I feel I must start with a warning when introducing these chewy, melt-in-your mouth, Chocolate Malt Ball Cookies…consider the dangers of trying to rough chop two cups of Whoppers (round malted milk ball candies) as they roll away beneath the blade of a big butcher’s knife.
Please don’t think emergency room type of carnage. It was more subtle than that.
No, I did not lose a finger and my injuries did not require a bandaid, but somehow as those little chocolate balls rolled right off my cutting board and onto my counter top again and again, they signaled that they had abandoned ship.
Those that would roll off the board were considered fair game, and therefore I would pop them into my mouth one by one. Not good…or very good. Depends on how you look at it I guess.
Those handful of Whoppers were well deserved. That’s how I usually rationalize my compulsion for chocolate anything and why I KNEW I HAD to bake this morning. That was a given. Not because my blog had been severely lacking (which it had) and not because our house is EVER devoid of something sweet and homemade, but because I NEEDED to. Just like a runner feels it in her bones, the urge to run, juices flowing, adrenaline surging, my soul is drawn to baking.
It’s been a loooooong week. You know those kind of weeks, or really two weeks. There was a broken down van on the freeway which happened to be on the way to a long deserved weekend get away, a warped wooden floor which led us to discover that the fridge had been leaking for oh, about 10 years or so, 6 loaves of bread that were baked in one afternoon for a science experiment for my daughter, and there was plenty of insomnia which makes everything seem alot worse than it is.
I’ve taken many slow, deep breaths all week, reminding myself that my blessings are huge and numerous, but lucky for me, I have a best friend who doesn’t
mind protest the whining and a kitchen which doesn’t mind the abuse. A kitchen that is one of the leading characters in the novel I like to call my life.
So, as usual, I found myself thumbing through cookbooks this morning, itching to bake. Literally, longing to get chocolate on my t-shirt, flour in my hair and to smell something fabulous baking in my oven. Sometimes I page through book after book and can’t seem to land on the right recipe for the day, but today this recipe for Chocolate Malted cookies from Dorie Greenspan practically jumped off the page. I could almost taste them right then and there imagining the crispness of the malted milk ball as I sunk my teeth into the tender chocolate-y cookie.
This cookie did not disappoint and anyone who lives here or happened to stop by shouted out “oooh’s” and “aaahs” with a satisfaction that only can come from something chewy, chocolatey and warm. These malted milk ball cookies might just become the new favorite here. They are pushing my semi-famous chocolate chip cookies to the wayside, and I believe it is fair to say that cookies and milk will never be the same again at my house and yours either should you choose to do battle with the Whoppers.
Oh…and a big THANK YOU to Yvette of Twisted Vines and Linda at Savoring Every Bite for bestowing the Liebster Award on me! 🙂 Stop by their blogs and say, “Hi!”.
Chocolate Malted Whopper Cookies
Recipe exactly as-is and fabulous from Dorie Greenspan’s Baking…From My Home to Yours
Makes about 30 cookies.
1 3/4 c. all purpose flour
1 c. malted milk powder such as Ovaltine, regular or chocolate flavored (I used regular)
1/4 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 t. baking powder
1/4 t. salt
1 stick plus 3 Tablespoons butter brought to room temperature
2/3 c. granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 t. pure vanilla extract
1/4 c. whole milk (I used 2%, was just fine)
2 c. coarsely chopped chocolate covered malt balls such as Whoppers
1 c. bittersweet or dark chocolate chips
optional 3/4 c. chopped pecans
For the cookies: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment or a Silpat mat. Put your dry ingredients from flour to salt in a large mixing bowl and whisk together so there are no lumps. I use this trick to avoid sifting when making things that don’t require a light and fluffy texture.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with a paddle attachment, put in your butter and sugar and beat on medium for a minute or two, until it is light and fluffy. Add your eggs and vanilla and mix together on low speed until incorporated.
Add 1/2 of your dry ingredients to your butter mixture and mix on low speed until just combined. Add the milk and mix in. Scraped the sides of the bowl with a rubber scraper and add the rest of your dry ingredients to the bowl. Mix on low speed. Don’t over mix. Add your Whoppers, chocolate chips and nuts and stir together with the rubber scraper. I like to use a medium-sized ice cream scoop to dole out my batter onto a cookie sheet, leaving at least an inch or so in between each ball of cookie dough.
Bake one cookie sheet at a time for 12 minutes. Cool for two minutes and them carefully use a spatula to transfer them to a wire rack. They are a bit delicate and like to stick to the mat or parchment so just be patient. They are worth it.
September 25, 2011 at 6:53 am
I can totally relate to those kinds of days and weeks, and like you the kitchen is my refuge. It’s just a calming place, maybe because it activates all of your senses and makes you aware of the present moment more so than other things. I don’t know…I just know it helps. This looks like one of those recipes that would be a perfect end to a rough week!
September 25, 2011 at 7:13 am
Yummy! I would have eating the whoppers that fell on the floor too 🙂
September 25, 2011 at 7:43 am
Well, technically, they fell onto my counter…I have a sloppy Golden Retriever, I am afraid of anything that hits MY floor! 🙂
September 25, 2011 at 7:20 am
I read cookbooks like they were novels. Everything I’ve made from Ms. Greenspan’s book has been, so far, absolutely delicious. In fact, I just pulled the orange blueberry muffins (the first recipe in the book) out of the oven this morning. I didn’t have an orange, so I used a lemon and they were divine.
September 25, 2011 at 7:52 am
Including Whoppers in cookies? Great idea!
September 25, 2011 at 8:03 am
See – now those look like cookies that could heal all wounds! My husband is a Whopper fiend. I’m putting these on my ‘must try’ list this week.
September 25, 2011 at 8:05 am
Your intro made me laugh. Katherine hates chopping cranberries for the same reason. These look wonderful.
September 25, 2011 at 9:45 am
OMG!! Those look so good!! I haven’t had Whoppers in such a long time. Making cookies out of them is a fabulous idea!!!!!
September 25, 2011 at 10:08 am
Whoppers in cookies? wow…that’s fascinating and delicious idea!
September 25, 2011 at 10:26 am
I must resist making these cookies, I must resist making these cookies…
All’s well that ends well and these cookies look incredible!
Have a happy week.
September 25, 2011 at 11:37 am
I love Whoppers! I need to make these cookies. Thanks for the PSA about chopping them; I’ll make sure to buy an extra bag, just in case. 😉
September 25, 2011 at 12:56 pm
If I give you my address, would you send some to me? Seriously. I’m so glad you’re just as bad a chocoholic as I am – it makes me feel more normal. (And sorry about your week – hope this one more than makes up for it!)
September 25, 2011 at 1:51 pm
Uh-oh, I’d better keep this post away from my husband (an inveterate fan of malted milk in any form, most especially malted milk balls), or he will slip instantly into a cookie-lust coma. And then I will collapse right next to him, because I’m second only to him in that love. Thanks for the fun stuff!
September 25, 2011 at 3:01 pm
I’m with mandy,, i must resist i must resist! c
September 25, 2011 at 3:06 pm
Chopping uupp Whoppers sounds like an adventure. If I ever give this tasty looking recipe a try I might try cutting them with a bread knife. Hope you’re enjoying your weekend!
September 25, 2011 at 5:56 pm
I love malt and I love it in cookies…. but add chocolate and whoppers and its that much better!!! Definitely gonna have to try these yummy little treats 🙂
September 25, 2011 at 8:43 pm
Amazing, as usual! I think what you call Whoopers we Australian’s call Maltesers. At least that’s what I’m going to substitute in. Hope your week gets better! At least you have enough bread to last the next few weeks.
September 25, 2011 at 10:32 pm
I have been having a horrible couple of weeks too and this might just be the cure!
I just need to get some butter..I used up the last I had baking croissants…
September 26, 2011 at 12:36 am
All I can say is wow! A cookie Malteser one bite would be heaven to me.
September 26, 2011 at 6:49 am
Geni, sounds like you live an “overblessed” life like I do! I replaced saying I was “overwhelmed” years ago and it makes me feel much better!! And, I can so relate to your desire to get in the kitchen and bake! It’s my favorite thing to do first thing in the morning, when and if I can and I’m definitely bookmarking these to add to my baking list!
September 26, 2011 at 11:35 am
Now that’s a cookie! The batter is so thick and chocolaty. Great recipe Geni! xx
September 26, 2011 at 5:13 pm
hi geni, i want to look up for these whoppers, they look interesting to mess with (for me)…your cookies sure look appetizing, i kind of like the “melt in the mouth” effect
September 26, 2011 at 5:42 pm
Whoppers are one of those candies I can’t have in the house…soooo addicting! But I might have to make an exception for these winners!! They look delicious~
September 26, 2011 at 6:57 pm
Oh, dear, I’ve never quite enjoyed Whoppers. Every now and then I give them another try but just can’t like that malt flavor. However, these cookies will give me another reason to try them! They do look fabulous!
September 28, 2011 at 1:58 pm
You might like the malted milk powder in the cookie batter and leave out the actual Whoppers. Just use the chocolate chips. I think you will find that the cookie has an unusual and delicious something special to it.
September 26, 2011 at 9:13 pm
Oh Geni, you know I’m such a choco-aholic lol. I couldn’t help but drool over these cookies. These Chocolate Malt Ball Cookies os such a great recipe. Thanks for sharing this with us and Congrats in the award :). You deserve it
September 27, 2011 at 5:36 pm
Those look fantastic! I must try soon. 🙂
September 27, 2011 at 5:49 pm
Geni, what an interesting recipe…never thought in using whoppers for cookies…and they sure look very tempting. Again, you are always SO funny!
Hope you are having a fantastic week and I wish I could get hold of at least one cookie 🙂
September 28, 2011 at 1:56 pm
Even I wish I could get ahold of just one cookie at this point. They were devoured in one day here.
September 27, 2011 at 6:22 pm
I love how you refer to your kitchen as the leading character in novel that is your life. These look amazing! I would need to hide the whoppers from my husband to get these made. I do have the Ovaltine in the cabinet though waiting to become these cookies. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.
September 28, 2011 at 1:54 pm
You really won’t be disappointed Janna. My kids are already begging me to make more and they were gobbled up in ONE DAY over here since we had many a kid and adult passing through my doors that day.
September 27, 2011 at 8:01 pm
I always forget about whoppers but I love them! What a great cookie idea!
September 29, 2011 at 8:49 am
These look fantastic, great recipe, and photos just calling my name..really beautiful post Geni, and totally relate, I do often have an itch early to bake!!!
October 4, 2011 at 2:44 pm
Oh good god!! Those look insane!
October 6, 2011 at 11:21 am
I’m certainly glad you survived your week! And I’m even happier to hear that someone else’s go-to emergency treat involves Whoppers. I had a stressful day yesterday and the first chance I got involved a quick walk to the local Rite-Aid for a box of that delicious malted candy. I finished the entire thing… and then discovered the box contained 3 1/2 servings. Oops 🙂
Can’t wait to make these cookies for my family. My dad is a Whopper nut!
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March 26, 2013 at 7:27 am
I have just made these! The hardest thing to work out is UK measurements from american but so far seems awesome recipe! I wanted bigger ones (to sell in shop!) so only got 17 from recipe and followed your cookie 101 – about being barely firm to touch and they’re done! so far… more success than ever!
March 27, 2013 at 10:04 am
I am sorry about the measurement conversions. I know some blogs have both, but I am so bad at the conversions, that any “help” I could offer might be more of a hindrance. 😉 So glad these cookies worked out for you. You have a shop?! I am so jealous. That is my dream.
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