Kitchen Sink Cookies
Momofuku Milk Cafe in New York is the place to buy your bakery goods, especially if you have a pretty penny to spare. One of their specialties, called "Crack Pie," sells for about $40; or, for $1.75, you can purchase one "Compost Cookie," which contains a unique combination of salty and sweet add-ins including potato chips, pretzels, chocolate chips and coffee grounds. To be sure, the ingredient list sounds like something you might find in a trash bin, but the cookie totally works for this simple reason: salty + sweet = good to eat, and in this case, outrageously good to eat!
I used my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe for the base and tossed in chocolate and butterscotch chips, along with oats, pretzels, potato chips and coffee grounds. Have your kids pick out their favorite salty snacks, then smash them with a rolling pin inside a large zip-top bag. Try fish crackers, pretzels or chips and any kind of baking chips or chopped chocolate-y candy you can dream up. Make these cookies your own, and don't tell your friends what's in them….they'll beg for the recipe and will never guess that they're made with the dregs from your pantry shelves!
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- In a large bowl, beat together the butter with the brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until smooth.
- Sift in the flour, baking soda and salt and beat until barely combined. Stir in the oats, coffee grounds if using, salty snacks and baking chips and mix well.
- Place spoonfuls of cookie dough (about 1 tablespoon each) a couple of inches apart on a cookie sheet. Bake for 10-13 minutes, or until lightly golden brown. Transfer to a rack to cool completely.
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