Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Recipe: Momofuku's Compost Cookies
History/Review: I read a lot about Momofuku Milk Bar's Compost Cookies. People seem to love them but there was a lot of discussion/dissent about what goes in them and how people struggled to keep them from spreading too much. Personally, I love me some kettle corn, so sweet'n salty cookies seem to be okay by me. But holy mother, what a pain to decipher and modify the recipe! Do I seriously believe people should be eating 6 ounces' worth of batter? Why would you put coffee grounds in your cookie? Why won't these bake properly? All good questions. This is one recipe that would be worthwhile busting out the kitchen scale, especially where the flour is concerned. Be sure to use ingredients that will hold their shape (so ixnay on chopped chocolate and easy on the toffee), that the potato chips are a must and feel free to give the coffee grounds a miss as well. And yes, definitely refrigerate these bad boys overnight or you will have crispy flatness to contend with.
Modifications: Essentially, you're supposed to add 1.5 c sweet things and 1.5 c salty things, for a total of 3 c of mix-ins. I used: milk chocolate chips, chopped chocolate-covered toffee almonds, Cocoa Pebbles, pecans, salted pretzels and corn chips. I think I did closer to four cups (including the rolled oats), but overall, they were much sweeter to me than salty. I'd give the Pebbles a miss, because I couldn't find them at all in the finished product, as well as the corn chips, because it gives the cookie an oiliness that was kind of icky. To compensate for the spreading, I added 3/4 c old fashioned rolled oats. Because I added oats, baking them for 9 minutes at 400F made brown, crusted, totally-raw-inside cookies. I wound up baking them for 18 minutes at 350F and letting them cool in the pan. I used a cookie scoop to scoop generous 4 oz portions and they made absurdly large cookies so make 6 oz cookies at your own risk. I also skipped freezing the pan, because I used Silpat-lined sheets.
Final Verdict: No one at supper club complained about them but the kids preferred Breyer's to them. A good way to clean leftover crap out of your pantry, but I'm totally fine living without them.