Malted Milk and Whoppers Chocolate Chip Cookies

I was never that into Whoppers until last Halloween when I snagged some from my daughter’s stash.

And ever since then, I cannot get enough of them.

Malted Milk & Whoppers Chocolate Chip Cookies - Soft & chewy cookies loaded with Whoppers make you feel like a kid again!

I think it’s because they’re different than other candy. They’re crispy and crunchy, yet ultimately they just melt-in-your mouth.

And no other candy has that very unique malted milk flavor. As a kid, I wasn’t really a fan of the malted taste, but apparently my tastes have changed because I love it now.

Malted Milk & Whoppers Chocolate Chip Cookies - Soft & chewy cookies loaded with Whoppers make you feel like a kid again!

For the cookies, I used both malted milk powder and Whoppers for a double hit of malt. The cookies aren’t overly malty tasting and although it’s subtle, it sets them apart from the average cookie recipe.

Matled milk powder is typically sold near sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, hot chocolate mix, and pancake syrup in most any grocery stores.

Malted Milk & Whoppers Chocolate Chip Cookies - Soft & chewy cookies loaded with Whoppers make you feel like a kid again!

I bought the 12-ounce ‘carton’ size of Whoppers that’s sold in the candy aisle, and only used about half for the cookies. The rest you get to eat.

If you don’t have pudding mix, malted milk powder, or Whoppers available, this unfortunately isn’t the recipe for you. There’s no way to substitute for these ingredients, but I have dozens of other cookie recipes instead.

Malted Milk & Whoppers Chocolate Chip Cookies - Soft & chewy cookies loaded with Whoppers make you feel like a kid again!

The recipe is loosely adapted from my Soft M&M Chocolate Chip Cookies. I cut back on the flour a bit, and instead added 1/2 cup malted milk powder and also increased the vanilla pudding mix to 1/2 cup. Between the malted milk and the vanilla pudding, they’re the creamiest cookies I’ve ever made. The raw dough is amazingly awesome and I was tempted to just eat the dough because it’s so rich, creamy, and wonderful.

But I’m glad I did bake the cookies because the Whoppers turn extra crunchy (but not in a tooth-breaking way) and create a fabulous texture dichotomy. The buttery soft, tender, creamy cookie dough that’s studded with big chunks of crispy Whoppers is so addictively good.

Malted Milk & Whoppers Chocolate Chip Cookies - Soft & chewy cookies loaded with Whoppers make you feel like a kid again!

I added enough semi-sweet chocolate chips to balance the milk chocolate from the Whoppers. Two kinds of chocolate are always better than one.

You must chill the dough before baking. The cookies are already prone to spreading since there’s not a high ratio of flour to wet ingredients. The pudding mix and malted milk powder are dry ingredients, but don’t behave like flour does to prevent spreading, and baking with warm dough will cause the cookies to spread and bake way too thin and flat.

Malted Milk & Whoppers Chocolate Chip Cookies - Soft & chewy cookies loaded with Whoppers make you feel like a kid again!

The cookies are very soft, but also very chewy. If you like chewy cookies that you can really sink your teeth into, combined with all that crispy texture from the Whoppers, you’ll love these.

Normally I have one or two of the things I make and re-home the rest since I bake something 6 days a week, but I hoarded these. I loved them.

Malted Milk & Whoppers Chocolate Chip Cookies - Soft & chewy cookies loaded with Whoppers make you feel like a kid again!

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Malted Milk and Whoppers Chocolate Chip Cookies

The cookies use both malted milk powder and Whoppers for a double hit of malt. Matled milk powder is typically sold near sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, hot chocolate mix, pancake syrup, etc. in most grocery stores. I bought the 12-ounce 'carton' size of Whoppers that's sold in the candy aisle and used about half. The Whoppers turn extra crunchy (but not in a tooth-breaking way) and create a fabulous texture dichotomy. The buttery soft, tender, creamy cookie dough that's studded with big chunks of crispy Whoppers is so addictively good. Semi-sweet chocolate chips balance the milk chocolate Whoppers, and two kinds of chocolate are always better than one. The cookies are very soft, but also very chewy. If you like chewy cookies that you can really sink your teeth into, combined with all that crispy texture from the Whoppers, you'll love these. Chilling the dough before baking is essential so cookies don't spread too much.

Yield: 15 large cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 11 minutes

Total Time: 3+ hours, for dough chilling

Ingredients:

3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened (1 1/2 sticks)
3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup malted milk powder
1/2 cup instant vanilla pudding mix (not sugar-free and not 'cook & serve'), OR use 2 teaspoons cornstarch in place of pudding mix
1 teaspoon baking soda
pinch salt, optional and to taste
1 1/4 cups Whoppers, halved or coarsely chopped
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. To the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or large mixing bowl and electric mixer) combine the butter, sugars, egg, vanilla, and beat on medium-high speed until creamed and well combined, about 4 minutes.
  2. Stop, scrape down the sides of the bowl, and add the flour, malted milk powder, pudding mix, baking soda, optional salt, and beat on low speed until just combined, about 1 minute.
  3. Stop, scrape down the sides of the bowl, and add the Whoppers, chocolate chips, and beat on low speed until just combined, about 30 seconds.
  4. Using a large cookie scoop, 1/4-cup measure, or your hands, form 15 equal-sized mounds of dough, roll into balls, and flatten very slightly. Strategically place some of the Whoppers and chocolate chips toward the top of each dough mound for increased visual appeal. Check the undersides of each mound of dough and make sure there are no large Whoppers pieces that will bake directly on the baking sheet; reposition them or shield them with a bit of dough.
  5. Place mounds on a large plate or tray, cover with plasticwrap, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, up to 5 days. Do not bake with unchilled dough because cookies will bake thinner, flatter, and be more prone to spreading.
  6. Preheat oven to 350F, line a baking sheet with a Silpat or spray with cooking spray. Place dough mounds on baking sheet, spaced at least 2 inches apart (I bake 8 cookies per sheet; these cookies are prone to spreading so don't crowd) and bake for 11 minutes, or until edges have set and tops are just set, even if slightly undercooked, pale, and glossy in the center. Cookies firm up as they cool. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for about 10 minutes before serving. I let them cool on the baking sheet and don't use a rack.
  7. Cookies will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 6 months. Alternatively, unbaked cookie dough can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for up to 4 months, so consider baking only as many cookies as desired and save the remaining dough to be baked in the future when desired.

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66 Responses to “Malted Milk and Whoppers Chocolate Chip Cookies”

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    Liz S. — April 12, 2014 at 1:04 am

    You’ve definitely been missing out all these years with the wonderful Whoppers malted milk balls. Glad you tried them and added them to these cookies! :)

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    Jess @ Sweet Menu — April 12, 2014 at 2:12 am

    Wow these cookies look beautiful Averie! Great idea to pair choc chips with Whoppers!

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    Rochelle @ Oh So Sweet Baker — April 12, 2014 at 3:23 am

    Mmm. This sounds like a cookie chockful of malty goodness

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    Paula — April 12, 2014 at 4:07 am

    I used to look forward to a little carton of whoppers in my Easter basket when I was a kid. I love those things!! Interesting that they get a little more crunchy when baked in a cookie–I thought they might soften a bit. Jon loves chocolate malts so we’d both be in heaven with this cookie!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 12th, 2014 at 9:09 am

      I thought they may soften too, but they don’t. Nice and crispy! It’s the perfect crunch against that buttery soft cookie dough!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — April 12, 2014 at 4:42 am

    I recently started loving whoppers too!! This recipe is awesome!

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    Laura Dembowski — April 12, 2014 at 5:22 am

    There is something so great about malted milk powder. It reminds me of all those delicious milkshakes of my youth. I bet these cookies are delicious!

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    Lauren — April 12, 2014 at 5:43 am

    Your cookies always look amazing!

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    Chelsea @ Gal on a Mission — April 12, 2014 at 5:47 am

    You mean I just to munch on the half of the Whoopers? You’re just amazing! :) Lovin’ these cookies, Averie. I think I will just take 10 of them, thanks. Pinned!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 12th, 2014 at 9:07 am

      Thanks for the pin & yes, you’ll have a whole bunch extra to munch on :)

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    Sarah@WholeAndHeavenlyOven — April 12, 2014 at 6:40 am

    Oh my gosh look at these big ‘ol cookies! Just love how huge they are and obviously how soft and chewy they look! Btw: I always adore how you style your cookies! You always make them look unbelievably tempting especially with the oozing chocolate! Gorgeous photos as always, Averie! pinned.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 12th, 2014 at 9:06 am

      You’re so sweet & thanks for the pin!

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    Kris — April 12, 2014 at 6:45 am

    I think I love Whoppers for the same reason I love Reese’s PB cups–there is enough salt to balance the sweet. This cookie sounds like a winner–although I avoid having Whoppers around because I don’t want my backside getting bigger … ahem …

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 12th, 2014 at 9:06 am

      LOL. The nice thing is I feel like they’re one of those ‘value’ candies. You get slightly more bang for your buck than a denser, gooeier candy. Then again, I may just be deluding myself :)

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    joan trueblood — April 12, 2014 at 6:46 am

    I just have to say this: You are the best cookie maker on the planet! LOVE your blog and wonderful recipes!!! You rock, Averie….

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 12th, 2014 at 11:10 pm

      Wow what a great comment and THANK YOU! :)

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    Lyuba@willcookforsmiles — April 12, 2014 at 6:50 am

    You make the best looking cookies, Averie! They looks so soft and chocolaty!

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    Christina @ Sweet Lavender Bake Shoppe — April 12, 2014 at 9:27 am

    Oh man. Whoppers are my jam. MY JAM.

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    Martha in KS — April 12, 2014 at 11:51 am

    I bet you could substitute malted milk eggs in the stores right now.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 12th, 2014 at 11:08 pm

      Totally and it would be super cute! I *almost* did that but then the recipe would seem like an Easter-only one for the other 50 weeks of the year and I really wanted it to be more seasonless (I have some M&M cookie recipes that people only associate with Valentine’s Day, and then another with Easter so I smartened up…LOL)

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    Alex — April 12, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Oh my goodness these look so good! I think I’ll be able to replace my chocolate chips in my vegan chocolate chip cookie recipe with malted milk balls (if I can find vegan ones)! If not maybe I’ll try some other kind of candy!

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    Julie @ This Gal Cooks — April 12, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    I’ve never been a fan of the Whoppers either, well, unless it’s the burger version. ;) The candy was always the last candy I’d go for – kind of the desperate, I have no other chocolate to eat go to candy. But these cookies, oh these cookies. I’d gobble them right up. They look great, Averie!

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    Lisa — April 12, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    These look lovely.
    L x
    http://workingmumy.blogspot.com

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    Katie — April 12, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    I absolutely LOVE Whoppers! Like….really love them. I made Whopper cookies a couple years ago after Halloween, but mine exploded all over.

    My mom used to make us milkshakes every Sunday night with that Malted Milk Powder. I looked forward to them all week long!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 12th, 2014 at 11:04 pm

      I was NEVER into malted anything as a kid. I know some kids would get excited about malted milkshakes; I actually thought they were gross & avoided! Something about the flavor just was not a hit for me, but times changed! And I’m not surprised about the exploding all over part…I was really careful about where the Whoppers laid in relation to the hot cookie sheet or else, yeah, that could and would easily happen!

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    ami@naivecookcooks — April 12, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    such beautiful and gooey cookies!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — April 12, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    I love whoppers, I need these cookies in my life immediately!

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    Jaclyn — April 12, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    Malted – I’m in! I’ve always wanted to try a malted cc cookie! These look totally amazing!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 12th, 2014 at 10:58 pm

      And for some reason I thought you had made one! They were so, so good. I wish I had one right now :) Thanks for pinning, too!

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    Amy @ Amy's Healthy Baking — April 12, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    I almost always re-home my goodies after one or two as well. It’s hard because we’re just a two-person house, but my guy basically avoids baked goodies. He much prefers sugary fruity candy instead. Sigh… But he actually likes Whoppers, so he might actually try these! I hadn’t thought about it before, but you’re right about how they’re the only crispy chocolaty candy. Everything else is soft, chewy, or flaky (Butterfingers come to mind). I definitely want to put them in a cookie now — pinned already! :)

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 12th, 2014 at 10:51 pm

      KitKats also fit the bill sort of re crispy BUT they also can get flaky and turn messy. And they melt almost TOO easily so I only use them in no-bake bars, not baked stuff.
      http://www.averiecooks.com/2013/10/chocolate-peanut-butter-kit-kat-crunch-bars.html

      And re-homing is 100% essential if you want to fit into your clothes when it’s 2-person households!

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      • Amy @ Amy's Healthy Baking replied: — April 12th, 2014 at 11:11 pm

        With how much KitKats melt all over my fingers, I’m not surprised! I remember those bars… SO good!
        I think it’s time to start re-re-homing… My neighbors joked yesterday that with how many treats I give them, they’ll need to start exercising more soon! Oops!

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    tahnycooks — April 12, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    loving this recipe!

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    Avra-Sha Faohla — April 12, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    I love Whoppers! They indeed have a deliciously unique flavor, and they are simultaneously crunchy and melt-in-your-mouth. I am much more of a cookie fan than a candy fan but the crispy/crunchy aspect of Whoppers moves them slightly towards cookie on the candy-cookie scale. If that makes sense. ;)

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    Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen — April 13, 2014 at 12:25 am

    I want to eat this dough sooo bad!! Seriously I have been on holiday for two weeks now and I have been craving choc chip cookie dough- but my cousin who I am staying with gave up chocolate for lent– so next Sunday cookies it is!! I have never baked or eaten malt I do not think, but I do love maltessers which are Englands version of Whoppers so I think I might just have to try malt powder!!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 13th, 2014 at 9:41 am

      Another person just told me about Maltessers! Funny and yes same thing I’m sure and I loved these cookies so much! If you try them, LMK! The dough is super buttery, rich with flavor; just so good :)

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    Jennifer | Jennifer Bakes — April 13, 2014 at 1:39 am

    These look so delicious. Anything with malt is good is my book. Whoppers are called Malteesers in Ireland…. Whoppers definitely sound more fun!!

    Jen

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    Emily @ Life on Food — April 13, 2014 at 3:49 am

    Another fantastic cookie!! My husband really loves Whoppers. They aren’t something we had growing up so I am just not sure. Although in these cookies, I would gobble them right up.

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    my linh — April 13, 2014 at 8:13 am

    Once again, this looks delicious! I love baking the cookies, it’s so quick and easy ^^

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    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — April 13, 2014 at 10:10 am

    I love whoppers! I always hide a box of them just for myself! :) These cookies sound fabulous! I think this Sunday calls for a batch! :) Pinned!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 13th, 2014 at 5:08 pm

      Thanks for pinning and love your PB recipe today (pinned) and your giveaway! I have wanted one of those bags forever!

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    Paula — April 13, 2014 at 11:42 am

    I swear you make the best cookies, Avery! I was a huge fan already, I crave every cookie you post, THEN I found out you’re a runner too!! Love it!! Cookies are worth the extra mile! Have a great Sunday!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 13th, 2014 at 5:07 pm

      Well thanks for all the compliments and yes, I run about 60-70 miles a week. If I can’t run, I am grumpy and life isn’t right :)

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      • Paula replied: — April 13th, 2014 at 5:33 pm

        Wowzers! That’s impressive! I run about half that, but I get it, I’m Ms Grumpy Pants if I don’t get my run in :) Have a great week!

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    sue/the view from great island — April 13, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    Wow, what an unusual flavor combination — now I can’t wait to experiment with malted milk powder!

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    Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking — April 13, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    Whoppers are dangerously addictive! You know what is odd? I don’t like Whoppers but I do like Whopper’s Robin’s Eggs, which are essentially whoppers dressed up like speckled eggs. I need help.

    These cookies look amazing! I can’t wait to try malted milk powder in desserts! Yummmmy!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 13th, 2014 at 5:05 pm

      I am the same way with certain candies. I’ll only like a seasonal variety rather than the year-round version; and they’re so similar, but yet…not to me. I totally understand!

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    Rachel @ Bakerita — April 13, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    I love Whoppers, and these sound delicious with the malted milk as well! So delicious :)

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    sippitysup — April 13, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    I so agree about you malted candy assessment. As a kid I used to give it away. I wish I’d thought to give them to as good a baker as you. It might not have taken me so long to learn to love them. GREG

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 13th, 2014 at 5:01 pm

      You’re so sweet, Greg, thank you for saying that! :)

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    Chelsea @chelseasmessyapron — April 13, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    I seriously LOVE whoppers! What a fantastic recipe and I love how large those cookies are. Yum! Also, I agree, two chocolates in a cookie are always better than just one. Pinned :) Hope you are having a great Sunday!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 13th, 2014 at 5:01 pm

      Thanks for pinning & hope you’re having a great Sunday too! And skimpy, tiny cookies…why bother. I’ll just end up eating 3 whereas after 1 of these, I’m good :)

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    Stephanie — April 13, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    I have been craving Whoppers lately. I need these cookies!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — April 14, 2014 at 12:01 am

    I don’t each much candy or chocolate but whoppers is the one thing I do eat! Something about those round crunchy balls just gets to me! (Okay that sounds a bit dirty but you know what I’m talking about). And stuffing them into a cookie is just pure genius. If Jason catches a glimpse of this, he’ll be begging me to make this for him!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 14th, 2014 at 11:05 am

      I love it that Jason has a sweet tooth :) And I wanted to write so many things about the Whopper balls but found myself deleting and starting over so SEO wouldn’t totally come up all wrong! haha!

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    Hayley — April 15, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Yum these all look gorgeous! They would look perfect in my Easter Showstopper Chocolate Basket.
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    Maria @ Sift & Whisk — April 15, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    I can’t stress enough how much I love Whoppers, especially putting them in cookies. After looking at these pictures, I think it’s about time to whip up a batch. Even though all I have in my cupboard are the Easter Robin Eggs Whoppers!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 15th, 2014 at 8:55 pm

      They’ll work just fine, I’m sure :)

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    Tracy | Pale Yellow — April 16, 2014 at 6:36 am

    These will be perfect next week when I go buy all the Robin’s Egg that are 50% off! I love post-holiday candy purchases!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 16th, 2014 at 10:04 am

      I love those sales, too. Like after Xmas, who cares that the wrappers are red and green; most of the time when you unwrap them, the candy itself is the exact same anyway!

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    Connie the Cookie Monster — April 17, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    these cookies are absolutely stunning! your photography rocks!

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    Nicole — August 19, 2014 at 9:21 am

    In some countries, what you call “Whoppers” are called “Maltesers” :-) They sound like the same thing! Both chocolate covered malt balls…. Also was wondering whether milo powder can be used instead of malt milk powder! (Milo powder is common in Australia and many South-East Asian countries)

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — August 19th, 2014 at 9:36 am

      I’m not familiar with milo powder so can’t speak to that! Sorry!

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