Kohler's Reset accessories inspired us to raid the pantry and make cookies out of anything and everything, from a few extra cranberries to the end of the bag of marshmallows.
Raise your hand if you've ever bought pretzels or potato chips, eaten most of the bag, stashed it away, and then promptly forgotten its existence until after purchasing more of said snack food. Maybe you hoard nuts. Or perhaps you have a few candy bars still leftover from Halloween. Kitchen sink cookies are for you, you, and you.
Sure, you could throw a handful of this and that from your pantry dregs, but a great kitchen sink cookie takes a little more thought. It's about a balance of flavors and textures: You want something sweet, crunchy, salty, and chewy. Choose an add-in or two from each of these categories and you've got one tough-to-beat cookie. And if you're feeling crazy (aren't you?) a wildcard ingredient or two—like rose water, bacon, or instant coffee—doesn't hurt things either.
Grab the butter, raid the pantry, and line your baking sheets, it's time to make kitchen sink cookies without a recipe.
Just keep repeating "sweet, crunchy, salty, chewy" and you can't go wrong when choosing your add-ins. Here are three examples that both surprise and hit all of the four notes, whether it's the combination of s'mores-meets-potato chips, the earthiness of cumin seeds, or the slightly bitter, almond tinge of amaretto.
A note on amounts: You'll want to use about 1 cup for chocolatey things, 1 to 2 cups crunchy stuff like cereal and potato chips, 1 cup for nuts and dried fruit, 1 to 2 teaspoons for spices, 2 to 3 tablespoons for alcohol, and about 1 cup for most other things, like mini marshmallows and amaretto cookies.
And while kitchen sink cookies will take your odds and ends, remember not all pantry items cookie equally. Here are some of our other favorite add-ins:
As for the dough, you want a hearty base that welcomes plenty of add-ins with open arms (crumbly dough would fall apart). Whether you want your cookie chewier, chock full of oats, or chocolatey, here are some kitchen sink-ready bases: