December 22, 2015
There is nothing reasonable about Christina Tosi’s cakes and cookies. They’re over the top – alarmingly sweet, very salty, pleasantly pliant – and totally irresistible. Not for nothing is her best-known creation called “Crack Pie.”
An alum of WD~50 and Momofuku, cookie-master Christina Tosi founded the Milk Bar empire. Her Milk Bar cookies have a kind of zany humor and sense of nostalgia that make them perfect holiday gifts. The ingredients for her Compost Cookie (my favorite) include, besides the usual, pretzels and potato chips – used coffee grounds. The corn cookie is as satisfying as the slightly cloying deli corn muffins of my youth. And the blueberries and cream version recalls the processed food aisles without tasting even a little “fake.”
Should you send these to your repressed puritan friends? Probably not; they’re rich cookies, and yes, very sweet. But they make a great gift for anyone who approaches food with a healthy levity.
As a bonus, if you order the Kookies, created in collaboration with Karlie Kloss, a percentage of your purchase will go to one of several charities. Order any of this all by midday today and your cookies will still arrive by Christmas.
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