Trail Mix Cookies

Please don’t let me hold the bag of trail mix on our next hike. You’ll notice me falling behind as I attempt to munch and walk without tripping; I’ll inevitably drop crumbs, bad news for whichever ecosystem we’re in; most importantly, I’ll pick out every last nut and chocolate chip, leaving you with only the raisins. Let’s just eat Trail Mix Cookies instead.

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Trail Mix Cookies are soft, chewy oatmeal cookies loaded with salty-sweet, nutty-fruity, chocolaty goodies. Trail Mix Cookies are also the best possible motivation to get me up a hill on a 90-degree day, which is exactly what I found myself doing during last week’s camping trip.

What can I say, I am motivated by food. (Raspberry Jam Corn Muffins were the only thing that pulled me out my tent the next morning.) The view of the Mississippi when we finally reached the top of the bluff was pretty rewarding too.

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In addition to hiking and chowing down on s’mores, our camping trip included a less traditional form of entertainment: hatchet throwing. We were pleasantly surprised to find our campground hosting interactive demonstrations of life in Wisconsin during the Seven Year’s War, circa 1755. We learned about the fur trade, lighting a fire without matches, and tried our hand at weaponry, including (supervised) hatchet throwing.

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The one member of our group who nailed the target: Lisa. You go girl. This calls for a celebratory stack of Trail Mix Cookies.

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Trail Mix Cookies boast the elusive soft middle/chewy edge cookie texture we crave. A hint of cinnamon adds warmth, and a touch of whole wheat flour adds both health benefits and a lovely nuttiness that pairs well with our multitude of mix-ins.

Oh the mix-ins. We’re talking salty-sweet lovin’ till the end of time. Use your favorite store-bought trail mix, or stir in a personalized combo of dried fruits, nuts, and chips. Thanks to dark brown sugar (which adds depth and extra moisture) and one sneaky extra egg white, we can also cut down on the butter (don’t worry, it’s still in there), giving us total permission to have four cookies instead of three.

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Like trail mix itself, Trail Mix Cookies are graze worthy-food. Their salty-sweetness and chewy-softness will have you sneaking back to the cookie jar for bite after bite. While you are at it, go ahead and take a swig of milk right from the jug; your secret is safe with me.

Trail Mix Cookies

Yield: 24 cookies
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
Trail Mix Cookies are soft and chewy oatmeal cookies loaded with the salty-sweet flavors your crave. A healthy cookie recipe, Trail Mix Cookies include whole wheat flour and a reduced amount of butter, but they are so soft and flavorful, no one will know your secret!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats — (not quick-cooking)
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter — (softened)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg — at room temperature
  • 1 large egg white — at room temperature
  • 1 cup favorite trail mix — or any combo of: toasted nuts, peanuts, almonds, walnuts, pecans—I used peanuts and almonds, baking chips (chocolate, peanut butter, M&M pieces—I used regular M&Ms), dried fruit (raisins, dried cranberries, dried cherries—I used cherries and raisins)

Instructions

  1. Place a rack in the center and upper third of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silpat mats, and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the oats, all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with a paddle attachment or a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy (about 3 to 5 minutes). Add the egg, egg white, scrape down the bowl, then add vanilla and beat again, just until combined.
  4. Change speed to low and gradually add the flour mixture, until just incorporated. Do not overmix. Add your trail mix (or nut/chip/fruit combination). Beat in the trail mix at low speed until nearly incorporated. Stop mixture and finish incorporating the trail mix by hand with a spatula.
  5. Scoop dough by tablespoonfuls into your hands, then roll into a ball, wetting hands as needed to prevent the dough from sticking (alternatively, you can use a cookie scoop or very small ice cream scoop). Place doughballs 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets. 
  6. Bake for 9 minutes (cookies will appear underdone), then remove from the oven and allow to cool on the cookie sheet for 2 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely (or not).

Recipe Notes

Store cookies at room temperature in an airtight container, separating layers with waxed paper for up to 1 week (they will soften as time goes on). Unbaked dough will keep in the refrigerator for 5 days or can be frozen for up to 3 months.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Healthy Cookie Recipe, Trail Mix Cookies

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About Erin Clarke

I’m fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food taste incredible. Wearer of plaid, travel enthusiast, and firmly convinced that sweets and veggies both deserve a place at the table. MORE ABOUT ERIN…

39 comments

  1. haha my husband always yells at me for picking out what I want when eating trail mix … and leaving him the “bad” stuff. These cookies sound awesome!

    • Thanks Ashley! And baking trail mix into cookies is a good answer to the whole “picking” situation, lol. Though I definitely went for all the ones with the max number of M&Ms!

  2. acolvinsquared Reply

    These look delicious! A perfect treat to bring to a BBQ this weekend too.

  3. This post reminded me a bit of the Revolutionary War reenactment I did a few weekends ago! So cool. Glad you stumbled upon one yourself. And I’ve never thought to put trail mix in cookie form… awesome idea.

  4. Love these so much!! And hey, since they have trail mix in them they are a well balanced snack!

  5. I loooove trail mix, and I’m sure I would have absolutely zero control around these. Are you a Parks and Rec watcher? For some reason, all I could think about when you were talking about hiking and food was the episode where Leslie takes Ron and all the former P&R directors on a hike. Halfway through Ron is hungry and grumpy, but Leslie comforts him with the fact that she brought bacon. He replies that he smelled the bacon as soon as she got out of the car and yells, “And now it’s gone and I hate everything!” That is soooo me on hikes. No food+exercise+heat=grumpy Courtney. (And if you don’t watch P&R I’m sorry for that incredibly long rant.)

    • This comment totally cracked me up! I’ve never seen P&R (should I be ashamed?), but I can totally picture a scene like this. All the more reason to bring extra cookies. Keep everyone full and happy!

  6. This sounds like my kind of camping trip! Hatchet throwing AND cookies? Next time, take me with you.

  7. We’d make the best hiking partners….I go straight for the raisins, and then the nuts. These cookies sound right up my alley!

  8. My husband just did an orienteering competition with his buddies – 12 hours hiking in the woods. Oh boy would they have loved to have these with them!

  9. Oh my gosh, I have a SERIOUS weakness around trail mix. I inevitably eat waaaaayyy too much of it before we’ve even left for our trip! Combine it with cookies? I’m done for.

  10. These look amazing, Erin! So chewy, soft and perfect for using up my trail mix for something other than shoveling it into my mouth, hah! Great recipe.

  11. As with the muffins…I’ll take the cookies and skip the hike. Lord knows no one would EVER let me throw a hatchet anyway, and that’s all I’d really want to do. Cookie time.

    • We can eat cookies and giggle as others try to hit the target (and considering how badly I faired at the hatchet throwing, my calling is clearly to gobble dessert instead!)

  12. Ooh, I think I could eat a dozen of these!

  13. oh goodness, i am so addicted to trail mix that i cannot buy (or make) it. bad idea. these cookies would be the exact same way, haha. looks amazing! and for the record, i do like raisins but not all salty in the trail mix. yuck! :)

    • I like raisins too Sarah…but somehow I manage to go for the chocolate first ;-) Trail mix definitely needs both salty AND sweet. Sounds like we could do some serious damage together on a batch of these!

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  15. Just finished bike camping the C&O Canal with my sons (185 miles in 5 days, 3 of rain) and we have about 3lb trail mix left over (don’t ask how much we started with), and I need to bake cookies for the teachers’ back to school lunch…. will report back with results.

    • Janine, first of all, what an epic trip! Congrats on this accomplishment! I think YOU deserve a double batch of trail mix cookies :-) Excited to hear what you think. Thanks for your comment and have a great day!

    • A quadruple batch was a big success. I must have made mine bigger, I ended up with about 6 dozen cookies rather than 8. This recipe held more goodies than my usual oatmeal cookies (recipe on the oatmeal box lid.) I was out of eggs when I got home so I used dried egg whites and upped the butter to 3 sticks. My trail mix had M&Ms, dried blueberries, cranberries and pineapple, mixed nuts, sunflower and pumpkin seeds and goldfish (cleaned out the pantry before biking.)

      • You are a trail mix cooking making machine Janine! The teachers are going to LOVE you. So happy that these were a success, and your trail mix combo sounds crazy delicious. Thanks for trying the recipe and for sharing your review!

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  21. I just finished up a batch of these cookies. I used a teaspoon rather than a tablespoon’s worth to make each cookie. They browned perfectly (even in my high elevation area) and are quite delicious. I’m taking them to my grandson’s preschool graduation party where I’m sure that they will be a big hit. Thanks for the wonderful recipe.

    • Amy, I am so excited that you tried this recipe and enjoyed it! These are some of my favorite cookies to make, and I love that you did them in a miniature size. I hope your grandson loves them too. Congrats to him on his graduation!

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