Recipe: Compost Cookies

by Cate on April 29, 2009

Compost Cookies
I debated writing about another “sweet” recipe today.  We certainly have had a few good ones recently, like the Malted Milk Ball Cupcakes, which were quickly followed by the Malted Milk Ball Cookies, but we’ve also had some great vegetable and otherwise savory recipes recently too (see the amazingly easy but uber-delicious broccoli for example).  So I decided, what the heck, right?  I’m not going anywhere.  You’re not going anywhere.  There’s plenty of time for vegetables.

Kris asked yesterday what other cookies made the platter for the donation I baked up for a recent fundraiser.  In addition to the Malted Milk Ball Cookies, I also made my favorite Cinnamon-Nut Spice Cookies, Mexican Wedding Cakes and Compost Cookies. 

Compost Cookies.  They’re a funny little cookie.  Made famous as the brainchild of Momofuku‘s pastry chef Christina Tosi, their list of ingredients is just as unique as the name of the cookie.  Pretzel pieces, chocolate, oats, coffee grinds, potato chips … it’s enough to make you wrinkle up your nose and turn tail.  They sell the cookies for $1.75 each and they’ve been getting mixed reviews so far (see here, here, here and oh here too!).

I’ve seen the cookies mentioned in a few food magazines recently, but haven’t seen the original recipe yet.  I did, however, find a semi-copycat version from the Oatmeal CookieBlog, and that’s the recipe I made.  From what I’ve heard and seen, the original is a thinner version, and this version has a few swap-outs that may change the overall taste in comparison.  I haven’t had the original, so can’t tell you if it’s better, or if this one is.

So was the cookie a hit?  At first bite, it’s not an OMG.  But then you get a bite of a piece of salty pretzel, or maybe even a Frito, and you’re thinking, “wait a minute, this isn’t half bad.”  I think this is one of those cookie recipes to make once, enjoy and cross off your list.  Next!

Compost Cookies
Recipe courtesy of Oatmeal CookieBlog


1 1/2 sticks butter

3/4 cup dark brown sugar

1/4 cup white sugar

2 tablespoons dry, used coffee grounds (I used instant Espresso)

Wet Ingredients

1 egg

1 tablespoon vanilla


Dry Ingredients

1 cup oatmeal

1 cup flour

3/4 cup roughly crushed potato chips

1/2 cup roughly crushed pretzels

1/2 cup roughly crushed Fritos

1/2 cup peanut butter chips

1/2 cup chocolate chips

1 teaspoon baking soda

  1. Preheat oven to 350º.
  2. In your Kitchen Aid or a large mixing bowl, cream together the creamables.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the wet ingredients and whisk together until smooth.
  4. Add the combined wet ingredients to the creamables. Mix together until well incorporated.
  5. In a large mixing bowl, add the dry ingredients. Using a spatula, fold together until evenly distributed.
  6. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the combined creamables and wet ingredients. Mix until evenly combined.
  7. Shape dough into balls–about 2 tablespoons each.
  8. Place dough balls about 2 inches apart on Silpat- or parchment paper-lined cookie sheets.
  9. Bake at 350º for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove the cookie sheets from the oven and let stand for 2 minutes. Then place cookies on wire racks to cool.

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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Cathy April 30, 2009 at 8:53 am

omg – I am going to have to try these….just for the sheer pleasure of telling people what they are called!

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Sara April 30, 2009 at 9:17 am

Wow, these really do sound unique! I’m definitely intrigued and must give them a try.

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Joanne April 30, 2009 at 9:30 am

These are definitely interesting to say the least. I’m not sure how I feel about a Frito in my cookie, however. If you say it’s good though, I’m going to have to trust you…

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Natasha - 5 Star Foodie April 30, 2009 at 9:51 am

What an interesting combination of flavors here with all the different chips! I would love to try!

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dawn April 30, 2009 at 10:04 am

ohhhh this is a good flavor-combo! ::Printing:::

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Wendy April 30, 2009 at 12:49 pm

YUM! Those sound and look delicious. Thank you for writing about them.

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Magda April 30, 2009 at 2:43 pm

fritos and used coffee grounds? Where do you find these recipes??? What did the cookie winner think of these? Did you tell them what was in them?


Cate April 30, 2009 at 5:22 pm

Cathy – exactly why I made them! :)

Magda – just lucky I guess. ;) I wasn’t there where everyone tried them, but they’re not bad. It’s the kind that tends to grow on you … not spectacular at first bite, but then hours later you’re thinking about them and all the sudden, you want another one.

Wendy – no problem!

Dawn – a perfect vehicle to mix the salty and sweet and satisfy all the taste buds in one fell swoop.

Joanne – I promise, you just taste a twinge of salt, not a screaming Frito. She’s doing better today, thank you for asking!

Sara and Natasha – hope you like ’em!


Kelly April 30, 2009 at 6:59 pm

I made these last week and used espresso powder instead of coffee grounds. I am a big salty/sweet fan, so I really liked these.


Patsy Kreitman April 30, 2009 at 9:00 pm

Definitely sounds like an interesting cookie. May have to try them just to see what they taste like!

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Donna May 3, 2009 at 7:11 am

I have to try these.. they sound too intriguing not to.

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Lisa (dinner party) May 5, 2009 at 4:59 pm

MIlk Bar is very cool, but I just stuck to soft-serve. I could see these cookies going over really well at a party, though!

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Linda February 17, 2010 at 3:35 pm

These sound similar to the cookies I make. But I’ve always called them Gabbage Cookies. The ingredients are just a little different. They are very good the whole family loves them.


Bears Decor March 2, 2010 at 12:10 am

Interesting recipe. Though my first thought was garden compost, lol. I think this would be a great recipe to get the kids involved in, thanks.


Chantel December 2, 2010 at 1:08 pm

I have made Christina Tosi’s Compost cookies. They are a Huge hit! I change the ingredients to my liking. Thats the whole point is to customize what you have in the cabinet. If anyone wants to try them again I used Heath bar Toffee bits,Chocolate Morsels,Goldfish Pretzels and chopped Cranberry pieces.
I use a medium sized cookie scoop and its the perfect plump cookie size.
Another cookie try was Chocolate morsels,Heath bar Toffee bits,Crumbled whole wheat ritz crakers, Baby size Chedder goldfish and Dark Chocolate Raisinettes.
Happy baking :-)


Chantel December 2, 2010 at 1:13 pm

Oh i forgot I also used Cocoa Krispies in the cranberry version and regular Rice krispies in the other one.
I loved the taste of the cocoa krispies and the cranberry mix. I also suggest not to use the whole bag of the Toffee bits i would only use 1 cup rather than the 1 1\2 cups.


Jessica Schenck November 15, 2011 at 11:13 am

In the oven as we speak. Can’t wait to try them. They do look messy and I didn’t have parchment so be prepared to scrub the gooy mess after they bake if your like me.


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