Monday, April 23, 2012

Milk Bar Mondays – Compost Cookies

Sweet and salty.  And like crack.  These cookies.

Compost Cookies

It’s obvious that they are so good that I can’t even complete a sentence.  Oh, there, I did it.  Maybe I’m OK now.

Compost Cookies

Not only does this cookie dough have ‘everything but the kitchen sink’, I think some crack magically sneaked its way in there because there was no stopping once starting. I thought this pie was crack, but I had no idea what trouble I was getting into when I opened the Milk Bar cookbook to the page with compost cookies at the top.  Trouble in such a good way that I can barely explain it.

Compost Cookies

There is just something about the sweet and salty combination of chocolate and butterscotch mixed with pretzels and potato chips, oh and some coffee laced through.  You’re gonna l-o-v-e these cookies.

Compost Cookies

They are so loaded with stuff that they don’t stack very well.  So you should just go ahead and prepare to eat a whole batch of these babies.

There is something about the Milk Bar cookie method that I just adore.  They do take a little more TLC than your normal batch of cookies but with just a few added minutes, you have one of the best cookies of your life.

Compost Cookies

a full pretzel made it all the way without breaking. it was the best bite ever.

Compost Cookies

Just take my word for it.

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Compost Cookie Recipe

Yield: 20 Large Cookies

Momofuku Milk Bar Compost Cookie recipe with chocolate chips, butterscotch, coffee, graham crackers, oats, pretzels and potato chips.


for the cookies:
1 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
2/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
2 Tbs. glucose (or 1 Tbs. corn syrup)
1 Egg
1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 1/3 cups bread flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
3/4 cup mini chocolate chips
1/2 cup butterscotch chips
1/4 recipe (about 1/2 cup) Graham Cracker Crust, recipe below
1/3 cup old-fashioned oats
2 1/2 tsp. ground coffee
2 cups potato chips (kettle chips work best)
1 cup pretzels

for the graham cracker crust: (recipe makes about 2 cups)
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup milk powder
2 Tbs. sugar
3/4 tsp. salt
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted and cooled
1/4 cup heavy cream


To make the graham cracker crust, stir together the graham cracker crumbs, milk powder, sugar, and salt. Whisk together the melted butter and heavy cream, and add it to the graham cracker mixture. Stir the mixture until the wet ingredients are fully incorporated and the mixture is moist enough to hold its shape. If it is still too dry, add 1 more tablespoon of melted butter. Be sure not to add too much butter, as you don’t want it super wet, just moist enough to form small clusters. Set aside for later use.

To make the cookies, beat together the butter, sugar, brown sugar, and glucose in the bowl of a stand mixer until light and creamy, about 2 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla and beat on medium-high speed for 7 minutes. (Don’t skip this step!) Scrape down the sides of the bowl.

Reduce the speed to low, and with the mixer running, add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Beat until the ingredients are fully incorporated and the dough comes together; be careful not to over-mix the dough.

Scrape down the sides of the bowl, and then add the chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, graham cracker crust, oats, and coffee. Mix on low, just until the ingredients are incorporated. Add the pretzels and potato chips and quickly mix on low speed until they have scattered throughout the dough. Be sure not to mix too long because you don’t want to break up the pretzels and potato chips too much.

Using an ice cream scoop (or a 1/3 cup measuring cup), scoop rounds of dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Pat down the dough until the round tops becomes flat. Don’t worry about placing the cookies to close together, you will move them and space them apart after they chill. Cover the baking sheet in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator to chill for 1 hour. Be sure to chill the dough, the cookies will spread too much if baked at room temperature

When the cookies have chilled, preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line 2-3 more baking sheets with parchment paper or Silpat liners. Remove the cookies from the refrigerator, or freezer, and transfer them to the prepared baking sheets, being sure to space them at least 4-inches apart.

Bake the cookies until they have spread and turned a light-golden brown, about 17-20 minutes. Allow the cookies to cool completely on the baking sheets. Enjoy immediately, or transfer to a sealed container to enjoy later. These last up to 5 days in a sealed container.

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Compost Cookies


135 Responses to “Milk Bar Mondays – Compost Cookies”

  1. #
    Loveforfood — April 24, 2012 @ 4:11 am

    This is a unique recipe.

  2. #
    Joanne — April 24, 2012 @ 7:33 am

    I make sure to get one of these from Milk bar every time I go because they are THE BEST. Can’t believe I haven’t tried to make them at home yet! Yours look amazing!

    • Cassie replied: — April 24th, 2012 @ 5:57 pm

      I am so jealous, Joanne. I want to go there for the “real thing” so badly!

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    Katerina — April 24, 2012 @ 8:16 am

    I haven’t tried anything like that! I am intrigued. I am keeping this to try!

    • Cassie replied: — April 24th, 2012 @ 5:56 pm

      I hope you enjoy, Katerina. I sure did!

  4. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — April 24, 2012 @ 11:09 am

    Hi Cassie,

    New to your blog but I keep seeing your name pop up in the comments of other blogs I follow, so I thought it was really time to come check out your site. Glad I did! 🙂 These cookies sound like heaven – I adore salty-sweet combos!

    • Cassie replied: — April 24th, 2012 @ 5:56 pm

      Hi Laura! I am so glad you stopped by, I am heading to check out your blog now. Thanks for the sweet comment!

  5. #
    Aly — April 24, 2012 @ 11:41 am

    I made these a while back and I like how you can throw in a variety of stuff and it still turns out tasty. 🙂

    • Cassie replied: — April 24th, 2012 @ 5:55 pm

      I love that about it too…so versatile!

  6. #
    Nami | Just One Cookbook — April 24, 2012 @ 12:18 pm

    Hi Cassie,

    This is one of the best cookies I’ve seen! Very unique and interesting and I would love to try these sweet-salty flavor cookies!

    • Cassie replied: — April 24th, 2012 @ 5:55 pm

      Thanks Nami! I absolutely loved it!

  7. #
    Laura @ Family Spice — April 24, 2012 @ 1:38 pm

    How great is that? Have a delicious cookie and clear out the pantry! LOL!

    • Cassie replied: — April 24th, 2012 @ 5:54 pm

      Definitely a clear out the pantry kind of cookie!

  8. #
    Ramona — April 24, 2012 @ 2:02 pm

    I am familiar with almost all the extras in cookies… except the pretzels! What a great idea… I bet it gave another layer of flavor and salt! YUM! 🙂

    • Cassie replied: — April 24th, 2012 @ 5:54 pm

      Thanks Ramona, it’s a great combo!

  9. #
    Aggie — April 24, 2012 @ 3:59 pm

    Do I see potato chips in there??? Oh man, loving these! Your photos are awesome. Love sweet n salty, in a major way.

    • Cassie replied: — April 24th, 2012 @ 5:53 pm

      Yes, potato chips make these cookies! Thanks, Aggie! 🙂

  10. #
    Jen at The Three Little Piglets — April 24, 2012 @ 9:50 pm

    I bet that dough is just crazy good!!

  11. #
    JulieD — April 25, 2012 @ 7:34 pm

    Wow, I keep hearing about compost cookies, I need to try them!!

  12. #
    Maureen @ Orgasmic Chef — April 27, 2012 @ 4:52 pm

    What a bunch of everything! All my favorites in one spot.

    • Cassie replied: — April 27th, 2012 @ 10:54 pm

      It is a great mix of flavors. Thanks Maureen!

  13. #
    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — May 8, 2012 @ 10:00 pm

    I seriously need to get my hands on that cookbook!! My sister told me she made these a few weeks ago, and she was crazy for them. My next cookie project!

  14. #
    Stephanie — September 25, 2012 @ 9:02 am

    Potato chips in cookies. Can’t wait to try this!

  15. #
    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — September 29, 2012 @ 10:00 am

    Yeah, I definitely need a fat stack of these. Whoever had the idea to put potato chips in a cookie needs an award. Awesome!!

  16. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — January 26, 2013 @ 11:44 am

    hey cassie! so i was going to use this recipe but i noticed in your directions you say to mix in the pretzels and potato chips but then in the ingredients, i don’t see how many cups of potato chips are needed…help? thanks girl!! xoxo


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