Cookie Toppings and Mix-Ins

Atop cookies, in the dough or sandwiched between a pair of cookies, toppings and mix-ins are the quickest, easiest, almost-entirely foolproof way to customize your cookies.

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Tara Donne

This is one bit of baking that rewards playing around — mix it up by combining a couple of these to discover your brand-new favorite.

The Unexpected:

  • Pretzels
  • Potato chips
  • Breakfast cereal
  • Chopped-up cookies (sandwich cookies or gingersnaps work well)


  • Rainbow or chocolate sprinkles
  • Confetti
  • Dragees
  • Icing sugar (sometimes called sanding sugar)
  • Chocolate chips

Fruit & Nuts

  • Raisins, dried cranberries or dried cherries
  • Almonds, peanuts, walnuts, pistachios or pecans
  • Shredded coconut
  • Crystallized ginger


  • Crushed toffee bars
  • Mini candy-coated chocolate candies
  • Crushed candy canes
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Chopped-up candy bars

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