[Photograph: Tara Straino]

As one might assume from the name, these Everything-but-the-Kitchen-Sink Cookies are a sweet free-for-all. Stacy Adimando, author of The Cookiepedia encourages bakers to basically raid the snacks pantry and dump its contents into a batch of cookie dough. And she's not just talking about safe combos like pretzels and chocolate chips, she's all about the crazy combos, as in Combos, white chocolate chips, and Corn Flakes. These cookies work on the principle that salt and sugar have a natural affinity towards one another.

Baking up a batch of these bad boys at home, I decided to play it safe and go with potato chips, pretzels, chocolate chips, and shaved coconut all mixed into a chocolate chip cookie dough batter. Once all of the sweet and salty add-ins are baked together they become less discernible, adding a fantastically salty backdrop to cookies that appear, on the surface at least, to be plain old chocolate chips. But their true colors are revealed when you bite in.

Adimando suggests including everything from whole roasted espresso beans and cheese puffs to wasabi peas, Cool Ranch Doritos, and sprinkles. Sound crazy? Well, sure, but that's kind of the point. That and some totally amazing cookies.

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