Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Milk & Bath Cookies

I switched gears a little bit, and decided to make something I've been wanting to try for a while....bath cookies! It took me a while to find a good recipe to try, it seems like most of the recipes were for the kind you bake, and they ended up crumbly or soggy, and I didn't want that! These ones are just what I was looking for, they fizz and dissolve really well under warm running water. These are no-bake cookies too, which are the perfect cookies to make on a hot summer day!

Milk & Bath Cookies
Adapted from this recipe:

3 oz sweet almond oil
2 oz shea butter

3/4 cup Epsom salts
1 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup goat milk powder

1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup citric acid

5 tsp fragrance oil

Place the sweet almond oil and shea butter in a microwave-safe dish and microwave for 30-second bursts, until shea butter is completely melted; cool slightly and add fragrance oil, set aside.

Mix Epsom salts, goat milk powder and cornstarch in a bowl, stirring well to break up any clumps. Mix baking soda and citric acid in a separate bowl. Pour baking soda/citric acid mixture into salt mixture and stir well. Slowly pour shea butter/almond oil mixture over dry ingredients, stirring until the mixture is a dough-like consistency.

Scoop out tablespoon-sized portions and roll into balls (I found it easier to wear gloves for this part), then flatten gently and place on paper plates. I found that the paper plates were necessary, because they soaked up a little bit of extra oil, so that the cookies dried out a little better. Let harden 24 to 48 hours.

Notes: The hearts on the cookies above are actually soap, so once the cookie has dissolved, you are left with a mini soap to use in the bath! The sprinkles are pink himalayan salt, and the chocolate chips on the other cookies are soap pieces. You could also drizzle melted soap over the cookies to look like icing, or sprinkle them with glitter. The possibilities are endless!


  1. Super cute bath cookies, Cee Gee! They look good enough to eat. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  2. I am going to make these for the grandkids for Christmas, they will love them..thanks!

  3. I hope you like them! If you find that the cookies are a bit soft, try putting them on some paper towel. It really helps to absorb some of the butter/oil and firm up the cookies.

  4. I just posted a comment & can't see it so posting again. Thanks a lot for the recipe. I wanted to ask can I use any milk powder & also use cornflour instead of corn starch. We dont find goats milk powder & cornstarch easily here in India. Will eagerly wait for your reply.

    1. Hi Naz, congratulations on your upcoming wedding! I think you could substitute any milk powder, I have made bath cookies with buttermilk powder and they turned out really nice. I think cornflour is slightly different than cornstarch, is it courser? Cornstarch dissolves really easily in water, and the purpose of it is to soften the water. You could just leave it out altogether and increase your other powdered ingredients, or you could try substituting another powder/flour like coconut flour or arrowroot powder, if you have access to those :) Good luck!

  5. Really excited to make these. I am getting married soon & been trying to find ideas for wedding favours .These will make really cute favours. Thanks again

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