This is some Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon stuff. Bear us us.
Henry Miller grows up in Brooklyn and lives in the Williamsburg section prior to setting of to Paris.
Despite his hometown roots, Miller doesn’t get much love in his home borough, so the Henry Miller Memorial Library launches the Big Sur Brooklyn Bridge in 2013.
We set up shop in the City Reliquary, a nonprofit museum, a few blocks from where Henry lived. Check it:
We have a week’s worth of exhibitions, concerts, and readings celebrating Henry’s legacy, and in the process, enjoy some unexpected perks.
For example, two doors down from the City Reliquary is a coffee shop called Milk – Momofuku Milk Bar.
Milk, we soon discover, sells what can only be described as the greatest cookies of all time.
Specifically, their corn cookie.
It’s like a sugar cookie, but with a corn vibe. Better yet, the cookies are large, thick, chewy, and undercooked.
Best winter cookies ever.
And better yet, you can order them directly from Milk here OR create them yourself.
The recipe is below.
And don’t thank us, thank Henry!
Note from The Kitchen: The chefs at Milk Bar make freeze-dried corn powder by grinding freeze-dried corn. You can find freeze-dried corn at Whole Foods, Amazon.com, or JustTomatoes.com. Store leftover powder in an airtight container so it won’t absorb moisture.
225 g butter, at room temperature OR 16 tablespoons (2 sticks)
300 g sugar OR 1 1/2 cups
225 g flour OR 1 1/3 cups
45 g corn flour OR 1/4 cup
65 g freeze-dried corn powder OR 2/3 cup
3 g baking powder OR 3/4 teaspoon
1.5 g baking soda OR 1/4 teaspoon
6 g kosher salt OR 1 1/2 teaspoons1. Combine the butter and sugar 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 beat for 7 to 8 minutes.
2. Reduce the mixer speed to low and add the flour, corn flour, corn powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix just until the dough comes together, no longer than 1 minute. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
3. 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.
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 bake properly.
4. Heat the oven to 350°F.
5. 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. After 18 minutes, they should be faintly browned on the edges yet still bright yellow in the center; give them an extra minute if not.
6. Cool the cookies completely on the sheet pans before transferring to a plate or to an airtight container for storage. At room temp, the cookies will keep fresh for 5 days; in the freezer, they will keep for 1 month.