Compost Cookies

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While I was wondering around Target a few weeks ago, I came across boxes of new cookie mixes in the baking aisle. I did a double take when I first saw them…does that really say “Compost Cookies”? What on earth is a Compost Cookie? So I flipped the box around and read the ingredients; flour, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips…..

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and you mix in your own potato chips and pretzels. Well that sounds like fun I thought to myself. Then I realized that I must be the only person on the planet that had never heard of Compost Cookies before! “MillkBar” “Momofuku” What??? I seriously need to get out of this cornfield!

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I was intrigued, but not enough to pay $6.99 for a mix. Time to investigate! As you can imagine, I found hundreds of different recipes online. Anderson Cooper’s favorite cookies…The Original Compost Cookies…My version of…and on and on.

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I tried the first recipe just so I could see what they would taste like, and they were way too sweet! That recipe had more ground coffee {1 1/2 Tablespoons vs 2 1/2 teaspoons} so I ended up digging coffee grounds out of my teeth. Maybe not, let’s try a different recipe. Let’s try the Original Milk Bar recipe and see what happens. 😉

How do you make Compost Cookies?

I pulled out my new stand mixer to beat the butter and sugars together for 2 to 3 minutes! Then add the egg and vanilla and beat for 3 more minutes until light, fluffy, and pale in color…..

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Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix on low just enough to combine together. Add the chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, graham cracker crumbs, oats, and coffee grounds* and mix just until incorporated…..

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All of the other recipes suggested chilling the dough for 1 to 2 hours, so I decided to go ahead even though this recipe didn’t call for it. I’m a rebel, what can I say. 😉

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. I used a large ice cream scoop {about 3 Tablespoons} to scoop the dough and drop in onto parchment paper/silpat lined baking sheets 3-inches apart…..

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Bake for 14 to 16 minutes, until the edges are golden brown and the centers are still slightly pale…..

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Allow the cookies to sit on the pan for 5 minutes before moving them to a wire cooling rack…..

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You can really see the coffee grounds in the first batch! That recipe also suggested using crème brûlée flavored coffee grounds*. I personally did not think that the cookies needed that flavor on top of the butterscotch chips, that’s why they were so sweet. I used my regular coffee beans for the second batch, and the flavor was perfect!!

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Things that I learned while researching this recipe:

  • The corn syrup gives the cookies a glossy, bakery look when baked.
  • The original recipe called for glucose syrup, but you can substitute corn syrup.
  • Chilling the dough keeps the cookies from flattening out as much when baking.
  • The original recipe calls for mini butterscotch chips. I have never seen those before so I used the standard size.

I also broke up the chips and pretzels a bit before mixing them into the dough. I wanted to spread the flavors throughout the cookies, so I put them into the measuring cup and pressed down. Nothing fancy, just enough to break them.

  • The pretzels pretty much disappear and blend into the cookie.
  • The chips add a slightly salty flavor to offset the sweetness of the butterscotch chips.
  • I personally do not taste the coffee, but I drink a mocha everyday so I may just be immune.

I loved these cookies and will definitely make them again!

More delicious cookie recipes:

What do you think, will you try them? Have you heard of them before?

Enjoy!!

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Compost Cookies

Compost Cookies - don't let the crazy name and ingredients scare you off, they are delicious!!
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate, cookies, recipe, potato, chips, pretzels, coffee, grinds, milk
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 16 minutes
Chilling Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 31 minutes
Servings: 24 Servings
Calories: 275kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • cups light brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 ¼ cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¾ cups mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup butterscotch chips mini if you can find them
  • ½ cup graham cracker crumbs
  • cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 ½ teaspoons ground coffee
  • 2 cups potato chips I used Ruffles
  • 1 cup mini pretzels I used Snyders of Hanover

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, beat together the butter, sugars, and corn syrup for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Add the egg and vanilla, and beat until light, fluffy, and pale in color, about 3 more minutes.
  • Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, and beat just until combined.
  • Mix in the chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, graham cracker crumbs, oats, and coffee grounds, just until combined.
  • Stir in the chips and pretzels.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and chill for 1 to 2 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Using a large ice cream scoop, drop cookies onto a parchment paper/silpat lined baking sheet about 3-inches apart.
  • Bake for 14 to 16 minutes, until golden brown on the edges and still slightly pale in the center.
  • Remove from oven and allow cookies to set for 5 minutes before moving them to a cooling rack.
  • Serve warm or cold. Store cookies in a sealed container for up to 3 days.

Notes

  • The corn syrup gives the cookies a glossy, bakery look when baked.
  • The original recipe called for glucose syrup, but you can substitute corn syrup.
  • Chilling the dough keeps the cookies from flattening out as much when baking.
  • The original recipe calls for mini butterscotch chips. I have never seen those before so I used the standard size.
  • I also broke up the chips and pretzels a bit before mixing them into the dough. I wanted to spread the flavors throughout the cookies, so I put them into the measuring cup and pressed down. Nothing fancy, just enough to break them.

Nutrition

Calories: 275kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 218mg | Potassium: 198mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 255IU | Vitamin C: 1.3mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg

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18 Comments

  1. These were great, and I did not notice a coffee taste either, and I don’t drink a mocha everyday (or at all), so I don’t think it was just you. 🙂

  2. I have never had compost cookies, but like you, I am intrigued! It sounds like quite the combo of flavors! 🙂

  3. I love the Milk Bar compost cookies! I never tried the mix, though. If I wanted to make my own, I’d probably just do what you do and experiment on my own, so thanks for doing the experimenting for me. 🙂 Pinning because these need to happen around here!

  4. OH.MY.STARS!! I’m wiping the drool off my chin….I’m such a cookie monster, but enjoying cookies like these ‘loaded’ ones would send me into a coma…I know I wouldn’t be able to stop. How awesome! Thanks for ‘testing’ this wonderful recipe. Printing AND pinning! Thanks a million for sharing with us at Weekend Potluck.

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