I have a few recipes for Kitchen Sink Cookies, but this one may be the best yet. Not only does it call for “everything but the kitchen sink”, it makes eye popping, dramatically large cookies. The recipe is from Martha Stewart’s Baking Show on PBS, Martha Bakes.
Martha Bakes is my favorite Martha Stewart show, and I usually learn something from each episode. This season might be even more educational because Martha’s guests will be culinary students — 39 in total, 3 per episode, from various culinary schools. Martha knows everything, but I’ll bet the students have a few tricks of their own. Here’s a link to the TV schedule so you can tune in and find out who teaches who!
Okay, now for some cookie talk! These are giant cookies. For the first round, I baked the cookies as directed using dough straight from the bowl. The bake-sale worthy cookies weighed 6 ounces each, were sturdy, and spread to about 5 inches. I loved the appearance of the giant cookies, but I wanted to fit them into 4 inch cookie sleeves, so for the second round I used 5 oz portions of dough and made 10 cookies instead of 8. I also chilled the dough so that it would spread less and the cookies would be a little thicker. Those cookies fit just right.
Thanks to Martha Stewart for sharing this great cookie recipe. Update: The giveaway that was mentioned her is OVER because this post is six years old. Here’s a texture shot of the cookies instead.
Kitchen Sink Cookies from Martha Bakes
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened 2 sticks
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar 150 grams
- 3/4 cup packed light-brown sugar 150 grams
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour 9 oz/250 grams
- 1 teaspoon coarse salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1 cup coconut chips
- 1 cup dried apricots coarsely chopped
- 1 cup coarsely chopped dark chocolate
- 1 cup dried cherries
- 1 cup pecans toasted
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets (I used 2) with parchment paper.
- Place butter and sugars in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Reduce speed to low. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until combined. Mix in vanilla.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder.
- With mixer on low, gradually add to butter mixture, beating until well combined. Add oats, coconut, apricots, dark chocolate, cherries, and pecans; mix on low until just combined.
- Arrange large balls of dough on prepared cookie sheets, about 3 inches apart.
- Use the palm of your hand to flatten into 4-inch rounds. Bake until golden brown, rotating cookie sheets halfway through, about 16 minutes. If your cookies are still pale after 16 minutes, keep baking! If the dough is very cold it will take longer. Let cookies cool on pan 2 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
Mary Ann Corder
My favorite thing to bake is any kind of cookie. My friends and family has proclaimed the Jacques Torres Chocolate Chip Heath cookie to be their favorite. I am going to bake the Martha Stewart Kitchen Sink cookies tomorrow–they sound so good!
My all-time favorite is the New York Times chocolate chip cookie recipe.
I love to make crisps…apple crisp, peach crisp, berry crisps. I also love eating them!
I love Martha Bakes. This season has been my favorite so far. I made the apple fritters from last weeks show…incredible!
Anna: My favorite baking projects are yeast breads. I have recipes from both my grandma’s and while I don’t make them as often as I’d like – they are a must on every special holiday or meal. And those canisters are SO cute!
I love making cheesecake the best for the love of the batter!
My favourite thing to bake is rolo brownies. It’s a recipe I developed myself and has never gone wrong yet.
Martha in KS
I like making bar cookies – so much faster than baking individual cookies. I wonder if these Kitchen Sink Cookies can be made as bars.
Cookies are my canvas. Some people paint or quilt or build. I bake cookies. Add-ins are my creative tools and Cookie Madness offers inspiration. Cookies only last a few minutes but they are fun none the less. 🙂
I will definitely try Martha Bakes Kitchen Sink cookies. Sturdy bake sale-type cookies are my favorite. 🙂
I am on a blondie baking binge. I somehow ended up with a lot of dark brown sugar and have been looking for recipes to use it all up.
I love baking cookies and dressing up the basic oatmeal or chocolate chip recipes using dried fruit or nuts of any kind. I don’t feel so guilty with these “healthy” additions. Freezing extra dough for baking off later for a quick dessert is a must for my sweet tooth. Enjoy!
I like to bake blackberry cobblers!
My favorite thing to bake is my Mom’s Ashtray sugar cookie which is a butter sugar cookie ball of dough pressed with a decorative clean glass ashtray !
My favorite thing to bake is Tuscan Coffee cake from King Arthur. I’ve made three of them, consecutively and cannot get enough!
Thanks for sharing the cookie recipe. It’s a must try!
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I LOVE to bake any kind of bread
I love making brownies mixed with cookie dough lately.
Those cookies look good.. I was looking for a good cookie recipe to make using oats this week.
Love your blog. I love to bake. I think I should amend that to I love to eat all sweets.
I love baking quickbreads.
My favorite thing to bake is cookies. I find “bake therapy” so relaxing.
My favorite thing to bake is a 3 layer cake. It’s my favorite thing to eat to! Hard to choose because I love to bake cookies, pies, brownies, and yeast breads. My friends call me “Cupcake” but it is probably my least favorite thing to bake because they can be time consuming ( I often do a filling in the cupcakes to). I have been looking at a lot of oatmeal chocolate chip cookies lately. I need to give these a try. By the way, the Eric’s Cookie recipe you posted years ago are my sons’ favorite chocolate chip cookie. I often make them as cookie bars with M&M added at my 24 year olds request. Just made them last weekend. Or I make them huge, with a 1/4 cup of dough for each cookie. I will have to try to find Martha’s new show.
Those cookies have all the food groups in them-dairy, fruit, grains, protein and vegetables (I count chocolate as a vegetable). Who needs to eat anything else???
They look delicious.
My favorite thing to bake is a toss up between brownies and cookies. I will have to go with brownies.
I’ve seen Martha Bakes one time. I was glued to the tube watching her. She sure has come back strong since wearing stripes!!!
It’s a tie between my oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and cut out cookies.
Hello, my friend. My favorite thing at the moment to bake is baguettes. It’s so fun to tinker and try to get it just right!
Cookies! My absolute favorite recipe is mrs barons double chocolate (from cookie madness a long time ago I think) hat I make with peanut butter chips.
Bianca @ Sweet Dreaming
my favorite thing to make is bar cookies!
I love baking cookies. I’ve made more glamorous treats like tarts, but I keep coming back to cookies. My favorite recipe is for salted thin and crispy oatmeal cookies.
Cute things ! And the cookies look amazing! I haven’t been baking much, but I did have fun making gingerbread out of season recently for a book event !
These look great! Cookies are one of my favorite things to bake.
Lemon bars!! Those canisters are adorable.
Those tins are awesome! I have a bake sale coming up in May and I love doing BIG FAT cookies to sell. These are perfect – I may change the fruit add-ins to be more kid-friendly though. Thank you!
My favorite thing to bake are cookies. I’m known as the ‘Cookie Lady’ at the hospital!
Chocolate chip cookies of all types! Will have to try this recipe
Cookies, cookies, cookies. I love to bake cookies.
Your cookies look fabulous. The add ins sound like a perfect combo.
Cookies. . .the original “individual” dessert! I’m adding this recipe to my “must try” list.
Cookies-any kind are my favorite thing to bake!
My favorite thing to eat is pie! But to bake would be cookies!
Those cookies look so good. I will definitely try them. As far as what I like to bake, I’d have to say cakes. No, wait. Pies. Maybe cookies. Has to be bread. Dang it. I can’t decide. There’s something about baking that it meditative, spiritual and, of course, deliciously satisfying. And I am a fan of Martha Bakes on PBS; I get useful tips, tricks and recipes from her show all the time (and from your site, too, of course). I have a feeling I’ll be doing some baking this weekend. Now, what to bake….
In reference to making cookies spread less, the most helpful tip I’ve found came from King Arthur Flour and it’s to drop the baking temperature by 25 degrees and extend baking time as needed.
Favorite item to bake and eat – chocolate chip cookies!!
I love baking anything! Boy I would have to say muffins are my favorite!
Cookies are my favorite thing to bake!
My favorite thing to bake are brownies, fudgey, chewy, or cakey, they’re all good!
Anything that tempts my kids away from packaged snacks.
I love trying new cookie recipes, but my favorite thing to bake is sourdough rye bread!
I love to bake all things buttery and sweet but especially pies
I love to bake cookies first and cheesecakes second.
My favorite thing to bake is chocolate chip cookies (Clipper Chippers, to be precise).
I recently made an oatmeal, blueberry and chopped fine pecan cookie and it was rather tasty. Chocolate and butterscotch are another favorite.
My favorite thing to bake is cheesecake!
Beautiful cookies! I love to bake cakes, any kind, any flavor. Just give me a reason to do cake and I’m there!
My favorite thing to bake is oatmeal chocolate chip cookies! Can’t wait to try these ones (without the coconut).
I love those cookie sleeves! I’ll have to check out Martha Bakes. I hope its local to me.
Like you I love to bake cookies. This is a keeper.
I often record Martha Bakes. That will be fun to see her interact with students. My favorite thing to bake, hmmmm, could YOU guess? 😉 Boring, but everyone loves my ccc’s so much that I do bake them a lot.
Everything but the kitchen sink!? Cute AND yummy! Enjoying the blog! Keep it up, Cookie! (Wanted to rate recipe a 5-star but the stars won’t click on my mobile?)
These cookies sound delicious! Maybe you could bring some to the swap sometime. I think my favorite thing to bake is pie because I love the technical challenges of working with pastry but my children certainly prefer when I make cookies. These canisters are adorable and would look great on my kitchen counter.
chocolate chip cookie cakes!! Lol
Have you ever tried Almond Cloud Cookies on the King Arthur website? They are wonderful, dairy and gluten free, and very easy. Here’s the link:
Thanks for your great blog, Anna – always a treat!
those look awesome! and the vintage cannisters are cute!