Monday, March 16, 2009

Malted Milk Cookies

I have been searching high and low for malted milk powder since I found a recipe in my Ultimate Cookie Book for mated milk cookies. They looked delicious and I love the flavor of malt (even when it's stolen from Favorite's beer making supplies!). Well I finally found my malted milk powder in Shaw's when I went to visit my mom on Friday. I was very excited to try out my malty cookies! The recipe was pretty straightforward as far as cookies go with the addition of malt powder and melted chocolate. The only minor issue was that I had no Whoppers to chop up and stick in the cookies. I didn't really care about this however, so I made about 16 cookies with no malt ball chunks. They were chewy, they were malty, they were... flat???

These were the flattest cookies I have ever baked save for the bocca di nonna. I was not too sad, but I could see from the picture that this was not how they were supposed to be. They were supposed to be fat like chocolate chip cookies! Well, I thought to myself, perhaps they really need the malt ball pieces to hold up in the oven better. I brought the 16 flat cookies to my mom's house where they were eaten to wash down the fantastic boiled dinner provided. The next day I picked up the malt balls. I chopped almost a whole box up, I mixed them in, I tried more, I tried less, I tried turning the heat down, all my cookies melted down to pancakes. I'm not sure what went wrong. I know that sometimes if your butter is too soft this will happen, but I left the remainder of the dough in the fridge overnight! Oh well. They were still scrumptious, but I am still left wondering how I erred.


  1. They look delicious! Malted milk cookies are yum. I was going to suggest that maybe the butter was too warm but it doesn't sound like that's the problem....

  2. So I did a little research on why cookies go flat other than warm butter and it turns out I think I overmixed. I had already creamed the butter and sugar, but the more I whipped the lighter and more delicious it looked and I couldn't help myself! Turns out when you incorporate too much air the cookie acts like a souffle and gets big in the oven and completely deflates once taken out. Well I've learned my lesson. I'll have to make them again without the gusto and see if they plump up more.