I have never felt so many mixed emotions about a cookbook.  Yes a cookbook has evoked fear, excitement, frustration, intimidation and giddiness all at the same time inside of me.  Momofuku Milk Bar is like no other cookbook.  I can assure you of that.  Usually when a cookbook calls for all sorts of specialty ingredients, I am instantly turned off.  I want recipes with ingredients that I have on hand or are easy to find and inexpensive to buy.  However, I recognize the benefits of getting out of your comfort zone from time to time, so here I am, my mind swirling, my confidence challenged and I feel like there should be a support group for cooking your way through this book.  You know, to ask questions such as “Is glucose the stickiest most annoying substance you have ever tried to measure out?  Or is it just me and am I missing something?”

I started with cookies.

Cookies people.  Typically one of the most straight forward things you could bake.  Until now.  First, I had to order glucose from amazon.com.  Then I had to purchase milk powder.  Is “milk powder” as it is referred to in the book the same as nonfat dry milk??  I sure hope so.  Oh and potato chips.  Yep, you read right, crispy, kettle-cooked potato chips were another ingredient I had to get before I could get started on these cookies.  I am really not trying to complain or sound whiney, but I would not be telling you the truth and honestly reviewing this recipe and book if I did not share this experience with you.  And don’t worry, it gets better.

Another unique aspect of Momofuku Milk Bar is that they use several “mother recipes” that are then ingredients for their pies, cakes, cookies, etc.  Another step, yes, but honestly not a complicated one.  So the mother recipe that was used in this infamous cookie recipe was their graham crust.  Basically what you would expect in any old graham cracker crust with the addition of milk powder.  The way I would describe these cookies is everything-but-the-kitchen-sink cookies.  You’ve got mini chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, pretzels, potato chips and graham cracker crust all rolled into one cookie!

I believe that the reason they call these cookies “compost cookies” is because your kitchen counter will look like a compost heap by the time you are finished!  Case in point:

I followed this recipe down to the glucose, but if you don’t want to purchase any specialty ingredients, I have included substitutions for you in the recipe.  And if you are a fan of the sweet & salty combination, you may find your new favorite with these Compost Cookies.

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to make graham crust, combine graham cracker crumbs, dry milk, sugar and salt

add melted butter and cream and mix with hands until large clumps form

for the cookies,in a large bowl, combine butter, sugars and glucose (if using) and mix on medium 

add eggs and vanilla and mix another 7-8 minutes

add dry ingredients and mix just to incorporate

add chocolate and butterscotch chips, graham crust (or crackers), oats and coffee

mix in potato chips and pretzels

place dough onto cookies sheets to chill for an hour

then bake, with no more than 4 cookies per sheet until edges are golden brown

Enjoy with a cold glass of milk (or beer??)

What is the most unique ingredient you have ever tasted in a cookie?  Did you like it?

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7 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Cassie
    Apr 25, 2012 @ 10:59 am

    My kitchen looks like that after I make any of these recipes! I am such a mess anyway! I am so glad that you got this book so that we can compare notes. I absolutely adored these cookies, and especially the cookie dough. I don’t think I would have changed anything about them but will probably try again and choose some different mix-ins. I loved the coffee flavor too! Yours look wonderful!


    • Mercedes
      Apr 25, 2012 @ 1:39 pm

      It’s so funny that your group that has been cooking your way through the book posted these cookies the same week!


  2. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious
    Apr 25, 2012 @ 11:54 pm

    The name “compost cookies” does not do these cookies any justice!


    • Mercedes
      Apr 27, 2012 @ 10:39 am

      I know, it is a funny name isn’t it?


  3. emily (a nutritionist eats)
    Apr 26, 2012 @ 9:13 pm

    I’ve heard so much about these cookies!! I know I would love the sweet + salty combo!


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