Monday, July 13, 2009

The guys still need their treats

Chocolate Malted Cookies
Cooking Light Annual Recipes 2006 Copyright 2005

1 cup packed brown sugar
6 tablespoons malted milk powder (such as Carnation)
5 tablespoons butter — softened
3 tablespoons chocolate syrup
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
1/3 cup semisweet chocolate minichips

Preheat oven to 350°.

Combine first 6 ingredients in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium
speed for 2 minutes or until light and fluffy. Lightly spoon flour into
dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking soda, and
salt in a medium bowl; stir with a whisk. Gradually add flour mixture to
sugar mixture, beating at low speed until well blended. Stir in the milk
chocolate chips and semisweet chocolate minichips.

Drop dough by heaping teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart onto baking sheets. Bake
at 350° for 10 minutes. Cool on pans 2 minutes or until firm. Remove
cookies from pans; cool on wire racks.

Yield: 2 1/2 dozen cookies

1 cookie = 125 cal, 3.9 g fat, 1.9 g protein, 0.5 g fiber.

I may be watching my waistline but the guys at work aren't so I compromised and made a Cooking Light recipe for them this week. I didn't think these were all that light at 125 calories per cookie (although I made 3 dozen plus 2 cookies instead of 2 1/2 dozen so they probably had a few less calories). However, this was apparently a lightened version of a recipe that originally had about twice as many calories.

Wait a minute - I think I made the original version. Well maybe not the original version Cooking Light was working from but it was a full-fat version of a chocolate malted cookie. I liked this version better. They had a chewy texture, almost like those 'soft baked' cookies from Keebler which I happen to like. They didn't skimp on the chocolate. They're made with real butter. They definitely didn't suffer from a little lightening up.

These were even better the next day. I will probably make these again, which is high praise for a cookie recipe since there are just so many more out there that I haven't tried yet.

So did anyone see who posted a comment over the weekend? Holly Clegg! And she didn't yell at me for posting her recipes. Phew! Funny because Friday night I was going through her cookbook making note of all the other recipes I still wanted to try and then I remembered why I had put that cookbook aside - I didn't want to end up giving you the entire book! I probably could if I didn't avoid a few key ingredients (due to my son's food allergies and allergy paranoia) that she makes wonderful use of - beans, nuts, shrimp. OMG - all hell is going to break loose around here if I ever add shrimp back into our diet. The Trim & Terrific book is loaded with great shrimp recipes. I went out and watched a clip of her on You Tube. Food Network should call her. I'd like see her representing the healthy food rather than Ellie K. I have one of Ellie's cookbooks and it just doesn't compare.

I found myself at a flea market this weekend, attached to another event, and I came across a woman with a boat load of cookbooks for sale for only 25 cents to $1. I almost needed to sit down. Of course I had my husband and the boys so I couldn't really 'shop' but I did manage to pick out $5 worth. I'm still sad about all of the ones I had to leave behind.

Question of the Day: Do you have any malted milk powder in your pantry right now?


Anonymous said...

No, I've never had any.
I KNOW!!! I did a double take (or double click) on Holly Clegg. I thought "Is that the REAL Holly Clegg?" What a compliment to you.
Sorry about all the cookbooks you had to leave behind. I can imagine how painful that was. LOL!


Noel said...

LOL I dont think I have ever had any malted milk in my house at all. But the cookies look really good!
Yay for getting the comment from Holly Clegg, how cool is that?

Jennifer said...

I do have some. The funny thing is, I actually bought it to make exactly that recipe! I really like those cookies and have served them to a crowd, who all really enjoyed them.
Sometimes I balk at buying a special ingredient for one recipe, but I was glad I made the exception for this one. The malted milk powder is not that expensive and since my kids love whoppers, I figured I could search other recipes to "use it up" or make that one again.

Jennifer said...

Holly Clegg should thank you for posting some of her recipes -- it's the only reason my SIL and I bought her cookbook.

I think we are having the Salsa Chicken this week.

Rochelle R. said...

I happen to have two jars. My husband likes malts and had a hard time finding the product, so he bought two. I never thought of using it in a cookie. I'll have to try the recipe. He loves cookies too.

Heather said...

I don't have malted milk powder in my kitchen and never people just have it to make malts and cookies or is there another use for it?
I am not a big malt person, I like shakes.