Small Batch Trail Mix Cookies

Small Batch Trail Mix Cookies, soft cookies made with your favorite trail mix. They’re buttery and chewy in the middle and crispy around the edges. Absolute cookie perfection!

Small Batch Trail Mix Cookies, buttery and chewy in the middle yet crispy around the edges. Packed with healthy ingredients and so much easier to eat than trail mix! | One Dish Kitchen

Trail Mix Cookies are my delicious cookie dough batter with trail mix stirred in. These cookies are great! They’re buttery and chewy in the middle yet crispy around the edges.

Trail Mix

There always seems to be a half eaten bag of trail mix stashed somewhere in our pantry. Trail mix is such a healthy snack and I’m so glad it happens to be my daughter’s favorite snack to bring to her tennis tournaments.

We are smack-dab in the middle of tennis tournament season and I really do enjoy this time. We’re blessed here in Texas with very mild winters. I think I’ve only worn my boots once this year and that actually makes me a little sad. Anyway, our pleasant weather is ideal for spending afternoons on the courts watching my daughter play. My husband and I are treasuring these last few tournaments because once March arrives, Colleen won’t be playing tennis for a while.

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Over spring break, Colleen will be going in for MPFL Reconstruction Surgery and it’s kind of a big deal. No parent wants their child to undergo any type of surgical procedure but for Colleen, it’s necessary.

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She danced for many years and during that time, she somehow managed to damage her left knee. We believe she initially tore a ligament which later healed and then was torn again and again and again. Her knee now just randomly dislocates – like almost every day. In fact, one of the last times it dislocated, she was in the shower!

Having a knee that constantly dislocates makes it scary for her to do simple things. Colleen wears her brace constantly, she can’t run without her knee hurting and she always fears that her knee will dislocate again. Recently, Colleen was auditioning for a spot in a summer ballet intensive and her knee dislocated in the middle of her performance.

This issue is just something that we need to take care of.  Colleen wants to play tennis for her high school next year and if that’s going to be the case, then she needs to have the surgery now to allow time to recover and to strengthen her knee to be ready to play by August.

It’ll take a lot of hard work on her part but this girl of mine has so much determination, I have no doubt she will go on to play tennis next school year.  Look out, University of Alabama, Colleen has her sights set on playing for you in 3 years – Roll Tide 😉

With Colleen’s active tennis schedule, it’s no surprise that we have plenty of her favorite snacks on hand. One of the ways I like to use up the last little bit of the trail mix  – and we always manage to have some left over – is to add the rest of it to my cookie mix to create what I call, Small Batch Trail Mix Cookies.

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Trail Mix Cookies

Trail Mix Cookies are made by adding trail mix to a delicious cookie dough batter.

These cookies are great! Trail Mix Cookies are buttery and chewy in the middle yet crispy around the edges.

I chop up everything that’s in the trail mix and add it to the cookies; dried fruits (I especially love the dried pineapple and papaya!), all of the nuts and even the banana chips are added in.

These cookies are totally adaptable too. I don’t always buy the same trail mix, sometimes I buy the kind with a few chocolate pieces mixed in – sometimes I buy just fruit and nuts – It doesn’t matter what kind of trail mix you use. If you want to add your own chocolate chips or white chocolate chunks, go ahead.

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Small Batch Trail Mix Cookies | One Dish KitchenThis Trail Mix Cookie recipe will yield about 12 medium to large sized cookies. The recipe can easily be doubled to make more cookies.


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Recipe: Trail Mix Cookies

Small Batch Trail Mix Cookies, buttery and chewy in the middle yet crispy around the edges. Packed with healthy ingredients and so much easier to eat than trail mix! | One Dish Kitchen

Small Batch Trail Mix Cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Cool: 10 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Dessert
Keyword: cookies
Servings: 12 cookies
Calories: 230kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk


  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter , softened (1 stick)
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 cups trail mix , chopped
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)


  • Heat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  • Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl.
  • Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla in a separate large bowl until creamy.
  • Add the egg and mix well.
  • Gradually mix in the flour mixture.
  • Stir in the chopped trail mix and chocolate chips (if using).
  • Drop by rounded tablespoon onto parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire rack to cool completely.


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 230kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 220mg | Potassium: 226mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 260IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 1.2mg
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37 thoughts on “Small Batch Trail Mix Cookies”

  1. Those cookies look delicious! I hope your daughter has a speedy recovery. Knee surgery is no joke! My mother and sister have had multiple knee surgeries. Good luck!!

  2. Michelle | A Dish of Daily Life

    Those cookies sound wonderful!!!

    I wish your daughter the best with her surgery. How stressful it must be for her never knowing when her knee is going to dislocate. Having athletic kids, I know how frustrating it can be for them when they are dealing with serious injury issues. Good luck!

  3. Clever and delicious cookies–and OMG a knee that regularly dislocates! I cannot imagine, that sounds awesome, I really hope that the surgery fixes it and your daughter can get back to tennis.

  4. I hope your daughter heals quickly from her surgery! These cookies look delicious, would love one with a big old cup of cold milk.

  5. Those look so yummy and I love how adaptable they are! Good luck to your daughter on her upcoming surgery. You are right, no parent likes to see their child go through that, but sometimes I is necessary.

  6. Kacey @ The Cookie Writer

    I am really excited about these! My daughter’s kindergarten class is making homemade trail mix tomorrow so now I know what to do with the leftovers!

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