Trail mix is one of my favorite snacks. I am not active enough to really need the calories and nutritional value it provides, but it’s still not as bad as chowing down on a bag of potato chips, right? Right…
Not only is trail mix delicious, but it’s an easy snack to take along with you, and we almost always have a bag (or a few bags) of it in our house. I was planning to make cookies for a trip we took to Angel Fire this past weekend. My original plan was oatmeal raisin, but then I thought I’d use the trail mix instead. Pure genius.
The trail mix I buy for Ben can be found at Sam’s Club, but when I don’t feel like going to Sam’s just for a bag of the stuff I buy it at Wal Mart. It is a perfect mix of peanuts, almonds, cashews, raisins and M&M’s.
I used a simple oatmeal raisin cookie base, but instead of the cup of raisins I measured out 1 1/2 cups of trail mix, chopped up the larger almonds and cashews and stirred it in to the dough. I added a few dark chocolate M&M’s I had left over from Valentine’s Day just to be sure there was enough chocolate in there : )
The combination of peanuts, raisins, M&M’s, almonds and cashews was terrific. The final product was hearty and delicious. Enjoy!
Trail Mix Cookies
- 1 stick butter
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 3 cups oats
- 1 1/2 to 2 cups trail mix, larger nuts chopped
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Beat butter and shortening until smooth, then beat in both sugars, then eggs until light.
- Add in vanilla.
- Stir in flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
- Stir in oats and trail mix until well combined.
- Drop by rounded tablespoons onto cookie sheets.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes.