Momofuku Milk Bar’s Compost Cookies

David Chang’s delectable book Momofuku (the eponymous tome of recipes to his New York restaurant) really needs no introduction. Even less so in Australia after Chang’s visit to our shores earlier this year. If you got hold of the June edition of Gourmet Traveller, you will have come across the recipe for Momofuku’s steamed pork buns along with a piece on the man himself.

Compost Cookies

I’m yet to try making those infamous buns but another Momofuku recipe that caught my attention was when the fabulous Ellie (Almost Bourdain) tweeted about Compost Cookies. Compost Cookies? On checking out Ellie’s blog I became intrigued. The cookie is, in terms of appearance, a fairly standard looking cookie; round, brown and crunchy looking. What makes it interesting is the curious mix of snack foods and candy that you crush up and throw into the super smooth cookie dough mix. That’s the compost! :)

Compost Ingredients

Up until today, I was pretty sure Elizabeth Falkner’s chocolate chip cookie recipe was the ultimate. After making compost cookies, I think there’s some serious competition in the cookie stakes! Having said that, I think Chef Falkner’s recipe holds better (less processing of the butter I’m guessing) but Compost’s dough just tastes divine! Once you make the compost and mix it through, you can nigh on take a seat and eat the raw dough. It’s *that* good.

I won’t do up the recipe here as Ellie has it down pat on her blog and her photos are fantastic. I will share my compost combo however and add a few observations and tips. For a run through of all the fun things on offer at the Momofuku Milk Bar (not to be confused with *the* Momofuku), check out David Lebovitz’s blog. There is a picture of the genuine article here so you can compare it with your own cookie. Nevermind how it looks though, this is a recipe for something very good to eat.

My compost: plain potato chips (don’t use thin types; now I did balk at the idea of putting crisps into cookie dough but trust me, it’s awesome :) ), pretzels (I liked the idea of hard, crusty bits in my cookie), Oreos, a Snickers bar, some Maltesers and a Hershey bar (I have to say that Hershey tastes amazing in cooking, adding a lovely caramel sweetness to recipes).

Notes: I have a feeling one could skimp on the amount of butter used. I ended up only using 3/4 of a cup of butter and I think even half a bar of butter (125g) would have been fine too. There is a heck of a lot of oils & fats coming through from the chocolate so your cookie should still crisp up ok. That’s the amount of butter used for Chef Falkner’s chocolate chip cookie recipe for the same amount of flour. I also only used half a teaspoon of salt in the dough as the crisps and pretzels lent enough saltiness overall. I was pretty happy with the taste. Finally, I recommend not overprocessing the compost at all. Big lumps make the resulting cookie far more interesting I think. Something I’ll remedy next time :)

Compost Cookies



  1. Meggy

    September 3, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    *OMG* that looks so good i almost licked my screen.

    Momofuku = destroy of all dieting thoughts!

    • Moni

      September 5, 2010 at 10:15 am

      Ha ha Meg. Thanks :) Momofuku is indeed evil!

  2. Ellie (Almost Bourdain)

    September 3, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    I love reading all these compost cookies posts. Love to read about all the different “compost” used and how they work together. Love your take on this cookies! Well done!

    • Moni

      September 3, 2010 at 7:23 pm

      Thanks Ellie :) I don’t think you can improve on the lovely dough mixture but you’re right in that the different composts make the cookies interesting. Can’t wait to try another batch :D

  3. Spencer @ Moo-Lolly-Bar

    December 3, 2010 at 11:11 am

    I love Hershey’s chocolate so these cookies are something I am sure would taste great!

    • Monica

      December 9, 2010 at 11:08 am

      I’ll probably try and make some while away so I hope you have Hershey bars in stock :D

  4. sonu sharma

    January 4, 2011 at 4:49 am

    what do you mean by gastromony

    • Monica

      January 4, 2011 at 10:31 am

      I have a loose explanation in my Gastromony? page. Basically it’s a play on words. My name is Monica and I’m often known as Moni so it kinda worked.
      -mony is also the suffix to mean status or state so I guess it means the state of your stomach? :D

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