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Dumpster Cookies – Or The Cookie of 2020 #HousefulOfCookies

Dumpster Cookies – Or The Cookie of 2020 #HousefulOfCookies

We all agree that overall, 2020 has been a dumpster of sorts, right? However, for those of us who are keen on finding the silver linings in things, we know that dumpsters sometimes hold treasures correct? No? Not working? I tried. Anyway, I’m making Dumpster Cookies for my annual #HousefulOfCookies cookie hop, and these have fit my mood for the year. A bit salty, a bit of sweet, a whole lot of unnecessary stuff to make things palatable.

This is totally not the way a baking recipe post should start, but I’m tired, and sad, and mad, and just want to bake until I’m fat from it all. Shall we do that?

Now, stay with me here. Y’all know when I bake, I let you know that you can tweak and do all of that good stuff, and these cookies are the tweaking MASTERS. You can make it with whatever add-ins you want. Add your favorite nut to go with the nuttiness that we’ve experienced. Want some coconut in there? Go for it! what about chocolate chips? THE SKY IS THE LIMIT! But I’m going to throw a curveball because WHY NOT.

We’re adding potato chips. And good sturdy ones because who doesn’t want a bit of salt to go with the saltiness of this year?

Stay with me. It sounds counterintuitive, and honestly this year has been counterintuitive, but DANG IT we’re baking cookies.


Here’s the recipe – go wild!

Dumpster Cookies

Dumpster Cookies

Cookies that reflect the year of our Lord 2020.

AKA - sweet and salty ways to eat your feelings


  • 2 sticks butter softened - don't melt, your cookies will come out flat
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup crushed but not ground potato chips
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup of chocolate chips
  • 1 cup preferred candy (we're using M & Ms)
  • 1 cup chopped nuts of your liking
  • 1/2 cup craisins


    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with your preferred liner. We use Silpat

    2. In a large bowl with a wooden spoon, beat butter, and both sugars together until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until well blended. Stir in vanilla.

    3. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Gradually stir into butter mixture until well blended. Add remaining ingredients EXCEPT for the potato chips and stir until well blended.

    4. Fold the potato chips into the batter to prevent extra crushing. You want them to peek through a bit.

    5. Refrigerate dough for 30 minutes to chill - this makes a higher cookie!

    6. Drop batter by heaping tablespoons or with a 1-ounce ice-cream scoop onto cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Press tops down with the bottom of a glass to flatten cookies evenly. Bake until golden, about 16 to 18 minutes. Cool on pan for 2 minutes. Remove from pan, and finish cooling completely on wire rack.

    Nutrition Information:



    Serving Size:


    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 542Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 71mgSodium: 413mgCarbohydrates: 70gFiber: 3gSugar: 41gProtein: 7g

    We are not dietitians or nutritionists. Please consult your doctor to make sure that you are using the best diet for your health

    Houseful Of Cookies Participants

    As you know, each year around this time, we have several people from the blog sphere participate in our annual virtual cookie hop. Here are their sites and their links, give them a looksie!

    Houseful Of Nicholes – Dumpster Cookies {that’s me!}
    Day By Day In Our World – Gluten Free Double Chocolate Chip & Craisin Oatmeal Cookies
    Honest & Truly – Spiced Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies
    Love Jaime – Snowball Cookies
    How Was Your Day? – Lingonberry Thumbprints
    Mama Harris’ Kitchen – Cranberry Pistachio Citrus Cookies
    This Worthey Life – White Chocolate Cranberry & Toffee Cookies
    Someday I’ll Learn – Easiest Christmas Cookies
    Life Of A Ginger – Chocolate Candy Cane Kiss Cookies
    100 Directions – Easy Chocolate Peppermint Fudge Brownie Mix Cookies
    Brooklyn Active Mama – Red Velvet Cheesecake Cookies
    Sugar, Spice, and Glitter – Glazed Gingerbread Cookies
    Good Girl Gone Redneck – Peanut Butter Nutella Sugar Cookies
    This Mamas Life – Cherry Bits

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    Tuesday 1st of December 2020

    The combination of sweet and salty sound like a cookie with my name written all over it! I will definitely be whipping these up very soon!

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