Compost Cookies

You know I’m kind of sweet on Christina Tosi.  I think she’s a major genius.  The recipes she’s developed, the business model she’s established,  the books she’s written.  Wow, what a woman!  So, I decided it was time to try her chocolate chip cookie.  But not just any chocolate chip, I decided on her Compost Cookie.

As you know, G and I love lots of ‘stuff’ in our cookies.  This recipe appealed to us for that very reason.


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


  •  1⅓ cups bread flour
  •  ½ teaspoon baking powder
  •  ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  •  1 teaspoon kosher salt
  •  1 cup butter, at room temperature
  •  1 cup granulated sugar
  •  cup light brown sugar
  •  2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  •  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


  1. 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.
  2. Prepare the Cookie Dough: In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; set aside.
  3. Combine the butter, both sugars and corn syrup 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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).
  8. 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.
  9. 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.

*  From the Recipe Box:

No wimpy potato chips.  I used Tim’s.

I could not find mini butterscotch chips and I will keep looking.  The minis keep the chip to bite ratio in check.

No Espresso powder; use regular coffee.

G thought they were a little too crispy; I thought they were perfect.

and remember:  Vince Lombardi said:  Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.  Big kiss, Lynn

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