, white chocolate chips, crushed chips and pretzel pieces.

Step 2: Shape the dough into balls the size of walnuts and place them on greased or parchment lined cookie sheets. (6-12 per sheet depending on the size, the cookies tend to spread out in the oven so I like to leave an inch or two between the cookies.) Additional M&Ms, pretzel pieces, chips, sprinkles and white chocolate chips can be pressed onto the top of the cookie dough balls for decoration (optional, but pretty)

Step 3: Bake in the preheated oven for 10-15 minutes until the cookies are set on the edges and the bottoms are golden, then remove them from the oven and allow the cookies to set on the cookie sheets for a few minutes before removing. *Note: the cookies will continue to bake a bit on the cookie sheet, so it is best to remove them from the oven just slightly under baked vs. over baked. Enjoy!

Storage notes for these Christmas Kitchen sink cookies: These cookies freeze well and can be kept in an airtight container and frozen for several months. You can also freeze the cookie dough to bake later, by rolling the cookie dough into balls and freezing them on a cookie sheet for one hour. Once the cookie dough balls are frozen, remove them from the baking sheet and place them into a zip-lock bag or airtight container. To bake the cookies, you can thaw the dough balls before baking, or bake them frozen, simply allow a few extra minutes for the cookies to bake if you are baking them from frozen cookie dough. These cookies can also be baked and kept at room temperature for up to 5 days.

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