You may be wondering why these are called Kitchen Sink Cookies. The name comes from the saying “everything but the kitchen sink” which means basically everything you can imagine is in them, except the kitchen sink. I was curious where this expression originated from, and it began during World War II when troops were bombarded and would say they were hit “with everything but the kitchen sink”. Kind of an interesting little fact.
The ingredients I had in the house allowed me to make a salty and sweet cookie. I used chocolate chips, pretzels, coconut, and potato chips. Yes, potato chips. I must admit I was skeptical adding them, and must also admit they were not my favorite ingredient. I have seen them used before in cookies and decided to give it a try. I had planned on using M&Ms until I realized my husband had eaten them, I wasn’t very happy about that. The point of Kitchen Sink cookies is to add whatever you want! You can use butterscotch chips, white chocolate chips, toffee bits, nuts, whatever.
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. hot water
1/2 tsp. salt
3 cups flour
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips (I prefer milk chocolate)
1 cup crushed pretzels
1 cup crushed potato chips
1/2 cup shredded sweetened coconut
Coarse sea salt (optional)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
In a stand mixer, or by hand, cream together the softened butter and sugars until smooth.
Beat in the eggs one at a time, then mix in the vanilla.
Dissolve the baking soda in the hot water. Add baking soda mixture to the batter along with the salt and combine well.
Add flour and combine well.
Gently mix in the rest of your ingredients.
You can either use a cookie scoop, or roll the dough into balls, and place on an un-greased cookie sheet. If you’d like, sprinkle a little coarse sea salt on the cookies before putting them in the oven.
Bake for about 11 minutes or until cookies start to brown. Let cool on the cookie sheet for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack.
Get yourself some milk and enjoy!
Kitchen Sink Cookies
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp hot water
- 3 cups flour
- 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
- 1 cup crushed pretzels
- 1 cup crushed potato chips
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut
- 1/2 tsp salt
- coarse sea salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a stand mixer, or by hand, cream the butter and sugars until smooth.
- Add the eggs, combine well. Add the vanilla, combine well.
- Dissolve the baking soda in the hot water. Add to the mixture along with the 1/2 tsp salt, combine well.
- Add flour, combine well. Gently combine the rest of the ingredients into the batter.
- Using a cookie scoop, or roll into balls by hand, and place dough on an un-greased cookie sheet. If you'd like, sprinkle with coarse sea salt. Bake for 11 minutes, or until starting to brown.
- Let cool on cookie sheet for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack.