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Malted Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies

When I was a teenager, I worked at a little fast food joint in the small Nevada town where I was living.  It wasn’t any ordinary, fast-food chain though.  It was the sort of family-owned place where you stop to grab a burger and a frosty when you’re driving on a long road trip. At the age of 15/16, I was trusted to close the place down at night with another young co-worker.  I was a responsible employee, but I’m sure you can imagine the experimenting that went on in that place after hours.  I dreamed up new burgers, dipped fries in butterscotch syrup, and created every possible flavor combination of milkshakes, malts and sundaes.  My all-time favorite ice cream creation was a marshmallow chocolate chip malt.  I’ve been obsessed with malt powder every since.  And so I bring you my latest Cookie Craving:  Malted Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies.  Details on today’s “Cookie Cravings” giveaway are at the end of this post.

These are a rich chocolate malt cookie with plenty of dark chocolate chips tucked inside.

For good measure and visual appeal, I added even more chips on top of each ball of cookie dough before baking.

A pretty major glass of milk is needed to chase down such a chocolatey cookie.

The malt flavor is subtle but detectable, and the chocolate flavor isn’t subtle at all.  You’re welcome.

This recipe makes just 24 cookies so you’re not on cookie overload, but you’re welcome to double it if you happen to be in need of a cookie overload.  I’m not a huge fan of chocolate, but I can’t seem to stop eating these.  They’re in my freezer, where cookies are usually safe… but not these!  I keep nibbling…


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Yield: 2 dozen cookies

Prep Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 13 min

Malted Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies


8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated white sugar
1 large egg
1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup malt powder
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/4 teaspoon salt
One 10-ounce bag dark chocolate chips


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat mat (or spray with nonstick spray).

2. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to combine the butter and sugars until well mixed. Mix in the egg and vanilla.

3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, malt, cocoa, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix until the flour is incorporated. Stir in 1 1/4 cups of chocolate chips.

4. Using a cookie scoop or a tablespoon, scoop about 2 tablespoons of dough onto the cookie sheet in a rounded lump. Dot 5 or 6 additional chocolate chips on top of each cookie dough lump, if desired. Space cookies 3-inches apart on the cookie sheet (8 per cookie sheet works well).

5. Bake cookies for 12 to 14 minutes, or just until the cookies are almost set and no longer super soft in the middles. Let them cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a rack to cool completely.


*Malt powder can usually be found near the hot chocolate in your market.

Source: (loosely based on The Pioneer Woman's Malted Milk Chocolate Chip Cookies)

314 Responses to “Malted Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies”

  1. postedMar 28, 2012 3:22 AM

    Snickerdoodles! Yum :)

  2. postedMar 28, 2012 3:29 AM

    Chocolate chip!

  3. postedMar 28, 2012 3:29 AM

    i love peanut butter blossoms

  4. postedMar 28, 2012 3:34 AM

    My favorite cookie is molasses cookies!

  5. postedMar 28, 2012 3:36 AM
    amy marantino

    M&M cookies, preferably made by my Mom. 😉

  6. postedMar 28, 2012 3:58 AM

    I think it’s a tie between double chocolate crinkle cookies and any meringue based one.

  7. postedMar 28, 2012 4:26 AM
    Jennifer W

    My grandma’s m&m cookies!

  8. postedMar 28, 2012 4:26 AM

    Nothing beats a good macadamia nut cookie, espcecially when they are still warm and the white chocolate chips are still soft.

  9. postedMar 28, 2012 4:32 AM
    Kimberly Marie

    I love the Salted Mudslide Cookies from How Sweet it Is. I also love her double decker brown butter cookies.

  10. postedMar 28, 2012 4:42 AM

    I like simple chocolate chip cookies, but if I want to indulge I make your Reese’s stuffed peanut butter chocolate chip cookies!

  11. postedMar 28, 2012 4:50 AM

    I love chocolate chip!

  12. postedMar 28, 2012 4:54 AM

    chocolate chip!

  13. postedMar 28, 2012 4:56 AM

    I love anything with chocolate and coconut, so even though I’m a baker, my mom’s no-bake drop cookies come to mind!

  14. postedMar 28, 2012 4:58 AM

    I like chocolate chip! These cookies are fabulous!

  15. postedMar 28, 2012 5:06 AM

    My all time favorite cookie is a chocolate raison oatmeal cookie. Simple and old-fashioned, but delicious! :)

  16. postedMar 28, 2012 5:10 AM

    I just made THE BEST peanut butter cookies with choc chips…. perfect texture!

  17. postedMar 28, 2012 5:22 AM
    Evelyn R

    Ginger spice cookies

  18. postedMar 28, 2012 5:23 AM

    White Chip Chocolate Chip Cookie! Wait, did I say that right? A chocolate chip cookie, but with white chocolate chips! Yea, That’s it! =)

  19. postedMar 28, 2012 5:26 AM

    Oatmeal chocolate chip is probably my top cookie.

  20. postedMar 28, 2012 5:28 AM

    Favorite cookie has to be a homemade chocolate chip cookie, never the store bought stuff.

  21. postedMar 28, 2012 5:40 AM
    Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids

    I love chocolate chip cookies. And, I cannot wait to try these.

  22. postedMar 28, 2012 5:43 AM

    Double chocolate cherry espresso drops!

  23. postedMar 28, 2012 5:55 AM
    Cooking Whit Grease

    chewy chocolate supreme cookie :-)!

  24. postedMar 28, 2012 6:05 AM
    Jenn @ Icing on the Cake

    Snickerdoodles are my all time favorite cookie! And I am a major chocoholic, so that’s a big deal! 😉

  25. postedMar 28, 2012 6:14 AM

    chocolate chocolate chip!!!

  26. postedMar 28, 2012 6:40 AM

    Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip – straight from the oven, of course!

  27. postedMar 28, 2012 6:41 AM
    Judy D

    I love chocolate chip cookies and oatmeal raisin cookies.

  28. postedMar 28, 2012 6:41 AM

    The homentashen my grandmother and I make for Purim!

  29. postedMar 28, 2012 6:43 AM

    Oatmeal with toffee bits!

  30. postedMar 28, 2012 6:45 AM

    Chocolate chip cookies!

  31. postedMar 28, 2012 6:48 AM
    Jodie Miles

    I love girl scout cookies (thin mints, caramel delights) They all are amazing! Too bad they are expensive and only come once a year! :(

  32. postedMar 28, 2012 6:49 AM
    Suburban prep

    I love a white chocolate chip cherry cookie. YUM so so good.

  33. postedMar 28, 2012 6:50 AM
    Gina B

    Well I’m making peanut butter cookies with chocolate kisses tonight! So I’ll say that!

  34. postedMar 28, 2012 6:50 AM

    As soon as i saw your cookie photo..”Ahhhhhh” is what I heard..and I’m home alone! These look amazing. I am now on the hunt for the Malt powder! I have to say a good crunchy/chewy chocolate chip cookie is my favorite! :)

  35. postedMar 28, 2012 6:51 AM

    It is so hard to choose! I’ll go with chocolate chip cherry pecan today. This is subject to change at any moment.

    Your malted dark chocolate chip cookies look amazing. I’m excited to try them!

  36. postedMar 28, 2012 6:52 AM

    Cowboy cookies!! Oats, coconut, and chocolate chips. What else could a girl want!!!

  37. postedMar 28, 2012 6:55 AM
    April V

    White chocolate macadamia!! Love!

  38. postedMar 28, 2012 6:56 AM

    Peanut Butter Cookies!

  39. postedMar 28, 2012 6:58 AM

    My favorite cookie is chocolate chip!

  40. postedMar 28, 2012 7:00 AM

    Chocolate chip – yum!

  41. postedMar 28, 2012 7:04 AM

    I like my cookies soft & fresh from the oven. oatmeal raisin might top the list

  42. postedMar 28, 2012 7:05 AM

    Those look marvelous!

  43. postedMar 28, 2012 7:06 AM

    oatmeal chocolate chip … i literally can’t eat just one!

  44. postedMar 28, 2012 7:16 AM

    Fresh chocolate chip cookies, soft and warm. Out of the oven!

  45. postedMar 28, 2012 7:22 AM
    Melissa C.


  46. postedMar 28, 2012 7:22 AM

    I am pretty classic in loving all forms of Chocolate Chip Cookies!

  47. postedMar 28, 2012 7:29 AM

    My favorite cookie is oatmeal raisin.

  48. postedMar 28, 2012 7:31 AM

    Mmm I love a cookie overflowing with chips like this one. :) And my favorite all time cookie is definitely a giant, soft oatmeal raisin chocolate chip cookie. Can’t go wrong!!

  49. postedMar 28, 2012 7:36 AM

    Fave cookie is an ooey gooey underbaked choc chip cookie!

    Yours looks sooo good in this post though..that would be my 2nd favorite!

  50. postedMar 28, 2012 7:36 AM

    Sugar cookies!!!

  51. postedMar 28, 2012 7:39 AM

    Gotta love the simplicity of chocolate chip cookie

  52. postedMar 28, 2012 7:42 AM
    Diane in Cincinnati

    Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies!

  53. postedMar 28, 2012 7:42 AM

    My favorite cookies are my grandmother’s peanut butter cookies!

  54. postedMar 28, 2012 7:42 AM

    white chocolate macadamia

  55. postedMar 28, 2012 7:45 AM

    Chocolate Chip! Life is good :)

  56. postedMar 28, 2012 7:45 AM

    love chocolate chip!

  57. postedMar 28, 2012 7:48 AM

    Hard to choose… my family’s secret Ginger Cookies or some really chunky and soft Chocolate Chip Cookies. Always better frozen :)

  58. postedMar 28, 2012 7:52 AM

    A soft and chewy peanut butter cookie! So delicious! :)

  59. postedMar 28, 2012 7:54 AM

    Chocolate chip!

  60. postedMar 28, 2012 7:59 AM

    My mom would make thumbprint cookies at Christmas.. still my favorite, any time of the year.

  61. postedMar 28, 2012 8:02 AM

    our family’s special “melting moments” –small buttery cookies with a powdered sugar frosting that literally melt in your mouth!

  62. postedMar 28, 2012 8:03 AM

    peanut butter chocolate chunk

  63. postedMar 28, 2012 8:04 AM

    I love chocolate chip cookies! Warm out of the oven, yum!

  64. postedMar 28, 2012 8:08 AM

    Double Chocolate Chip!

  65. postedMar 28, 2012 8:10 AM
    Carol P.


  66. postedMar 28, 2012 8:11 AM

    Scotch shortbreads, Fannie Farmer style. Just butter, powdered sugar, flour, and a pinch of salt makes the best shortbread cookies ever.

  67. postedMar 28, 2012 8:15 AM

    White chocolate macadamia nut!

  68. postedMar 28, 2012 8:16 AM
    Michelle W

    I love Choc peanut butter cookies!

  69. postedMar 28, 2012 8:18 AM

    Butter Spritz Cookies with sprinkles!

  70. postedMar 28, 2012 8:18 AM
    Mary Beth

    A Rainbow Cookie–like the kind found in the bakeries in NYC. I finally have perfected the recipe and can make them any time I want. BUT getting them at the bakery is the best treat of all!

  71. postedMar 28, 2012 8:19 AM

    Thanks for sharing this cookie recipe, it sounds yummy! What small Nevada town are you talking about? I live in Carson City, NV. and have for 41 years. Gina

    • March 28th, 2012 @ 8:35 AM

      That would be it! I worked at the Penguin- remember that place??

  72. postedMar 28, 2012 8:19 AM

    Chocolate chocolate chip!

  73. postedMar 28, 2012 8:21 AM

    Peanut Butter cookies!!!

  74. postedMar 28, 2012 8:21 AM

    Chocolate chip – but with raisins and little chunks of apple and oatmeal all pressed into a sheet pan. Oh my yum!

  75. postedMar 28, 2012 8:22 AM

    Oatmeal raisin cookies!

  76. postedMar 28, 2012 8:24 AM

    Oatmeal Raisin are my favorite, but I love them all. Most of them anyway – some are a little “nuts” 😉

  77. postedMar 28, 2012 8:29 AM

    I know it’s boring, but I think that my all time favorite cookie HAS to be the chocolate chip cookie. When made well, it’s chewy, crisp, sweet, salty, and buttery all at once. PERFECTION!

  78. postedMar 28, 2012 8:30 AM

    Snickerdoodles. I love them.

  79. postedMar 28, 2012 8:32 AM

    Chewy chocolate cookies with peanut butter chips!

  80. postedMar 28, 2012 8:33 AM

    Nothing beats a melt in your mouth sugar cookie…it has to have good frosting! Good frosting is key!

  81. postedMar 28, 2012 8:35 AM

    My all-time favorite cookie is white chocolate macadamia nut.

  82. postedMar 28, 2012 8:36 AM

    i am a cookie monster so everyone and all cookies are my favorite!! however, if i had to live off of ONE cookie for the rest of my life, it would probably be a chewy oatmeal chocolate chip peanut butter cookie. all the best things together in a cookie!!! :)

  83. postedMar 28, 2012 8:36 AM

    I know it’s lame, but chocolate chip. with sea salt. mmmm.

  84. postedMar 28, 2012 8:38 AM

    Sugar cookie!

  85. postedMar 28, 2012 8:42 AM
    Carly Frank

    Triple Chocolate Cherry! best cookies ever

  86. postedMar 28, 2012 8:43 AM

    a think, chewy, chocolate chip cookie!

  87. postedMar 28, 2012 8:43 AM
    Janet Susan

    Georgia Lizzies–a southern fruitcake cookie!

  88. postedMar 28, 2012 8:48 AM

    wow..dark sinful treasures! Love the crisp and chocolaty feel of the cookie..

  89. postedMar 28, 2012 8:49 AM

    I can’t wait to try this cookie, my husband loves malt and I’m sure he’ll adore these. Thanks for sharing.

  90. postedMar 28, 2012 8:52 AM
    Angie M.

    Peanut butter chocolate chip!

  91. postedMar 28, 2012 8:58 AM

    Oh my fav cookie is chocolate mint! Though these ones look pretty fantastic!

  92. postedMar 28, 2012 9:10 AM

    Chocolate Chip Oatmeal is my favorite!

  93. postedMar 28, 2012 9:21 AM

    Chocolate krinkles!

  94. postedMar 28, 2012 9:52 AM

    My all-time favorite cookie is a super large chocolate chip cookie! Where the outside edges are slightly crisp and crunchy but the cookie middle is slightly gooey– sooo good

  95. postedMar 28, 2012 9:55 AM

    Mocha Chocolate Chip Cookies!

  96. postedMar 28, 2012 10:02 AM

    Chocolate chip cookies with macadamia nuts and cranberries!

  97. postedMar 28, 2012 10:14 AM

    I love chocolate chip cookies with toffee!

  98. postedMar 28, 2012 10:17 AM

    These look delicious! Warm chocolate chip cookies are my favorite:-)

  99. postedMar 28, 2012 10:37 AM

    I love a good oatmeal raisin!!

  100. postedMar 28, 2012 10:52 AM

    Snickerdoodles. Have the cinnamon and sugar in the dough and rolled on the outside. Delicious!

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