Compost Cookies

Some nights I really crave a fresh-out-of-the-oven cookie full of chocolate chips, butter, and pure deliciousness. But what about cookies full of chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, coconut, heath bits, tortilla chips, and pretzels? No discrimination here!

My friend Tyla had posted this recipe to her blog a few months ago, and she doesn’t post many dessert recipes, so I knew that for one to make her blog, it had to be good. Although I’ve never been to Momofuku Milk Bar in NYC or tasted their infamous cookies, there’s quite a blogosphere buzz surrounding their recipes and I was excited to test one out. (Can’t wait to try these next!) I finally got around to trying the recipe as I was cleaning out my baking cabinets and discovered many bags of half-empty (or half-full if you’re hungry like I was) chips and candy bits. These cookies presented the perfect opportunity to use up some of these random ingredients!

The cookies were chewy, salty, sweet, and I loved the unexpected ingredients. I’m a big salty/sweet girl, so the pretzels and chips were great choices for mix-ins next to all the chocolate. As you can see from the pictures, they bake up quite thin — mostly due to the fact that the recipe calls for beating the batter for 10 minutes! I was shocked to read those instructions, but as a slave to the recipe, I did as I was told and did not regret it. Momofuku Milk Bar will definitely be on my list of things to do next time I’m in the city!

Compost Cookies
Adapted from Christina Tosi’s recipe on Regis and Kelly

1 cup unsalted butter
1 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1 tbsp corn syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1-3/4 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp salt
1-1/2 cups baking ingredients (chocolate chips, coconut, toffee bits, etc.)
1-1/2 cups snack foods (chips, pretzels, etc.)
1 tbsp coffee grounds

– In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together butter, sugars, and corn syrup on medium-high until fluffy and pale yellow in color, about 2-3 minutes.
– On a lower speed, add eggs one at a time and vanilla until well incorporated
– Increase mixing speed to high and let it go for 10 minutes — the mixture will become really pale and will almost double in size
– In a medium sized bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt
– When 10 minutes are up, add flour mixture slowly until just combined, about 45-60 seconds
– Chop up and mix together all of your baking and snack ingredients in a small bowl, and fold into batter with a spatula until just incorporated
– Using a medium-sized ice cream scoop, portion cookie dough on parchment paper-lined cookie sheet and wrap the entire thing tightly with plastic wrap
– Refrigerate for a minimum of 1 hour and up to 1 week
– Heat oven to 400F and arrange cookies on cookie sheets at least 4″ apart
– Bake 9-11 minutes, until they are golden in color and slightly brown along the edges
– Cool the cookies completely on the sheet pan (or just eat them immediately…)

Recipe yields 15 large cookies

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5 Responses to “Compost Cookies”

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    Joanne — September 10, 2010 @ 12:23 am

    I’ve been to Momofuku and man those cookies are like the best thing EVER. I can’t wait to be able to make them at home!

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    Chocolate Shavings — September 10, 2010 @ 1:55 pm

    These look delicious!

  3. #
    oneordinaryday — September 10, 2010 @ 4:11 pm

    Great way to clean out the pantry and get something totally delicious as your reward.

  4. #
    Abby — September 12, 2010 @ 11:06 pm

    Now this is my kind of fall cleaning!

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    withoutamicrowave — September 13, 2010 @ 2:22 pm

    So glad you made and liked them! I was asking Adam why he thought they came out so thin and he said that I should have crushed the pretzels/chips into fine powder, so the consistency would be almost like adding more flour. He said that’s what makes them puffy. However, I really like the crunchiness of the bigger pieces and didn’t mind them being kinda flat….so I don’t know!

    Glad you tried them! Miss you!

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