Cornflake, Marshmallow, Chocolate Chip Cookies

in Chocolate, Cookies, Desserts

Real talk. Are you ready?

On Friday…(the one that just passed) I was a huge brat. I woke up extra early to show the day who’s who and by noon I had four failed recipes. Every bowl I owned was in the sink. Flour was all over the floor. There was melted butter in my bangs. Soo…to no surprise, I had major attitude. Like major. So I was like, Cool, I’m gonna sit outside eat two tacos, have an iced tea and I’ll feel better.

Didn’t work. Came home…still had an attitude.

I decided to sit in my mess of a kitchen and open up a new book that just arrived: Christina Tosi’s, Momofuku Milk Bar. Right after the introduction there is a section…and it’s called ‘Real Talk.’

Her Real Talk? Stop complaining. Keep your cool. Baking with no AC totally sweating? Shut up. No really…just shut up. Your mixer broke and you have 100 pounds of cookie dough to mix? Woman-up…roll up your sleeves…time to get busy.

Her hardbody, total attitude of pep talk is what I needed. Sometimes all of us need someone to set us straight. Christina did it. Girl crush? Totally.

Sooooo…I cleaned up the entire kitchen. I woke up the next morning, came across this recipe (there’s cornflakes in it!!!), got all my ingredienteses together…read the recipe in more detail and then realized I totally need a stand-up mixer.

I know I have this blog, and it’s probably shocking that I don’t have one, but honestly I don’t have the room. And most of the time I don’t need it. I just do stuff by hand.

Just as I started to get bummed out, I stopped myself. I grabbed a spatula and straight did it by hand. Because that’s what you do when you want cookies…am I right? You woman-up…and just make do.

Christina has a pretty in depth technique on creaming butter and sugar. This recipe has A LOT of butter. Two sticks with only 1/2 cup of flour. That’s an intense ratio, my friends. Intense.

That’s why it’s imperative that the butter and sugar are creamed together for 10 minutes in the stand-up mixer. You need to aerate that business. And the butter and sugar need to become one.

I mixed mine (by hand) for about 15. My arm felt like it was going to fall off, no lie. Did I complain? No…but part of that reason is because I was all by myself. This is another reason why I need a dog ASAP.

If you have a mixer, please use it. Your cookies will absolutely come out better than mine. It’s just a fact.

Despite her hard real talk, her book is fun. The recipes…just so fun. There’s sprinkles in some. All types of crumbs and crunches. Cakes that make you laugh. Cookies that are strange and interesting.

And this cookie? It’s thin. I’m usually not a fan of thin crisp cookies, but this one is quite nice. It’s crispy on the edges and chewy on the inside. Plus…I mean…there’s marshmallows…and chocolate..and cornflake crunch.

If you make this, you’ll be left with two cups of cornflake crunch. This is not a problem. Transfer it to a big bowl, pour milk over the top…a little treat to yourself for not complaining.

Cornflake, Marshmallow, Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Corn Flake Crunch:
1/2 box (5 cups) / 170g cornflakes
1/2 cup / 40g milk powder
3 tablespoons / 40g sugar
1 teaspoon / 4g kosher salt
9 tablespoons / 130g unsalted butter, melted

Cookie:
16 tablespoons (2 sticks) / 225g unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/4 cups / 250g granulated sugar
2/3 cup / 150g light brown sugar
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon / 2g vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups / 240g all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon / 2g baking powder
1/4 teaspoon / 1.5g baking soda
1 1/4 teaspoons / 5 g kosher salt
3 cups / 270g Cornflake Crunch
2/3 cup / 125g mini chocolate chips
1 1/4 cup / 65g mini marshmallows

Directions for Cornflake Crunch:

1. Heat the oven to 275F

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 1 month.

Directions for Cookies:

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 30-45 seconds. Paddle in the mini marshmallows just until incorporated.

4. Using 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 (Adrianna Note: I did this on one batch and they came out super thin. I found it unnecessary). 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 (Adrianna note: Mine took 10 minutes. I suggest keeping a close eye on them), 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.

Recipe by Christina Tosi from Momofuki Milk Bar Cookbook

{ 45 comments… read them below or add one }

sarah November 14, 2011 at 12:17 am

I must have this book and I must make this cookie. I was addicted with the Crack Pie, now I need a cookie, and the book sounds just as real and wonderful as these recipes. Thanks for whipping it up REAL GOOD!

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Sue/the view from great island November 14, 2011 at 1:51 am

I’ve made the Crack Pie and it didn’t really live up to its name (not that I would know!), but I’d like to check out the book, and these cookies. The little stack of them looks pretty tempting. Good for you for keeping your cool!

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Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen November 14, 2011 at 3:53 am

I thought I was the only blogger that didn’t have a stand mixer. I have a dinky little hand mixer that I almost killed when attempting to beat toasted marshmallows (don’t ask…) I covet the big kitchenaid mixers that it seems everyone has.

These cookies look absolutely delicious, and I’m glad they worked out for you after 4 failed recipes – that sounds super frustrating!

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga November 14, 2011 at 5:01 am

I don’t have a stand mixer either! I mix everything by hand…it’s easier than taking out my 19.99 mixer which has only slightly more oomph that good old fashioned elbow grease.

These have my name written all over them. LOVE the idea!

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Let Me Eat Cake November 14, 2011 at 6:02 am

you need to call me next time you bake these! 1. i’ll bring over my stand mixer 2. i’ll help you eat these!

p.s. i can’t believe you creamed the butter and sugar by hand for 15 minutes you are a strong woman ;)

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Adrianna November 15, 2011 at 5:08 am

DEAL!

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Mags November 14, 2011 at 11:13 am

Whoa look out, two sticks of butter! The flavor on these things must be out of control

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Katrina November 14, 2011 at 11:42 am

15 minutes of mixing by hand is impressive. Way to go girl! These cookies must have been so worth it :)

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Heather (Heather's Dish) November 14, 2011 at 1:02 pm

i love the whole kitchen sink cookie concept…these sound amazing! and definitely a great use for the corn flakes that i have in my cabinet :)

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Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray November 14, 2011 at 2:22 pm

You are epic. I mean this wholeheartedly. I only recently acquired a stand mixer, and my biceps were fantastically toned from creaming the heck out of butter and sugar by hand for ages before that (no matter what fancy gadgets the recipe called for). Y’know what, you worked your tush off for those cookies…eat a few extra. ;)

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Bev Weidner November 14, 2011 at 3:27 pm

I might get a TUDE if I can’t eat like 17 of these.

Right now.

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Millicent August 18, 2014 at 6:56 pm

Kewl you should come up with that. Extleelnc!

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Sally November 14, 2011 at 3:45 pm

I bet those cookies have such a good mouthfeel.

Your poor mixing arm – it must feel like putty today!

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DessertForTwo November 14, 2011 at 4:03 pm

I could sure use some RealTalk these days.
I have every excuse in the world why I can’t or don’t wanna do something. It’s time to put on my big girl pants and accomplish things!

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Teri Lyn Fister November 14, 2011 at 5:25 pm

FRACK YES! I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!

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Adrianna November 15, 2011 at 5:08 am

Wuv you too!

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nicole {sweet peony} November 14, 2011 at 5:46 pm

wow seriously good real talk. i need to remember that on days when i just don’t feel like doing things. also, those cookies sounds pretty dang good!

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Amy @ Elephant Eats November 14, 2011 at 6:11 pm

Wow, these cookies sound amazing. I should buy this book. I’ve been trying to reproduce Milk Bar’s Corn Cookies to no avail. They’re like a sugar cookie plus a corn muffin combined into deliciousness.

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Marlina November 14, 2011 at 6:17 pm

These cookies are speaking to me!! I can just imagine the cookie having a rice krispy type thing about them, such a good idea to add corn flakes and marshmallows !

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Lauren @ FoodIsTherapy November 14, 2011 at 6:24 pm

Impressive…I don’t think I would have tried creaming that much sugar and butter together by hand. And confession. I don’t have room for a stand mixer either. Mine lives in the dining room :)

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Leonor November 14, 2011 at 6:29 pm

Me encanta tu blog,
saludos desde México :)

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Mary Beth November 14, 2011 at 6:32 pm

I love the real talk. Sometimes we all need a little bit of that.

Oh, and I need those cookies too!

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Connie / Marinating Online November 14, 2011 at 6:46 pm

Great Photos. I love the pics that show the process

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tina November 14, 2011 at 10:18 pm

wow this is so unique of a cookie! i hope it’s not incredibly sweet bc of the marshmallows. i love your thinking when it comes to food!

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Adrianna November 15, 2011 at 5:09 am

Definitely a sweet cookie. I’m usually pretty adverse to super sweet cookies, but I looooved these.

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Yasmeen @ Wandering Spice November 15, 2011 at 12:30 am

Appreciate the real talk. Sometimes I think about my grandmother cooking a big Middle Eastern lunch for 7 hungry kids, her hungry husband and father-in-law. Every day. In Cairo, then Beirut summers. And… I ditch the attitude about my broken Kitchen Aid.

I like the addition of corn flakes for crispiness – apart from gloppy marshmallow bars I rarely see them in cooking! They look worth the effort :)

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Adrianna November 15, 2011 at 5:09 am

Truth!

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Paula @ Dishing the Divine November 15, 2011 at 12:34 am

I have had those days… the ones when you wonder if there are even any more good recipes in the world. Glad to see that you found one you liked. :) It’s definitely rewarding after so many failed attempts! :)

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Linda November 15, 2011 at 3:28 am

Thank you for posting this recipe–I’m still waiting for mine to be delivered! Have you tried their compost cookie? It is some serious stuff and by serious I mean amazing.

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Adrianna November 15, 2011 at 5:10 am

Yes! And those are included in the book too. They’re up next!

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Kiran @ KiranTarun.com November 15, 2011 at 4:10 am

I don’t have a mixer – so ancient right? Not the cookies- these are sheer divine :D

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Justice Fergie November 15, 2011 at 4:10 am

Looks positively delightful!!

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brandi November 15, 2011 at 2:18 pm

i never eat cornflakes as cereal but i LOVE them baked into sweet treats!

ps: i have a stand mixer and still (almost always) mix up cookies by hand. it’s more fun!

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Becky @ Skinnyfat Girls November 15, 2011 at 3:51 pm

I love the idea of crispy chocolate chip cookies! And I think I’ve got to pick up a copy of that book for myself…

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Kasey November 15, 2011 at 9:45 pm

I hate when recipes don’t work out! I’m glad you got it sorted out…Also, the stand mixer – prettiest/best thing in my kitchen. I love love love it.

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jesika lin November 16, 2011 at 2:58 am

i dont have a stand mixer. or a hand mixer. or a food processer, or a blender, or a zester. so when i read recipes theres a lot of swearing involved and i have to think if its really worth it for me to bust out all that elbow grease. so i feel ya. i have totally hand mixed for 15 minutes and why dont i have total linda hamilton guns by now? probably because i dont bake enough.

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Dana B November 16, 2011 at 4:36 am

Now I don’t have a food processor, or even a microwave, but stand up mixer? I’ve got that. One word for you. KitchenAid. I’ve had mine since I bought the 75th anniv edition something like 15 years ago. Huge splurge and oooooh so worth it. i have totally got my money’s worth out of it and then some even tho I still mix cookies by hand most of the time. I may use the mixer on this one tho :)

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Rachel @ The Avid Appetite November 16, 2011 at 3:13 pm

I love the Milk Bar! I’ve been there a couple of times. I love the compost cookie, red velvet soft serve and the cereal milk soft serve…genius :) Your cookies are gorg!

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Culinary Collage November 16, 2011 at 3:20 pm

These look really tasty and I imagine that the corn flakes give them a nice crunch…….yummy!

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Nadette@Eat, Read, Rant November 16, 2011 at 6:18 pm

I’m a huge fan of crisp and thin cookies. so I’m already loving this recipe. And the only electric kitchen gadget I have is a hand mixer, so I’m very familiar with the “my arm is going to fall off because I just did some machine that don’t own’s job by hand” feeling. That ish is REAL. When it comes to baking, I love recipes that are a little out there, so guess what book just got added to my amazon wish list. oh yeah!

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Hilliary @ Happily Ever Healthy November 16, 2011 at 7:29 pm

I would love to have one of these cookies right now as an after lunch treat!

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Andrea (Quest for Delish) November 22, 2011 at 12:02 am

I have to say the word cornflakes throws me off but they look so damn good I have to try them.

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Drea December 1, 2011 at 9:34 pm

I had these at Milk Bar – delish! Thank you for sharing the recipe. I can’t wait to try it. Also, major props to you for hand-creaming your butter. I didn’t have a mixer for the years I perfected my cc cookie recipe and I used to make my best guy friend come over to aerate that shit. :) That’s called “putting love into the food!”

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Selena December 8, 2011 at 10:44 pm

My cookies spread waaaay too far, cooked too long? Or any suggestions?

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Lilly May 20, 2012 at 3:06 pm

I had the exact same problem! I’m gonna try them again today and adjust cooking time and temp to see if that helps.

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