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Friday, April 20, 2012

Happy Earth Day "Compost Cookies": Foodie Friday


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Compost Cookie c2012

Sunday is Earth Day and I have talked a lot about how what you eat effects the planet's health and how important bees are to maintaining the health of plants on the Earth. I thought I would end the week on a lighter note. My daughter and I heard about Momofuku's Compost Cookies and thought it was a neat idea for Earth Day. When my daughter looked at the recipe she said no way am I cooking with corn syrup. That's my whole foods girl! She decided to rework the recipe and it came out fantastic. These cookies really can be made from the crumbs at the bottom of the pretzel bag... experiment and enjoy!
Compost Cookies 
by J Balch

Preparation: 30 minutes                 Serving: 12 cookies

Ingredients: 
2 cups of all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1 cup granulated sugar 
plus about 1/8 cup extra for rolling cookies 
1/8 cup brown sugar for rolling cookies
2 sticks of unsalted butter softened
1 large egg
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups of chocolate chips (or dried fruit, cereal, etc.)
1 1/2 cups of pretzel pieces (or potato chips, goldfish, graham crackers, etc.)

Directions:
1) Adjust oven rack to upper and middle position, preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2) Cover 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.

3) Whisk dry together: flour, salt, baking powder.

4) Either by hand or with an electric mixer cream the butter and the sugar together. 

5) Once combined well, add the egg and vanilla extract beat until well incorporated.

6) Slowly, at a low speed, add the whisked flour mixer, do not over beat. 

7) Once flour is absorbed into the wet ingredients add your snack ingredients by hand. (i.e. chocolate chips and pretzels)

8) Mix 1/8 cup white sugar and 1/8 cup brown sugar in a small bowl.  

9) Scoop 1 - 11/2 tablespoons of batter. Roll them into balls, then roll them in the sugar to coat the outside of the cookie.

10) Put the balls of dough on a parchment covered cookie sheet about 1 inch apart. Press down on the balls slightly with a drinking glass to help the cookie spread as it bakes.

11) Bake for about 10 minutes switching positions of the cookies from top to bottom, front to back, half way between the finishing time. 

12) Let cool completely before removing the cookies from the parchment.
copyright 2012



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Hosted by Home Maid Simple Simple Living with Diane Balch


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This recipe is simple but the presentation is spectacular!


Related articles
8 Earth Day Treats (makingtimeformommy.com)
Earth Day: Global Warming and the Food You Eat. (simplelivingdianebalch.blogspot.com)
Kid's Earth Day Party Ideas - Have Fun, and Save the World Too! (thegreenists.com)


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51 comments:

  1. Hilarious! Love the title, "Compost Cookies" :) They are a must try, they look too good to be healthy, can't wait to try them. Thanks for posting a comment on my tomatoes already, very nice of you. I will also post a link of my Fiesta Cinco de Mayo Linky party on your Linky Party page. Thank SO SO much for hosting!! -Bev

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    1. Well, I wouldn't exactly call them healthy... they are natural and up cycled. Glad you joined us.

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  2. Good Morning Diane,
    Your cookies look awesome! Thanks for hosting and have a wonderful week end!
    Miz Helen

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    1. Happy Earth Day to you... always great to see you.

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  3. Look the name of the cookies. Best looking compost ever.

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    1. We thought about gummy worms... but that might have been a little too realistic.

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  4. Those look amazing! Love all of Momofuku's recipes! Thanks for hosting!

    Kaylee
    www.couponingncooking.com

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    1. Definitely some interesting ideas from Momofuku. Thanks for coming by, if you haven't already grab our button so you'll remember to come back next week.

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  5. Thanks so much for hosting! Love those cookies.

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  6. Thank you so much for inviting me Diane! I love the idea of compost cookies!

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    1. Your are very welcome, I am so excited about your soup. Glad I found you, see you back next week.

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  7. I always hate throwing those crumbs away! Now I know what to do with them!

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  8. Thanks for inviting me and thank you for hosting! I like recipes that help me use up ingredients. Throwing out food is one of my biggest pet peeves. I host a potluck link up called See Ya In the Gumbo on Sunday evenings. If you have the time, come on over!

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  9. Thanks for stopping by Diane! haha - compost cookies are awesome!.... and you've trained your girl well! ;) People like her make me hopeful!

    This week I'm linking up Fish in a Pinch: Fresh, seasonal, pan seared Pacific Halibut with cumin scented red quinoa, oven roasted tomatoes, and CSA braising greens topped off with a good drizzle of balsamic reduction. Ow oW!

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  10. Hey Diane!

    I decided to link up a couple posts from my primary blog: Gastronomical Sovereignty.

    I wasn't sure if you only wanted recipes or not but these are food related:

    A. CSA Week #10 - where do you get your veggies/ingredients from?
    B. Film Friday: The Death of All that is Good & Living....

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    1. Food and healthy eating related is fine for posting. Thanks for sharing your stuff.

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  11. This is my first time here and I'm happy to link up :)

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  12. Hi,
    I added your party to my link party list! Happy to join your GREAT party! Today I am sharing my Spaghetti Pie and my Orange Creamsicle Cheesecake Bars! Have a GREAT week and thanks for hosting! ---Sheryl---

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  13. Hi Diane! I linked to your party ~ thank you for the invite. Sweet place you have here.

    Kindly, Lorraine

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    1. You are very welcome, great to have you come back next week.

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  14. Love the name of these cookies, going to have to make them this weekend!

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    1. I'm not sure if it is better to tell people the name before or after they eat them?

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  15. Those cookies look like fun. My kids would be so surprised to get pretzels in their cookies!

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    1. Even more fun is to let the kids make them with you... how silly to put pretzels or potato chips in cookies.

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  16. Diane,
    Thanks for inviting me over to join your link party today. I sharing my recipe for the Grilled Mushrooms. Can't wait to check out everyone's links.
    Have a great weekend!

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    1. So glad you shared them... really interesting thing to do with Steak Seasoning... I always forget that you can treat mushrooms like meat. If you haven't already grab our button so you'll remember to come back next week.

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  17. Thank you for the visit and invite. Happy to come to your party, I am sharing the Strawberry Yogurt Cake...............thanks, andi the wednesday baker

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    1. Thanks so much... I really love yogurt cakes so moist... see you back next week.

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  18. Thanks for dropping by my space.Have linked my entry
    http://followfoodie.blogspot.com/

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    1. You are so welcome... hope you'll join us here next week.

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  19. What a very clever idea!!! Yummy cookies! Thanks for hosting!

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  20. Love the compost cookies! I'd love it if you would share this post on my Southern Sundays linky party on Sunday. www.asliceofsouthern.blogspot.com

    Hope to see you there!

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  21. Thanks for joining Southern Sundays with this wonderful recipe! I'll be announcing the featured recipes next week. Hope to see you at the next party with another great item!

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  22. Hi Diane, hopefully I still be able to catch up with you guys. Wow, another great week to start with these wonderful food recipes.
    Enjoy your day, dear.
    Kristy

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    1. I was hoping you were coming back. Quite a time difference between the NorthEast of US and Malaysia.

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  23. Thank you for sharing at Must Try Monday. I have made cookies similar to this before..we called them Monster Cookies.

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    1. You are welcome. they are surprisingly delicious.

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  24. I have often heard of compost cookies, but have never tried or seen one. These sound so delicious. I'll definitely have to make them soon

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    1. Have fun with this recipe. You really can throw whatever you have on hand in it.

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  25. I wasn't sure about this when I read the recipe name, but on reading the recipe, I agree it sounds fab! Plus, I hate food waste so what a great idea

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    1. Did you have visions of egg shells and banana peels? I definitely thought of that. You'll be surprised they really are delicious cookies.

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  26. Diane,

    Thanks for the invite and for hosting. I can't wait to check out all the other blog posts too.

    Have a great week and stop on by on Thursday and link up to Creative Thursday at www.michellestasycreations.blogspot.com.

    Hugs,
    Michelle

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  27. Diane,

    I forgot to tell you how YUMMY the Compost Cookies sound and I love that the add in's are sweet and salty, my favorite combo. I just might be making these today :) Thanks for sharing.

    Michelle

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  28. What a unique cookie! Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

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  29. You are very welcome. It is really fun to make too.

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  30. Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday this week. I will definitely be making these soon.

    I can't wait to see what you link up next week. Have a wonderful weekend.

    Michelle

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  31. These sound amazing! Thanks so much for sharing at Whimsy Wednesdays!

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  32. Yum Yum!!! I just found your blog on foodie friday. I'll host a party every month with a different theme and would love you to join! Please visit my blog for more information on "My Sweet Party" post uploaded 2nd of May.

    http://www.meandmysweets.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/my-sweet-party-chocolate-cake-love.html

    Johanna

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    1. Thanks so much for the invitation... unfortunately I am not much of a baker. This cookie was the work of my daughter and the only dessert I have posted so far.

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