Kitchen Sink Cookies (sweet and salty)

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These Kitchen Sink Cookies are everything a cookie should be! Soft and chewy and loaded with crunchy pretzels, m&m's and semi-sweet chocolate chips. This easy cookie recipe has no refined sugars and an almond flour oatmeal base, great for people wanting to curb their sweet tooth in a healthy way.
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Kitchen sink cookies on parchment paper.

What are kitchen sink cookies, anyway?

Throw in everything but the kitchen sink for these soft and chewy cookies! I used my favorite mix-ins – oats, M&M’s, salty pretzels, and semisweet chocolate chips for this recipe and they were perfectly sweet with a salty crunch. My favorite thing (besides their amazingness) is their actually good for you!

With no refined sugars and an almond flour and oatmeal base, these are the best cookies to make when you’re craving something sweet but want wholesome ingredients. With no hand mixer needed, these are easy to make with a super short bake time. Make your cookies uniquely yours or follow my mix-in ingredient list, either way, you’ll love them. 

Plate piled with kitchen sink cookies.

Why you’ll love this recipe:

  • These kitchen sink cookies have a perfect balance of sweet and salty.
  • Fun way to clean your pantry by adding your favorite mix-ins.
  • Only 123 calories per cookie.
  • No refined sugar and made with oats, protein powder and almond flour – perfect cookie when you’re craving a healthy sweet treat.
  • Use specific colored M&M’s to create different holiday treats!

How to make gluten and dairy-free

This kitchen sink cookie recipe is gluten-free if your oats, protein powder, and mix-ins are gluten-free. It’s dairy-free as long as your protein powder and mix-ins are dairy-free. Most pretzels contain gluten and M&M’s and many chocolate chips contain both gluten and dairy, so be sure to check.

Stack of kitchen sink cookies separated with parchment paper.

Benefits of almond flour

Almond flour is gluten-free, low-carb, and high-protein. It has a nutty flavor (hello, almonds) and a soft flour-like texture that makes baked goods moist, which was why I chose it for the kitchen sink cookies. The result is a soft cookie with a chewy center but crunchy outside.

Mix in ideas for these cookies

The fun part of these cookies is throwing in whatever you have…..besides the kitchen sink! Add whatever you have on hand that sounds yummy. Potato chips, butterscotch chips, peanut butter chips, toffee bits or caramel bits would be so good. Go to your pantry, see what you have, and toss it in! If you need a little more salt to balance out too much sweetness, add a touch of flaky sea salt before you bake your cookies.

Cookies with M&M\'s, pretzels and chocolate chips.

Ingredients and Substitutes:

These are the main ingredients and substitutions. See the recipe card below for the full ingredients list and instructions for these kitchen sink cookies:

This recipe makes 21 cookies using a 1.5 Tbsp. cookie scoop. You can also make them into smaller or thicker cookies, depending on preference. Adjust the baking time accordingly.

Cookie ingredients including almond flour, coconut oil, and protein powder.

Old Fashioned Oats

Almond Flour: can be substituted with all-purpose flour at 1:1 ratio.

Vanilla Protein Powder: I love using PEScience Gourmet Vanilla.

Coconut Oil

Egg

Applesauce

Honey: or maple syrup

Vanilla Extract

Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

M&M’s: approximately 2 individual fun-sized bags.

Salty Pretzel Pieces

How to make these kitchen sink cookies

Step 1: preheat and prep

Preheat oven to 350°F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. 

Step 2: mix dry ingredients

In a large mixing bowl, combine all the dry ingredients, ensuring they’re well-mixed.

Mixing bowl of dry ingredients.

Step 3: mix wet ingredients

In a separate bowl, whisk together all the wet ingredients until well combined.

Whisk next to a mixing bowl of wet ingredients.

Step 4: mix dry and wet ingredients and fold in toppings


Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and stir until just combined. Gently fold in the chocolate chips, M&Ms and pretzel pieces until just combined. 

Add-ins, including pretzels and chocolate chips, in a bowl with cookie dough.

Step 5: bake

Using a cookie scoop or your hands, scoop dough into balls and place them on the baking sheet, flattening slightly. Optional: add additional M&Ms on top of each cookie before baking. Bake cookies in the preheated oven for 8-10 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown. Keep in mind they will continue to set as they cool.

Colorful kitchen sink cookies on a lined baking sheet.

Step 6: cool and enjoy!

Allow baked cookies to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack to cool completely. 

How to store your cookies

Store your cookies in an airtight container for 3-4 days.

Kitchen sink cookie topped with a pretzel.

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Kitchen sink cookies on parchment paper.

Kitchen Sink Cookies

Danielle Lima
These Kitchen Sink Cookies are everything a cookie should be! Soft and chewy and loaded with crunchy pretzels, m&m's and semi-sweet chocolate chips. This easy cookie recipe has no refined sugars and an almond flour oatmeal base, great for people wanting to curb their sweet tooth in a healthy way.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 21 cookies
Calories 123 kcal

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Ingredients
  

Dry Ingredients

Wet Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil melted, 48g
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce 60g
  • 1/4 cup honey 80g
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Mix-Ins

  • 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips 48g
  • 1 oz. m&m's approx. 2 individual fun sized bags
  • 1 oz. pretzel pieces

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine all the dry ingredients, ensuring they're well-mixed.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together all the wet ingredients until well combined.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and stir until just combined.
  • Gently fold in the chocolate chips, M&Ms and pretzel pieces until just combined. 
  • Using a cookie scoop or your hands, scoop dough into balls and place them on the baking sheet, flattening slightly.
  • Optional: add additional M&Ms on top of each cookie before baking. 
  • Bake cookies in the preheated oven for 8-10 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown. Keep in mind they will continue to set as they cool.
  • Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack to cool completely. 

Notes

  • Nutritional information is an estimate and will vary with substitutions.
  • This recipe has only been tested with PeScience whey-casein blend protein powder. Substitutions may result in different textures and tastes. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookieCalories: 123kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 3gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 61mgPotassium: 78mgFiber: 2gSugar: 6g
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Photos by Marie-Catherine Dube

4 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    LOVED this recipe! I added some organic peanutbutter so they tasted a little more like Monster Cookies! SO GOOD!

  2. 5 stars
    Wow- these cookies are elite. They should be called “good luck not eating them all” cookies because they are highly additive and extremely tasty. They stay very moist and somewhat chewy, with all the yummy morsels of chocolate, m&m’s, and pretzels hidden within. Hard not to keep popping them until they are gone.

    I love making these knowing they have some protein in them for the kiddos and pretty clean ingredients. What is even better is that this has all common ingredients that we usually have on hand, which makes it easy to whip up on a whim. Absolutely love! Try them- you’ll LOVE them!

    1. I think, “elite,” is my new favorite food word…love it. I’m so glad you loved them as much as I did.

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