Compost Cookies


I think my favourite Halloween tradition is making Compost Cookies.  We take a sampling of all the different things the kids have received and put them into a basic chocolate chip cookie recipe.  I wish I could say this was my own invention, but it is not.  Momofuko invented Compost Cookies a number of years ago.  Their recipe is much more involved than mine, I'm sure it is much more delicious, and it has nothing to do the spoils of Trick-or-Treating.

Just to be clear: in our house, they are only Compost Cookies if there are some sort of pretzels, chips and graham crackers involved.  This year's version also included Butterfingers, M&M's, Wunderbars, Coffee Crisps, Skor Bars, and Chocolate Graham Goldfish.

Compost Cookies
(Adapted from

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs, room temp
2 tsp vanilla
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp hot water
1/2 tsp salt
3 cups chopped chocolate bars, M&M's, pretzels, graham crackers, plain chips

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Cream butter and sugars until smooth.  Beat in eggs and add vanilla.
3. Dissolve baking soda in hot water and add to batter, along with salt.  Mix in flour, one cup at a time.
4. Mix in compost ingredients, until just combined.  Add the chips last, so that they break apart into smaller pieces, but are not completely crushed.
5. Bake for about 12 minutes, until the edges are golden brown.


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