Compost Cookies

Whether you call them monster cookies, kitchen sink cookies, everything cookies, or compost cookies… these cookies are a salty sweet dynamo! Just try to resist them.

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We have a tradition in our family of making a dish I lovingly call Compost Soup.

Compost Soup happens when I look in the fridge and notice we have a dozen leftover containers piling up that no one is ever going to touch again.

I load all the containers on the counter, start a soup stock of beef broth, garlic, and tomatoes (canned or fresh) then proceed to roughly chop everything in those containers, no matter what it is.

It could be leftover stir fried veggies, brisket, mashed cauliflower, quinoa, kale salad, fried rice, indian curry, you name it.

It ALL goes in the soup.

After a little simmer time, magically, something amazing happens. The beef-tomato-garlic soup base acts as the world’s greatest common denominator and all the flavors meld together.

It tastes great every time, I swear.

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I’ve started doing the same things whilst cleaning out my pantry, but I call it Compost Cookies.

I start by making a rich tender cookie dough with Gold Medal Flour and butter, then add coconut and coffee grounds for good measure. Gold Medal Flour is my favorite flour for baking because it’s so light and smooth. It makes the cookies exceptionally tender!

Then I take all the baking chip bags with one handful of chocolate or cinnamon chips, all the salty snacks with just a few crumbs in the bottom of the bag (like pretzels, potato chips, nut mixes, or even chex mix) and dump them into a coffee coconut cookie dough.

Even the scraps at the bottom of your cereal boxes work for this “monster cookies” variation.

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The coffee coconut dough, does what the beef-tomato-garlic combination does for the soup.

Magically, the cookies taste amazing no matter what you put in them.

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I recently made a batch of Compost Cookies using crumbs from a bag a ranch flavored party mix. I wasn’t sure how they would turn out with the lingering ranch flavor from the snack mix.

But guess what, someone who shall remain nameless couldn’t keep his hands off them and ate no less than SIX in a row.


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Trust the coffee-coconut combo. It works wonders.

So how about cleaning out your pantry?

You can make monster cookies and be earth-friendly all at the same time.

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Monster Cookies - Compost Cookies

Yield: 2 dozen

Prep Time:15 minutes

Cook Time:15 minutes

5 / 5 (3 Reviews)
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  • 2 cups Gold Medal All Purpose Flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 Tb. coffee grounds
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 10 Tb. unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup baking chips (any variety/mixed) or M&Ms
  • 1 cup roughly crushed chex mix, chopped pretzels, potato chips, nut mix, or cereal


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F and line baking sheets with parchment paper. Mix the first four dry ingredients together in a bowl and set aside. Then cream the butter and sugars together with an electric mixer.
  2. Add the eggs and vanilla to the butter mixture. Then scrape the bowl and slowly mix in the flour mixture. Stir in the remaining ingredients.
  3. Drop the cookie dough into 1 1/2 Tb. mounds on the lined baking sheets, 2 inches apart. Bake for 12-15 minutes. Cool on the baking sheet for 3-4 minutes before moving.
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53 comments on “Compost Cookies

  1. Anne from Pintestingposted December 22, 2013 at 5:58 pm Reply

    What a delicious way to clean out the pantry – especially after all of the holiday baking! When you call for coffee grounds, do you mean instant coffee or ground beans? It could make a world of difference. Thanks!

    • Sommerposted December 22, 2013 at 7:45 pm Reply

      Hi Anne, I used ground coffee beans, not instant coffee. So you have the texture and flavor of coffee, but it doesn’t darken down the dough.

  2. Emilyposted December 5, 2013 at 8:42 am Reply

    I’m so super intrigued by these compost cookies! However, I lack one very special ingredient! I don’t drink coffee! Is there some other magic dust I can substitute that might meld the flavors?

    • Sommerposted December 5, 2013 at 7:26 pm Reply

      Hmmmmmm. You could try them without and see what you think, but I can’t think of anything to take the place of coffee. Sorry!

  3. Nutmeg Nannyposted July 29, 2013 at 8:01 pm Reply

    Oh my god, these cookies are unreal!

    Rating: 5
  4. shelly (cookies and cups)posted July 29, 2013 at 6:20 am Reply

    Oh you KNOW I love these!

    Rating: 5
  5. ashley - Baker by Natureposted July 25, 2013 at 10:29 am Reply

    I am all over these cookies!!! They are SO good, Sommer!

    Rating: 5
  6. Nessaposted July 24, 2013 at 5:50 pm Reply


  7. Tara @ Unsophisticookposted July 24, 2013 at 12:56 pm Reply

    What a fun way to use up all of those leftovers. Love this!

  8. RavieNomNomsposted July 24, 2013 at 10:54 am Reply

    These are just too much fun!!!

  9. Ash- foodfashionpartyposted July 24, 2013 at 8:26 am Reply

    That is such a fun cookie, my boys would love to get their hand on this recipe. Perfect.

  10. gina @ skinnytasteposted July 24, 2013 at 6:29 am Reply

    Your photos are spectacular!! And those cookies look so good!!

  11. Kiersten @ Oh My Veggiesposted July 23, 2013 at 6:03 pm Reply

    I have such a weakness for salty and sweet together, so I know I could eat about a dozen of these!

  12. JulieDposted July 23, 2013 at 11:42 am Reply

    These look fantastic!! :)

  13. Tricia @ Saving room for dessertposted July 23, 2013 at 9:08 am Reply

    Love the name and the cookies look delicious! We have a big giant compost bin so forgive me if it keeps coming to mind – ha ha.

  14. [email protected]posted July 23, 2013 at 8:59 am Reply

    I love loaded cookies! Wish I were eating a couple of these right now!

  15. Aggieposted July 23, 2013 at 6:07 am Reply

    I’m loving all the goodies in this cookie Sommer!! Pass me a plate and a glass of milk :)

  16. Gabyposted July 22, 2013 at 9:22 pm Reply

    I’m seriously obsessed with compost cookies! I call them everything but the kitchen sink cookies and they ROCK! These look outstanding

  17. Julia | JuliasAlbum.composted July 22, 2013 at 8:43 pm Reply

    What a great name for a cookie – love it! I should make those just for their name alone!

  18. megposted July 22, 2013 at 8:27 pm Reply

    I’ve raised my children on a “kitchen sink” cookie. However these are really a compost version. I must try these. I have many ingredients in the pantry that would love to be included in the mixture!!

  19. Marian (Sweetopia)posted July 22, 2013 at 8:19 pm Reply

    Sommer, these look AMAZING!

  20. Jaclynposted July 22, 2013 at 7:20 pm Reply

    I wish I had 5 of these right now! I love loaded cookies like these!

  21. DessertForTwoposted July 22, 2013 at 6:21 pm Reply

    These sound great! I love the chex in there! :)

  22. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted July 22, 2013 at 6:15 pm Reply

    What a fab cookie…need to try that ranch flavor!!!!!

  23. Leah | So, How's It Taste?posted July 22, 2013 at 5:16 pm Reply

    these sound so good! I can’t believe you made some with ranch…I’m intrigued!

  24. Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted July 22, 2013 at 3:51 pm Reply

    I love sweet & salty cookie mix-ins, these look fab!

  25. Colette ( Coco )posted July 22, 2013 at 2:35 pm Reply

    I love coffee in my cookies, too!

    Cute name. Love the crunch factor, Sommer. xo

  26. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cookingposted July 22, 2013 at 2:34 pm Reply

    Just throw it all in there why don’tcha! These are amazing, Sommer! Sign me up…

  27. marlaposted July 22, 2013 at 2:26 pm Reply

    mmmmm! Tasty cookies girl!

  28. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchenposted July 22, 2013 at 1:52 pm Reply

    The best kind of cookie! Love it.

  29. Wendyposted July 22, 2013 at 12:59 pm Reply

    I love this idea!! Having a base recipe that you can add anything too is wonderful! My cabinets are always full of the last handful of this and that. :) I can’t wait until “soup season” to try your Compost Soup idea too! Thanks!

  30. Cassie | Bake Your Dayposted July 22, 2013 at 12:38 pm Reply

    Nothing better than a compost cookie! Love the coconut in these.

  31. Jennie @themessybakerblogposted July 22, 2013 at 12:25 pm Reply

    These cookies look dreamy. We make compost soup when we go camping. Everything in the pot!

  32. naomiposted July 22, 2013 at 11:49 am Reply

    I’m with you the name doesn’t matter– just give me, give me!!! :)

  33. Cookbook Queenposted July 22, 2013 at 11:34 am Reply

    Salty sweet combos get me every time. LOVE!!!

  34. Angieposted July 22, 2013 at 10:52 am Reply

    Great cookies! I could eat a dozen!

  35. Paula - bell'alimentoposted July 22, 2013 at 10:33 am Reply

    Love these cookies. My kids would scarf these down in a heartbeat.

  36. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountainposted July 22, 2013 at 10:26 am Reply

    Mmmmm…these cookies look amazing! I can’t wait to give this recipe a try!

  37. Heather Christoposted July 22, 2013 at 9:20 am Reply

    Another fun cookie recipe this morning! I love compost cookies, and could certainly use a pantry clean out!

  38. Julie @ Table for Twoposted July 22, 2013 at 9:17 am Reply

    I LOVE compost cookies!! the coffee grounds, in my opinion, MAKE this cookie!! and the potato chips give the perfect salty/sweet flavor!! yum!

  39. Jenny Flakeposted July 22, 2013 at 9:07 am Reply

    Perfect cookie!!

  40. najwa kronfelposted July 22, 2013 at 8:31 am Reply

    What a fun cookie, my son would love this!!

  41. Tammelaposted July 22, 2013 at 8:24 am Reply

    These look great — the coffee-coconut combo is intriguing and I love the idea of throwing anything/everything in.

  42. Averie @ Averie Cooksposted July 22, 2013 at 8:04 am Reply

    I love compost cookies! I have a monster cookies post on Wednesday that made use of all my odds and ends! I also made the Christina Tosi/Momofuku compost recipe about a year ago with potato chips and coffee grounds! Great cookies Sommer!

  43. Mariaposted July 22, 2013 at 7:48 am Reply

    I am in love with these cookies! And I think it is cookie Monday:)

  44. Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pigposted July 22, 2013 at 7:47 am Reply

    I so need to do this. I just cleaned out the pantry and was horrified by the billion packages of stuff with little bits leftover. Thanks for the inspiration.

  45. Jeanetteposted July 22, 2013 at 7:38 am Reply

    Your compost soup sounds like my fried rice on the weekends! Love the idea of Compost Cookies too!

  46. [email protected]posted July 22, 2013 at 6:55 am Reply

    I am in LOVE with these cookies…and I can’t stop staring at the coffee ground specks!

  47. Tieghanposted July 22, 2013 at 6:49 am Reply

    Oh man, these sound incredible! I love all the texture of these cookies. Genius!

  48. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.posted July 22, 2013 at 6:45 am Reply

    I could dive in! Hope you had a wonderful weekend

  49. Rachel @ Baked by Rachelposted July 22, 2013 at 6:32 am Reply

    I hadn’t heard of compost cookies until this year but they sound incredible.

  50. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugarposted July 22, 2013 at 5:25 am Reply

    Love all the fun ingredients in these! What a fabulous cookie!

  51. Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchenposted July 22, 2013 at 4:20 am Reply

    Loving this twist on Monster Cookies, Sommer! Have been making Monster Cookies since the 1980s for my younger brothers. And, I just adore the name “Compost Cookies”. Anything goes. Thanks for sharing!