Trail Mix in a Cookie - Eating Bird Food

Trail Mix in a Cookie

Welcome to Tuesday!! We’re one day closer to my favorite weekday: Mod Fam day, a.k.a Wednesday in layman terms.

Not sure if you all know this, but trail mix is one of favorite foods! So much so, it even had something to do with the name of my blog! My love for trail mix got me thinking of how delicious a trail mix cookie would taste. I added some key components of trail mix (dried fruit, nuts and chocolate) and a few “heath nut” items (flax seed and wheat germ) to a standard oatmeal cookie and sure enough, it tastes amazing.. This batch turned out perfectly – crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside!

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If you have a trail mix lover in your life, I’d highly recommend trying these cookies!

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Trail Mix Cookies

Yield: 30 cookies


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 3/4 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 3/4 t cinnamon
  • 1 T ground flaxseed (optional)
  • 1 T wheat germ (optional)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 t vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 T water
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries


Preheat oven to 375°.

Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour and next 6 ingredients (through wheat germ), stirring with a whisk; set aside.

Place sugar and butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended. Add vanilla and egg; beat until blended. Gradually add flour mixture, beating at low speed just until combined. Add the water if the dough seems dry and stir in walnuts, chocolate chips and cranberries by hand. Drop dough by tablespoonfuls, 2 inches apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 12 minutes or until edges of cookies are lightly browned. Cool on pans 2 minutes. Remove cookies from pans; cool on wire racks.


*Tip: I don’t have wire racks so I just cool my cookies on paper towels on the counter. Works like a charm. 🙂

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This is just a little precursor of what’s to come over the next 12 days – holiday cookies galore! Get excited and in the meantime, send me your favorite holiday cookie!

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  1. Oh my gosh these sound AWESOME. I love trail mix too!

  2. These look great! Golden and crisp. 😀

  3. ooh they sound delicious!! are your plates from william sonoma?? they look just like mine! happy tuesday!

  4. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Healthy cookie alert, yummm! These sound great 🙂

    I don’t think there’s a cooking demo this month at WF either, so bummed 🙁 Jesse is off in Costa Rica or something….!

  6. I love trail mix too. These look great! And I like your tip about the paper towels….I don’t have a cooling rack either so I usually take the rack out of my toaster oven and use that instead. It’s all about improvising 😉

  7. Omgoodness!
    These cookies look like some kind of HEALTHY goodness!
    Delighted to see that I can print the recipe!
    Great cookies to take on the TRAILS!
    Love your blog!
    Going to email you my favorite Christmas Cookie recipe!

  8. You are fabulous…did I tell you that already? Hehe…I’m surely goin’ ta send you my favorite cookie recipe…let’s catch’s been too long since we’ve chatted…let me know if you’re free this weekend and let’s set a phone date! So excited for your Christmas cookie recipes…yummmyyy!
    Have a great day, Britt.
    p.s. Your website looks AMAZING!!! Love it!

  9. These look amazing! I must make these.

  10. I love love loveee Modern Family but I usually end up watching it online over the weekend 🙂

  11. I love trail mix on its own as well as a topper for oatmeal, so I can only imagine that it would be equally delicious in cookie form!

  12. Cara Craves... says:

    Sign me up!
    I would love to try that cookie.

  13. These sounds fantastic!!! Trader Joes makes a Trail Mix Cookie that I am in LOVE with. I will have to keep these in mind next time I get a craving.

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