Compost Cookie recipe from Momomufuku’s Milk Bar

Recently we bought the Momofuku cookbooks – both the original and the milk bar one.

To be honest, both books have been gathering dust since we bought it a couple months ago – mostly because we were too lazy to get around reading it and most importantly, attempting the recipes. I did quickly glance over the recipes and I felt that quite a few of them were labour intensive but given Valentine’s Day was coming up, I felt now was a good time to put the book to good use. I planned everything out – I was going to make him a Momofuku themed dinner with this Compost Cookie being the final dessert. I’ll link to the other recipes I made once I post them 🙂

Now I’ve had the real compost cookie before and it was really good. I believe it is called the Compost Cookie because it has an assortment of mix-ins to the cookie. It’s not your standard singular flavour chocolate chip cookie. This cookie has ingredients such as potato chips, coffee grounds, rolled oats, chocolate chips just to name a few.  Mind you I did leave out a couple of ingredients (mostly because I didn’t have them on hand but I was also desperately craving these cookies) but in my opinion, they turned out really well! In fact, we felt it taste very close to the cookies we got at the Milk Bar.

I did encounter some problems when baking it and that was the issue with spreading. The first time I baked these cookies, I followed the instructions to the T including the baking temperature and my cookies almost turned out like chips because they spread so thin. I tried it again but this time baking it at a much lower temperature and it turned out much better! It’s also important to bake the cookie dough when it’s cold and not room temperature.

So get creative with your mix ins, throw in whatever you have around the house that you feel would lend texture to the cookie and let us know what combinations you try 🙂

Please note this recipe was adapted from the Momofuku Milk Bar cookbook and this was the recipe I used to make my cookie. As mentioned earlier, I did omit a few ingredients such as the butterscotch chips and pretzels but feel free to add them in!

Compost Cookie recipe from Momomufuku’s Milk Bar

Prep Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Category: Cookies & Bars

Servings: 15 to 20 cookies

Compost Cookie recipe from Momomufuku’s Milk Bar


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2⁄3 cup tightly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1⁄3 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips (you can also finely chop up regular sized chocolate chips)
  • 1/2 cup graham crust
  • 1⁄3 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 1/2 tsp ground coffee
  • 1 cups potato chips


  1. In a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, cream the softened butter and sugars together on medium-high for 2 to 3 minutes. scrape down the sides of the bowl until it is pale and fluffy. Then, add the egg and vanilla, and beat for 7 to 8 minutes.
  2. Reduce the speed to low and add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. I typically combine these dry ingredients first and add them into the butter mixture in batches. Mix just until the dough comes together (no longer than 1 minute as you don't want to overbeat it). Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula as required in between to ensure everything is mixed in.
  3. Slowly add the chocolate chips, graham crust, oats, and coffee grounds and mix just until incorporated (about 30 seconds). add the potato chips on low speed until just incorporated. You don't want to crush all the chips!
  4. Saran wrap the cookie dough mixture and let it chill for at least an hour.
  5. When you're just about ready to bake the cookies, preheat the oven to 350F. Once the oven is ready, scoop the cold cookie dough into round balls and flatten the tops a little bit. Make sure to leave ample space between the cookies as the cookies will spread a bit.
  6. Bake for approximately 10 minutes or until nicely golden brown throughout.
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