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This is a variation on sugar cookies that turns this uber cool CHEETOS COOKIES into a unique lunch box treat!
So your kiddo asks for the jumbo bag of Cheetos to tuck into their lunches for a week. Just say “no” and get a small bag to make these cookies instead. You can easily give into their craving while also maintaining portion control if you use a cookie scoop, like I do.
You will need:
- 1 1/4 cup flour
- 3 cups of whole Cheetos puffs and 2 cups for coating
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tbsp. cream of tartar
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter – room temp
- 1/4 cup shortening
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg room temperature
Preheat your oven 350 degrees
Place 3 cups of Cheetos in a Ziploc bag seal and crush using a rolling pin.
In a medium sized bowl combine the flour, ( 3 cups ) Cheetos crumbs, salt, baking soda, and cream of tartar.
Using an electric mixer on medium speed mix to combine.
In a separate bowl add the butter, shortening and sugar.
Mix and cream well together.
Add egg and mix well again.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in 1/2 batches
and mix well.
Cover and refrigerate dough for at least 1 hour.
Using a small ice cream scoop, make dough balls.
Add the remaining ( 2 cups )
Place the Cheetos crumbs to a small bowl.
Roll each dough ball in the Cheetos crumbs
Place the dough balls on a parchment paper lined baking pan.
Bake for 10-12 minutes
Remove from the oven.
Let cookies completely cool.
2 per lunch and you should be golden!