Chocolate Malt Cookies Recipe

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The other day I wrote about having to make a cookie tray for the hubby to take to a meeting. I am sharing all the tasty treats I baked for him. I started with the lime sugar cookies and today it’s chocolate malt cookies. When I create a cookie tray I always figure it’s good to have several different flavors because not everyone likes chocolate or lemon or whatever. To make these I adapted a recipe for coffee malteds from (affiliate link) Dorie’s Cookies.

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chocolate malt cookies

Chocolate Malt Cookies

Makes 36

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup malt powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 8 TBS unsalted butter, at room temperature, cut into chunks
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 large egg at room temperature
  • 1 large egg yolk at room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • sugar in the raw for rolling
  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Line baking sheet with parchment or silicone mat
  • Whisk the flour and baking powder.
  • Sift the malt powder into the flour mixture to get out any lumps. Whisk to combine

sift malt powder

  • In a stand mixer with the paddle attached beat the butter, granulated and brown sugars and salt until well blended. About 3 minutes.
  • Scrape the bowl down. Return to medium and add the egg, then the yolk and vanilla. Beating for about a minute after each addition.

add dry ingredients

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  • Turn off the mixer and add the flour/malt mixture. Beat on low until just combined.
  • Remove the bowl and stir through to make sure all the dough is mixed.
  • Use a small cookie scoop and drop the dough balls in the sugar in the raw and roll until coated.

place dough balls on sheet

  • Place the coated dough balls on the cookie sheets about 1″ apart.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for about 10 – 12 minutes until the cookies are set. Rotate the tray about halfway through baking.
  • Let sit on the sheets for about 2 minutes then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

chocolate malt cookies

How Were the Chocolate Malt Cookies?

Quite tasty if I do say so myself. I will admit going into this that I was in pure experiment mode but I was very happy with how they come out. The cookies have a rich chocolate flavor with a hint of hmmmm, what’s that? Oh, yeah – it kind of tastes like a malt ball! They were a nice addition to the cookie tray – different from other chocolate options I might have chosen like chocolate snickerdoodles. These provided a different flavor profile.


What Exactly is Malt?

We all know what it tastes like. Most of us know it is part of the beer making process. But exactly what is malt? Well, I had no blessed idea. So I turned to Wikipedia and this is what it told me:

Malt is germinated cereal grain that has been dried in a process known as “malting“. The grain is made to germinate by soaking in water and is then halted from germinating further by drying with hot air.

Don’t you love when the definition of the word has the word in it? I remember when the nuns would not allow us to do that and yet here is the internet falling back on it. *sigh* But whatevs – for those of us that didn’t know we have learned something.

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