Monday, January 28, 2013

Blueberry and Cream Cookies | Milk Bar Monday

Blueberry and Cream Cookies

Almost one year ago, I along with a handful of other very talented bloggers started baking our way through the Momofuku Milk Bar cookbook. Most of you know that this book quickly became one of my absolute favorites – and not just for the recipes – but for the techniques, the quirky ingredients, the interesting recipe names, etc.

This cookbook has introduced me to baking with some interesting ingredients: dry milk powder, freeze-dried corn, glucose, and now dried blueberries. Truthfully I wasn’t even sure where to find these but my good friend Trader Joe came to the rescue and let me tell you that I was afraid that I wasn’t even going to have enough of these blueberries left for the recipe – let’s just say I’ve found my new favorite snack.

Blueberry and Cream Cookies

I love the Milk Bar cookie recipes – Christina Tosi just knows how to mix up some cookie dough. These cookies start with your basic butter-sugar mixture, followed by flour, leavening salt, etc. And then follows sweet and creamy dried blueberries and Milk Crumb.

You might remember from the birthday layer cake that I have a thing with the crumb recipes in this book. And this one is no different – sweet buttery heaven, it is.

These cookies really are perfect – brown and chewy around the edges but soft and oh-so buttery on the inside, with the sweet notes of the dried blueberries.

Note: the recipe looks long but it’s actually a very simple cookie recipe; the milk crumb needs to be made before the cookies are made and the dough needs to chill – both of these steps are the time-consuming part.
Blueberry and Cream Cookies See the recipe below and make sure you check out the other MBM ladies’ Blueberry and Cream Cookies posts:

Audra – The Baker Chick | Krissy – Krissy’s Creations | Erin – Big Fat Baker| Jacqueline – The Dusty Baker

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Blueberry and Cream Cookies Recipe

Yield: 20 Large Cookies

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 30 min

Momofuku Milk Bar's recipe for blueberry and cream cookies.

Ingredients:

for the milk crumbs:
1/2 cup nonfat dry milk powder
1/4 cup flour
3 Tbs. sugar
2 Tbs. cornstarch
1/2 tsp. slat
7 Tbs. butter, melted
1/4 cup milk powder
3 ounces white chocolate, melted

for the cookies:
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
16 Tbs. butter, room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
2/3 cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup glucose
2 eggs
1/2 recipe milk crumb
3/4 cup dried blueberries

Directions:

to make the milk crumb:
Preheat oven to 250Β°F. Line large rimmed baking sheet with parchment.

Combine 1/2 cup milk powder, flour, sugar, cornstarch, and coarse salt in medium bowl; toss to mix evenly. Add butter and stir until clusters form.

Spread mixture evenly on prepared sheet. Bake until crumbs are dry and crumbly but still pale, about 20 minutes. Cool completely.

Crumble any large clusters, and transfer all of the crumbs to a bowl. Add the additional 1/4 cup milk powder and toss. Pour the white chocolate over the crumbs and toss. Continue to toss every 5 minutes until the white chocolate hardens and the clusters are no longer sticky.

to make the cookies:
Mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl and set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter, sugars and glucose on high for 2-3 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the eggs and beat for an additional 7-8 minutes until fluffy and doubled in size. See my confetti cookie post for details on this process.

Reduce the speed to low and add the dry ingredients and mix just until the cookie dough comes together, no longer than 1 minute. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.

While on low speed, add the milk crumbs and the dried blueberries and mix for 30 seconds.

Using a 2 3/4-ounce ice cream scoop (or 1/3-cup measuring cup), portion the dough onto a parchment-lined baking sheet pan. Pat the tops of the cookies down, cover tighly with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 1 hour, or up to 1 week. Do not bake your cookies from room temperature!

Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Line two large cookie sheets with parchment paper or Silpat liners.

Arrange the chilled dough about 4 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. Bake for 18 minutes. The cookies will puff, crackle and spread. After 18 minutes, they should be just browned on the edges and still bright in the centers.

Cool the cookies completely on the cookie sheets before transferring to an airtight container.

Cassie's Notes:
I found dried blueberries at Trader Joe's near the dried cranberries, etc. Most grocery stores should have them or you can order them from Amazon.com; don't get freeze-dried berries, just the dried ones.

Or you could just swap the blueberries for any of your favorite dried fruit.

Blueberry and Cream Cookies
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79 Responses to “Blueberry and Cream Cookies | Milk Bar Monday”

  1. #
    Valerie @ Pursuit of Sweetness — January 28, 2013 @ 6:27 am

    YES! Dried blueberries are so delicious…way better than raisins πŸ™‚ And this cookies look equally addicting!

    I think I might have to invest in the Milk Bar cookbook. I’ve had my eye on the Birthday Layer Cake for a while; and my birthday is next week! Hmm.

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    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — January 28, 2013 @ 6:41 am

    These look incredible, Cassie! I would love one of these with a tall glass of milk. I still have not gotten this book, but I definitely want too.

  3. #
    leslie — January 28, 2013 @ 6:48 am

    I love love love dried blueberries!!!! Your cookies look almost too perfect to eat!!

  4. #
    DessertForTwo — January 28, 2013 @ 7:16 am

    I adore dried blueberries too! They’re delish! These cookies look fantastic!

  5. #
    Kathryn — January 28, 2013 @ 7:22 am

    We had one of these cookies when we were in NY – my boyfriend said it was the best cookie he’d ever had in his life and I’ve still not tried making them at home! I really need to give them a go, thanks for the inspiration Cassie!

  6. #
    Amanda — January 28, 2013 @ 7:45 am

    Everything about this cookie sounds SO good to me! Love it.

  7. #
    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — January 28, 2013 @ 7:46 am

    I have loved seeing all of your Milk Bar Monday posts, these are no different!

  8. #
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — January 28, 2013 @ 7:48 am

    Oh YES. I love cream and fruit together!

  9. #
    Jenny @ BAKE — January 28, 2013 @ 7:51 am

    These cookies look absolutely gorgeous! I love the sound of blueberry in them

  10. #
    Cookin Canuck — January 28, 2013 @ 7:56 am

    What an interesting recipe! They sound fabulous, and I’m intrigued to try using nonfat milk powder.

  11. #
    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — January 28, 2013 @ 7:59 am

    What an enticing recipe! I need blueberry cookies right now….

  12. #
    Audra | The Baker Chiick — January 28, 2013 @ 8:00 am

    Yay! Your cookies look so chewy and crisp and perfect. I think its so funny how wanky the dried blueberries I found at whole foods were. The Trader Joes ones are so pretty and symmetrical πŸ™‚

  13. #
    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — January 28, 2013 @ 8:02 am

    Cassie, I get so pumped every time that I see you are doing a Milkbar recipe! You described them perfectly with the “quirky” ingredients, but seriously, anything I have eaten from that bakery I have professed “changed my life,” lol. I love dried blueberries too! What a wonderful cookie.

  14. #
    Megan@whatmegansmaking — January 28, 2013 @ 8:16 am

    My husband would go crazy for these! Anything with blueberries πŸ™‚ And I’m very intrigued by milk crumbs!

  15. #
    Good Food Good Friends — January 28, 2013 @ 8:31 am

    What a great cookie recipe. Can’t wait to try it!

  16. #
    Ali | Gimme Some Oven — January 28, 2013 @ 8:35 am

    Ha! Yes, I’ll be the friend who had no idea why you had freeze-dried corn in your cabinets. πŸ˜‰

    These look yummy!

  17. #
    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — January 28, 2013 @ 8:36 am

    These are some delicious flavors going on here!

  18. #
    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — January 28, 2013 @ 8:47 am

    Love the flavors in this cookie! YUM!

  19. #
    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — January 28, 2013 @ 9:01 am

    I love that Milkbar book like it was my child. Truly. This recipe sounds SO. AMAZING.

  20. #
    Jacqueline Raposo (@DustyBakerGal) — January 28, 2013 @ 9:20 am

    Love these – love love love.

  21. #
    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — January 28, 2013 @ 9:22 am

    I could use a dozen of these bad boys right now! And I totally didn’t know they made freeze dried blueberries. So fun!

  22. #
    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — January 28, 2013 @ 9:31 am

    Love the idea behind using and baking with nonfat dried milk powder. Gorgeous photos, Cassie!

  23. #
    Amber (Sprinkled With Flour) — January 28, 2013 @ 10:02 am

    Cassie, these cookies are the answer to something I’ve been trying to work on for a while! I’ve been trying to make blueberry cookies, but the fresh blueberries just weren’t working. Of course! Why didn’t I think to use dried blueberries, duh πŸ™‚ I’ll definitely be trying these out. πŸ™‚

  24. #
    Deborah — January 28, 2013 @ 10:08 am

    Looks like I’m going to be on the lookout for dried blueberries!!

  25. #
    BigFatBaker — January 28, 2013 @ 10:30 am

    I thought these were awesome! And I can’t believe it’s been a year.. Oh how time flies. Your cookies look like they turned out beautifully. Next time I’m going to look a little harder for the dried blueberries.

  26. #
    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — January 28, 2013 @ 11:04 am

    I love dried blueberries and I’ve never had a cookie quite like this, sounds wonderful!

  27. #
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — January 28, 2013 @ 11:12 am

    I’m so glad that Milk Bar Monday is back!

  28. #
    Kate @ Kate from Scratch — January 28, 2013 @ 11:14 am

    These look and sound delicious, Cassie. Like summer in a bite.

  29. #
    Rachel @ Bakerita — January 28, 2013 @ 11:21 am

    These sound amazing! I’ve been dying to try the Milk Bar cookbook but haven’t gotten around to it…sounds like I need to for these cookies.

  30. #
    Erika @ The Hopeless Housewife — January 28, 2013 @ 11:31 am

    I think I could eat these for breakfast!

  31. #
    Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes — January 28, 2013 @ 11:31 am

    These lovely little cookies sound (and look) so delicious and fun, Cassie! Great pick for Milk Bar Monday!!

  32. #
    Kari@Loaves n Dishes — January 28, 2013 @ 11:34 am

    I am totally intrigued by the “milk crumbs”. These cookies look perfect to enjoy with a cup of tea.
    P.S. I have the disappearing issues with blue berries too, I never have enough for my recipes.

  33. #
    a farmer in the dell — January 28, 2013 @ 11:58 am

    These look fantastic! I love dried blueberries. We have a dehydrator and love dehydrating blueberries in the summer!

  34. #
    Amy Tong — January 28, 2013 @ 12:17 pm

    Oh my, these look delectable. I still have 1/2 a bag of dried blueberries in my pantry and I think I should give these a try. I just need to get some milk powder first (haven’t use that in my baking for a while.) The Momofuku Milk Bar recipe book sounds like something I should own in my kitchen! Let me go check it out! πŸ™‚

  35. #
    Carla @ Carlas Confections — January 28, 2013 @ 12:31 pm

    Goodness those look good!!!!

  36. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — January 28, 2013 @ 12:31 pm

    This is one I wanted to try but alas, has not happened. You make them look so amazing, Cassie! Blueberries are not something I’ve ever put in cookies…mango, pineapple, cherries, yes. But never blueberries. I need to start!

  37. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — January 28, 2013 @ 12:31 pm

    This is one I wanted to try but alas, has not happened. You make them look so amazing, Cassie! Blueberries are not something I’ve ever put in cookies…mango, pineapple, cherries, yes. But never blueberries. I need to start! And by that, either fresh or dried. Must get on that!

  38. #
    sally @ sallys baking addiction — January 28, 2013 @ 12:41 pm

    I need to get my hands on Tosi’s book Cassie! And your photos today – amazing, as usual. Seriously. I love all of the milkbar cookies you post but these are extra fabulous girl. and THANK YOU for all the congrats. Cassie, you’re such a good friend to me. πŸ™‚

    • Cassie replied: — January 28th, 2013 @ 2:14 pm

      Oh, it’s totally my pleasure. I remember what it was like the day after I got engaged…cloud 9! And I love celebrating those who are experiencing it!

  39. #
    Jess @ On Sugar Mountain — January 28, 2013 @ 1:02 pm

    I LOVE blueberries. I’ve never seen them dried before though! I’ll have to go to Trader Joes and check ’em out. These cookies look so awesome:D

  40. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — January 28, 2013 @ 1:04 pm

    These cookies sound so good, Cassie! Love the blueberries and cream idea!

  41. #
    Paula - bell'alimento — January 28, 2013 @ 1:34 pm

    Looks like there is a trip to Trader Joe’s in my future.

  42. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — January 28, 2013 @ 2:44 pm

    Can you please deliver one dozen to me? πŸ™‚

  43. #
    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — January 28, 2013 @ 4:07 pm

    I want, I want, I WANT! I don’t think I’ve seen a prettier cookie in all my life. For realz.

  44. #
    Lauryn — January 28, 2013 @ 4:52 pm

    wow, these look insanely good! I must give these a try — and I must buy that book!

  45. #
    JulieD — January 28, 2013 @ 6:04 pm

    These look so perfect, amazing and beautiful…I want 3 right now!

  46. #
    carrian — January 28, 2013 @ 9:26 pm

    These look so yummy!!! Love, love, love them!

  47. #
    Wendy — January 28, 2013 @ 9:27 pm

    The Milk Bar cookbook was the first cookbook I ever read like a novel. The recipes are time consuming but oh, so worth it. Your cookies and photo are beautiful!

  48. #
    katie — January 28, 2013 @ 9:33 pm

    These cookies look divine! I love dried blueberries!

  49. #
    Tracey — January 28, 2013 @ 10:11 pm

    OMG, blueberries *and* white chocolate in one cookie?! I think I’ve died and gone to heaven πŸ™‚ I actually just requested this book from my library (for like the 5th time), I am so eager to get baking!

  50. #
    Joanne — January 29, 2013 @ 6:17 am

    I am always so impressed by your Milk Bar Mondays posts since I”ve never worked up the courage to make ANYTHING from that cookbook! Sigh. Soon.

    These cookies look awesome. I love the idea of getting the cream flavor from the milk crumbs!

  51. #
    Mackenzie {SusieFreakingHomemaker} — January 29, 2013 @ 7:42 am

    OK – I’m obsessing over your photographs!! Bonus that these cookies look awesome, love that they are big and thin!!

  52. #
    Jackie l Food.Wine.Fashion — January 29, 2013 @ 10:01 am

    This is such an interesting recipe – I can’t wait to try it! I’ve never used dry milk powder or dried blueberries in cookies before. I love learning new things – thanks!

    xo Jackie

  53. #
    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — January 29, 2013 @ 10:27 am

    These sounds so Spring-y! And scrumptious looking too!

  54. #
    Angie — January 29, 2013 @ 1:14 pm

    Love these little cookies!

  55. #
    Joanne @ Fifteen Spatulas — January 29, 2013 @ 3:40 pm

    This is one of my favorites of the Momofuku cookies….corn cookie still owns my heart though!!!

  56. #
    Stephanie @ Macaroni and Cheesecake — January 29, 2013 @ 4:29 pm

    These sound wonderful and I love the flavor combination!

  57. #
    Thea — January 29, 2013 @ 5:07 pm

    Where does one find glucose and is there a substitute? I’ve made some of the other cookies her her book, delish, can’t wait to try these!

    • Cassie replied: — January 29th, 2013 @ 10:40 pm

      Hi Thea, I buy it at Hobby Lobby but you can probably find it at any baking supply store or hobby store. Or, you can sub half of the amount called for with light corn syrup…it won’t be exactly the same, but will work just fine!

  58. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — January 29, 2013 @ 5:11 pm

    I need to try one of her recipes. They all look so good. I have never tried freeze dried blueberries before, but now I am intrigued!

  59. #
    Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet Tooth — January 29, 2013 @ 6:25 pm

    I have wanted to make these cookies since I received MilkBar as well! I am so glad to hear that they are great as they sound! I love how TJ’s has dried blueberries and strawberries and for a fraction of the cost of what you find them for at a typical grocery store!

  60. #
    Joanna @ Chic & Gorgeous Treats — January 29, 2013 @ 7:38 pm

    Love the combo and I really need to get Momofuku’s book ;). For now, I just wish I get to sample those cookies and dipping them in milk will be heavenly :P. β™₯ jo

  61. #
    Baking Serendipity — January 29, 2013 @ 7:38 pm

    I’ve bought giant bags of blueberries at Costco before, and love them! I splurged on fresh last week, and now am seriously inspired to just stick things out with dried blueberries until they’re actually in season and reasonably priced. These cookies look amazing πŸ™‚

  62. #
    ashley - baker by nature — January 29, 2013 @ 10:51 pm

    OMG, Cassie! I have to make these asap!!!

  63. #
    Tara @ Unsophisticook — January 30, 2013 @ 9:28 am

    I can honestly say I’ve never had dried blueberries in my cookies, but I’m willing to try it!

  64. #
    Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen — January 30, 2013 @ 10:35 am

    So excited to see Milk Bars Mondays again πŸ™‚ The crumb used in those cookie recipes is beyond addicting!!!

  65. #
    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — January 30, 2013 @ 1:32 pm

    YEEEES! Blueberries and cream! πŸ˜€

    I fully support any berry recipes. I don’t get these recipes with the crumbs. Like, I can’t even imagine what they’re like. I guess I’ll need to experience them for myself. πŸ™‚

  66. #
    Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen — January 30, 2013 @ 6:01 pm

    Sold. I am so sold. Dried blueberries are heavenly!

  67. #
    Laura Dembowski — January 30, 2013 @ 7:42 pm

    I love all Momofuku recipes. I have wanted to make these for years. After hearing they’re as good as they look and sound, I’ll have to give them a try finally!

  68. #
    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — January 30, 2013 @ 9:23 pm

    These sound like an outstanding cookie, and one I will definitely try. I can’t walk out of Trader Joe’s without a couple bags of those insanely delicious dried wild blueberries – they are truly one of Trader Joe’s greatest gifts to my belly!

  69. #
    Megan {Country Cleaver} — January 30, 2013 @ 9:34 pm

    I never would have thought to seek out dried blueberries – but it makes total sense! And these look absolutely perfect, Cassie.

  70. #
    Vicki @ WITK — February 3, 2013 @ 1:29 pm

    I tried making these cookies and they came out super thing and crispy, yours are so fluffy looking! I’ve got to give another of these cookie recipes a try. I’m actually going to momfuku in two weeks for a baking class, maybe I’ll get the inside scoop! πŸ™‚

  71. #
    Nata — February 6, 2013 @ 9:58 pm

    These look divine! However, what is slat? I haven’t heard of it before and I highly doubt I will be able find it here in China. Are there any possible substitutes?

  72. #
    Jarrod Bleattler — April 24, 2013 @ 10:41 am

    There’s just something special about homemade cookies, especially chocolate chip cookies, so far as I’m concerned. It’s a great family activity, something even children can help with, and everyone loves eating the results.,

    <Keep it up ,'“"http://www.caramoan.co/

  73. #
    Tori — April 29, 2014 @ 8:08 pm

    Hi!
    I was wondering what brand of milk powder you use, and do you get it online?

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