Panera Bread Kitchen Sink Cookies

Copycat Panera Bread Kitchen Sink Cookies Recipe- seriously the BEST cookies EVER! Crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. PERFECT! Butter, brown sugar, salt, eggs, flour, vanilla, baking powder, semi-sweet chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips, pretzels, soft caramels, and flaked sea salt. They taste better than the original! Can freeze cookie dough unbaked for a quick treat later. You must make these ASAP! #cookies #chocolatechipcookies #panera

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Panera Kitchen Sink Cookie Copycat Recipe

Stop what you are doing and whip up a batch of these Kitchen Sink Cookies. O-M-G! These cookies are dangerously delicious. Sweet & Salty. Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside. Overall – perfection! My favorite part about the cookie was the flaky salt sprinkled on top. It made the cookie! We ate the whole batch of cookies within days. Sorry – not sorry!

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What’s in Panera Kitchen Sink Cookies?

These Kitchen Sink Cookies are loaded with semi-sweet chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips, pretzels, caramel, and flake salt. It is the perfect combination of sweet and salty.

To make the cookies, you are going to start with cold butter. Mix the butter in a stand mixer until it is soft. Add sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Once that is mixed together add the flour, salt, and baking powder. Finally, stir in the chocolate chips, caramel, and pretzels.

Divide the dough into 36 balls. Place the cookie dough balls on a parchment-lined baking sheet and refrigerate the dough for at least an hour. It is important to refrigerate the dough so the cookies don’t spread while baking in the oven.

After the cookie dough has chilled, bake the cookies. As soon as the cookies come out of the oven, sprinkle them with some flaked salt, such as Malden Sea Salt Flakes. I bought the flaked salt at Amazon. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes and transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

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Can Cookies Be Frozen?

YES! I suggest scooping the cookie dough into balls and freezing the cookie dough unbaked. You can store the cookie dough balls in the freezer in a freezer bag for 9 to 12 months. PERFECT for a quick treat! There is no need to thaw the cookie dough before baking. Just add a few extra minutes to the cooking time and you are good to go!

You can also freeze any leftover baked cookies in a freezer bag. That is what I did with this batch of cookies. I like to microwave the thawed cookies for a few seconds before eating. Warm chocolate chip cookies are the BEST! Amirite?

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Panera Bread Kitchen Sink Cookies

Yield: 36 cookies
Prep Time 1 hr 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr 25 mins
Copycat Panera Bread Kitchen Sink Cookies Recipe- seriously the BEST cookies EVER! Crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. PERFECT! Butter, brown sugar, salt, eggs, flour, vanilla, baking powder, semi-sweet chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips, pretzels, soft caramels, and flaked sea salt. They taste better than the original! Can freeze cookie dough unbaked for a quick treat later. You must make these ASAP! #cookies #chocolatechipcookies #chocolatechip #panera

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb cold butter, 4 sticks
  • 3 cups light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • tsp baking powder
  • cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped pretzels
  • ½ cup chopped soft caramel candies
  • flaked sea salt

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  • In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter until soft, approximately 2 minutes.
  • Add sugar, eggs, and vanilla, mixing well.
  • Add flour, salt, baking powder. Mix well. Add chocolate chips, pretzels, and chopped caramels.
  • Divide the dough into 36 balls and refrigerate for an hour.
  • Place chilled cookie dough on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle with flaked sea salt. Cool on wire rack.

Notes:

Can freeze cookie dough unbaked for later. If baking from frozen, add a few extra minutes to the cooking time.

Steph

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  1. I find it odd that this recipe doesn’t call for baking soda which is what makes the cookies spread. Has anyone had issues with the cookies spreading?

    1. The cookies don’t spread if you make them as directed in the recipe. They turned out just like the photos.

  2. For the soft caramel candies, are you talking about like the individually wrapped caramels by Kraft? Just want to let you know that I just got back from Panera and saw the kitchen sink cookies while there and decided to look for a recipe for them…then guess what was in my inbox…your recipe! Thank you for the perfect timing!

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