Trail Mix Cookies
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Serves: about 30 cookies
Perfectly soft and chewy cookies with a tiny bit of crisp cookie bite thanks to cake flour in the batter! These cookies are loaded with pretzels, oats, chocolate chips, bittersweet chocolate baking bits, cashews, coconut, and M & M's!
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ¾ cup packed light brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 cups + 2 tablespoons cake flour **see note**
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon pink sea salt
  • ¼ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup bittersweet chocolate baking bits **see note**
  • ½ cup broken pretzel pieces
  • ¼ cup cashews, coarsely chopped
  • ¼ cup shredded sweetened coconut
  • ¼ cup toasted oats *see note*
  • ¼ cup M & M's
  1. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. In a large bowl cream together the butter and sugars until smooth. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until combined.
  3. Add the cake flour, baking soda, and sea salt all at once. Mix until combined -- batter will be thick. DO NOT over-mix. You may need to scrape down the sides and the bottom of the bowl to make sure all the flour is incorporated.
  4. Stir in the chocolate chips, baking bits, pretzel pieces, cashews, coconut, oats, and M & M's by hand.
  5. Drop by the rounded tablespoonful onto an un-greased cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes.
  6. Let the cookies cool slightly before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
  7. TIP: While the cookies cool slightly on the cookie sheet, sprinkle them with just a little more sea salt for extra flavor and that sweet/salty goodness.
If you do not have cake flour on hand you can make your own by sifting all purpose flour and cornstarch. Check the post for a link to instructions
I used both baking bits AND chocolate chips. You can use all of one or the other as well. Using both will give you some smaller bites of chocolate with a few big melty spots.
To toast the oats you can scatter them across an un-greased baking sheet and let them toast in the heating oven for 5-7 minutes.
Recipe by Sugar Dish Me at