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Cheetos Cookies

These turned out tastier than I thought!

cheetos cookies and cheetos puffs

What? Yes, you read that right. Cheetos. Cookies. If you’re anything like me, your first reaction is disbelief. Then tentative curiosity. And finally, a need to try this weird recipe out for yourself. At least, that’s how my journey went.

I’ll admit, I was nervous about this recipe. However, these cookies turned out better than I thought! There’s something about the savory Cheeto crumbs mixed with the buttery dough that just works. There is a little bit of sugar in here, but not nearly as much as regular sugar cookies. Go ahead and check out the video below to see the process!

Cheetos cookies in a bowl with cheetos

Are you brave enough to try this recipe? If so, start by preheating your oven 350 degrees, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Then, in a food processor, pulse Cheetos until finely ground. Whisk together flour, half of the crushed Cheetos, cream of tartar, salt, and baking soda in a medium bowl. Set aside.

In a separate, large bowl, beat together butter, shortening, and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add egg (and food coloring if using) and mix until creamy. Add dry ingredients, and stir until just combined. Place the remaining Cheetos crumbs into a shallow bowl. Using a small cookie scoop, make tablespoon-sized dough balls. roll in the crumbs, and place on a tray or plate.

Cheetos cookies on a cookie sheet
Cheetos cookies stacked up

Now, here’s the hardest part. You have to cover up the tray of cookies and refrigerate the dough for at least 1 hour or overnight. I know, I know, you want to bake them right away and taste how delicious or disgusting they are. It’s a weird kind of anticipation, but trust me, it’s worth the wait!

Once you’ve waited as long as you possibly can, place the chilled cookies on the prepared pan 2 inches apart. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Allow the cookies to cool for at least 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

Still interested in making some Cheetos cookies? Scroll down to get the full ingredient list and step-by-step instructions.

Holding a cheetos cookie in hand

Makes 2 dozen cookies

10m prep time

10m cook time

1h inactive

5
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Ingredients
  • 4 cups whole Cheeto puffs, divided
  • 1-1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1/8 tsp orange gel food coloring (optional)
Preparation
  1. Preheat oven 350 degrees, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  2. In a food processor, pulse Cheetos until finely ground.
  3. Whisk together flour, half of the crushed Cheetos, cream of tartar, salt, and baking soda in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  4. In a separate, large bowl, beat together butter, shortening, and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add egg (and food coloring if using) and mix until creamy. Add dry ingredients, and stir until just combined.
  5. Place the remaining Cheetos crumbs into a shallow bowl. Using a small cookie scoop, make tablespoon-sized dough balls. roll in the crumbs, and place on a tray or plate. Cover and refrigerate the dough for at least 1 hour or overnight.
  6. Place cookies on prepared pan 2 inches apart and bake for 8-10 minutes.
  7. Allow to cool 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

Recipe adapted from The Spiffy Cookie.

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