The highly anticipated complement to the New York Times bestselling Momofuku cookbook, Momofuku Milk Bar reveals the recipes for the innovative, addictive cookies, pies, cakes, ice creams, and more from the wildly popular Milk Bar bakery.
Momofuku Milk Bar shares the recipes for Christina Tosi’s unbelievable desserts—the now-legendary riffs on childhood flavors and down-home classics (all essentially derived from ten mother recipes)—along side the compelling narrative of the unlikely beginnings of this quirky bakery’s success. It all started at some point when Momofuku founder David Chang asked Christina to make a dessert for dinner that night. Just like that, the pastry program at Momofuku began.
Christina’s playful desserts, including the compost cookie, a chunky chocolate-chip cookie studded with crunchy salty pretzels and coffee grounds; the crack pie, a sugary-buttery confection as craveable as the name implies; the cereal milk ice cream, made from everyone’s favorite a part of a nutritious breakfast—the milk at the bottom of a bowl of cereal; and the easy layer cakes that forgo fancy frosting in favor of unfinished edges that hint at the yumminess inside helped the restaurants earn praise from the New York Times and the Michelin Guide and led to the opening of Milk Bar, which now draws fans from around the country and the world.
With all of the recipes for the bakery’s most beloved desserts—along side ones for savory baked goods that take a page from Chang’s Asian-flavored cuisine, such as Kimchi Croissants with Blue Cheese—and 100 color photographs, Momofuku Milk Bar makes baking irresistible off-beat treats at home both foolproof and fun.
Featured Recipe: Corn Cookies
Yield 13 to 15 cookies
- 16 tablespoons or 2 sticks (225 g) butter, at room temperature
- 1-1/2 cups (300 g) sugar
- 1 egg
- 1-1⁄3 cups (225 g) flour
- 1/4 cup (45 g) corn flour
- 2/3 cup (65 g) freeze-dried corn powder
- 3/4 teaspoon (3 g) baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon (1.5 g) baking soda
- 1-1/2 teaspoons (6 g) kosher salt
- Combine the butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and cream together on medium-high for 2 to 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, add the egg, and beat for 7 to 8 minutes.
- Reduce the mixer speed to low and add the flour, corn flour, corn powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix just until the dough comes together, no longer than 1 minute. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
- The usage of a 2 3/4-ounce ice cream scoop (or a 1⁄3-cup measure), portion out the dough onto a parchment-lined sheet pan. Pat the tops of the cookie dough domes flat. Wrap the sheet pan tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate for a minimum of 1 hour, or up to 1 week. Do not bake your cookies from room temperature–they are going to not bake properly.
- Heat the oven to 350°F.
- Arrange the chilled dough no less than 4 inches apart on parchment- or Silpat-lined sheet pans. Bake for 18 minutes. The cookies will puff, crackle, and spread. After 18 minutes, they will have to be faintly browned on the edges yet still bright yellow in the center; give them an extra minute if not.
- Cool the cookies completely on the sheet pans before transferring to a plate or to an airtight container for storage. At room temp, the cookies will keep fresh for 5 days; in the freezer, they are going to keep for 1 month.