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The Famous Compost Cookie…

This is the perfect cookie for a pregnant woman.

This cookie contains chocolate chips, toffee bits, Ruffle’s Potato Chips, & pretzels.

Yes, you read that correctly. There are potato chips & pretzels in this cookie. It is delicious.

Several months ago I posted my Cap’n Crunch Marshmallow Treats. The inspiration for those came from an InStyle magazine article about Momofuku Milk Bar’s Pastry Chef/Owner, Christina Tosi. One of her most famous cookies is her Compost Cookie. WB reader Natalee emailed me asking for the compost cookie recipe. The recipe for this cookie wasn’t in the InStyle article, but it was stuck in my head. I needed that cookie in my life. After googling and googling, I found the recipe 🙂 And of course I emailed it to Natalee 🙂

Both the ingredients and the technique involved in these cookies are unique. In addition to the cookie dough, you add 1 1/2 cups of your favorite baking ingredients (chocolate chips, rolos, cocoa crispies, etc…), then you add 1 1/2 cups of your favorite snack foods.  I used a combo of semi-sweet chocolate chips & Health Bar toffee bits. For my snack foods I used a combo of Ruffle’s potato chips and pretzels.

The technique involves creaming the butter, sugar, egg mixture for ten minutes so the sugar can dissolve. Once the flour and all the mix-ins are added you’re suppose to scoop the dough onto either a parchment paper or silpat lined pan using a 6oz scoop. I used an ice cream scoop & it worked great. Next you cover the pan with plastic wrap and put them in them in the fridge for at least one hour. I’m inpatient and stuck mine in the freezer for 45 minutes. It worked perfectly.

Recipe Adapted from Amateur Gourmet


  • 2 sticks unsalted butter (at room temperature)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups of your favorite baking mix (chocolate chips, reeses peanut butter cups, junior mints, whatever)
  • 1 1/2 cups of your favorite snack foods (potato chips, pretzels, etc…)


In a medium bowl, combine your flour, baking powder, baking soda, & salt. Set aside.

In a mixer fitted with paddle attachment, cream the butter, sugars, and corn syrup until creamy. This will take about 2-3 minutes. Be sure to scrape the sides down. Next add the eggs and vanilla. Set the timer for 10 minutes and cream at medium high speed. The mixture will almost double in size. Next you want to add your flour mixture. Mix at low speed just until combined. This will only take about 45 seconds. Be sure not to over mix. Next add all your mix ins to the dough. Mix at low speed just until combined. Don’t over mix.

Using an ice cream scoop, Scoop dough onto a parchment (or silpat) lined pan. Wrap pan with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or, you could do what I did and stuck it in the freezer for 40 minutes. When your dough is ready, preheat your oven to 400 degrees and bake for 9-11 minutes. Just until the edges are golden brown. Do not touch the cookies. Let them cool completely in the pan.

23 Responses

  1. Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) said on April 1, 2011 at 7:58 am

    My jaw just dropped. Sometimes you just need the ultimate treat and this is definitely it! Also, it saves you time having to figure out what you’re craving…it has everything. YUM!

  2. Estela - Weekly Bite said on April 1, 2011 at 8:01 am

    I know 🙂 It satisfies both my salty & sweet cravings!

  3. Anne Keo said on April 1, 2011 at 8:31 am

    It’s like putting cheetos in your PBJ! Definitely will have to try these at some point.

  4. Dishes of Mrs. Fish said on April 1, 2011 at 8:33 am

    I have chocolate dipped potato chips once. They were amazing. So I’m pretty sure I would love these. 🙂

  5. Lauren at Keep It Sweet said on April 1, 2011 at 8:50 am

    So many fun fillings in this cookie! YUM

  6. Heather @ Heather's Dish said on April 1, 2011 at 9:02 am

    So….when am I getting mine in the mail? 😉

  7. Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} said on April 1, 2011 at 9:08 am

    Seriously?!! You are definitely right–this is the ultimate pregnant woman cookie! I’ll have to bookmark for next time I’m pregnant. 😉

  8. Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday said on April 1, 2011 at 9:19 am

    I saw one of the contestants on Top Chef make these and I thought that putting chips and pretzels in cookies was an amazing idea… salty and crunchy to go with the sweet and chewy cookie. PERfect.

  9. Evan Thomas said on April 1, 2011 at 9:48 am

    These sound incredible. I love salty/sweet. I don’t think you have to be pregnant to crave these.

  10. Anne @ Baking Me said on April 1, 2011 at 10:34 am

    I have never heard of potato chips in cookies before but it sounds delicious! I love the salty and sweet combo 🙂

  11. Kelly said on April 1, 2011 at 10:53 am

    I would totally get pregnant just to have copious amounts of these! haha!!

  12. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman said on April 1, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    I’ve never heard of these. They sound great, though the chips threw me. I love pretzels with sweet so I can’t imagine why chips would be any different.

  13. Natalia - a side of simple said on April 1, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    I’m definitely not pregnant, but I certainly am STILL bookmarking these cookies 🙂

  14. Becky said on April 1, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    YUM! Next, you’ll have to get their recipe for Crack Pie – I requested my brother bring me one from NY for Thanksgiving a couple years ago, and it lived up up to its name (so good, it’s like crack)… VERY bad for you, though (and pricey – like $40!). 🙂

  15. Jen said on April 1, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    I am VERY hopeful that these cookies are making their way over to my house this afternoon. 🙂

  16. emily (a nutritionist eats) said on April 1, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    Estela, now I feel the need to go BACK to the grocery store to get these ingredients!!

  17. Shari @ Chicago Cuisine Critique said on April 1, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    Wow! These look awesome! I have been big on the salt-sweet cravings lately (and i’m not pregnant). These definitely would hit the spot. Thanks for sharing!

  18. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic said on April 1, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    My friend makes these too and they are amazing. I always forget to ask for the recipe, glad you posted it!

  19. Maris (In Good Taste) said on April 2, 2011 at 8:43 am

    I love every single ingredient in this cookie!

  20. Anne Marie said on April 2, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    This might be better than those monster cookies I made once upon a time. YUM!!

  21. Ameena said on April 3, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    These are perfect for me! And I assure you I’m not pregnant. 🙂

  22. Rebekah @ Making Miracles said on April 3, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    Oh my heavens, I am saving these and WILL make them soon!! Wow!!