Kitchen Sink Cookies Recipe

    Kitchen Sink Cookies on a wire cooling rack

    These copycat Panera kitchen sink cookies are a sweet and salty treat that your whole family will love. Now that we’ve entered the official baking season, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to whip up a batch of these cookies with the kiddos.

    Kitchen sink cookies got their name from the idea that to make cookies with just about any ingredient you have on hand. You’ll typically find kitchen sink cookie recipes with raisins, oats, peanut butter chips, or chopped nuts, a.k.a. all your pantry ingredients.

    Sometimes, you’ll find kitchen sink cookies made with pretzels, like the recipe shared here. These cookies contain crunchy pretzels, caramel bits, and semi-sweet chocolate chips. The combination gives these kitchen sink cookies that sweet and salty flavor mix that so many of us love and find irresistible.

    While these kitchen sink cookies are not as large as the favorite ones at Panera, they are definitely just as tasty. We love eating these kitchen sink cookies warm out of the oven with a glass of cold milk.

    If you want to store any leftover cookies, make sure you place them in a tightly sealed ziplock bag or an airtight storage container for lasting freshness.

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    Cook time: 15 minutes
    Prep time: 15 minutes
    Idle time:



    1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with a sheet of parchment paper or a silicone mat. To a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Stir the butter until it bubbles and turns an amber color - about 5 to 7 minutes. Pour the butter into a large bowl.
    2. Add the vanilla and sugar to the bowl, whisking everything together. Add in the eggs and whisk to combine.
    3. To the bowl, add the baking powder, salt, and flour. Use a rubber spatula to stir everything together.
    4. Stir in the pretzels, caramel bits, and semi-sweet chocolate chips until it's all well-incorporated. Scoop 1/4 cup size chunks of dough into your hand and shape into balls. Place on the prepared baking, spacing the cookies apart from each other (6 cookies max per sheet). Add some more broken pretzels, caramel, and chocolate chips to the tops of the dough balls, then sprinkle them with sea salt.
    5. Bake the cookies for about 13 to 15 minutes, or until they're golden around the edges and look somewhat set. Let the cookies continue to rest on the baking sheet outside of the oven for another 5 minutes. Then, transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

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    Born and raised in Southern California, Beeta has embraced a healthy lifestyle focused on farm-to-table cooking, natural products, and wellness routines. When she's not writing up recipes or discussing the latest natural living trends, Beeta enjoys spending time trying new restaurants, traveling with family and friends, and relaxing at home with her furry companion.