Sunday, March 02, 2008

Chocolate chip cookies with a small twist
--Chocolate Malted Cookies

Chocolate Malted Cookies
Taste of Home Grandma’s Favorites Copyright 2006

1 cup butter-flavored shortening
1 ¼ cups packed brown sugar
½ cup malted milk powder
2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 egg
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 ½ cups semi-sweet chocolate chunks I used semi-sweet chips
1 cup milk chocolate chips

In a mixing bowl, combine first five ingredients; beat for 2 minutes. Add egg. Combine flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture, mixing well after each addition. Stir in chocolate chunks and chips.

Shape into 2-in. balls; place 3 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375 degrees for 12-14 minutes or until golden bown. Cool for 2 minutes before removing to a wire rack.

Yield, about 1 ½ dozen. I made about 3 dozen.

In the lead-in to this recipe, the contributer calls these the best cookies she's ever tasted (a woman with 6 kids who has made lots of cookies). That was just too tempting to resist (and, I had some malted milk powder to use up). Were they that good? Well, they were really good - sort of a chocolate chip cookie plus. The malt flavor was not that strong in the final result but between the malted milk and the small amount of chocolate, there was a hint of added flavor.

I debated using real butter but the cookies in the picture looked somewhat flat and butter would make even flatter cookies. With the shortening, these cookies did come out quite flat. I used Crisco with no trans fat. Is that a new formula? Maybe it gives a different result than the version with trans fat? Usually cookies made with shortening don't spread very much. These were a bit chewy in the centers at first but by the next day they were crispy - not hard but crispy in a good way.

Blast From The Past: Chocolate Orange Dreams from December 2005. Those cookies were made with the old version of butter-flavored Crisco and as you can see, they didn't spread very much.

Question of the Day: Do you like the taste of malted milk?

P.S. Colors and Fonts seem to be mixed up today. I didn't change anything and it's probably just Blogger. If you can't see any of the text, trying to highlight it might help.


Anonymous said...

Funny, I like Malted Milk Balls but not the flavor in anything else.

Randi said...

I love carnation malt powder, but I only use it in Malts. I actually prefer a malt to a shake. My mom used to make us malts as a special treat so maybe thats why.

meddlingkidd said...

I love chocolate malts, malted milk balls...Mmmm!

Heather said...

I am not a big malted milk fan, but I don't know that I have had malted milk. Go figure.
The cookies however, would make me want to try malted milk.

Anonymous said...

Yes, I love malted milk shakes and also the ice cream recipes from Ben and Jerry's cookbook for Vanilla Malt Chip Ice Cream and Chocolate Malt Ice Cream! I have a Cook's Illustrated recipe that I want to try for Malted Hot Chocolate Mix next time I buy a jar. Good stuff!