Friday, March 8, 2013

Trail Mix Oatmeal Cookies

Trail Mix Oatmeal Cookies

Welcome to my weekly oatmeal cookie addiction.  This week, I give to you my new favorite – trail mix oatmeal cookies!  Seriously, I was not aware, until I sat down to write this post, how many times I have posted oatmeal cookies.  Eleven times.  If you count today, make that twelve.  I have a slight obsession, friends.

But they truly are my favorite and I really have come up with my favorite of all favorite recipes (the base of this one) that is infinitely adaptable!  (Proof: cinnamon chip oatmeal cookies; oatmeal cranberry pistachio cookies; you can also throw in blueberries, other dried fruit, etc., and as proven today, you can also throw in essentially anything  that you have sitting around in your pantry!

Trail Mix Oatmeal Cookies

Back to the trail mix oatmeal cookies – we were beyond blessed when we moved recently by many families from the new church stopping by to bring us dinner.  One family – our new pastor and his wife dropped off an amazing fruit basket along with a big bag of classic trail mix.  We munched on it all weekend while we painted and during our recent snow day, I realized there was still a bit left in the bag to use up.  And it’s obvious that I can’t keep myself from adding things to oatmeal cookies.  So that’s what you get!

And since they are stuffed with healthy things like almonds, raisins, peanuts and oatmeal.  I think we can go ahead and call these healthy too.  I think they are even suitable for breakfast!

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Trail Mix Oatmeal Cookies

Yield: 32 cookies

Total Time: 35 min

Classic soft and chewy oatmeal cookies with some added energy - via classic trail mix!


1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1.5 cups trail mix (see note)


Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Line two large cookie sheets with parchment paper or Silpat Liners.

In a small bowl, mix the oats, flour, baking soda and salt together and set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugars together until well-blended. Add the egg and vanilla and continue to mix on medium speed for 2-3 minutes until fluffy. Add the dry ingredients and mix just until the flour streaks are incorporated. On low speed, add the trail mix and mix no longer than 30 seconds.

Use a small cookie scoop to portion the dough into 1-inch balls and place on the prepared baking sheet, 1-2 inches apart. Pat down the cookies gently. Bake in the oven for 8-9 minutes until the edges just start to brown. Cool completely on the cookie sheet.

Cassie’s Notes: I used a generic “Mountain” variety trail mix from the grocery store. You can use any kind that you like here, or make your own! To make your own classic trail mix: combine 1/2 cup of the following: raisins, chocolate M&M’s, cashews, almonds, and peanuts. Store the trail mix in an airtight container. Alternately, sub in your favorite dried fruit, candy or peanuts to make your trail mix your own!

Trail Mix Oatmeal Cookies


48 Responses to “Trail Mix Oatmeal Cookies”

  1. #
    nicole @ I am a Honey Bee — March 8, 2013 @ 7:04 am

    yum! Trail Mix cookies are so much fun. Love cookies that are loaded up!

  2. #
    Ali | Gimme Some Oven — March 8, 2013 @ 7:14 am

    These are so cute!!!

  3. #
    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — March 8, 2013 @ 7:21 am

    There can never be too many oatmeal cookie recipes, keep ’em coming, Cassie! 🙂

  4. #
    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — March 8, 2013 @ 7:39 am

    This post cracks me up because my husband jokes that I’m incapable of baking cookies without throwing in oats!! (And flax seed but that’s another story…) Never too many oats!!

  5. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — March 8, 2013 @ 7:48 am

    These are jam packed with deliciousness. I love making trail mix cookies with bits and pieces of stuff that I have left over!

  6. #
    Jennie @themessybakerblog — March 8, 2013 @ 8:18 am

    Oh my, these look wonderful!

  7. #
    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — March 8, 2013 @ 8:20 am

    I hope your oatmeal cookie obsession continues, they are my favorite cookies! Love that you filled them with trail mix!

  8. #
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — March 8, 2013 @ 8:23 am

    Love what you added to these cookies! Hope you have a great weekend!

  9. #
    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — March 8, 2013 @ 8:24 am

    I am on the same wave length and share your oatmeal cookie addiction. I was just thinking about adding trail mix to oatmeal cookies yesterday. They would be the perfect snack for after school. Brilliant!

  10. #
    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — March 8, 2013 @ 8:50 am

    I have a weakness for both trail mix and oatmeal cookies — both don’t stand a chance when I’m around. So yeah… these cookies? They will be made. And devoured. 🙂

  11. #
    Maria — March 8, 2013 @ 8:54 am

    I love trail mix cookies! So fun and tasty!

  12. #
    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — March 8, 2013 @ 8:55 am

    These are so fun, Cassie! I will have to remember to save some trial mix next time to make these cookies!

  13. #
    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — March 8, 2013 @ 9:00 am

    Fantastic idea. I’ve got trail mix….. and butter and sugar and….. 🙂

  14. #
    Paula - bell'alimento — March 8, 2013 @ 9:37 am

    I love all your cookie recipes Cassie!

  15. #
    Amanda — March 8, 2013 @ 9:37 am

    I love your Oatmeal Cookie addiction. 🙂

  16. #
    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — March 8, 2013 @ 9:42 am

    I couldn’t wait for these, now I can’t wait to try them! Such a great idea! 🙂

  17. #
    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — March 8, 2013 @ 9:44 am

    Oh sista! You’ve done it again! Love these cookies!!

  18. #
    Anne @The Cooking Campaign — March 8, 2013 @ 10:31 am

    I for one am so happy you have an oatmeal cookie obsession because I get to benefit from it!

  19. #
    Wendy — March 8, 2013 @ 10:41 am

    Yum. The chew of the oatmeal with the crunch of the trail mix is great!

  20. #
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — March 8, 2013 @ 10:43 am

    These are tiny, so I can have 100. Right? I thought so.

  21. #
    Cookin' Canuck — March 8, 2013 @ 10:56 am

    What a fun idea! These would make the perfect treats for my kids’ lunch boxes.

  22. #
    Jackie @ Domestic Fits — March 8, 2013 @ 11:16 am

    Isn’t it cute when people want to bring you meals? I did some photography for a friend (for free) and she said, “At least let me bring you dinner!” and I said, “You would be doing me a bigger favor if you came and took some dinner!” But It’s so sweet. I love ingredients much more than whole meals, I love thinking about all the possibilities! LIke these gorgeous cookies 🙂

  23. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — March 8, 2013 @ 1:16 pm

    These look so good, Cassie! Love the trail mix and oatmeal!

  24. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — March 8, 2013 @ 1:47 pm

    Cookies for breakfast? Yes please! Love that you can throw anything in these. I always have lingering things in my pantry just waiting to be used up!

  25. #
    Sandy @ RE — March 8, 2013 @ 2:02 pm

    Love this combo. I’ve made cookies with Costco’s big bag of Trail Mix – which we always have on hand for hungry kids! LOL

    Happy Weekend, Cassie!

  26. #
    Reem | Simply Reem — March 8, 2013 @ 2:16 pm

    These look wonderful!
    I am such a huge fan of oatmeal in my cookies and muffins…
    And cookies for breakfast… how else you can make prefect breakfast.

  27. #
    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — March 8, 2013 @ 2:54 pm

    I love you and your cookies!! 🙂

  28. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 8, 2013 @ 3:10 pm

    Perfect cookies – I love trail mix. These would be instant hits with me!

  29. #
    a farmer in the dell — March 8, 2013 @ 3:35 pm

    I love a good loaded cookie! These sound amazing!

  30. #
    Barbara @ Barbara Bakes — March 8, 2013 @ 4:26 pm

    Love the idea of a trail mix cookie combo. Two is definitely better than one.

  31. #
    Vicki Bensinger — March 8, 2013 @ 8:30 pm

    What a great idea! I wish I had thought of this. I love oatmeal cookies and trail mix. It’s the perfect combo/marriage!

  32. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — March 9, 2013 @ 12:31 am

    I love oatmeal cookies so you can keep them coming! In fact, maybe it’s time for an oatmeal cookie book!

  33. #
    Joanne — March 9, 2013 @ 6:02 am

    I love that you are such an oatmeal cookie fiend! The texture that it gives to cookies is the best. And I’m loving all your fun mix-in’s. Though if these are breakfast worthy, I must say I’m partial to these as my favorite. 😛

  34. #
    Kathryn — March 9, 2013 @ 10:45 am

    I can’t eat an oatmeal cookie without thinking of you now!

  35. #
    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — March 9, 2013 @ 8:33 pm

    These are so beautifully delicious-looking!!! They look like so much fun too!

  36. #
    Jen — March 10, 2013 @ 8:30 am

    These are great! My kids will love making these with me.

  37. #
    leslie — March 10, 2013 @ 2:56 pm

    I dont think you can post oatmeal cookies too many times 🙂

  38. #
    Tracey — March 10, 2013 @ 4:17 pm

    I love oatmeal cookies, I really need to try your base recipe sooner rather than later! Hope you’re having a good weekend 🙂

  39. #
    Kiran @ — March 11, 2013 @ 12:53 am

    Love the texture of oatmeal in cookies — can never be enough 🙂

  40. #
    Angie — March 12, 2013 @ 3:48 pm

    These cookies are perfect!

  41. #
    Jackie {La Casa de Sweets} — March 12, 2013 @ 6:38 pm

    These look amazing!!

  42. #
    Shaina — March 18, 2013 @ 9:27 am

    Yum! Those look so good.

  43. #
    Ashley — June 18, 2013 @ 4:52 pm

    I was wondering if I use in salted or salted butter in this recipe?

    • Cassie replied: — June 18th, 2013 @ 6:32 pm

      Hi Ashley, unsalted butter always! I like to be able to control the amount of salt in a recipe and different brands of butter add in different amounts to the salted varieties. Hope you enjoy!

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