Cookies are a wonderful thing. I have mentioned this before, but at 49, I can tell you, I still enjoy a great cookie every so often. And while I’ll never turn down an amazing chocolate chip cookie, I also enjoy interesting other flavors, when I can find them. These are my chocolate malted milk cookies, a simple recipe I developed years ago inspired by the malted milk balls candies I’ve adored since my childhood. Think soft, chewy, chocolatey, malted deliciousness that whip up effortlessly and bake-off perfectly so anyone can master them.
Broadway Nut Shop
I have fond memories of the malted milk balls from an old school candy store near where I grew up, on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Broadway Nut Shop was a landmark store and anyone who lived in the area in the 80’s and 90’s, definitely knew the place. This was a classic, old-school, pound candy and nut roasters (hard to find these days) and it smelled heavenly, like sugar and nutty goodness mixed all together. Inside, every candy and freshly roasted nut, was neatly displayed in large glass candy jars for you to look longingly at as you very carefully made your targeted decision on what to buy.
This special little place was always busy, no surprise really, there were tons of kids in the area and you simply could not pass by the store window, with it’s neon sign complete with a glowing peanut, without going inside and getting a little something. Sadly, the Broadway Nut Shop closed it’s doors for good in 2002, but that little shop is where I first discovered what a malted milk ball was and where my love of malted milk first began.
In this recipe I use a malted milk powder which mimics the taste of those malted milk ball candies I fell in love with years ago. For those unfamiliar, Malted milk powder is a fine light-yellow powder with a mellow, nutty flavor and a natural sweetness. The term “malt” refers to a grain (typically barley) that has been sprouted and quickly dried. Once the grain is ground up, it becomes the base of malted milk powder, which also contains wheat flour and powdered milk. Different brands often add other ingredients, including sugar, flavorings such as chocolate, food coloring, salt, and preservatives. For this recipe I use malted milk powder made by Carnation.
In these chocolate malted milk cookies the malted milk powder does a few things; it gives added flavor, similar to butterscotch, helps with browning, and helps balance the sweetness level creating a more in-depth chocolate flavor. So what you get, is one heck of an interesting cookie is you ask me.
Chocolate Malted Milk Cookies
- 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2/3 cup Carnation malted malt powder
- 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
- 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped or grated
- Step 1 In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and malt powder. Whisk to combine and set aside
- Step 2 In a kitchen mixer, such as a Kitchen Aid, fitted with a paddle attachment, add the butter and sugars and beat on medium until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes, scraping down the sides as needed. Add the vanilla and mix to blend. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
- Step 3 Turn the mixer to low and gradually add the dry ingredients, beat until just combined. Add both chocolates and pulse on/off to blend. (Be careful not to over mix). Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill, at least 1 hour or overnight if desired
- Step 4 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
- Step 5 Using your hands, scoop out about two tablespoons worth of dough and form into a ball. Repeat with the remaining dough. Place the cookie dough balls on the prepared baking sheets spaced about 3-inches apart. Cookies will spread, so do not overcrowd.
- Step 6 Bake a for about 10-12 minutes until you begin to see some coloration. Cool slightly on the sheet pan before serving.
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