Momofuku Milk Bar at Home

The Momofuku Milk Bar Cookbook

We’ve seen so many great cookbooks come out in 2011, books for every palate and skill level. In the weeks leading up to the holidays, we wanted to share a few of our favorite selections that would also make great gifts. From cocktails to carnitas, from sauté to sous-vide, the books range from gorgeous coffee table additions to workhorses that will never leave your kitchen.

As our holiday gift to you, our reader, we’re going to be giving away a copy of each book that we feature over the coming weeks. Scroll down to the bottom of the post to see how you can win!

Congratulations to Chi, our winner of the Momofuku Milk Bar cookbook!

Christina Tosi's Milk Bar Cookbook

For our final giveaway, we have Christina Tosi’s Momofuku Milk Bar cookbook, a book from one of my all-time favorite places in New York City.

I have been a fan of Tosi’s sugary creations since the Milk Bar opened adjacent to Ssäm Bar in 2008. I feel like I discover a new favorite treat almost every time I visit.

The cookbook is filled with the signature Milk Bar items, from crack pie and compost cookies, to cereal milk and fancy (alcoholic) shakes. We poured over the pages and pages of drool-worthy treats to find the right recipe—going back and forth between cookies and cakes and pies.

It took us a whole week to decide.

Ingredients for Momofuku Milk Bar Grapefruit Pie Recipe

The Grapefruit Pie, with its Ritz cracker crust and sweetened condensed milk filling, was the favorite, after much deliberation. We made an ingredient list and headed down to the market.

I should warn you now that while some recipes in the book appear simple enough, this isn’t your mother’s Toll House cookbok. A level of dedication and patience on the level of the Eleven Madison Park book are needed to complete some, if not most of, Tosi’s recipes. (But the reward will be sweet!)

Ritz Cracker Pie Crust for Momofuku Milk Bar Grapefruit Pie

The pie starts with the aforementioned crust.

An entire sleeve of Ritz crackers are crushed and placed into a pie tin, but not before they are coated in a mixture of melted butter, sugar and milk powder. The crust is baked for 20 minutes at 275 degrees, just enough to toast the crackers.

You may have a hard time finishing the recipe if you try a bite of the crust, as this would be more than enough of a sugary-salty treat for most.

Pie Fillings for Grapefruit Pie

Pie Filling for Momofuku Milk Bar's Grapefruit Pie

After creating the crust, we moved on to making the pie’s two fillings.

The first layer of pie filling is a mixture of more butter and sugar and an egg, with the unlikely addition of passionfruit pureé. After blending those four ingredients, Tosi adds “grapefruit threads,” made by supreming a grapefruit then lightly heating its segments over low heat with grapeseed oil to encapsulate them. The resulting filling is then poured into the crust and frozen for 30 minutes.

The second filling is a bit more straightforward. Sweetened condensed milk is blended with grapefruit juice, citric acid, a pinch of salt and a drop of red food coloring. At this point you can pour this pink custard over the first layer and enjoy, or let the pie chill in the freezer for a bit longer. We chose to wait—mainly to not spoil our dinner.

Momofuku Milk Bar Cookbook from Christina Tosi and David Chang

The book is amazing just to flip through, especially if you’re a diehard Milk Bar fan. But if you’re not willing to get your hands dirty, it may be better to just take a trip over to the East Village, where crack pie and cake truffles are plentiful.

Want your own copy? Leave a comment telling us: what’s your favorite sweet treat to make at home? Good luck!

– Ryan


  1. Vanessa
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 09:09:30

    Every time I pass this book in the shops, I linger over it for at least ten minutes. Milk Bar is on of my favorite places in the city, too! Have you tried the rye and pastrami croissant? I seriously thought I was going to pass out. Amazing stuff!

    I think some of my best desserts have been cakes and pies. Last Christmas I made a really delicious clementine and ginger layer cake. Another big hit has been a frozen key lime pie. It really brings something unexpected to the holiday dessert table!


    • Kathy Cornett
      Dec 05, 2011 @ 12:06:11

      The confetti cookies are my favorite, so far.


    • Lisa
      Dec 09, 2011 @ 14:43:30

      Cupcakes! They fun, easy, delicious and cute! Of course this book would be awesome for new ideas!!!


  2. Jon
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 09:23:29

    I have been salivating over a copy of this book that I borrowed from the library. I can’t wait to try the carrot cake truffles for Christmas. One of my favorite recent sweet treats I’ve made is salted caramel apple pie.


  3. Julia Segal
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 10:01:37

    My favourite sweet to make treat to whip up lately are teeny earl grey vanilla cookies!


  4. Jacqueline
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 10:18:06

    i’ve been obsessed with maple syrup lately so maple cookies are one of my favorite little treats to make!


  5. Zach
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 10:36:16

    I made a layered American flag cake over the summer. Like, each individual slice was a little American flag. Definitely the most challenging cake I’ve ever baked!


  6. Graham
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 10:58:44

    Can’t beat a simple homemade cheesecake…


  7. Deker
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 11:03:38

    This grapefruit pie looks delicious and pie is my favorite dessert. l love making tarte tatin with my mom, something we have always done.


  8. Jamie E
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 11:11:48

    This cookbook looks so good! One of my favorite treats to make are peanut butter and jelly bars.


  9. A.D. Ramp
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 11:34:24

    If you haven’t made the crack pie, it will be your favorite soon. It’s my favorite thing to make right now.


  10. pam
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 12:33:47

    yet another place I want to visit in NY! you guys are my kinda people.

    as for what sweet I make at home. a florida original – key lime pie. i actually have a key lime tree in my back yard so it works out well.

    happy monday!


  11. Melissa
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 13:37:27

    My dessert specialty is a chocolate peanut butter chex mix made using the microwave. I could definitely use some new staples! This book would be perfect!


  12. Katie
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 13:37:57

    My favorite to make is pecan pie! Perfect this time of year…


  13. geysil
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 13:49:34

    I’ve made flan a couple of weeks ago. So yummy!


  14. jess
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 14:32:08

    Mm…. that’s a hard one. Probably peanut butter balls or cheesecake?


  15. Jen
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 14:58:24

    Sugar cookies, hands-down. Simple, but always delicious.


  16. Kim
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 15:11:22

    Everyone raves about the Momofuku Milk Bar, but I’m sure it’ll be a million-billion years before I ever get to try anything they make. A cookbook might console me, though.

    I turn to gingerbread cake a lot when I want a simple dessert: spicy, a bit sticky, not too sweet.


  17. micah g
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 15:26:59

    I love making pumpkin pie. and sponge toffee.


  18. Chelsea
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 15:58:36

    Anything, I love to bake anything in the kitchen! But a recent favorite has been candy cane cookies.


  19. becky geddie
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 16:16:58

    my favorite of the season is anything with pumpkin. Pumpkin bread pudding, pumpkin cheesecake, and pumpkin cake balls are a few favorites!


  20. Pamela B
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 16:27:20

    I love this book, it combines the French complexity of recipes with good old fashion home cooking of North America! When I want to bake something sweet, I tend to make some sort of bars like peanut butter snack bars, or simple, classic chocolate chip cookies. Can’t get much better than a melty, gooey, buttery chocolate chip cookie!


  21. Elicia B.
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 16:33:22

    Any variety of custard. Egg custard pie is always requested whenever I ask the ubiquitous, do you want me to bring anything? As it gets colder a clove custard, served warm, my grandmother used to make is a weekly treat.


  22. Jule
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 17:10:09

    I’d have to go with panna cotta – quick to make and a million variations!


  23. Bethany
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 17:47:45

    Now that it’s (cold & grey) winter, my favorite confection is a blood orange and clementine galette with cardamom creme anglaise. The comfort of the toothsome pastry crust, the sharp, sweet taste of the fruit, its vibrant stained-glass appearance, and the exotic airiness of the cardamom creme anglaise make this a truly transportive dessert. While its in the house, at least, I’ve conquered winter!


  24. nick
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 17:56:48

    at the restaurant we from the kitchen are big fans of our dulche de leche baked cheesecake.
    but then again everything the guys and girls over at momofuku do is epic.
    we accutually use some of the techniques explained by mr. chang in the cookbook momofuku.
    this will be an excellent new addition to my collection (won or otherwise).
    thx for the recipe


  25. Aerin
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 18:19:09

    Love Milk Bar!

    My favorite sweet treat to bake at home as to be my pretzel&dark-chocolate-chip cookies…I love sweet and salty together!


  26. Sarah
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 18:43:05

    I live all the way in Seattle and don’t have easy access to David Chang, but I know all about the milk bar! Hopefully someday I’ll be able to try it for real, but I would definitely love to win this cookbook! My favorite sweet treats to make are desert cocktails…usually involving eggnog and pumpkin spice!


  27. Emily
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 19:15:49

    My favorite sweet treats to bake at home are skillet popovers!


  28. Rachel
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 19:37:32

    My favourite sweet treat are “witches fingers” that I discovered on Halloween, their super soft almondy and when paired with some strawberry jam are the most delicious things ever! You can also eat the whole batch yourself since their so light ;p


  29. Rachel
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 19:49:55

    My standard is banana bread….but I love making homemade biscuits for strawberries & cream in the summer.


  30. Rachel
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 20:02:55

    My favourite sweet to make at home is chocolate peanut butter bars. The name doesn’t really encapsulate the layer of shortbread covered in caramel and pecans and THEN covered with melted chocolate and peanut butter.


  31. Natalie
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 20:03:15

    Favorite sweet treat to make at home is biscotti!


  32. Kathryn
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 20:17:48

    I love to make chocolate chip cookies. That said, grapefruit is a favorite flavor of mine. I make a killer grapefruit cupcake!


  33. Sydney
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 20:40:18

    Snickerdoodles are easy and so comforting. I whip up a batch when I’m having a bad day.


  34. Carey
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 21:37:10

    I love making chocolate chip cookies– but they aren’t as good as these will be!!


  35. Fiona
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 21:39:23

    Right now, my favorite thing to bake is an apple tatin-because it’s delicious and also works as a room scenter.


  36. Lauren
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 21:42:32



  37. Sarah
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 21:57:25

    these days i love baking scones….sooo good when they are hot out of the oven.

    i’m moving to ny in the spring, and milk bar is definitely on my hit list!!

    btw, love following your blog. its makes me suuuper excited about my future adventures in the city!!


  38. Lydia Reynolds
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 22:39:36

    I love making Pumpkin Pie Chocolate Chip Cookies starting around Thanksgiving! As soon as it cools down Spicy Mexican Hot Chocolate are a must too…


  39. Dayna
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 22:42:21

    Oh dang, my mother better not see this or she’ll be outright demanding I make it!

    My favourite sweet treat to make at home is CREAM PUFFS. With all kinds of flavoured creams in there. My current favourite is lemon meringue cream. In our house we don’t even fill the puffs – we just dip them, still warm, into the cream. Then smash them into out mouths with wild abandon. We loves us some cream puffs.


  40. H K
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 22:54:02

    I love making cheesecake! It’s so hard to wait while it sits in the fridge, but it’s so good.


  41. Chi
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 22:56:58

    I love making triple chocolate terrine!


  42. Quelle
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 23:26:47

    Pear spiced bundt cake. Perfect cold weather treat.


  43. Rena
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 23:28:25

    I love making chocolate chip cookies for a midnight snack… and would love this cookbook to help give me new ideas!


  44. Melissa
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 23:38:15

    Favorite at home sweet treat is skillet chocolate chip cookies. Easy and delicious.

    I made a crack pie for Thanksgiving this year, never had the real one, but the one I made was so good, but so sweet.


  45. Anran
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 23:39:23

    Chocolate chip cookies and pear cake. With chocolate chips.


  46. Danielle
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 23:42:04

    My favorite sweet treat? Muffins! Recently, I’ve been doing a lot of pumpkin with chocolate chips :)


  47. Meilin
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 23:55:33

    My fiance’s family comes from Hawaii, so I’m lucky enough to receive a year’s worth of macadamia nuts every time I visit his family. So, of course, it’s only natural that I make white chocolate chip macadamia nut cookies! Not to mention, they’re the fiance’s favorite cookie. Even when he’s training for the military on the other side of the country, I’ll whip up a batch and express mail them over to him! But only after I sneak a handful of them for myself. :]

    The grapefruit pie looks amaaazing. I’ve come to appreciate the tartness of grapefruits over the years. They have such wonderful, complex flavors!


  48. Meredith
    Dec 06, 2011 @ 01:04:16

    Apple-cinnamon bundt cake. Great way to use up apples and feeds a crowd!


  49. Rachel
    Dec 06, 2011 @ 01:12:50

    My favorite sweet treat would definitely have to be sugar cookies with royal icing, or a homestyle double layer chocolate cake!


  50. Njeri
    Dec 06, 2011 @ 01:37:17

    Now you have given me the urge to grab something sweet. I love sugar cookies, especially with a dash of cinnamon.


  51. Steve2inLA
    Dec 06, 2011 @ 02:11:26

    It would have to be Pear Tatin with Poire William Whipped Cream.


  52. Brent F.
    Dec 06, 2011 @ 02:58:52

    I would have to say that my favorite sweet treat it Creme Brulee. I love the classic, but then I also enjoy mixing it up a bit. In the past month, I’ve done Pumpkin Creme Brulee for Halloween and Peppermint Creme Brulee for Christmas. It’s such a versatile dessert!


  53. Madeleine Meiners
    Dec 06, 2011 @ 04:26:25

    My mom’s favorite cook book is from a little restaurant in Grafton, MO that closed down about 7 years ago called Elsah’s Landing. The most amazing memories I have from growing up are of my mom letting me help to make the Blueberry Cream Cheese Pie with a graham cracker crust. The pages of that cook book are worn and stained from all of the fabulousness they have produced, but that page in particular has seen its fair share of spills, pen marks, and sticky finger prints. It has always been my favorite sweet treat to make at home, and now neither my mom or I need to recipe but we keep the pages open from habit. The greatest part of this memory is that in high school, when I began working for my mentor Dana Holland in his little BBQ shack project, he told me that he for years he was the pastry chef and baker at Elsah’s Landing. He also loved the Blueberry Cream Cheese Pie. Kindred hearts, I guess you could say.


  54. Sarah
    Dec 06, 2011 @ 04:51:14

    I love making brownies as a classic. But I have dared to make Momofuku crack pie, it was delicious!


  55. Maya
    Dec 06, 2011 @ 05:27:14

    I love to bake anything and everything. I love baking layer cakes , cupcakes and cookies more than anything else. My current favourite would be carrot cake with cream cheese frosting and spicy molasses cookies. :)


  56. Bruce
    Dec 06, 2011 @ 08:25:54

    My favorite sweet to bake at home is an old-fashioned pie recipe called an applesauce cake. After baking, it’s like an entire pie made out of the goo found in a pecan pie but minus the pecans. Sweet enough to hurt your teeth.


  57. Mike
    Dec 06, 2011 @ 10:33:07

    This is my No. 1 cookbook want this Christmas. My favorite sweet treat to make at home is the perfect chocolate chip cookie from the New York Times. I make huge batches of them, roll them, and keep them in the freezer at all times. They truly are perfect.


  58. Mengda Zhang
    Dec 06, 2011 @ 10:35:46

    Have to choose one favorite?? I go through phases, right now I’m really into swirling different things into fudgy brownies.


  59. EM. Halliburton
    Dec 06, 2011 @ 11:27:16

    You can’t beat the classic: chocolate chip cookies.


  60. Helen
    Dec 06, 2011 @ 11:29:14

    Any kind of quick bread but I have a soft spot for pumpkin and banana.

    I love the Milk Bar’s compost cookies so this cookbook would be a fantastic!


  61. Anna
    Dec 06, 2011 @ 11:29:14

    I love to make a seven layer bar – with lots of condensed milk….hits my sweet tooth just right! Love to win the book!


  62. jennifer hodge
    Dec 06, 2011 @ 13:36:29

    I love to make cookies, all kinds.


  63. Julie Owen
    Dec 06, 2011 @ 14:00:38

    This time of the year I love to make homemade caramels! They are awesome!


  64. Aysu
    Dec 06, 2011 @ 14:13:59

    I love making chestnut balls in the winter. But I need to know how to make the Momofuku Crack Pie!


  65. JEnn
    Dec 06, 2011 @ 15:59:15

    Oh yum I love baking and just about anything. I have been eying this book and Crack PIe is calling my name but it take some forethought is right!


  66. Meredith
    Dec 06, 2011 @ 16:51:11

    I love to bake gingersnaps on chilly winter nights.


  67. Sandra
    Dec 06, 2011 @ 17:18:32

    I love making my simple key lime pie. So delicious every time.


  68. Clint
    Dec 06, 2011 @ 18:12:53

    No matter the time of year, I like making ice cream of all varieties.


  69. Paty
    Dec 06, 2011 @ 19:12:22

    My favorite sweet treat to make is pistachio and dried cherry biscotti.


  70. Laura Love
    Dec 06, 2011 @ 20:05:31

    My favorite sweet treat to make at home is vanilla marshmallows – they’re so much better than store bought, and I love them in hot cocoa this time of year.


  71. allegra
    Dec 06, 2011 @ 20:32:24

    bittersweet irish whisket cake


  72. Rita
    Dec 06, 2011 @ 20:48:24

    My favorite sweet treat is always influenced by the season. During the summer I love making a great strawberry rhubarb pie, and in the winter I can’t help but want to make crumbles and gingerbread loaves all of the time. But if I had to pick one, I’d say the pie always wins!


  73. Caitlin @ Hardly Housewives
    Dec 06, 2011 @ 20:54:53

    I just love Milk Bar too!! One of the places that I miss as a no-longer-New-Yorker.

    My sister taught me how to make chocolate truffles and they’re pretty easy and sooooo tasty (and versatile).


  74. Hannah
    Dec 06, 2011 @ 20:55:07

    I used to live a block away from Milk Bar – it was awful for my waistline.

    At home, I usually make creme brulees – surprisingly easy and so decadent.


  75. Shannon LeDuke
    Dec 06, 2011 @ 22:43:45

    All time favorite home made treat is red velvet cupcakes, with white chocolate shavings on top!! Could eat an entire pan of them!!


  76. Claudia M
    Dec 06, 2011 @ 23:24:15

    I think cookies- just plain ole drop ones- easy, delicious.


  77. Iris
    Dec 07, 2011 @ 00:15:40

    Truthfully I would love to start baking instead of relying on buying baked goods.


  78. Wendy Blue
    Dec 07, 2011 @ 10:25:16

    Chocolate chip cookies – clearly I could use some inspiration! I think this book would do the trick!


  79. Maddy
    Dec 07, 2011 @ 12:03:01

    I love to make brownies. They are quick and easy to make, and yet so delicious and comforting.


  80. Marlies
    Dec 07, 2011 @ 12:33:05

    I love making pumpkin pie. It reminds me of fall :)


  81. tian
    Dec 07, 2011 @ 15:58:52

    we love making banana bread in our household. best recipe so far is chez pim’s which includes rum and espresso.

    you never feel guilty eating banana bread for brekkie


  82. rachel
    Dec 07, 2011 @ 17:07:14

    i love to make mochi diafuku with homemade bean paste!


  83. Allison Z.
    Dec 07, 2011 @ 20:17:43

    Salted brownies!


  84. Michael B.
    Dec 07, 2011 @ 20:18:46

    snickerdoodle cookies. yum.


  85. TC
    Dec 07, 2011 @ 20:26:11

    Butter cookies! (I tend to make rosemary butter cookies the most.)


  86. Lindsey
    Dec 07, 2011 @ 22:51:22

    My favorite sweet treat is white chocolate berry pie, or, as it’s more affectionately known, “Heaven Pie.” White chocolate (though I’ve tried with dark), fresh whipped cream, orange zest, etc. all in a graham cracker crust and covered in strawberries. I use raspberries when I make the dark chocolate version. It’s customizable, simple and always delicious.


  87. Victoria
    Dec 08, 2011 @ 04:01:06

    This looks delicious!


  88. Giedre
    Dec 08, 2011 @ 07:24:40

    I just love baking oatmeal and dried plump cookies. They bring back so many memories :)


  89. Anjel
    Dec 08, 2011 @ 10:20:16

    If only I was farther north. I can take the snow, just give me some of that crack pie!
    My favorite thing to make at home is cream cheese cookies, mostly because they come together in about five minutes and bake in just over ten :p


  90. Ann
    Dec 08, 2011 @ 20:21:28

    Nothing beats homemade chocolate chip cookies. It’s my favorite thing to make: it’s simple and comforting and sneaking to the fridge to get a spoonful of fresh cookie dough is always a bonus! :)


  91. Shannon
    Dec 09, 2011 @ 02:52:26

    Even though they take forever and are really hard to make, I love making cream puffs.


  92. Jennie
    Dec 09, 2011 @ 10:45:13

    Holy cow! Heck yes, I want a copy! This just sounds amazing! My favorite snack to make involves any combination of chocolate and peanut butter. I have recently discovered the simple beauty of peanut butter and chocolate frosting in between graham crackers. yum.


  93. Serena
    Dec 09, 2011 @ 12:40:28

    I love making pecan pie. Almost as much as I love eating it (Almost!). You can do so much with a simple pecan pie recipe; add cherries, add sweet potatoes, add a few apple slices etc. YUM.


  94. Kelsey
    Dec 09, 2011 @ 17:41:31

    It’s boring but….chocolate chip cookies! With a little bit of sea salt on top, they’re perfection.


  95. Jennifer
    Dec 10, 2011 @ 02:38:05

    Chang and Tossi reinvented the Southern Chess pie into an addictive crack pie that I can’t stop baking or eating. I remember standing in line during snow storms just to step a foot into their Milk Bar. LOVE THEM


  96. Jenne
    Dec 10, 2011 @ 15:50:04

    My favorite sweet treat is pumpkin cheesecake with salted caramel and bacon on top.


  97. Carolsue
    Dec 11, 2011 @ 01:03:49

    I like making blueberry scones


  98. michele Busch
    Dec 11, 2011 @ 01:18:40

    on our last visit to New York we ate at Madison Square Eats and the Milk Bar had a booth I had just saw a show on the Food Network about it. So of course we tried it and delish! My fav sweet thing to make are jumbo marshmallows drizzled with chocolate and caramel with a pinch of sea salt…so good! I created it for a baby shower recently and they were a hit!


  99. Teslaca
    Dec 11, 2011 @ 11:00:43

    I love making cheesecake. Then I make a topping of whatever fruit is in season to add to each slice. Yummy!


  100. Jessica G.
    Dec 11, 2011 @ 22:51:35

    I love baking cookies…raspberry linzer and almond sandwich cookies are two of my favorites.


  101. Gemma
    Dec 20, 2011 @ 19:55:10

    May be corney but I just started dating a guy that I really like…I’m hoping to win him over even more with incredible treats from this cookbook :)


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