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Momofuku Milk Bar Compost Cookies

I have not been to Milk Bar. I’ve been to New York several times, but that was before I spent my vacation time seeking out awesome, local food. Therefore, I have no idea if this recipe is completely accurate, or if the resultant cookies could be mistaken for the original. But regardless, these are some damn good cookies.

We’re lucky I managed to bake any of these cookies. I had a flashback to my childhood and ate so much dough I thought I was going to make myself sick. I’m not exaggerating. I have no shame and that dough was the best I’ve ever had.

Let’s talk about all the junk in these cookies. I wanted a ton of mix-ins for maximum composty-ness, so I used semi-sweet chocolate chips, butterscotch chips (OMG, why did I not know how freaking awesome these are?!), pretzels, and classic potato chips. A note on the mix-ins: the butterscotch flavor was super strong in the cookies, which was fine with me, and the potato chips got lost, maybe because they were so thin. I love the idea of chips in cookies, but I think next time I would used kettle chips or something a bit more substantial.

The compost cookies are actually less salty than I was anticipating. Considering the fact two full teaspoons of kosher salt went into the dough, I was surprised how solidly sweet the actually dough seemed. The bursts of saltiness came from bites with the pretzels and chips, but the butterscotch chips really amped up the overall sweetness.

These cookies really melt down quickly and each of mine ended up being about 4 inches in diameter. I’m not sure if I used a 6oz portion because I do not have an ice cream scoop, so I just did a big scoop, maybe slightly bigger than a golf ball. I was surprised how flat they became in the 10 minutes they spent in the oven.

The best thing about these cookies is that Brent loved them! I actually try really hard to make things that Brent will love. That’s not to say he’s picky. Quite the opposite actually. He’ll eat everything and usually says things are “fine” or “pretty good” so it takes a lot to get him excited about food. While he didn’t start jumping up and down and doing backflips over these cookies, he did eat 3 in the space of 10 minutes and said they were really good. That’s definitely a win in my book.


2 responses »

  1. I wonder if ripple-style chips would hold up well?

    I’ve never thought to put chips in a cookie; or pretzels, for that matter! I love salty and sweet, though, so I bet they are fantastic!


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