Vegan Compost Cookies

Vegan Compost Cookies | Mama Papa Bubba

Oh my goodness…  Can we please just soak in the delicious ridiculousness that is these vegan compost cookies?!  And while I’d love to say that they’re healthful, there’s really not much that’s healthful about them…  They’re CRAZY delicious though!  Filled with oats, pretzels, graham cracker crust, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, potato chips, and coffee grounds (everything you’d find in a compost?), they’re a crispy and chewy and salty and sweet all at once.  I usually make them once a year {okay, maybe twice a year when Brad was at his last school}, but this year when we were brainstorming teacher gifts, Miss G decided that she’d like to do big jars of homemade compost cookies and I was totally on board.  We paired the jars with a bag of locally roasted coffee beans and our completed ‘Thank you for being my teacher’ printable and that was that.

Vegan Compost Cookies | Mama.Papa.Bubba.

Since we now eat vegan at home, I also took the opportunity to recipe test a veganized version of the recipe we usually use, and I’m so happy to report that it turned out amazingly well!  I also took a chance and swapped out some of the sugar for coconut sugar, so while these still have a ton of sugar in them, at least some of it is a little less refined.

Vegan Compost Cookies | Mama.Papa.Bubba.

Okay, just look at this…

Vegan Compost Cookies | Mama.Papa.Bubba.

And that’s not all…  There were still potato chips to be added!

Vegan Compost Cookies | Mama.Papa.Bubba.

Now a quick word on the potato chips…  While we usually buy a locally made kettle-chip style of chips to snack on {Hardbite}, these cookies are much better with a classic, cheap potato chip.  You know the ones that are a little too greasy and a little too salty?  Yup, oddly enough, those are the ones you want.  The other ones are so thick that they’re almost too crunchy whereas these thinner ones add just the perfect amount of crunch!

Vegan Compost Cookies | Mama.Papa.Bubba.

Dough done!  (I always double this recipe when making it.)

Vegan Compost Cookies | Mama.Papa.Bubba.

Okay, now here’s the one unfortunate thing about this recipe…  The dough has to be refrigerated before baking the cookies off.  Ugh – not the best news for a get-in-and-out-of-the-kitchen-as-quickly-as-possible person like me, but trust me on this one.  I’ve made them plenty of times and skipped this step and they’re still delicious.  BUT – if you want them to have that crispy outer coating and super thick, chewy inside, you need to refrigerate.  I just roll the dough into big balls, pop them into a baking dish, and pop them into the fridge.  Come back in an hour and they’ll be good to go.  

Vegan Compost Cookies | Mama.Papa.Bubba.

The last thing…  The butterscotch chips.  Every type of butterscotch / caramel chip I could find in our little town contained milk products, so those were a no go for us, obviously.  I did see that there are some available online for purchase, but I just opted to try making my own using this recipe.  It didn’t turn out perfectly (I was left with some extra butter/oil floating around and the butterscotch was soft at room temperature), but I just kept the pan in the freezer, broke off some little chunks and pressed them into the flattened dough balls as I took them out of the refrigerator to bake and it worked out just fine!

Vegan Compost Cookies | Mama.Papa.Bubba.

Here’s what they look like straight out of the oven…

Vegan Compost Cookies | Mama.Papa.Bubba.

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Also, I can’t recommend getting one of these silicone baking liners enough…  They work just like parchment paper does and are waste-free!

Vegan Compost Cookies | Mama.Papa.Bubba.

Here they are completely cooled and ready to be packaged…

Vegan Compost Cookies | Mama.Papa.Bubba.

We picked up some big glass jars with good seals at a local shop {these are very similar}, filled them up to the top with cookies, added a little homemade tag using baker’s twine, and that was it!  Big jars of vegan compost cookies ready for gifting.


Here’s our recipe…


Vegan Compost Cookies (based on this recipe by table for two)


  • 1 tablespoon of ground chia seeds
  • 3 tablespoons of warm water
  • 1/2 cup of graham cracker crumbs (double check the ingredients to ensure your graham crackers don’t have honey or milk products in them)
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon of vegan butter
  • 2 teaspoons of pure maple syrup
  • 1 1/3 cups of bread flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1 cup of vegan butter
  • 1 cup of coconut sugar
  • 2/3 cup of packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of agave syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon of pure vanilla
  • graham cracker crust
  • 3/4 cup of mini vegan chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup of vegan butterscotch chips*
  • 1/3 cup of old-fashioned oats
  • 3 teaspoons of ground coffee beans
  • 2 cups of plain potato chips, crushed
  • 1 cup of mini pretzels 


Prepare your ‘chia egg’ by combining the ground chia seeds and warm water in a small bowl.  Set it aside to thicken.

Prepare your graham cracker crust by working the vegan butter and maple syrup into the graham cracker crumbs with your fingers in a medium-sized bowl.  Set this aside until needed too.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and sea salt until everything is evenly distributed.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together the vegan butter, coconut sugar, brown sugar, and agave syrup on medium-high for two minutes.  Scrape down the sides, add in the chia egg and vanilla, and mix for another few minutes until the mixture is light and fluffy.

On low speed, slowly add in the dry ingredients until just about combined – little flour pockets here and there are fine.

Still on low speed, pour in the graham cracker crust, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips (if using them), old-fashioned oats, and ground coffee beans.  Allow it to mix for about 30 seconds and then add in the potato chips and pretzels and mix just enough to distribute them throughout the dough.

Using a medium sized cookie scoop, portion the dough out into generously sized cookie dough balls, place them in a container, and pop them into the fridge to chill for one hour (this step is important – I highly recommend not skipping it).

Preheat the oven to 365 degrees and prepare a baking sheet by lining it with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.

After an hour, retrieve just enough dough balls to cover your baking sheet and gently flatten them down.  If you’re using the homemade butterscotch ‘chips’ like we did, break off a few little chips and gently press them into the dough near the centre of the cookie.  

Bake for 13 – 14 minutes in a fully preheated oven.  When removed, the cookies will still be very soft to the touch and will look darker than most due to the coconut sugar.  Allow them to cool for at least ten minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.  The goal is for the outsides to be golden and crispy and the insides to be soft and chewy.  

Once completely cooled, pop the cookies into jars for gifting or into a container at room temperature to enjoy / store for up to a week.


 Vegan Compost Cookies | Mama.Papa.Bubba.


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