Earlier in the week I tried my hand at baking Momofuku Milk Bar Compost Cookies. This is one of those recipes that lots of food bloggers seem to be trying, and although mine were tasty you couldn’t tell that they had unique ingredients (like potato chips!) in them.
Yesterday, I met my dear friend LP in the city and we based our day around getting the real deal cookie from Milk Bar. Their Compost Cookie was a disappointment — mine was soggy, and although I could taste the coffee grounds in it, there really wasn’t much of an identifiable flavor other than SWEET. It made me feel better about the cookies I’d baked — I thought their flavor was better even though mine spread way too much and weren’t attractive.
We did both enjoy the salty pistachio ice cream, though it is so rich that neither of us came close to finishing our servings. (And, over the hour or so that we lingered with our treats in the mezzanine of the Chambers Hotel mezzanine lounge, which is connected to the bakery, the ice cream did. not. melt. It softened slightly, but we were both puzzled by its staying power. And a little grossed out by it — could it have been thickened with food starch so it held its shape as it warmed up? We couldn’t figure it out.
I’m doing my volunteer stint at the Roxbury Farm share pick-up site this week, so if you’re also a member please say hi!
Monday: Leftover sauteed kale, spinach, and garlic scapes over pasta, Parmesan cheese
Tuesday: Spicy Hummus with farm share parsley with radishes, lettuce, and tomatoes, bagels, turnip salad (loosely based on Spring Turnip Salad)
Wednesday: Out to dinner
Thursday: Slow Cooker Italian-Style Turkey Meatballs, pasta, farm share veggies
Friday: Chicken soup (from the freezer) with noodles, challah, sugar snap peas
Saturday: Smoked Beef Ribs, baked potatoes, farm share veggies
Sunday: “Pasta Extravaganza” for Father’s Day, our family is coming here — still deciding what additional pasta dish to make along with Baked Ziti, garden salad, and garlic bread
For more menu planning ideas, check out Laura at Organizing Junkie, and Jenna, who sponsors Mindful Menus, a menu-planning meme that aims “to inspire health through real food” at Chive Talkin’.
June 13, 2010
I have been wanting to try making Momofuku Milk Bar’s Compost Cookies ever since Jodi mentioned it to me a month or so ago. The only trick was that the recipe requires a stand mixer, and I don’t have one. Thankfully I do have an awesome neighbor, so I borrowed Sharon’s KitchenAid.
I omitted the corn syrup (others did, too) and used a combination of potato chips and pretzels for the snack food, and a chopped Nestle Crunch bar and Goobers for the candy. I also used a smaller scoop for making the cookies than the recipe suggestion — mine fits a tablespoon of dough, which is definitely a large enough cookie for us. Even though I allowed the dough to sit in the fridge for more than an hour before baking, they spread a lot.
Verdict on the flavor: they are buttery, delicate, and there were none left over after a couple of days. But they had absolutely no hint of the wacky snack food ingredients to me. They were kind of generic tasting — a good chocolate chip cookie with a hint of peanuts (from the Goobers), but not something special to make again. Disappointing!
I also didn’t like the way they spread so thin. I double-checked the recipe to see if I’d done something wrong with the volume of flour, and in the process stumbled across several posts Anna at Cookie Madness had written earlier this year about these cookies: her first post, with lots of comments about problems readers had with the original recipe on the Regis & Kelly site; a second post, where she is thinking out loud about how the recipe might not have been written quite as intended; and a third post, where she bakes these cookies successfully.
I am not a baker, just someone who likes to bake. I am probably a little too fast and loose with measurements, and after reading Anna’s posts I am sure that there were several problems in the batch I made. First, I didn’t use enough flour. Second, the dough would have benefited from an overnight refrigeration. And finally, I think the Nestle Crunch bar was a poor choice, in that it probably made the cookies spread even more than a chocolate chip would have.
I don’t have any urge to try these cookies again and get them right. Both my boys were ambivalent about this cookie, and would have been much happier with a basic chocolate chip, or their favorite cookie, where I use M&Ms instead. Next time I have a Compost Cookie, it’s going to be an original from Milk Bar.
June 11, 2010