Dec 14, 2012

Cornflake Chocolate Chip Marshmallow Cookies

This cookie comes from the great Christina Tosi of Momofuku Milk Bar. I was so excited when I saw this book, I took a look at the Momofuku cookbook that came out before, but I wasn't too excited about it. Everything in there had so many steps; it just wasn't for the everyday cook. When it comes to baking though, I am willing to be in the kitchen all day!!

I love the recipes in this cookbook, I want to make everything. There's a recipe for Kimchi Croissant with Blue Cheese (eew?!) and Lap Cheong Foccacia!! Crazy!! I can't wait to make every single thing! For the inaugural recipe though, I chose this "simple" cookie. It doesn't sound that magical, maybe just your run of the mill kitchen sink cookie, but it really is a lot more sophisticated than that. The key is the CORNFLAKE CRUNCH!!

What is cornflake crunch? It's cornflakes mixed with milk powder, butter, sugar and salt and baked until it becomes this yummy goodness. Added to the cookies, it creates this crunchy, caramel-ly cookie that's out of this world! haha. Try it!! The only warning is YOU MUST REFRIGERATE THE DOUGH BEFORE YOU BAKE IT!! Don't skip this step or it won't come out right. Otherwise, make this and come join me in cookie heaven!

Cornflake Chocolate Chip Marshmallow Cookies
from Momofuku Milk Bar

16 tablespoons (2 sticks)/225 g butter, at room temperature
1 1/4 cups/ 250 g granulated sugar
2/3 cup/ 150 g tightly packed light brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon/ 2 g vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups/ 240 g flour
1/2 teaspoon/ 2 g baking powder
1/2 teaspoon/ 1.5 g baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons/ 5 g kosher salt
(3 cups)/3/4 recipe Cornflake Crunch (recipe follows)
2/3 cup/ 125 g mini chocolate chips
1 1/4 cups/ 65 g mini marshmallows

1. Combine the butter and sugars 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 vanilla, and beat for 7 to 8 minutes.

2. Reduce the mixer speed to low and add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix just until the dough comes together, no longer than 1 minute. (Do not walk away from the machine during this step, or you will risk overmixing the dough.) Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula.

3. Still on low speed, paddle in the cornflake crunch and mini chocolate chips just until they’re incorporated, no more than 30 to 45 seconds. Paddle in the mini marshmallows just until incorporated.

4. Using a 2.-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 at least 1 hour, or up to 1 week. Do not bake your cookies from room temperature—they will not hold their shape.

5. Heat the oven to 375°F.

6. Arrange the chilled dough a minimum of 4 inches apart on parchment- or Silpat-lined sheet pans. Bake for 18 minutes. The cookies will puff, crackle, and spread. At the 18-minute mark, the cookies should be browned on the edges and just beginning to brown toward the center. Leave them in the oven for an additional minute or so if they aren’t and they still seem pale and doughy on the surface.

7. Cool the cookies completely on the sheet pans before transferring to a plate or to an airtight container for storage. At room temperature, the cookies will keep fresh for 5 days; in the freezer, they will keep for 1 month.

Cornflake Crunch
from Momofuku Milk Bar

1/2 (12-ounce) (5 cups)/ 170 g box cornflakes
1/2 cup/ 40 g milk powder
3 tablespoons/ 40 g sugar
1 teaspoon/ 4 g kosher salt
9 tablespoons/ 130 g butter, melted

1. Heat the oven to 275°F.

2. Pour the cornflakes in a medium bowl and crush them with your hands to one-quarter of their original size. Add the milk powder, sugar, and salt and toss to mix. Add the butter and toss to coat. As you toss, the butter will act as glue, binding the dry ingredients to the cereal and creating small clusters.

3. Spread the clusters on a parchment- or Silpat-lined sheet pan and bake for 20 minutes, at which point they should look toasted, smell buttery, and crunch gently when cooled slightly and chewed.

4. Cool the cornflake crunch completely before storing or using in a recipe. Stored in an airtight container at room temperature, the crunch will keep fresh for 1 week; in the fridge or freezer, it will keep for 1 month.



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