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A stack of the famous compost cookies from Momofuku Milk Bar.

Compost Cookies

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The famous Compost Cookie recipe from Momofuku Milk Bar.
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 18 mins
Refrigeration time 1 hr
Total Time 2 hrs
Servings 20 to 20 cookies
Calories 315
Author Michelle


For the Graham Crumb Mixture

  • cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon milk powder
  • teaspoons granulated sugar
  • teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter melted
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream

For the Cookies

  • 1⅓ cups bread flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons  glucose
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup mini chocolate chips
  • ½ cup mini butterscotch chips
  • Prepared graham mixture
  • cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • teaspoons ground coffee
  • 2 cups potato chips
  • 1 cup mini pretzels


  • Prepare Graham Mixture: In a small bowl, stir together the graham cracker crumbs, milk powder, sugar and salt. Whisk together the butter and heavy cream, then add to the dry ingredients. Toss with a fork until the mixture is evenly moistened; set aside.
  • Prepare the Cookie Dough: In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; set aside.
  • Combine the butter, both sugars and glucose in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and cream together on medium-high speed for 2 to 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, add the egg and vanilla, and continue to beat for 7 to 8 minutes.
  • Reduce mixer speed to low and add the flour mixture. Mix just until the dough comes together, no longer than 1 minute. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula.
  • Still on low speed, add the chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, graham mixture, oats and coffee, and mix until just incorporated, about 30 seconds. Add the potato chips and pretzels and again, mix only until barely incorporated, 15 to 20 seconds.
  • Using a 2¾-ounce ice cream scoop (or a ⅓-cup measuring cup), portion out the dough onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Pat the tops of the cookie dough domes flat. Wrap the sheet pan tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or up to 1 week.
  • Bake the Cookies: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Arrange the chilled dough a minimum of 4 inches apart on parchment- or Silpat-lined sheet pans (should be about 6 cookies per sheet).
  • Bake for 18 minutes. The cookies will puff, crackle, and spread. After 18 minutes, they should be very faintly browned on the edges yet still bright yellow in the center. Give them an extra minute or so if that's not the case.
  • Cool the cookies completely on the sheet pans before serving or storing. The cookies can be kept in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days, or frozen for up to 1 month.


  • You can substitute 1 tablespoon light corn syrup for the glucose.
  • Do not use instant coffee or espresso powder in place of the ground coffee, as it will dissolve into the cookies, which it is not intended to do.
  • Pretzel recommendation: Snyders mini pretzels.
  • Potato chips recommendation: Cape Cod potato chips.
Nutritional values are based on one cookie


Calories: 315kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 274mg | Potassium: 191mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 345IU | Vitamin C: 1.6mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 0.7mg