Want to know what I did last week??

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Ate this entire batch of cookies. By myself.

I wish I was exaggerating.

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Last Wednesday… when my husband was away, I had my dad over for dinner. My mom is in Florida and I knew we both would be hungry and if not prepared, would separately eat our way inside an ice cream pint and out of a bag of Dove Promises. I am my father’s daughter, and that is exactly why it would happen.

Plus, I also have this intense compulsion to cook food for people ALL THE TIME. I could not go a week without.

So I made us an awesome dinner complete with crispy salmon, grilled corn salad, brown jasmine coconut rice and a balsamic-glazed caprese salad.

And halfway through the day, I figured I may as well throw a dessert into the mix. Into the oven these cookies went. I stared down into this bowl wondering if it was real life. It was.

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I plated them in a giant pile, which sat on the counter when he walked through the door. He asked about them but… said he wouldn’t be eating any since he was having a healthy post-vacation week.

Um, what? What does this mean? I made us a healthy DINNER… so there would be room for cookies.

Well, what it means is that I had an entire batch of cookies to myself. And four more days alone.

I hoped that he might change his mind, that as we sat in the dining room eating second helpings of salmon and caramelized corn, with the cookie pile in full view, he’d decide that he just HAD to have a cookie. That he couldn’t live one single moment without a cookie, specifically THOSE cookies that were sitting on my counter. Because like I said… I’m my father’s daughter and I, uh… sort of act this way all the time.


But he didn’t change his mind. And he left cookieless. Which left me cookiefull. I mean… really cookiefull.

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I handled the overflow of cookies well… at first. That day, I taste-tested one or two. I had one (or two) again for dessert. But then… Olympic gymnastics happened. And even though I knew all the results beforehand (thanks ENTIRE WORLD… not), I found myself emotionally eating my way through Gabby’s routines well until midnight. Happy emotions, like tears-pouring-down-my-face-mid-medal-ceremony-which-requires-snacks happy. And then after my workout the next morning, I waited too long to eat and spied the cookies on the counter. And then I needed something sweet after lunch. And again… at dinner.

And then I figured I’d just save the rest of the cookies, because surely my brother or cousin or someone in my life, like maybe my invisible internet friends, would stop over, and maybe the cookies could even make it until my husband returned home on Saturday (um, seriously?). That was funny.

Let’s just say that more than a few of my meals last week contained a hard-boiled egg, peanut butter and cookies. And that’s it.

Not complaining. But I guess I just wrote about six paragraphs complaining, soooo….

These cookies… they are obviously called “compost” for a reason. They aren’t your everyday, OMG favorite chewy chocolate chip cookies, but they are exciting for a fun twist. And my favorite part about them is that I used salt and vinegar chips, aka the best chips on the planet. Oh how I can lose myself in a bag of salt and vinegar chips. And the sprinkles. Duh. Not sure I could live without those in my life. But you knew that already.

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Crazy Confetti Compost Cookies

Yield: makes about 18 cookies

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes


1 1/2 sticks (12 tablespoons) of unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 cup loosely packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg + 1 egg yolk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup crushed salt and vinegar potato chips
3/4 cup chocolate chunks
1/2 cup crushed salted pretzels
1/3 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/3 cup chopped heath bar
1/3 cup peanut butter chips
1/3 cup assorted sprinkles
1/2 tablespoon coffee grounds (yes, actual grounds!)


Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. In a bowl, mix together flour, baking soda and salt, then set aside.

In another bowl, whisk the cooled butter and sugars until they are combined. Add the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla and stir until mixed and smooth. Gradually add in dry ingredients and mix with a spoon until a dough forms – it will look crumbly at first, but it will come together. I even used my hands to help at one point. Fold in all of your add-in's here, using a spoon and also your hands to bring it together. I literally smashed the ingredients into the dough.

Roll dough into 1 1/2-inch balls and place on a nonstick baking sheet (I actually used this method of stacking the dough) about 2 inches apart. Bake for 9-12 minutes, or until the middles are just set. Don’t over bake! Let cool almost completely.

[recipe idea from the milk cookbook, recipe slightly adapted from giant rainbow cookies]

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I don’t even know how to eat a normal cookie now.

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122 Responses to “Crazy Confetti Compost Cookies.”

  1. #
    BinomialBaker — August 7, 2012 @ 7:00 am

    omg i love every single item you added to these cookies and i need to try one right now!


  2. #
    Ali @ Peaches and Football — August 7, 2012 @ 7:01 am

    I love the sprinkles on these. By the way, I am completely amazed at your father’s willpower. Did you tell him there were coffee grounds in the cookies or is he really that strong in the face of a plate of cookies? If so, ask him for his secret. I need help resisting cookies. Help NOT making any might work too – or be a good first step. :-)


  3. #
    Liz — August 7, 2012 @ 7:04 am

    No way I could go back to a normal cookie after those beauties – yum!


  4. #
    Kim@hungryhealthygirl — August 7, 2012 @ 7:12 am

    Just yes…..indeed! I’m so glad I’m not the only one that can’t be left alone with a plate full of cookies……


  5. #
    Joelle (on a pink typewriter) — August 7, 2012 @ 7:20 am

    I feel like if we were neighbors, we would get along VERY well… your eating habits sound really familiar…… (And these look amaze-face.)


  6. #
    Marci Johnson — August 7, 2012 @ 7:21 am

    I love how the cookies look like they have so much texture to them. I used to love potato chip cookies when I was a kid so I can’t wait to try these.


  7. #
    Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries — August 7, 2012 @ 7:22 am

    I love sprinkles. And peanut butter chips. And pretzels. And potato chips. And chocolate. And cookies. Um, these cookies are perfection!


  8. #
    Anne — August 7, 2012 @ 7:36 am

    1. Hahahahah welcome to my life (eating an entire batch of cookies)

    2. Holy canolli those cookies look to die for!


  9. #
    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — August 7, 2012 @ 7:45 am

    When you said “guess what I did last week”, my first guess was going to be that you went out and bought more sprinkles, and it looks like that wasn’t too far off! I love that you managed to incorporate salt and vinegar chips into these – they were my #1, all-time favourite savoury snack as a kid and salt and vinegar still ranks very high in my opinion! August just happens to be my birth month… I think we both know what that means. Bring on the sprinkles!! :)


  10. #
    Jenny @ BAKE — August 7, 2012 @ 7:49 am

    This looks amazing! you’ve basically taken all my favourite ‘treat’ food and smooshed them into one cookie!


  11. #
    Edith — August 7, 2012 @ 7:55 am

    Why have I never thought of adding chips to cookies?? Salt and vinegar are my absolute favourite and I can see them working so well with the chocolate…..Great idea :)


  12. #
    megan @ whatmegansmaking — August 7, 2012 @ 7:56 am

    When I read the title I thought “compost cookies??” And now, after reading the post, I’m thinking “compost cookies!!!”


  13. #
    Nicky @ Pink Recipe Box — August 7, 2012 @ 7:56 am

    This is the most insane cookie mix I’ve ever seen! I love how the colours of the sprinkles shine through. :)


  14. #
    Kim in MD — August 7, 2012 @ 8:09 am

    These are CRAZY! I see why you named them “compost cookies”!


  15. #
    JulieD — August 7, 2012 @ 8:13 am

    Omg I feel your pain & these look amazing!!! I’d eat the whole batch too!!


  16. #
    Emily @ Life on Food — August 7, 2012 @ 8:20 am

    I don’t know if I would be joyful or miserable in this situation. Regardless these are super cute happy cookies. I wish I could have had at least one. Next time you are cookiefull keep me in mind.


  17. #
    Ali @ Gimme Some Oven — August 7, 2012 @ 8:21 am

    These look fabulous!!! Especially with Heath Bar snuck in there…I’m sold. :)


  18. #
    Aimee @ ShugarySweets — August 7, 2012 @ 8:33 am

    I could have helped you out last week. There is such a thing as MAIL :)


  19. #
    Sahra — August 7, 2012 @ 8:34 am

    I love your story! haha so funny. I love cooking for people too and when it doesn’t get done I end up stuffing my face with it… but you do need something sweet after every meal, so I guess it’s good you had them! Cool recipe :)


  20. #
    Annie@stronghealthyfit — August 7, 2012 @ 8:37 am

    Saw the title of this post and immediately thought of Momofuku! I <3 Milk Bar, and your cookies look like they should be on their menu!


  21. #
    Maria — August 7, 2012 @ 8:41 am



  22. #
    Kelly — August 7, 2012 @ 8:42 am

    LOVE!!! Cookies are my favorite sweet dessert. I am not a big cake or brownie person and I haaaaate cheesecake so I am a cookie girl all the way. These look fan-flipping-tastic. As for eating the entire batch…girl…I have ZERO self control over cookies. Whenever I make cookies Keith jokes that he should hide the ones he wants immediately or else he isn’t getting any. I wish he were joking…he isn’t.


  23. #
    DessertForTwo — August 7, 2012 @ 8:45 am

    I love your ‘crazy’ recipes :)

    Loved when you said you & your dad would eat your way into ice cream and out with chocolates! lol


  24. #
    Cait's Plate — August 7, 2012 @ 8:47 am

    Genius! These look way better than Momofuku Milk Bar’s compost cookies (which I actually didn’t like that much…probably because they use Cornflakes instead of potato chips).


  25. #
    Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray — August 7, 2012 @ 8:47 am

    Is this even real life?

    I totally wish I could have been one of the invisible internet friends who just happened to drop by and help you eat all those cookies. Because uhh. I so would have. Cookies make a fab meal…not that I’d know. ;)


  26. #
    heather — August 7, 2012 @ 8:59 am

    These cookies are speaking to me. Love!


  27. #
    Sara — August 7, 2012 @ 9:00 am

    You had me at salt and vinegar chips! LOVE!!!


  28. #
    Alicia — August 7, 2012 @ 9:12 am

    As usual you are the best………I was wondering what to do with the Salt & Vinegar chips crumbs on the bottom of the bag. Now I don’t have to vacuum the crumbs off of the couch! While I’m at it I have left over coconut ,cheers.


  29. #
    Abby — August 7, 2012 @ 9:13 am

    these look AMAZING. making these asap.


  30. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — August 7, 2012 @ 9:24 am

    When I made Tosi’s recipe, they were definitely one of the most interesting cookies I’ve ever made. I do like coffee but almost wished I hadn’t put the grounds in because that flavor overtook them a bit. I DO wish I had put sprinkles in them like you did. Now THAT’S way better than the original :)


  31. #
    Katie — August 7, 2012 @ 9:25 am

    The second I post his comment, consider me en route to my pantry to rustle up all the insanely amazing little things for these cookies. I can’t even handle you and your genius.


  32. #
    Joy — August 7, 2012 @ 9:25 am

    I’ve never thought to add chips to a cookie mix. BUT salty and sweet DO go together! :)


  33. #
    Sloane @ Life Food and Beer — August 7, 2012 @ 9:34 am

    I would do the same thing. I make a batch of cookies and will bake 3-4 at a time and freeze the rest. I will eat them all! And my Fiance does not like cake but loves cookies, and these cookies would be prefect for his upcoming birthday:)


  34. #
    Chelsy — August 7, 2012 @ 9:34 am

    Holy Mother! You should have called me…I needed these last week!


  35. #
    Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots — August 7, 2012 @ 9:45 am

    I am dying these sound too good to be true! I would have helped you eat these, that is if you wanted to share ;)


  36. #
    Jacqueline — August 7, 2012 @ 9:48 am

    Give me hard boiled eggs and peanut butter for lunch every day if it means eating a batch of these. These look sooooooo good!!


  37. #
    Louisa — August 7, 2012 @ 9:52 am

    Salt and vinegar crisps IN cookies?! Two of my favourite snacks in one!


  38. #
    Casey — August 7, 2012 @ 10:00 am

    Yum! Those look amazing. I know the “cookiefull” feeling well… Whenever I bake, I end up convincing myself that it’s totally normal to eat 10 cookies a day. Woops.
    Thanks for sharing!


  39. #
    Jill — August 7, 2012 @ 10:14 am

    Yes! I love compost cookies. And I love sprinkles! Win!


  40. #
    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — August 7, 2012 @ 10:32 am

    I love the combination of flavors you incorporated into this!! Crazy, but awesome. My grandmother makes cookies with leftover (and by leftover, I really mean stale) corn flakes. The rest of family hates them–and I kinda love em.

    But I especially like how you used salt & vinegar chips!! Totally the best chips ever. I’m sure they added even more to the final result ;)


  41. #
    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — August 7, 2012 @ 10:51 am

    I. Love. These. Salt and vinegar chips? Sprinkle loving? Why are we not real-life BFFs?


  42. #
    Anne Weber-Falk — August 7, 2012 @ 10:52 am

    How is your intestinal tract feeling?


  43. #
    Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker — August 7, 2012 @ 10:55 am

    Oh my, these look amazing! I will always be willing to help you eat cookies. Just say the word! :)


  44. #
    Claire — August 7, 2012 @ 11:00 am

    I held the Milk Bar cookbook hostage from the library for months before I finally returned it. I really wanted to make these cookies but never got around to it. Yours look delicious!!!


  45. #
    Amanda — August 7, 2012 @ 11:08 am

    THIS is why I always bring my baked goods into the office! Not because I like to share (because I don’t), but because I have an out-of-control sweet tooth and negative self control. Yes, negative. So don’t worry, I’m not judging you for the fact that you ate the entire batch because far too many times, I’ve eaten the entire batch as well :)


  46. #
    ephraner — August 7, 2012 @ 11:09 am

    You…are…so….frickin’…smart! Cannot wait to make this recipe. You’re a genius, lady. Thanks!


  47. #
    Ash — August 7, 2012 @ 11:10 am

    Hey! Your internet friends are not invisible, we are for real!!

    P.s. You had me at compost cookie…..until you said salt n vinegar chips…could you taste the vinegar?


  48. #
    allie@sweetpotatobites.com — August 7, 2012 @ 11:10 am

    this looks like a crazy combination of flavors but also looks pretty awesome. yum.


  49. #
    Laura — August 7, 2012 @ 11:15 am

    1. Always add sprinkles to desserts. ALWAYS.
    2. Glad I wasn’t the only one crying happy tears during the gymnastics competition. And then drying my eyes with cookies. And by “drying my eyes,” I actually mean stuffing my face. But it’s the Olympics! It only happens once every 4 years! I’m allowed.


  50. #
    ellenbcookery — August 7, 2012 @ 11:15 am

    What a mixture of flavour all put into one cookie. OR should I say two, no three, no four….. :) Cute post!



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