Malted Chocolate Chip Cookies

Recipes, Sweet Treats
malted chocolate chip cookies
malted chocolate chip cookies

Photo: Leigh Loftus

You might have heard the silly saying  “you can never be too rich or too thin.”  Well, I won’t editorialize on that statement because frankly, it would be a waste of everyone’s time.

What I will do is modify it to add to the phrase “…or have too many cookies.”

Yes, you can eat too many cookies but when it comes to filing recipes away in your repertoire, there is no such thing as too much when it comes to all things chocolate chip.

I have two recipes for chocolate chip cookies that I adore: a soft chocolate chip cookie recipe and a chewier, crispier chocolate chip cookie recipe. Though chocolate chip cookies can be endlessly adapted and modified to suit different tastes and moods, I decided my own arsenal needed more variety.

You can add a lot of things to basic chocolate chip cookie recipes to make them your own but for me, adding malt powder seemed like second nature.

When I was a kid, I had a powerful sweet tooth and no trip to the movies was complete without milk duds, junior mints or chocolate covered malt balls, which remain a favorite to this day.

Malted milk balls aren’t something I eat often, so recreating the flavor in a cookie seemed like the next best thing.

malted chocolate chip cookies

Photo: Leigh Loftus

Malted Chocolate Chip Cookies
Recipe type: Sweet Treats
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Cook time: 
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Serves: 24
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2½ cups + 2 tablespoons flour
  • ½ cup vanilla or chocolate instant malted milk powder
  • ½ cup milk chocolate chips
  • ¾ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  1. In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add granulated sugar, brown sugar and baking soda. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in eggs, vanilla and melted chocolate until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour and the malted milk powder with a wooden spoon. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  2. Drop dough by rounded teaspoons 2½ inches apart onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake in a 375 degree oven about 10 minutes or until edges are firm. Cool on cookie sheet for 1 minute. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool. Makes about 24 cookies and keep in an airtight container for up to three days or freeze up to three months.
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    June 5, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    Excellent recipe. I’ve seen quite a few of these posted online; however, I must admit that these are phenomenal. Also, very addicting.

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    January 16, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    These look amazing! Thanks for the idea…and the Sugar Rush!

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    September 7, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    Was reading thru the directions and saw it mentioned melted chocolate–but I assume/hope that’s referring to the cocoa powder? Guess I’ll find out since I’m about to make them!

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    August 19, 2011 at 11:59 am

    I totally agree! You can’t have enough cookie recipes! Soon as the weather is cooler, I make a new batch pretty much every single week!

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    August 11, 2011 at 10:34 am

    Maris, had to comment on this one because I love all kinds of malted sweets! I used to buy at least one vanilla malted milkshake a week back when there was a DQ nearby, every summer. Thank goodness it’s gone lol These cookies look amazing, and again..thank goodness I have to actually make them instead of buying them lol

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    August 10, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    I am a big chocolate malt fan, so I know I would love these cookies!

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    August 10, 2011 at 7:53 am

    OH, so yummy!!!

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    Samantha @ Bikini Birthday
    August 10, 2011 at 7:29 am

    I’ve never tried malted milk powder. Is that different from regular milk powder? Where do you get it?

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    August 9, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    A chocolate lover’s dream! I love the malted flavor – it sets them apart.

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    August 9, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    What a delicious take on chocolate chip cookies! I grew up eating Horlick’s Malted Milk tablets and loved Malted Milk Balls too. Delicious!

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    August 9, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Oh! These cookies look awesome with malted chocolate…and never is too many chocolate cookies…yummie!
    Hope you are having a great week Maris 🙂

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    August 9, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Too thin…how boring. Too many cookies …much more exciting. I love the sound of these.

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    August 9, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    I love malt. And I love chocolate! Those look delicious.

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    August 9, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    I totally agree–never too much when I comes to cookies. I fully support that statement!

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    August 9, 2011 at 11:02 am

    i haven’t played around with malted milk, but what a fabulous cookie 🙂

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    Lynne @ 365 Days of Baking
    August 9, 2011 at 8:55 am

    Cookies, cookies, cookies and chocolate, chocolate, chocolate – just give me LOTS of each!!!! Please.
    They look great, Maris!

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    August 9, 2011 at 8:23 am

    Mmmmmmmmm! These look delicious! I agree that you can never have too many chocolate chip cookie recipes. I might just have to add this to my chocolate chip cookies recipes 🙂

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    Beth @ DiningAndDishing
    August 9, 2011 at 7:49 am

    LOVE that idea. The only thing better than chocolate is chocolate malt :).

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    Gina (The Candid RD)
    August 9, 2011 at 6:53 am

    I never would have thought to add malted milk powder to cookies. Brilliant idea!! These sound wonderful.

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    August 9, 2011 at 3:38 am

    As Mae West said, “too much of a good thing is wonderful!”

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    August 9, 2011 at 2:48 am

    I want few of those- they look so darn yummy! I love malt and I think its a great addition here!

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    August 8, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    oo they look scrumptios!

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    Marsha @ The Harried Cook
    August 8, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    Now I am really craving a cookie! I am really more of a cookie person than a cake/cupcake person, and I must try this one! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    August 8, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    Ohhh yes..I love me some malted powder in cookies!!!

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    Nami | Just One Cookbook
    August 8, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    This was my first post today to see a cookie, and oh my I really want one. I think my sugar level is low right now and I want this cookie so bad!

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    emily (a nutritionist eats)
    August 8, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    I love the malted addition!
    It has been WAY too long since I’ve made cookies, need to change that!

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    Autumn @ Good Eats Girl
    August 8, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    There is no such thing as too many cookies! These look great!

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    August 8, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    I love this cookie creation of yours! Malt ball flavoried cookies-YES!!!

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    August 8, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    I am a FIRM believer that you can never have too many cookies.

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    Sarah (everydaysapicnic)
    August 8, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    These sound yummy and easy to make, even for a dummy like me!

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    Bonnie at Sweet Life
    August 8, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    malted divine!! I can never have too many cookies,lol

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    August 8, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    Today I ate lots of cookies…too many to count how many…and now I still want some more!

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    megan carroll
    August 8, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    cookies cookies everywhere! can’t wait to bakes these in my new kitchen.

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    August 8, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Oh Maris!! YUM!! Please fedex a dozen to me!!! Because I will die if I don’t have these cookies….and you wouldn’t want that on your conscience would you!? Kidding of course, but not kidding that these look amazing. Hope you have a great week!!!

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    August 8, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    Malt is one of my favorite flavors and cookies my favorite dessert. Nice pairing.

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    August 8, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    MMMM…malted cookies! These sound yummy! And I absolutely agree, you can never have enough cookies. Can I add one more thing to the phrase? “Or have too much chocolate…”

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    August 8, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    WHOPPERS! I always loved whoppers and milk duds at the movies! There is just something magical about malt and chocolate together. Yum! I am curious how you even ended up baking any of the cookies? I feel like that would be the best cookie dough, ever, and I would eat it all before I actually got to baking any. I will bookmark these for a treat later this week!

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    lisa {smart food and fit}
    August 8, 2011 at 10:20 am

    I love your dessert posts. I want to try this recipe, you can never have enough chocolate….or chocolate chip cookies!

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    Alexis @ There She Goes
    August 8, 2011 at 9:23 am

    never too many cookies!!!

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    August 8, 2011 at 9:19 am

    I am a big fan of chocolate chip cookies and agree, one can never have too many recipes in their arsenal. This one sounds fantastic! I’ve never used malted milk powder but I’m anxious to try.

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    August 8, 2011 at 9:13 am

    I’m all the “malted” anything… especially cookies!

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    August 8, 2011 at 9:10 am

    I think it’s great to have multiple recipes. You never know your mood or situation!

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    August 8, 2011 at 9:08 am

    Too many recipes is a good thing. Oh, did I just pull a Martha Stewart? These look seriously good!

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    Junia @ Mis Pensamientos
    August 8, 2011 at 9:07 am

    i’ve never heard of malted powder, but i do know of malted chocolates. 🙂 yummy!!! my friend recently made chocolate toffee cookies, i love adding unique flavors to cookies!

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    August 8, 2011 at 9:05 am

    They must have a wonderfully malted flavor. Delicious!



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    August 8, 2011 at 8:36 am

    AMEN! I always love trying new cookie recipes- they never get old- these look gorgeous and so chocolatey!

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    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.
    August 8, 2011 at 8:20 am

    great idea! I love malted milk anything so this one is a winner

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    August 8, 2011 at 8:00 am

    Cookies rule. End of story 🙂

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    Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray
    August 8, 2011 at 7:55 am

    I like to think about my cookie recipes the way I think about my shoe collection. One in every color, style, seasonal variety…you see where I’m going with this. 🙂

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    5 Star Foodie
    August 8, 2011 at 7:38 am

    Wonderful with the addition of malted milk powder! Sounds like a must try! Where do you get the malted milk powder?

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    Kitchen Belleicious
    August 8, 2011 at 7:26 am

    I am always on the hunt for the next great cookie. I should do a TV series about it! This looks like the next one to make on my list! I love the use of malted milk powder. I do some brownie bars using it as well and it just really helps with texture. Can’t wait to try these

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    August 8, 2011 at 7:09 am

    I made some blueberry and raspberry turnovers yesterday, but my youngest was searching the kitchen for cookies! He would have loved finding these gems…I may have to whip some up for him 🙂

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    shelly (cookies and cups)
    August 8, 2011 at 6:53 am

    Love malt! I just made a yummy recipe with malt this past weekend.
    These cookies look great 🙂

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    Heather @girlichef
    August 8, 2011 at 6:51 am

    Mmmm, I would totally love these…malted anything always ends up being one of my favorite things. I know I will have to try your cookies!

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    August 8, 2011 at 6:28 am

    Oh malted milk balls in movie theaters…those were the days. I haven’t had them in forever, but I have a feeling I’ll love them best eaten in chocolate chip cookie form!

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    Blond Duck
    August 8, 2011 at 6:26 am

    Craving PB cookies now… (I’m allergic to chocolate.)

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    Simply Life
    August 8, 2011 at 6:03 am

    I’ve never baked with malted powder – sounds good!

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    August 8, 2011 at 5:34 am

    this takes me back to childhood!! 😀

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    August 8, 2011 at 4:27 am

    Oh I love the idea of putting malted milk powder into chocolate cookies! Genius!!

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    Daryl (Mom)
    August 8, 2011 at 3:58 am

    You can never have too many cookies, just ask my freezer! There is a place in there for my supply of these!

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    Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    August 8, 2011 at 3:50 am

    Haha can there be such a thing as too many cookies? How about too many bad cookies? But good cookies like this? More please! 😀

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    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga
    August 8, 2011 at 3:31 am

    “You might have heard the silly saying “you can never be too rich or too thin.””–

    OMG I had that exact line in my post about the White Choc Marshmallow Cake Bars I just posted but took it out b/c I feared a snarky comment. Instead I said a dessert could never be too rich or too sweet…but i had orig written what you wrote.

    your cookies look perfect!

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    August 8, 2011 at 3:19 am

    Awesome twist. I don’t really know what malted milk powder is but it sounds like a delicious tasting ingredient

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    Sawsan@chef in disguise
    August 8, 2011 at 2:06 am

    I totally can never have too many cookies
    Which reminds me, I haven’t backed cookies in a while
    Thank you for the inspiration..malted chocolate chip cookies sound perfect

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    August 8, 2011 at 12:13 am

    A malted chocolate chip cookie? Yes please, what a fun cookie!

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    lynn @ the actor's diet
    August 8, 2011 at 12:09 am


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    Betty @ scrambled hen fruit
    August 8, 2011 at 12:03 am

    Cookies are an important part of life. You can’t have too many of them imho. Well, I guess theoretically you could, but I’m not a theoretical kind of girl. 🙂 Those look great!

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    Elle @ We can begin to feed...
    August 8, 2011 at 12:02 am

    Oh I agree… never too many cookies. These look very good. I will have to look for malted milk powder. Haven’t seen that before.

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    Kate (What Kate is Cooking)
    August 7, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    You can NEVER have too many cookies- especially when they involve this much chocolate 🙂

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