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Compost Toffee

There is this bakery in New York called Momofuku Milk Bar that sells baked goods so perfect, they defies the laws of baking. They have this incredibly popular Compost Cookie recipe that people line up to buy fresh out of the oven.

And I’ve been missing New York a lot lately, and the time I used to spend there, before I was a mom. I miss the roof top parties, the back stage passes, the music festivals, the rock shows, chatting with celebrities, chefs tastings, my single friends with fascinating careers, and epic dinners that lasted all night.

Which might be why I wanted to a little piece of the NYC I miss, turned into a toffee.

But then last night I got to do something even better than all those night in New York during my 20-something life. I ran around the back yard playing "I’m gonna get you" with my little girl, while my husband volunteered to do the dishes, and then my daughter curled up in my lap to eat rasins and watch Sesame Street.

No passes, no list, no plane tickets.

As much as those pre-mom nights had a higher marquee  value, this is the good stuff. This is what I’ll miss when I’m old, and even my grandkids have babies.

I loved my 20’s, and I’m glad I was able to run around the world with my husband, but now I’m glad to run around the back yard with my daughter.

And if all I have left of New York is memories and cookies I turn into toffee, I’m ok with that. Because it all comes down to my life’s motto: Figure out what is great about the situation you are in and enjoy the crap out of it. 


Chili Beer Chicken Wings


  • 2 1/2 lbs chicken wings and drumsticks
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 2/3 cup beer
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tbs honey
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp red chili flake
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbs rice wine vinegar


  1. Preheat the oven to 425.
  2. Rinse the chicken wings in cold water and dry well.
  3. Sprinkle chicken on all sides with cornstarch and rub to coat.
  4. In a separate bowl, add the beer, soy, honey, chili powder, garlic powder, red chili flake, salt, and vinegar, stirring well to combine. Add the chicken, toss to coat. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for ten to twenty minutes.
  5. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  6. Remove the chicken from marinade and arrange wings on the baking sheet and bake at 425 for ten minutes.
  7. While the chicken is baking, add the remaining marinade to a pot over medium high heat, stiring frequently, reduce until thickened and syrupy, about 8-10 minutes.
  8. Once the marinade has reduced, remove the chicken from the oven and brush with the thickened marinade, turn them over, brush with marinade on the other side.
  9. Return to the oven and allow to cook for an additional ten minutes, basting again.
  10. Allow chicken to bake until cooked through, an additional 10-15 minutes.
  11. (Note: the total cooking time for the chicken will be approximately 25-35 minutes, requiring basting every ten minutes)

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amy @ fearless homemaker September 5, 2012 um 10:10 am

This literally might be some of the best-looking toffee i’ve ever seen. For real! You have some mad impressive toffee skills, friend!


Jackie September 5, 2012 um 1:21 pm

Awww, thanks 🙂 I can only make it before I go to a friends house so I can leave it there! I will eat the entire batch.


RavieNomNoms September 5, 2012 um 10:55 am

That is some amazing looking toffee!! Just fantastic. That looks like it should be wrapped up and sold!


Jackie September 5, 2012 um 1:21 pm

Thanks! This might be part of my homemade gifts round up for the holidays!


Sharon and Denise @BeBetsy September 5, 2012 um 2:45 pm

Wow! These are fantastic and look incredible. We will have to whip up a batch – for ourselves!! Haha. We’ve both been Moms for quite a while and wouldn’t trade that time for all the previous corportate stuff we did!

Love you blog and will be back! Come and see us and submit your recipes and DIY in our Simply the Best! Hope so.

All the best!
S and D


Jackie September 5, 2012 um 2:54 pm

Thank you ladies! People always told me how great it was to have kids, and to be honest I was pretty skeptical! But it turns out to be even better than I could have ever hoped.


Julie @ Table for Two September 5, 2012 um 4:32 pm

These would be PERFECT to wrap in little cellophane wrappers and gift for the holidays. I saw these on pinterest and instantly pinned them. they look SO good!! I’m obsessed with toffee!


Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. September 5, 2012 um 6:02 pm

I love toffee and this looks so tasty and would be perfect to wrap up and give as gifts!


Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts September 5, 2012 um 6:08 pm

Awwww… this! Being a mom really does change things, doesn’t it? I am a huge toffee fan though, and so great that you can bring back memories with this!


Jackie September 6, 2012 um 9:40 am

I was so skeptical when people told me that once I was a mom I wouldn’t even want to go out any more, but it’s true. I love being home with my daughter, she is so much fun.


Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious September 5, 2012 um 7:42 pm

I need to make a trip to NYC before Jason and I start having kids! But then again I have these awesome compost toffee to hold me over 🙂


Jackie September 6, 2012 um 9:41 am

DO IT! Traveling after kids just isn’t the same, even if you leave them at Grandmas, it’s just so different. Do a ton of traveling now and then save your vacations after you have kids for those kid friendly vacations with the fam.


Baker Street September 6, 2012 um 5:20 am

I’m a big fan of toffee and this by far is the best recipe!


Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies September 6, 2012 um 7:11 am

I love your life motto. I also love your compost toffee. There’s no effing way any of this would make it out of the house to give as a gift!


Jackie September 6, 2012 um 9:42 am

Ha! I gave the "scraps" pan to my husband and he devoured it and said, "If feel sick from eating so much, but I kind want more."


Karly September 6, 2012 um 7:34 am

This is just the sweetest post!


ally September 6, 2012 um 10:49 am

i’ve made momofuku’s compost cookies but this toffee looks just as amazingly wonderful. thanks for sharing the deliciousness!


Cassie September 6, 2012 um 12:18 pm

Girl, this is so right up my alley. I have never been to NYC and when I do, Milk Bar will be one of my first stops. You are the sweetest writer I know!


Jackie September 6, 2012 um 1:20 pm

You have to go! It’s one of my favorite cities in the entire world, I think you’ll love it.


Aimee @ ShugarySweets September 6, 2012 um 1:27 pm

This looks great! The toffee recipe is very similar to the one I make. I LOVE what you topped it with though. YUM.


Gerry @ Foodness Gracious September 6, 2012 um 1:28 pm

Toffee, someone say toffee?? Love it and I love your motto, kinda the same as mine. I would never be able to do the stuff I accomplished in my 20’s though I can still amaze my daughter by poppin' wheelies and bunny hops 😉


Ashley – Baker by Nature September 6, 2012 um 5:26 pm

As a current NYC girl in her 20’s, I completely felt extra close to this post. I love this city, I love Momofuku, and I love all the excitement that lies in the long and wild nights that are inevitable living here: But I can’t wait to experience the joys of motherhood one day. I’m glad you have toffee to remind you of NYC.


Jackie September 8, 2012 um 8:47 am

It really is one of the best cities in the entire world. I’ve been to 15 countries and thousands of cities and I really love New York so much. I feel like I appreciate and love the life I have in my 30’s because of how much I did in my 20’s. I’ve been able to live and enjoy very different lifestyles in a pretty short period of time, it makes me even more excited about what the next phase of my life will hold. So great that you get to live there and have a great time before you move onto the next phase of your life 🙂


what katie’s baking September 6, 2012 um 5:48 pm

yum i love the sweet and saltiness of this toffee!


Anna @ hiddenponies September 6, 2012 um 8:00 pm

This is amazing, and I just love the name. If I ever get to New York, I will have to try some of that baking…but I can’t imagine it’d be better than this!


Amanda Brown September 6, 2012 um 9:48 pm

I haven’t been to your blog in a while and I can’t believe how much better your pictures have gotten! This toffee looks so beautiful and I also like your oatmeal pancake pictures. Great job!


Jen @ Savory Simple September 7, 2012 um 5:24 am

I loooooooove Momofuku Milk Bar and the cookbook. OMG the corn cookies? The blueberries and cream cookies? LOVE. These look awesome.


Denise September 7, 2012 um 7:29 am

Just came back from a great trip to NYC and Momofuku was definitely one of the highlights! This compost coffee looks just gorgeous and I really know it tastes that way too:)


Valerie @ From Valerie’s Kitchen September 7, 2012 um 3:51 pm

I’ve heard of Momofuku and those cookies. I think I saw it on Regis and Kelly back when Regis was with Kelly. Anyhow, I make a toffee candy similar to this with saltines and it’s dangerous. But stop the presses – pretzels and chocolate! This makes my life complete.


fatpiginthemarket September 8, 2012 um 9:19 pm

I’m ready to enjoy the crap out of that toffee situation!


Katie September 10, 2012 um 10:33 am

I am seriously in love with this toffee – looks incredible – I’m thinking it will be my indulgent birthday treat! I also am sharing that motto with everyone I know – it’s a great way to reframe your situation.

But one question – do you mean cornstarch or corn syrup in the ingredients list? The ingredients say corn syrup, but then you mention adding the cornstarch in the directions. Could you clarify for me? Thanks!


Jackie September 10, 2012 um 2:12 pm

Thank you so much for catching that! I just fixed it, and yes, it’s just corn syrup.


Kim Bee September 23, 2012 um 8:01 pm

Jackie this is gorgeous. I would want to eat up the whole batch all by my lonesome.


Tina @ MorePleaseRecipes October 5, 2012 um 6:45 am

Wow, wow, wow, wow, wow! Amazing! (not the most interesting comment in the world but it’s all I think about when I look at these photos and read this recipe).


Littleboxbrownie January 31, 2013 um 2:31 pm


Just came across your blog, and its beautiful. I will be a regular from now on. Keep up the great work, I love it.


Jackie January 31, 2013 um 8:56 pm

Thank you! That’s so sweet 🙂


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