Compost Cookies

Compost Cookies

I think this is the last recipe I have to share from both our graduation parties – our Sail Away graduation party and the Smart Cookie party.

Today’s recipe is from the Smart Cookie party.

When I asked several people what their favorite cookie was from the Milk & Cookie Bar this cookie ended up in everyone’s Top Three – the Compost Cookie.

Compost Cookies

Yes, it has a funny name and no, it doesn’t really have compost in it (several people asked!)  The cookie originated from the Momofuku Milk Bar in NYC.  It’s the same place that amazing Crack Pie I shared here on the blog came from.  If you haven’t tried the Crack(Chess) Pie you MUST!!

So back to the compost cookie.  It is called compost because you pretty much throw in whatever you have in your cupboard.  I looked in my pantry and found potato chips, pretzels, fritos, white chocolate and Twix bars (leftover from those amazing Twix cookies.)

You need 1 1/2 C of your favorite snack food (pretzels, chips, etc.) and 1 1/2 C of your favorite sweet treats or baking ingredients (choco. chips, candy bars etc.)

Compost Cookies

The other trick to these cookies is that you beat the sugar, butter, corn syrup, eggs and vanilla for 10 minutes to get the sugar nice and dissolved. The dough ends up very fluffy and creamy as a result.

This cookie is both crisp and soft and sweet and salty.  A totally fun combination.

Because the dough is so soft and fluffy it does need to be refrigerated for at least an hour before baking.

Compost Cookies

So get creative and come up with your own combination of Compost Cookies.  Let me know what you add in? It is fun to try different combinations and each time I make them they are a little different.  It is a great way to clean out that pantry too!

Compost Cookies
  • 1 C butter, unsalted
  • 1 C granulated sugar
  • ¾ C light brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp corn syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1¾ cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1½ C your favorite baking ingredients (options: chocolate chips, Twix, Raisenettes, Rollos, Cocoa Krispies)
  • 1½ C your favorite snack foods (chips, pretzels, etc.)
  1. Mix with the paddle attachment, cream butter, sugars and corn syrup on medium high for two to three minutes until fluffy and pale yellow in color
  2. Turn down the speed to low and add eggs and vanilla
  3. Turn up speed to medium high and beat for 10 minutes
  4. This allows the sugar to fully dissolve, the mixture will become an almost pale white color and your creamed mixture will double in size
  5. After 10 minutes add the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt
  6. Mix for about another minute just until your dough comes together
  7. Do not over mix at this point
  8. At a low speed, add in the baking ingredients and mix for 30 - 45 seconds until they evenly mix into the dough
  9. Add in your favorite snack foods last, beating at low low speed until they are just incorporated
  10. Using a 6 oz. ice cream scoop, make balls of cookie dough and place onto a parchment lined cookie sheet
  11. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for a minimum of one hour or up to 1 week
  12. DO NOT BAKE your cookies from room temperature or they will not hold their shape
  13. Heat the oven to 400 F. Take the plastic off your cookies and bake 9 to 11 minutes
  14. While in the oven, the cookies will puff, crackle and spread
  15. At 9 minutes, the cookies should be browned on the edges and just beginning to brown towards the center.
  16. Leave the cookies in the oven for the additional minutes if these colors don't match up and your cookies still seem pale and doughy on the surface
  17. Cool the cookies completely
Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. says

    I cannot wait to try these! A friend of mine always talks about Compost Cookies from Momofuko, and I have never been so I have never been able to try them. I will definitely be making them at home!

  2. Ellen says

    OMG!!!!! I made prepared these yestereday and baked this morning. These are incredible. This is the second batch of made and used different “junk” (compost) each time. These were by far the BEST. Some of this and some of that (raisenettes, twix, kit-kat, skors, milk duds…..all cut up, of course. And, pretzels chopped.) AMAZING!!!!!!!! Last time I used a few different things but these were better. Did I say……AMAZING!!!!!!!! Baked them for a friends party and better get them outta here fast!!!!!!!!!

    • says

      So glad you enjoyed the cookies. The fun part is how they turn out a little different each time you make them. I love experimenting with different ingredients. Thanks!

  3. Kelly says

    These are delicious! Truth be told, we ate as much dough as we did baked:) I used pretzels, chocolate chips and caramel bits (there wasn’t much junk food in the cupboards). Can’t wait to try them again with different combination of ingredients .

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