Trail Mix Cookies {Soft, Chewy, and Healthy!} –

Please don’t let me hold the bag of trail mix on our next hike. You’ll notice me falling behind as I attempt to munch and walk without tripping. Let’s just eat these Trail Mix Cookies instead!

soft and chewy healthy trail mix cookies

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I have the perfect answer for any of you who’ve ever found yourself standing at the pantry door wondering, “what can I do with extra trail mix?”

Or, if like me you constantly have odd bits of baking chips, dried fruits, and nuts flitting about your pantry, trail mix cookies are a perfect way to use them up.


For another tasty way to turn your pantry extras into a healthy snack, don’t miss the Clean Out the Pantry No Bake Granola Bars from my cookbook.

These trail mix cookies are soft, chewy oatmeal cookies loaded with salty-sweet, nutty-fruity, chocolaty goodies.

They boast the elusive soft middle/chewy edge cookie texture we crave and the hearty mix-ins we need to power through any afternoon.

They are also endlessly adaptable.

  • Love peanut butter chips? Make these into peanut butter trail mix cookies (be sure to check out my peanut butter Monster Cookies too).
  • More of a chocolate fan? M&M trail mix cookies will always sound delicious.
  • Feeling fruity? Take a note from my Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies and go with dried fruit.

Like trail mix itself, trail mix cookies are graze-worthy food.

Their salty-sweetness and chewy-softness will have you sneaking back to the cookie jar for bite after bite.

While you are at it, go ahead and take a swig of milk right from the jug. Your secret is safe with me!

baked trail mix cookies

5 Star Review

“I just finished up a batch of these cookies. They browned perfectly and are quite delicious. Thanks for the wonderful recipe.”

— Amy —

How to Make Trail Mix Cookies

Packed with nutritious, filling ingredients, these trail mix cookies are doing double duty as a sweet-tooth craving and satisfying snack.

You’ll love having these on hand for easy snacks or desserts!

This is also an ultra easy cookie recipe. You don’t even need to chill the dough prior to baking (WINNING!).

The Ingredients

  • Flour. This recipe uses the ideal mixture of all-purpose flour and whole wheat flour. Whole wheat flour adds both health benefits and a lovely nuttiness that pairs well with our multitude of mix-ins.
  • Cinnamon. A pinch of cinnamon adds warmth. (It’s the secret trick in the Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies from my cookbook.)
  • Butter. Butter helps make the cookies delightfully tender and adds that can’t-miss flavor.
  • Sugar+ Maple Syrup. For sweetness, I used a combination of sugar and maple syrup. Both sweeteners help make the cookies extra moist, and the maple pairs nicely with the cinnamon.
  • Vanilla. For a hint of cozy vanilla flavor.
  • Rolled Oats. Rolled oats are a scrumptious cookie mix-in. They give the cookies a mild nuttiness and delicious texture. (Fellow fans, don’t miss these reader favorite Healthy Oatmeal Cookies)
  • Trail Mix. What sets these cookies apart from the crowd! You can use any store-bought trail mix you enjoy.

To Use Homemade Trail Mix

You can add homemade trail mix to cookie mix too! Create a mixture using any combination of these common trail mix ingredients:

  • Chopped toasted nuts (I love peanuts or pecans)
  • Chocolate or peanut butter baking chips
  • M&Ms (classic!) or other chopped candy pieces
  • Dried fruit (such as dried cranberries or raisins; chopped dried cherries are yummy too)
  • Chopped pretzel pieces (salty sweet fun!)
  • Granola. They add a nice bit of crunch (these Granola Cookies pack it in too).

The Directions

  1. Whisk the dry ingredients together.
creamed butter and sugar in a bowl
  1. Cream the butter and sugar.
cookie batter in a bowl
  1. Beat in the egg, maple syrup, and vanilla.
trail mix cookie dough
  1. Mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.
trail mix cookie dough in a bowl
  1. Stir in the oats and other mix-ins.
A sheet pan of trail mix cookie dough
  1. Shape the cookie dough into balls. Bake at 375 degrees F for 8 to 9 minutes. DIG IN!
A stack of trail mix cookies with peanuts and chocolate

Storage Tips

  • To Store. Store cookies in an airtight storage container at room temperature for up to 1 week. 
  • To Freeze. Freeze cookies in an airtight freezer-safe storage container for up to 3 months. Thaw and enjoy as desired. 

Make Ahead Tips

To Refrigerate Dough: Unbaked cookie dough can be refrigerated for up to 5 days.

To Freeze Dough: Freeze cookie dough balls on a baking sheet until solid. Transfer them to an airtight freezer-safe storage container and freeze for up to 3 months. Bake from frozen as directed (the cookies may need a few extra minutes in the oven). 

thick and soft trail mix cookies

What to Serve with Trail Mix Cookies

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