Apr 16, 2012

Compost Cookies {Secret Recipe Club}

For my Secret Recipe Club blog this month I was assigned Allison's blog, Sweet Flours.  Like me, she developed her sweet tooth while pregnant, which I guess that's really a win-win situation.  You get a sweet baby and a sweets addiction.  ;)  Allison has some really great recipes, like this dip which I can't wait to try and this cauliflower tabouli which sounds delicious, too.  I've already also made these banana pudding pops which Jack really enjoyed.

But today I'm blogging about compost cookies.  I know, they sound kind of odd, but really, they are just a great and tasty way to use up the ends of snacks and treats you have lying around your kitchen.  You can use anything from potato chips to pretzels to chocolate chips, a variety of nuts, peanut butter, coconut...see?  Endless.  And who doesn't need just one more cookie recipe in their repertoire?

Compost Cookies
Printable Version

¾ cup (1 ½ sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
½ cup brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tbsp. honey
1 egg
1 ½ tsp. vanilla extract
1 ¾ cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. kosher salt
1 cup snack food (combination of crushed pretzels, potato chips, rice cereal, oats, etc.)
1 cup semi-chocolate chips (combine with all sweet add-ins, if desired)

1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugars together for 3 minutes, until light and fluffy. Add in the honey and mix to combine. Add in the egg and vanilla, mix and scrape down the bowl as necessary just until combined.
2. In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together. Add dry ingredients mix to the butter mix. Mix in the sweet and salty add-ins of your choice.
3. Place the cookie dough in the refrigerator and chill for about 20 minutes. While cookie dough is chilling, preheat the oven to 350°F and line baking sheets with parchment paper. Using a cookie scoop, place cookie dough onto prepared baking sheets. Bake 10-12 minutes, until the edges are slightly browned. Remove cookies to cooling racks and cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

slightly adapted from Sweet Flours, originally from Fat Girl Trapped in a Skinny Body


Our Eating Habits said...

mmm... I love Compost cookies!!!

Colleen Bauer said...

I love seeing what other people put in their compost cookies.  I swear, no two people make them the same!

Jeanie said...

Who can pass up a post called Compost Cookies.

Hezzi-D said...

Oh yum!  I love the addition of snack foods!  I make cookies with pretzels in them a lot but a combination of pretzels, chips, etc sounds awesome!

Miz Helen said...

These cookies are awesome, I love the combination of flavor.  It is fun cooking with you in the SRC!
Miz Helen

Books n' Cooks said...

I love these with pretzels! A great way to clean out the cabinets.

angie augsburger said...

<3 Yummy! :) I love that its hard to go wrong with these ingredients!

Vivian Thiele said...

this could work well in my cookie rotation.  Haven't tried using pretzels yet.

Betsy said...

I'm pretty sure there are several items in my pantry I could throw together in cookies like this. Thanks for the idea! I'm stopping by from SRC but be sure to stop by Seasonal Potluck this month. We have peas AND rhubarb link parties open! We'd love if you'd share any recipes you may have http://bit.ly/H9XJGB

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said...

These sound great!  Love the name of these!

Alli sweetflours said...

So glad you found these and enjoyed them. I hate wasting all the bits leftover from my baking escapades so these have come in handy. Yours look delicious.

Daniel Saraga said...

Ahhh. I'd prefer "salty snack cookies" - when I think "compost," I think of the rotting heap in the backyard that feeds the garden :-)

Trisha said...

How versatile these are ... I'll bet the results pleasantly surprise every single time!

Kristy Gardner said...

HA - i thought you were gonna have veggie scraps in your cookies! haha - sweets probably taste much better.

Happy SRC reveal from a group D member!

Jo-Anna said...

Mmmm!  I always love finding new cookie recipes!  These look great!

snappygourmet said...

I've been seeing recipes all over for Compost Cookies this week!  I think it's a sign that I need to make them!!! :)

beti said...

these cookies look amazing, crunchy on the outside and I bet they are soft and chewy on the inside

Linda said...

Should try them out soon, they look lovely!!

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