Thursday, November 4, 2010

Trail Mix Cookies

These easy-to-make cookies were a hit at the birthday party I took them to. They loved the chewy texture mixed with the crunch of nuts and flavor of dried fruit and chocolate pieces. I like how flexible I can be with the mix-ins. I just poured in a store bought, pre-made trail mix with almonds, peanuts, raisins, oats, and M&Ms, but you can use any trail mix ingredients you like.

I did have a bit of a disaster making these, though. I have decided I am finished using dark pans for baking! No matter what I do (change oven temperature, move oven racks, decrease baking time), I end up with burned cookie bottoms. Do you have any tips for baking with dark pans? I love my giant baking sheet and want to be able to use it...

1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2  cup peanut butter
1/4 cup butter or margarine softened
1/4 cup shortening
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup old-fashioned oats
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cup trail mix


Preheat oven to 375°F. In large bowl, beat sugars, peanut butter, butter, shortening, vanilla and eggs until creamy. Stir in flour, oats, baking powder and baking soda. Stir in trail mix.
Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls about 2 inches apart on a baking sheet.
Bake 10 minutes or until light brown.

Yields 2 dozen.


  1. l love the idea of trai mix in a cookie:) thanks for sharing this.

  2. This looks delicious!Thanks. Sorry no idea about dark pans. I use a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper for my cookies.

  3. Yum! These look great! Pretty and chunky too! Thanks!

  4. These look yummy- I love chunky cookies! No idea what to do with a dark pan. I always cover my pans with parchment though.

  5. I didn't know dark pans as well. I usually use baking paper to line my baking trays...