For many of us, the holidays bring new opportunities to share our love with family and friends… and hopefully, rest, relaxation and enjoy some great food. This year, I plan to put something on the table that’s comforting and delicious, I think we could all use it after this year!

I had the opportunity this morning to to share a new recipe with the Columbus viewers on Good Day Columbus. My HOLIDAY COMPOST COOKIES are the perfect nostalgic, salty sweet treat! And they are super easy!

When we typically think of “comfort foods”, foods like mac ‘n cheese, casseroles or cake might come to mind. It’s not the food itself that makes it a “comfort food”, it’s the memories and associations we have with a food that leaves us craving more. This is why “comfort food” isn’t necessarily our “favorite” food. The memories you have as a child of your grandma baking fresh cookies may leave you seeking freshly baked cookies when you’re in the comfort food mood”

According to a 2005 Cornell University Survey, Men and Women tend to have different preferences in their comfort foods: Women tend to seek out sweet and sugary comfort foods. Men tend to seek out savory comfort foods. That’s why this recipe is perfect for everyone!

Holiday Compost Cookies


  • 1 cup Mikesell’s Potato Chips, coarsely crushed (I love Mikesell’s because they are a family-owned, local company!)
  • 1 cup cornflakes roughly crushed
  • 1 cup graham crackers coarsely chopped (about 3 full sized crackers)
  • 1 cup pretzels coarsely chopped
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup peanut butter


1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.

2. Chop whatever add-ins you want in your cookies. You’ll need 4 cups.

3. Combine peanut butter and chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl or on the stove.

4. Microwave for one minute. Stir. Continue microwaving and stirring in 30-second intervals until chips are completely melted and smooth.

5. Add chopped add-ins. Stir to combine.

6. Scoop with a medium sized cookie scoop forming cookies.

7. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes, or in the freezer for 15

8. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator and enjoy!