Double Malted Milk Cookies — Soft and chewy malted milk cookies loaded with Whoppers and chocolate chips! One of my favorite malted milk powder recipes!
Double Malt Cookie Recipe
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.
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.
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.
The recipe is loosely adapted from my M&M’s 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.
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.
I added enough semi-sweet chocolate chips to balance the milk chocolate from the Whoppers. 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.
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.
What’s in the Malted Milk Cookies?
To make this malted milk dessert recipe, you’ll need:
- Unsalted butter
- Light brown sugar
- Granulated sugar
- Vanilla extract
- All-purpose flour
- Malted milk powder
- Instant vanilla pudding mix
- Baking soda
- Semi-sweet chocolate chips
How to Make Malted Milk Cookies
This recipe is very similar to your average chocolate chip cookies. Cream together the wet ingredients, then add the dry. Gently fold in the Whoppers and chocolate chips.
After scooping the dough, you must chill it 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.
Can I Substitute Maltesers?
I believe Maltesers are the European / UK equivalent to Whoppers, so you should be fine to use them in this recipe.
Can the Pudding Mix Be Substituted?
If you don’t have instant vanilla pudding mix on hand, you can try replacing it with 2 teaspoons cornstarch.
Tips for Making Malt Cookies
Matled milk powder is typically sold near sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, hot chocolate mix, and pancake syrup in most any grocery stores.
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.
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Double Malted Milk Cookies
- ¾ cup unsalted butter, softened (1 1/2 sticks)
- ¾ cup light brown sugar, packed
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- ½ cup malted milk powder
- ½ 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 ¼ cups Whoppers, halved or coarsely chopped
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.
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