March breACK! 2014: Shipwreck Cookies

Shipwreck Cookies - Drop Cookies with pretzels, mini peanut-butter-cups, m&m's, skor bits, chocolate chunks & chips - Pirate Party - Titanic bash - Shakespeare Night
There are a slew of shipwrecks in the play we’re reading this week. So, I made some special “Shipwreck Cookies” for the kids. “Shipwreck Cookies?” This is really just a catch-all phrase for a basic drop cookie with lots of left-overs from the sweets section of the cupboard. Although, there’s a bit more emphasis on the “salty” mix-ins than the sweet. As well, I kept the cookies chewy by baking them low and slow. Today’s “Shipwreck Cookies” contain broken pretzel sticks, mini–mini-peanut-butter-cups, m&m’s, skor toffee bits, and chocolate chunks & chips. Feel free to substitute any of our mix-ins with a few of your own.  These cookies would certainly be great for a Pirate Party…or a Titanic party! Maybe we should have one of those!

Shipwreck Cookies from the Lunchbox Season


makes 4 dozen
Author: Roseanne Carrara, The Lunchbox Season


  • 2 1/4 c flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • [1 tsp salt] if you aren't using salty mix-ins, below
  • 1 c unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 c brown sugar
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2.5 c total mix-ins
  • [we used]
  • 1/2 c [heaping] pretzel sticks snapped in quarters, or thereabouts
  • 1/2 c [heaping] mini-mini peanut butter cups
  • 1/2 c Skor toffee bits
  • 1/2 c M&Ms
  • 1/2 c chocolate chunks and chips [came in a package together!]


  • Combine flour and baking soda [and salt] in a small bowl.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter and sugar.
  • Add eggs one at a time, beating well.
  • Add vanilla until combined.
  • Gradually beat in flour mixture.
  • Gently beat in the mix-ins or or stir them in by hand.
  • Refrigerate dough for at least 2 hours.
  • Heat oven to 350.
  • Drop dough by rounded tablespoons onto room temperature parchment-lined cookie sheets.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes or until almost golden brown.
  • Let cookies stand on hot sheets for 2 minutes.
  • Then, remove cookies [on parchment] to wire racks to cool completely.
  • Enjoy!


Pirate Party Anyone? Titanic Bash? Good, old fashioned Shakespeare Night?

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