Compost Cookies

It started with a karaoke party.  Well, it really started with my roommate making these amazing cookies from blogger Jessica’s website, and me eating those and being inspired last October, but this summer I finally found the opportunity to make Compost Cookies.  And then after I served the first batch at the karaoke party, my mom and I wondered if adding other things to these cookies would be good; batches two and three soon followed.  Curiosity won this round, and we have spent the rest of the week snacking.  Here’s what we did:

The First Batch

For the party, I pretty much followed Jessica’s recipe from her blog How Sweet It Is, which is awesome, with a few minor changes.  Also, just a note about karaoke parties: unless you can actually pull it off, do not sing Beyonce’s Love On Top.  All of your brother’s friends will secretly hate you and glare at you when they eat your cookies.  And if you mess this recipe up, they’ll have other reasons to glare.  (Just kidding, they were nice, but the song still didn’t go well.  I apologize).

Ingredients
– 1.5 sticks of butter
– 1 cup brown sugar
– 1/2 cup granulated sugar
– 1 cup flour
– 1 tsp salt
– 2 tsp baking soda
– 1 egg and 1 egg yolk
– 3/4 cup salt/vinegar chips
– 3/4 cup milk chocolate chips
– 1/2 cup salted pretzels
– 2 graham cracker crackers (the big ones)
– 1/2 large Butterfinger bar
– 1/3 cup peanut butter M&Ms
– 1/3 cup white chocolate chips

Directions
1. Preheat the oven to 325 deg F
2. Cream melted butter with sugars (whisk)
3. In a separate bowl, mix flour, salt, and baking soda
4. Mix in the egg/egg yolk and vanilla
5. Pour flour mixture into butter/sugar/egg mixture and mix until smooth
6. Crush all add-ins (ingredients after eggs) and mix in the now empty flour bowl
7. Mix all add-ins into the batter; you might want to use your hands
8. Scoop into small balls and place on a cookie sheet (mine made about 3 batches)
9. Bake for 10 minutes

Curiosity became opportunity.  My mom and I decided to try our own tweaks, creating very different–but still delicious–snacks.  Here are the recipes of her new-and-improved compost cookie bars and my new-and-improved compost cookies.

 

The Second Batch: Mom’s Compost Cookie Bars and Cookies

My mom had heard of compost cookies in bar form before, so she decided to try baking more in that direction, combining several recipes to make these awesome bars.  She also used some of the batter to make cookies, which were also awesome.  Unfortunately, I don’t know exactly how she made the batter (it was a combination of several recipes and involved a blender?) and the exact measurements of any ingredients.  I can tell you the fillings she used, though, and you can try those in your own compost cookies/bars/creations!

In the Cookies
– coconut oil
– mini semisweet chocolate chips
– dried cranberries
– salt & vinegar potato chips
– crushed pretzels

She did not add butterfingers to her cookies, which I think are one of the best parts, but increased the salt and vinegar chips, which I found necessary (mine needed more of the salt flavor).  The Craisins were an awesome addition and probably wouldn’t have gone as well in my version below but somehow REALLY worked in my mom’s cookies.  Also, one trick to eating large quantities of flavorful cookie is to serve it with vanilla ice cream and a little chocolate sauce.  So good.

 

The Third Batch: Even More Cookies by Me

The most interesting thing about these cookies is probably the chocolate.  Instead of milk like the last time, I/we decided to combine bittersweet and white chocolate to decrease the sweetness and give more of a rich chocolaty taste.  It became very important to make sure everything was mixed evenly, because cookies containing all bittersweet and no white would end up rather bitter.

Ingredients
– 1 sticks of butter
– 2/3 cup brown sugar
– 1/3 cup granulated sugar
– 1 1/3 cup flour
– 1/6 tsp salt
– 1/3 tsp baking soda
– 1 egg
– 3/4 cup salt/vinegar chips
– 1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate (chop into chunks)
– 1/3 cup salted pretzels
– 2 graham cracker crackers (the big ones)
– 1/2 large Butterfinger bar (about 1/3 cup chopped)
– 1/3 cup peanuts
– 1/2 cup white chocolate chips

Directions
1. Preheat the oven to 325 deg F
2. Cream melted butter with sugars (whisk)
3. In a separate bowl, mix flour, salt, and baking soda
4. Mix in the egg and vanilla
5. Pour flour mixture into butter/sugar/egg mixture and mix until smooth
6. Crush all add-ins (ingredients after eggs) and mix in the now empty flour bowl
7. Mix all add-ins into the batter; you might want to use your hands
8. Scoop into small balls and place on a cookie sheet (this also made about 3 batches)
9. Bake for 10 minutes

Based on reviews from my father and brother (our live-in critics), all of the cookies were good.  But my mom’s were a bit more flavorful and mine were a bit more fluffy and less gooey, so you can definitely choose a recipe based on your preferences!  I’d recommend leaving out the graham crackers for more of a gooey texture.  If anyone would like to play around with the recipe, I’d love to hear how it goes, so leave comments or tweet at me!  Happy Baking!

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