{Momofuku} Compost Cookies

While soft, chewy cookies are typically always at the top of my must-have dessert list, there's something to be said about crisper, crunchy cookies, too. Momofuku Milk Bar is a bakery in NYC receives celebrity-grade attention for its delicious assortment of cookies, cakes, and pies; more specifically, its Crack Pie, Birthday Cake Truffles, and Compost Cookies.

Momofuku's compost cookies (also known as "kitchen sink" or "trash" cookies for their ingredient list) are made with butterscotch chips, chocolate chips, pretzels, potato chips, oats, graham cracker, and coffee grounds. Call it what you want and make it what you want, but this recipe fool-proof for making delicious, unique cookies.


Isn't it nice to be making cookies and cleaning out the pantry at the same time?

Momofuku Compost Cookies

For the Graham Mixture:
  • ⅓ cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon milk powder
  • 1½ teaspoons granulated sugar
  • ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream

For the Cookies:
  • 1⅓ cups bread flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ⅔ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup mini chocolate chips
  • ½ cup butterscotch chips
  • Prepared graham mixture 
  • ⅓ cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 2½ teaspoons ground coffee
  • 2 cups kettle cooked potato chips (these hold their shape better when mixed)
  • 1 cup mini pretzels

1. Prepare Graham Mixture: In a small bowl, stir together the graham cracker crumbs, milk powder, sugar and salt. Whisk together the butter and heavy cream, then add to the dry ingredients. Toss with a fork until the mixture is evenly moistened; set aside.

2. Prepare the Cookie Dough: In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; set aside.

3. Combine the butter, both sugars and corn syrup in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and cream together on medium-high speed for 2 to 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, add the egg and vanilla, and continue to beat for 7 to 8 minutes.

4. Reduce mixer speed to low and add the flour mixture. Mix just until the dough comes together, no longer than 1 minute. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula.

5. Still on low speed, add the chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, graham mixture, oats and coffee, and mix until just incorporated, about 30 seconds. Add the potato chips and pretzels and again, mix only until barely incorporated, 15 to 20 seconds.

6. Using a 2¾-ounce ice cream scoop (or a ⅓-cup measuring cup), portion out the dough onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Pat the tops of the cookie dough domes flat. Wrap the sheet pan tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or up to 1 week.

7. Bake the Cookies: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Arrange the chilled dough a minimum of 4 inches apart on parchment- or Silpat-lined sheet pans. Bake for 18 minutes. The cookies will puff, crackle, and spread. After 18 minutes, they should be very faintly browned on the edges yet still bright yellow in the center. Give them an extra minute or so if that's not the case.

8. Cool the cookies completely on the sheet pans before serving or storing. The cookies can be kept in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days, or frozen for up to 1 month.


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