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Tessa from Style Sweet CA Reviews Our Trail Mix Cookies Recipe

Spoiler alert: She liked them. A lot.

Published Feb. 15, 2018.

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What’s not to love about trail mix? It’s equal parts savory and sweet, crunchy and savory. Add all of these elements to cookies and you’ve got the perfect one-handed after school treat.

“Oh these cookies are soooo good!” exclaims Tessa of Style Sweet CA. “I literally can't stop eating them and I don't even feel bad about it. The recipes comes from America's Test Kitchen's latest masterpiece: The Perfect Cookie. Perfect, indeed!”

In our quest to develop a more healthful cookie, we sought to pack a whole-grain dough with a variety of interesting mix-ins. A small amount of cinnamon gave the cookies a rounder flavor, and using brown sugar rather than white gave us the biggest bang for our buck; its deeper flavor meant we didn’t need to use an excessive amount of sugar.

“I book-marked over a dozen recipes to make, but I ultimately picked the Trail Mix Cookies because I had all of the ingredients already," Tessa writes. "All of the ingredients that I wanted to use, that is. I love this recipe because it is totally customizable.”

Tessa prepared these cookies to celebrate her son starting pre-school, but you don't need a special occasion to make these. The recipe is customizable, so you can use your favorite ingredients—or just what you have on hand. Tessa is squarely in the "the more add-ins the better" camp: “The fun comes with all the add-ins. I live for add-ins! These hearty cookies are filled with an assortment of nuts, seeds, fruit, and a little bit of chocolate (because you can't leave out the chocolate, am I right?).”

What’s your favorite cookie? Let us know in the comments! For the recipe for Trail Mix Cookies, read Tessa's post. And for more from The Perfect Cookie, read these posts:

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