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Vegan Compost Cookies

Guys, I failed you. Sorry.

I was in Toronto at this time last year, and I was attending a conference. There was lots to do, lots to see, and lots to eat. I had many entries on my list of places I wanted to eat at. Sadly, more that I had time or stomach for. And one of those places was Milk Bar.

Have you watched the episode of Chef’s Table that features Christina Tosi? It’s a great one. And super inspirational.

Vegan Compost Cookies

Milk Bar is all about over the top comfort baking. Christina does crazy stuff, like infusing cereal into milk, and then making ice cream out of that. Genius! Her Crack Pie is legendary. And those happy, rainbow-sprinkle-filled cakes!

She’s also known for something she invented called the Compost Cookie. It’s basically a kitchen-sink cookie, it is filled with all kinds of random things; pretzels, butterscotch and chocolate chips, potato chips, graham cracker pie crust, and coffee grounds.

Tragically, I’ve not tasted the actual Compost Cookie from MilkBar, BUT the recipe is online, so I thought I’d try to veganize it. And so, voila! Vegan Compost Cookies!

This is an over-the-top junk food cookie that is so bad, it’s good. Texturally, it makes for a very interesting cookie. It’s crispy, and bit lumpy and bumpy from all the additions. It has distinct savoury elements from the coffee and the chips and pretzels. It’s really unlike anything I’ve ever had before.

Anyway, the resident taste-testers liked it a lot, so here it is. Tosi’s recipe calls for graham cracker crust, and I skipped that, but everything else is there.

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(adapted from Milk Bar Bakery)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup vegan butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp corn syrup
  • 3 tbsp aquafaba
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • ┬átsp salt
  • 3/4 cup chopped dark vegan chocolate
  • 1/3 cup oats (not instant)
  • 2 1/2 tsp ground coffee
  • 2 cups vegan potato chips
  • 1 cup vegan pretzels

Method

  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer with the paddle attachment, combine the vegan butter, sugars and the corn syrup. Mix well to combine for a couple of minutes on medium.
  2. Add in the aquafaba and the vanilla and beat for about 5 minutes, until the batter is pale and smooth.
  3. Turn the speed down to low and carefully add the dry ingredients and the oats, mixing just until combined. Scrape down the sides and mix briefly again.
  4. Add the chocolate and coffee, and mix until combined.
  5. Carefully add the potato chips and pretzels last, and mix just a few times until they are combined, trying not to break them up too badly.
  6. Place the mixture in the fridge for at least an hour to set up.
  7. Preheat oven to 375 and scoop the cookies out onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet. You can make them bigger if you like but I kept mine to the size of my regular cookie scoop. Bake for about 11-12 minutes, or until crispy on the edges and little golden.

Cooking Shows on Netflix

Like many of you fearless foodies, I watch a lot of cooking shows. I have a subscription to Food TV, Gusto and the Cooking Channel, so I spend a lot of time watching Alton Brown, Top Chef (which you know is my fave), and shows by some of my favourite chefs.

But Netflix has a bunch of great cooking shows, as well, so if you have a Netflix membership, these are some of my favourite binge- and drool-worthy shows (FYI this post is in no way sponsored by Netflix).

Cooking Shows on Netflix

 

Nailed It!

OMG! For any of you who ever had a Pinterest “Nailed It” moment, this show is for you. It’s all about failure, and it’s hilarious. Part of the reason I like this show is because in some ways, it’s the anti-cooking show. The end results are from poor shlubs like you and I who really don’t have a clue what they are doing, but are asked to make a pro dessert. The results are tragic and way too funny. The host, Nicole Byer, is sassy and hilarious.

Somebody Feed Phil

Phil Rosenthal created “Everybody Loves Raymond” and is now spending his money traveling the world and eating food. The thing about Phil is, though, that he’s everyman. His brother is the producer, and he skypes his parents in every episode and they talk about every day things. The show is much like how you or I would discover the food culture of any given town. He’s not a chef, he’s just a guy who really loves food.

Cooked

For those of you who are fans of Michael Pollin, as I am, this was a fantastic four episodes. I mostly don’t eat meat for environmental, sustainability reasons, and Pollin goes into this in thoughtful detail (FYI he does eat meat, but I love the discussion around it). It’s a fascinating documentary series that explores fermentation, tradition, sustainability and the social aspects of our diets. I really highly recommend this one, it’s been one of my favourites to date.

Chef’s Table (and the new Pastry season)

I have loved this series from the beginning, but this latest season focuses on pastry. The first episode featuring Christina Tosi (Milk Bar) was my absolute favourite of the four.

Ugly Delicious

Okay, I have mixed feelings about this one. Dave Chang (MomoFuku) is a good guy. And he does some cool stuff, travels, eats. It’s fun. It feels a little like he just made a documentary about his friends, though. What I really did like about this series was when they went deeper into the political and socio-economic background of the food. When is food racist? It’s a great question, and one I’ve not actually though a lot about, so I was really fascinated by those discussions.

Okay, those are mine! What are your favourite Netflix food binges these days?