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How to Make Cookies with what is in your Pantry

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One day I was searching through my cupboard of baking ingredients, and inspiration struck. I had all sorts of chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, white chocolate chips, nuts, and other ingredients. What if I mixed up classic chocolate chip cookies, but instead of just adding the chocolate chips, I got a bit more creative. This is how Crazy Cookies were born. Let me tell you how to make cookies with what is in your pantry!

The rules are simple. There are no rules. Empty our your cupboards and assemble chips, nuts, cereal, peanut butter, nutella, pretzels, and anything that would taste good when mixed into a cookie.

I took my classic cookie mix and divided it into four bowls so that I could create four distinctly different cookies. First I made peanut butter, marshmallow, rice krispie, and chocolate chip cookies. Next, I created nutella white chocolate cookies. Then butterscotch, chocolate chip, and walnut cookies. The last creation was my favorite: peanut butter, pretzel, and chocolate chip cookies.

Making crazy cookies would be a fun activity to keep kids occupied on a snow day. Since I grew up in Maine, I experienced a lot of snow days, and remember spending some of them baking.

I love the concept of crazy cookies because you can add all of your favorite ingredients. I shared the cookies with my friends and we all had a different favorite. I really liked the flavor and texture that chunky peanut butter added to the cookies. Pretzels were a last minute addition and since I am a big fan of the sweet and salty flavor contrast, this was my favorite. I just broke up small pretzel sticks and added them in! The marshmallows completely melted to the point that they weren’t really noticeable, but they gave the cookies a gooey texture.

What would you add to your Crazy Cookies? I would love to hear your ideas in the comments!

Crazy Cookies – How to Make Cookies with what is in your Pantry

Yields about 4 dozen cookies

30 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

1 hrTotal Time

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  • 2 1/4 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 stick of Butter (at room temperature)
  • 3/4 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 3/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1 cup Mini Chocolate Chips
  • 1/4 cup Butterscotch Chips
  • 1/4 cup White Chocolate Chips
  • 1/2 cup Peanut Butter
  • 1/4 cup Rice Krispies
  • 1/4 cup Nutella
  • 1/2 cup crushed Pretzels
  • 1/4 cup Mini Marshmallows
  • 1/4 cup Walnuts


  1. Start by heating your oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Then mix the flour, baking soda, and salt together in a bowl and set aside.
  3. Use an electric mixer to beat the butter, sugars, and vanilla together. Once this mixture is creamy and smooth, add the eggs once at a time.
  4. Slowly add the flour to the mixer, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl if necessary.
  5. Then divide the dough into 4 smaller bowls. Mix 1/4 cup chocolate chips, 1/4 cup peanut butter, the rice krispies, and marshmallows into the dough in one bowl.
  6. In another bowl stir together the nutella, white chocolate chips, and dough.
  7. Next, combine the butterscotch chips, walnuts, 1/4 cup chocolate chips, and dough.
  8. Finally, add the remaining chocolate chips, 1/4 cup peanut butter, and pretzels to the last bowl of dough and mix.
  9. Use a large spoon to scoop up about 2 tablespoons worth of dough, roll it into a ball, and place it on an ungreased baking sheet. Space out the balls of dough leaving about 4 inches of dough between each one.
  10. Bake the cookies for 9-11 minutes in batches using up all of the dough.

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Kriska Marie

Monday 1st of May 2017

They all look yummy! Thank you for sharing it over at Food Friday! :D

Rita C.

Thursday 27th of April 2017

How fun! Great feature on Foodie Friday - well deserved! Rita C at Panoply


Monday 1st of May 2017

Thanks so much Rita!


Sunday 23rd of April 2017

These all looks so delicious. Thank you for sharing this awesome cookie recipes at Dishing it and Digging it link party.


Monday 24th of April 2017

Thank you!

Helen Fern

Friday 21st of April 2017

Great ideas! Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner link up!


Friday 21st of April 2017

Thanks so much Helen!

Kelly Lynn's Sweets and Treats

Thursday 20th of April 2017

I love this! I always have a pantry full of odds and ends lol ;)


Friday 21st of April 2017

Thanks! I figure most people have some fun things in their pantry :)

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