*First, I just want to say that no one asked me to do this review, or provided me with any products. Everything was purchased by me, with my own money, except for one box of mix that was a gift from a friend. Now that that’s out of the way…
I don’t usually do reviews of products. But, if you have read my blog for a while, then you know I have a love-affair with anything Momofuku-related— specifically, things from the Milk Bar. I was gifted a box of the Blueberry & Cream Cookie Mix for Christmas by one of my good friends, and immediately had to go to William’s Sonoma (which is where you can purchase these if you don’t live in NYC by the actual bakeries) and buy the other two flavors. I have eaten the cookies from the actual Milk Bar bakeries, and I have reproduced the cookies in my own kitchen according to Christina Tosi’s recipe in her cookbook. I just had to see how these mixes would stack up.
I usually loathe packaged mixes of any sort, but what I love about these, is that you’re still making homemade cookies. The only difference is that you have all (okay, most) of the ingredients given to you, separated out, in a little box. There is still lots of mixing and making all of the components for the cookies, just with less running all over town looking for ingredients. The first thing I will say about these mixes is that they are NOT like boxed cake/brownies/etc. This is not something you can just “throw together” real quick. Each recipe takes time to make— time that is MORE than worth it. The one negative about these mixes is that they are a bit pricey at $16/box. But, if you want to make bakery-quality cookies at home without scouring the city for odd ingredients such as freeze-dried corn, it’s not a bad deal.
I love all three of the cookie flavors, and my favorite tends to simply be whichever I have had in my mouth last. I really suggest trying them all as they are each quite unique!
I’ll start with the Corn Cookies (which I actually have the original recipe for HERE on my blog):
I feel like these cookies changed my life. Yes, that is dramatic. But, guess what? These cookies are dramatically delicious. When you hear “corn” + “cookies,” delectable delight isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. But trust me, these cookies are insanely good. They taste somewhat like cornflakes, only buttery, chewy, and flat-out addictive. They’re almost like dense, sugary cornbread. One box of mix will make 12 massive cookies.
Next up, we have the Blueberry & Cream Cookies:
The thing that makes these cookies unique, and the ingredient that lends the “cream” factor, is Milk Crumb. Milk Crumbs are made by toasting up dry milk powder mixed with butter, and then mixing that with white chocolate. It. Is. Incredible. Dry milk powder is also the secret ingredient in the Crack Pie that the Milk Bar makes. You would never think that such a random, and unassuming ingredient could unlock such a wallop of flavor, but it really is something! These cookies are buttery and creamy, with bites of plump, sweet blueberries throughout. They’re like a delicious blueberry streusel muffin, only 800x better. I love how the edges and bottom of the cookies get nice and crispy, while the interior stays ooey and gooey. One box of mix will make 9 massive cookies.
The last mix, is the Compost Cookie mix (I did a rendition of the Milk Bar Compost Cookie HERE):
What I love most about the Compost Cookies is the amalgamation of tastes and textures in each and every bite. The chocolate and butterscotch chips are sweet and creamy, while the potato chips and pretzels are salty and crunchy. The graham crumbs add a buttery element that is brightened by the ground coffee. These are the best parts of every cookie you’ve ever had, rolled into one cookie.
While each of the cookie mixes require you to provide your own butter and eggs, this mix also requires you to provide your own potato chips and pretzels. Tosi suggests using mini pretzels, and I find that Kettle Brand Potato Chips in the Sea Salt flavor are the best for these cookies due to their flavor and heft. One box of mix will make 9 massive cookies.
The last thing that I will say about these mixes is: Follow the directions. Don’t disregard certain things because you don’t think it’s necessary. Don’t change the size of the cookies. Don’t whip the butter, sugar, and eggs for less than the specified time. Don’t substitute margarine for butter (Ew. I’ll find you if you do.). Don’t skip the dough refrigeration time. Follow the directions, and everything will turn out just peachy :]!
Alrighty, now for the Giveaway!
I will be sending three boxes of cookie mix to TWO lucky individuals:
For a chance to win the Blueberry & Cream and Compost Cookie mix double-pack, all you have to do is like the Spache the Spatula Facebook fan page over on the right* >>>
(*this is not the same as the Facebook link on the left that will simply have you “Like” this particle post)
If you already do, then you are already entered— simple as that!
For a chance to win the Corn Cookie mix, all you have to do is leave a comment below telling me your favorite type of cookie!
Each person may enter BOTH giveaways! Entries will close on 11:59PM on Wednesday, April 18. The winners we be announced in the post on that Thursday, April 19 (so, entries to the giveaway will be open for a full 2 weeks)!