Watch Cooking Channel

Shortcut: Milk Bar Cookie Mixes

When I got my hands on a copy of the gorgeous Momofuku Milk Bar cookbook a few months ago, I wanted to dive in right away and bake some of my favorite cookies from the original East Village shop. But I’ll admit: I was intimidated by a few of the ingredients and the multiple components involved, so I never got around to it.

Fortunately for me and my fellow lazy bakers, there’s now an easier way to get Milk Bar goodness at home. Boxed mixes for some of pastry chef Christina Tosi’s most popular cookies recently hit the shelves at Williams-Sonoma.

“I started baking with cookie and cake mixes, before I branched out into making my own recipes, so having a line of cookie mixes has always been near and dear to my start as a home baker,” explains Christina. It took “months and months” of testing to get the mixes just right, and as a result, the Compost cookies I made at home tasted pretty spot-on. Williams-Sonoma is also stocking Blueberry & Cream and Corn cookie mixes, which a couple of my fellow Cooking Channel colleagues tested out.

The Compost cookie mix includes four separate packets: graham-cracker crumbs, sugars, cookie mix and compost mix. Chips and pretzels not included.

Baking up these pricey ($16 a box) treats is still quite a bit more involved than your average dump-and-stir cookie mix, but the instructions are clear and specific. First and foremost, make sure you have plenty of butter (9 tablespoons!) on hand before setting out to bake.

“You MUST use quality unsalted butter — that’s half the secret to a delicious baked good,” Christina advises. I used Land O’ Lakes because that’s what I had in the fridge, and while it may not be as fancy as Plugra (Christina’s recommendation), my Compost cookies were still pretty darn delicious. We found the Blueberry & Cream cookies to taste extremely buttery — almost too much so, if that’s possible. Our Corn cookie tester hoped for more corn flavor — hers came out slightly sweeter than the bakery version, more like a sugar cookie.

If you go for Compost, learn from my oversight and read the box clearly, as it specifies that “your own” potato chips and pretzels are needed to round out this sweet-salty cookie. I thought the crushed-up snacks were all inside the cute little package. I happened to have some chips on hand but no pretzels, so my cookies were a little extra potato chip-y.

Cookie dough

For large Milk Bar-style cookies, make nine balls of dough and refrigerate them for at least an hour before baking.

Refrigerating the balls of cookie dough for at least an hour (or up to a week) is crucial, according to Christina. This, along with her signature 10-minute process for creaming the butter, sugars and egg, “will give your cookie a great body and texture beyond what you ever knew possible.”

I followed the baking instructions to the letter, arranging nine balls of refrigerated cookie dough on two spacious cookie sheets and placing them on racks in the upper third and lower third of the oven, then switching halfway through the bake time. My cookies came out perfectly crisp and browned around the edges and slightly under-baked in the middle, just like the direction card said they would.

Compost cookies

Compost cookies from the box turned out pretty close to the real thing.

At $16 for just nine cookies — plus that good-quality butter and your own potato chips and pretzels — the Compost mix ends up being more expensive per cookie than buying them at the bakery (three cookies for $5). But if you don’t have easy access to the New York-based Milk Bar outposts, it’s worth the splurge for a taste of Christina Tosi and David Chang’s whimsical and entirely unique bakery. The mixes, with their fun, colorful packaging, would also make great gifts.

Hoping for more shortcut Milk Bar treats, we asked Christina what’s next up her sleeve. “There will always be talk of Crack Pie mix!” she says, referring to the cult favorite featured on Unique Eats. If you’re ambitious enough to work from scratch, we’ve got the recipe. Now that I’ve tackled the Momofuku method of baking from a box, I think I’m ready to take a crack at it.

Tags:

Comments (2356)

  1. Tratamente anticelulitice posted 06/16/2013

    Recent Blogroll Additions……

    […]usually posts some very interesting stuff like this. If you’re new to this site[…]……

  2. boardshorts posted 06/16/2013

    Awesome website…

    […]the time to read or visit the content or sites we have linked to below the[…]……

  3. Recommeneded websites…

    […]Here are some of the sites we recommend for our visitors[…]……

  4. Gems form the internet…

    […]very few websites that happen to be detailed below, from our point of view are undoubtedly well worth checking out[…]……

  5. personal loans Singapore posted 06/18/2013

    Websites we think you should visit…

    […]although websites we backlink to below are considerably not related to ours, we feel they are actually worth a go through, so have a look[…]……

  6. cupom de desconto posted 06/18/2013

    Related……

    […]just beneath, are numerous totally not related sites to ours, however, they are surely worth going over[…]……

  7. cupom de desconto posted 06/18/2013

    Gems form the internet…

    […]very few websites that happen to be detailed below, from our point of view are undoubtedly well worth checking out[…]……

  8. kliknij posted 06/18/2013

    Informative and precise…

    Its difficult to find informative and precise information but here I noted…

  9. indie music promotion tools posted 06/19/2013

    Sites we Like……

    […] Every once in a while we choose blogs that we read. Listed below are the latest sites that we choose […]……

  10. хип хоп posted 06/19/2013

    Websites we think you should visit…

    […]although websites we backlink to below are considerably not related to ours, we feel they are actually worth a go through, so have a look[…]……

  11. valor implante dental posted 06/19/2013

    Websites we think you should visit…

    […]although websites we backlink to below are considerably not related to ours, we feel they are actually worth a go through, so have a look[…]……

  12. Live Band posted 06/20/2013

    Great website…

    […]we like to honor many other internet sites on the web, even if they aren’t linked to us, by linking to them. Under are some webpages worth checking out[…]……

  13. John Vespucci Stony Point posted 06/20/2013

    Gems form the internet…

    […]very few websites that happen to be detailed below, from our point of view are undoubtedly well worth checking out[…]……

  14. Yahoo results…

    While searching bing I found this site in the results and I didn’t think it fit…

  15. backlink analyzer posted 06/20/2013

    Sites we Like……

    […] Every once in a while we choose blogs that we read. Listed below are the latest sites that we choose […]……

  16. backlink number checker posted 06/20/2013

    Online Article……

    […]The info mentioned in the article are valueable […]……

  17. rnb posted 06/20/2013

    Read was interesting, stay in touch……

    […]please visit the sites we follow, including this one, as it represents our picks from the web[…]……

  18. baptist dating for free posted 06/20/2013

    Dreary Day…

    It was a dreary day here today, so I just took to piddeling around on the internet and realized…

  19. hrRExmbC posted 06/20/2013

    hrRExmbC…

    Momofuku Milk Bar Cookie Mixes | Devour The Blog: Cooking Channel’s Recipe and Food Blog…

  20. soki posted 06/20/2013

    Websites worth visiting…

    […]here are some links to blogs that we link to because we think they are worth visiting[…]……

  21. Louisville Wedding Photography posted 06/21/2013

    Websites you should visit…

    […]below you will see the link to some sites that we think you could see[…]……

  22. Louisville Wedding Photography posted 06/21/2013

    Read was interesting, stay in touch……

    […]please visit the sites we follow, including this one, as it represents our picks from the web[…]……

  23. campus recruiting posted 06/21/2013

    Gems form the internet…

    […]very few websites that happen to be detailed below, from our point of view are undoubtedly well worth checking out[…]……

  24. every effort posted 06/21/2013

    Links…

    […]Sites of interest we have a link to[…]……

  25. sales 100-1717 posted 06/21/2013

    Links…

    […]Sites of interest we have a link to[…]……

  26. don't posted 06/21/2013

    Websites you should visit…

    […]below you’ll find the link to some sites that we think you should visit[…]……

  27. represent pricingfor posted 06/21/2013

    Check this out…

    […] that is the end of this article. Here you’ll find some sites that we think you’ll appreciate, just click the links over[…]……

  28. pure garcinia cambogia posted 06/21/2013

    Blogs ou should be reading…

    […]Here is a Great Blog You Might Find Interesting that we Encourage You[…]……

  29. where to get garcinia cambogia posted 06/21/2013

    Recent Blogroll Additions……

    […]usually posts some very interesting stuff like this. If you’re new to this site[…]……

  30. based posted 06/21/2013

    Informative and precise…

    Its hard to find informative and precise information but here I noted…

  31. winnipeg canada posted 06/21/2013

    Related……

    […]just beneath, are numerous totally not related websites to ours, however, they are surely worth going over[…]……

  32. Links…

    […]Sites of interest we have a link to[…]……

  33. Gaba Dent posted 06/22/2013

    Websites worth visiting…

    […]here are some links to sites that we link to because we think they are worth visiting[…]……

  34. Gaba Dent posted 06/22/2013

    Visitor recommendations…

    […]one of our visitors recently recommended the following website[…]……

  35. choroba lokomocyjna posted 06/22/2013

    Check this out…

    […] that is the end of this article. Here you’ll find some sites that we think you’ll appreciate, just click the links over[…]……

  36. imprezy integracyjne posted 06/22/2013

    Superb website…

    […]always a fan of linking to bloggers that I love but don’t get a lot of link love from[…]……

  37. mieszkanie szczecin posted 06/22/2013

    Sites we Like……

    […] Every once in a while we choose blogs that we read. Listed below are the latest sites that we choose […]……

  38. Employment Pass posted 06/22/2013

    Dreary Day…

    It was a dreary day here yesterday, so I just took to messing around on the internet and realized…

  39. balloon singapore posted 06/22/2013

    Related……

    […]just beneath, are numerous totally not related sites to ours, however, they are surely worth going over[…]……

  40. Elephant iPhone Case posted 06/22/2013

    Sites we Like……

    […] Every once in a while we choose blogs that we read. Listed below are the latest sites that we choose […]……

  41. Digg…

    While checking out DIGG today I found this…

  42. robe marocaine posted 06/23/2013

    Great website…

    […]we like to honor many other articles, even if they aren’t linked to us, by linking to them. Under are some of them worthed to try[…]……

  43. puregreencoffeebeanextract posted 06/23/2013

    Informative and precise…

    Its difficult to find informative and precise info but here I found…

  44. funerals posted 06/23/2013

    Check this out…

    […] that is the end of this article. Here you’ll find some sites that we think you’ll appreciate, just click the links over[…]……

  45. cremation posted 06/23/2013

    Bored at work…

    I like to surf in various places on the internet, often I will just go to Digg and read and check stuff out…

  46. asian escorts london posted 06/23/2013

    Looking around…

    While I was browsing today I noticed a excellent article concerning…

  47. asian escort london posted 06/23/2013

    Superb website…

    […]always a big fan of linking to bloggers that I love but don’t get a lot of link love from[…]……

  48. asian escort london posted 06/23/2013

    Read was interesting, stay in touch……

    […]please visit the sites we follow, including this one, as it represents our picks from the web[…]……

  49. sloiczki gerber posted 06/23/2013

    Read was interesting, stay in touch……

    […]please visit the sites we follow, including this one, as it represents our picks from the web[…]……

  50. ambien posted 06/23/2013

    Wow I just…

    Good � I…

Post a New Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

c