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Chefs Make Change

Cookies Against Cancer

Yesterday, Momofuku Milk Bar pastry genius Christina Tosi gathered 15 pastry chefs for a massive cookie baking party. Tonight, their cookies will help fight pediatric cancer.

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Treasured

Christina Tosi Shares the Story Behind Her Precious Scarves, Offers Kitchen Style Tips

Treasured: Christina Tosi's Scarves

In this series, photographer Melanie Dunea of My Last Supper takes a peek into the minds of working chefs and gets them to reveal their most prized possessions.

Treasured: Christina Tosi's Scarves

Momofuku Milk Bar's confectionary mastermind Christina Tosi built a dessert empire by doing things a little differently. She puts confetti in cookies, cereal milk in soft serve and now, blondies in apple pie. Tosi has always had flair in the kitchen, and she credits her grandmother...Read more >

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Expert Guide

Christina Tosi Dreams of Unsung Ways to Eat Chocolate

Christina Tosi Dreams of Chocolate

Photo © David Malosh/ Art © James Maikowski.

Boxed candies can be supremely delicious and sexy. But to impress the truly chocolate-obsessed Valentine on Thursday—and provide shopping alternatives for stumped procrastinators—Momofuku Milk Bar’s sugar mastermind, Christina Tosi, reveals some of the more creative ways to enjoy chocolate.

1. Pair with fruits and vegetables. “Chocolate is a great way to hide the ‘healthy’ in your next tomato cake, beet, celery root or potato concoction, or zucchini bread!”

2. Serve with cheese. “Dark chocolate is great with any grassy cheese, and a great surprise on a cheese platter. You can even make a killer fudge sauce/spread with some grassy goat milk, to sit on your next cheese platter.”

3. Burn it. “Did you know that burning white chocolate slowly makes the most delicious, sweet brown butter bits?” Now you do.

4. Eat it on toast. “Or in toast! With passion fruit curd and a cup of coffee.”

5. Smoke it. “My first run in with this was working as a pastry cook for Sam Mason and chef Wylie Dufresne at WD-50 in New York. We turned smoked chocolate into a killer ice cream.”

Follow writer Jasmin Sun on Twitter @jasminsun.

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Christina Tosi's 7 Craziest Cookie Ingredients

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Christina Tosi // © Jasmin Sun

Christina Tosi at the Milk Bar Commissary in Williamsburg. // © Jasmin Sun

Whether she’s dealing Crack Pie, or throwing everything from toffee and pretzels to coffee grounds and potato chips into her best-selling Compost Cookies, Momofuku Milk Bar chef-owner Christina Tosi is infamous for her madcap take on dessert. "You know when they’re burning fields of something? It tasted exactly like how that smells.” »

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