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Soft Malted Chocolate Chip Cookies

These Soft Malted Chocolate Chip Cookies will easily be a favorite in your house!

Soft Malted Chocolate Chip Cookies

I have to admit that over the course of the summer I have developed 2 minor addictions.

The first being to chicken wings.

I know, that’s a stupid-weird addiction…

I mean, chicken wings have been around since well…forevers.

But they opened up a Buffalo Wild Wings not too far from my house and I have to say I can’t stop.  CAN’T STOP.

They have these Salt and Vinegar wings that I would legally marry if I could.  What is WRONG with me right now?

I have easily eaten more wings in the past 2 months than I have in my entire lifetime combined.

It’s sick.  And delicious.


Someone needs to please intervene.

I go there for dinner and buy extra for lunch the next day.

3 times a week.

I am solely keeping them in business.

This is clearly a cry for help.

Beyond chicken wings there are these cookies.

Also addicted.

And the thing about these cookies is that I can make them at home.  Anytime I want.

I’m quite the pinnacle of health here, aren’t I?

I seriously need to go detox.  Or rehab. Or both.

Or just exercise self control.   HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

Soft Malted Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Soft Malted Chocolate Chip Cookies

There’s a few tricks I used when making these cookies.

First, I use all brown sugar.

Packed brown sugar in a measuring cup

I just think they taste better.  Brown sugar for life.Of course the malted milk, but that’s not a trick…I mean it’s in the title.  Duh.

The malted milk cuts the sweetness of these a bit…if you are in the “I don’t like malt” camp, you’ll still like these.  I swear.  The flavor just adds a bit of something extra.

A canister of Nestle Malted Milk

Whisk together your dry ingredients…

Dry ingredients for Malted Milk Cookies in a bowl with a whisk

And here’s the second trick…

If you’re using your stand mixer never turn it above stir.  You can make these with a bowl and a wooden spoon just as easily.

We’re melting the butter for these, so there is no creaming.

Brown sugar and butter in a stand mixer bowl

Not beating the ingredients keeps the cookies thicker, not allowing as much air in the batter as when you cream the butter and sugar.Third trick…a little cornstarch.

You could make these without the cornstarch for sure, but it helps with the texture, keeping them puffy and chewy but not cakey.

A container of Argo corn starch with a measuring scoop

Here’s how the dough will look.

Now.  I chilled it.  Give it a few hours at least.  I gave mine an overnight.

Malted chocolate chip cookie dough in a mixing bowl

Again, you don’t HAVE to do this.  But your cookies will absolutely spread more if the dough isn’t cold.Final trick.  I stuck some chips on top at the end to make them look pretty.

I know this has been done before, and I usually don’t do it, but these cookies are just so pretty, a little extra flair never hurt anyone.

Malted chocolate chip cookie dough balls on a parchment-lined baking sheet

When you bake them, you’ll want to remove them when the edges start to golden and the centers look almost done, but not quite.

That helps keep them soft.

Soft Malted Chocolate Chip Cookies

Obviously if you prefer a crunchier cookie you can bake them a bit longer.

Soft Malted Chocolate Chip Cookies

See how perfect?

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Soft Malted Chocolate Chip Cookies

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makes 24 large cookies


  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup malted milk powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 2 cups chocolate chips, (optional ~ plus 1 more cup for pressing into tops of cookies)


  1. Whisk flour, malted milk powder, baking powder, salt and cornstarch together. Set aside.
  2. Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium low heat. Remove from heat.
  3. In large mixing bowl combine the butter and brown sugar, using wooden spoon or mixer set on lowest setting.
  4. Stir in eggs and vanilla with mixer still on lowest setting until combined.
  5. Stir in dry ingredients until evenly incorporated.
  6. Fold in chocolate chips.
  7. Chill dough for 2 hours or up to 3 days.
  8. Preheat oven to 350°
  9. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  10. Scoop approximately 2 Tbsp of dough and form into a ball. Place dough 3 inches apart on lined baking sheet. Press additional chocolate chips into the top of the dough balls if desired.
  11. Bake for 11-12 minutes until the edges golden. Don’t over-bake.
  12. Allow to cool on baking sheet for 3 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to continue cooling.


store airtight for up to 3 days

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94 comments on “Soft Malted Chocolate Chip Cookies”

    1. Thank you so much! I love these cookies too and have recently had a hard time finding the malt powder in-store! I have had to order online!

  1. I have what may seem like a silly question. I want to make these cookies for my daughter for Mother’s Day, because she loves malted milk balls, so I want them to taste like malted milk.

    My question is, does the malted milk powder in these cookies make them taste like malted milk? I just want to be certain because I’ve read on the internet that malted milk “joins the sugar in tenderizing the cookies and adds the needed lactose for them to brown evenly in the oven”.

    I just want to be certain that the above isn’t the sole reason for malted milk powder in this recipe and that the cookies will taste like malted milk.

  2. Really yummy! I accidentally ordered 3 containers of malt powder and looking for recipes to try. Plus, I love the taste! I made a few changes, substituted mini chips, wrapped it in plastic wrap and rolled it into log before chilling. That way I sliced instead of scooping. Also, I dipped the top into malt powder before baking for extra malty goodness.

    1. Just wondering, is the nutritional info calculated somewhere?
      I’ve been making these cookies for a year now, can’t stop, won’t stop

  3. These cookies are absolutely divine !! The recipe is perfect, I usually alter recipes so much but the only thing I changed in this was one was adding seal salt flakes on top ! They’re delicious , the house smells amazing !!! Thank you ! xx

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