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Chocolate Malt Whopper Cookies

by on November 1, 2007 · 26 comments

Growing up, we had a tradition of buying my dad a big carton of Whoppers on his birthday. They were his favorite, and he’d keep them on his dresser along with other off-limits items like his wallet and watch. Let me tell you, Whoppers taste better stolen off dressers.

I’ve had to change my ways, though. Neither Fuzz nor Todd likes Whoppers so I don’t have anyone to steal them from anymore.  In fact, Fuzz kindly gave me permission to use her Halloween Whoppers as I see fit. So, since my dad is coming over and since I haven’t given him a carton of Whoppers in years, I made him a batch of chocolate malt cookies from the book Baking: From My Home to Yours.

malt cookies

These cookies are absolutely fabulous and probably one of the best things I’ve ever made with Whoppers. They were very malty and had the perfect level of sweetness. I read one review where someone said they were tooth-achingly sweet, but I suspect that person might have used a sweetened malted milk drink mix rather than malted milk powder. The malted milk powder I used was Carnation, and it does not have added sugar. It’s similar to Horlicks. The cookies aren’t that impressive to look at, but the texture is excellent. They’re thin and soft, but have chewy/crispy edges thanks to the melted & cooled Whoppers. Let them sit for a while before you taste one.

Don’t skimp on the Whoppers.

Chocolate Malt Whopper Cookies

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup malted milk powder (Carnation or Ovaltine Malt)
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
11 tablespoons unsalted stick butter, at room temperature
2/3 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup whole milk
2 cups chocolate-covered malted milk balls, VERY coarsely chopped
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped, or 1 cup chocolate chips or chunks

Preheat oven to 350 F. Line two baking sheets with parchment.

In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, malted milk powder, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

In a mixing bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar together on medium until very smooth, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating for 1 minute after each addition.

Beat in the vanilla.

Reduce the mixer speed to low, add half the dry ingredients, mixing until they just disappear into the batter. Mix in the milk, then the remaining dry ingredients, mixing only until they are incorporated.

With the mixer on low, or by hand with a rubber spatula, mix in the malted milk balls and chocolate pieces.

Drop the cookie dough onto the prepared baking sheets, one rounded tablespoon per cookie, leaving about 2 inches between each. Bake for 11 to 13 minutes, rotating sheets from top to bottom and front to back halfway through.

When done, the cookies will be puffed and set, but slightly soft to the touch. Let the cookies rest for 2 minutes before using a wide metal spatula to transfer them to racks to cool to room temperature. Bake remaining dough in similar fashion. Makes about 30

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Published on November 1, 2007

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Dana November 1, 2007 at 12:01 pm

I’ve been eyeing this recipe since I bought the book…too bad my kids didn’t get any Whoppers last night. Gld to hear such a glowing review! I just sent this book to my SIL as an “early surprise Christmas present” after she raved about the biscotti I made her. I told her I’d send her the recipe, but instead I sent the whole book. She was thrilled!

Emilie November 1, 2007 at 1:07 pm

I’ve always wanted to buy that malted milk powder, but I have no idea why. It just calls to me.
The cookies look very very very good.

Claire November 1, 2007 at 1:15 pm

So funny…my dad does the same thing, keys, wallet, change, and any candy he gets at Christmas, birthday, etc on top of his dresser. He also love whoppers. I’ve made several of these cookies but haven’t tried Dorie’s yet…I’m sure it’s great!

Jen November 1, 2007 at 3:30 pm

I think Whoppers might be my favorite candy.

koryshar November 1, 2007 at 3:56 pm

hey Anna, thought you might want to check out this link on the website that mentions about a product recall on their white chocolate.

Just in case you have some in your pantry!

Rachel November 1, 2007 at 4:13 pm

My mom has also always been a Whopper addict, and we *always* gave her Whoppers for any holiday. These cookies look awesome! I may have to dust off my mixing bowl and make some myself. ;)

Kates November 1, 2007 at 7:02 pm

My dad loves Whoppers, too! We went through a whole carton of them together on a car trip when I was little.

Anna November 1, 2007 at 7:09 pm

Well, Whoppers sure do have a loyal following here. I hope you all try these because the cookies are SO worth the Whoppers.

Carrie November 1, 2007 at 7:33 pm

These sound delicious. Can I ask a potentially stupid question, though? How do you chop Whoppers without cutting your fingers off? Those things roll!

Anna November 1, 2007 at 7:41 pm

Well, there was a lot of rolling.

I am right handed, so I held the Chef’s knife in my right hand and used my left hand to hold the Whoppers in place. To avoid chopping my fingers off, I kept my left thumb extended backwards and out of the way and held the other four fingers together tightly. It’s easy to cut a finger, but not so easy to cut a hand. At least that’s what I kept telling myself. I haven’t ever taken a knife skills class so the way I do it may be MORE dangerous….but it didn’t feel that way.

I cut most of the Whoppers in half and just used halves and a few quarters here and there.

Alicia November 1, 2007 at 7:56 pm

Oh my goodness.. I’m going to buy some malted milk powder and Whoppers tomorrow to make these. I LOVE malted milk, so these are perfect!

Sandra November 1, 2007 at 7:57 pm

I love Fuzz’s costume. She looks really cute. Did all that goop wash off Todd’s face or did he have to wear it to work today….lol. Also did your mom like the pumpkin roll?

Anna November 1, 2007 at 7:59 pm

Alicia, if you do make them, let us know what you think.

Sandra, my mom got sick and couldn’t make it. But we LOVE the pumpkin roll.

I’m not sure what brand goop Todd used, but it came right off in the shower.

Jeannette November 2, 2007 at 2:34 pm

Are US Whoppers the same as UK Maltesers?

sally November 3, 2007 at 8:46 pm

I made Whopper cookies last Christmas and they were absoulutely scrumptious!

Anna November 4, 2007 at 2:34 pm

Hi Jeanette,

Yes. Whoppers are very similar to Maltesers. I’m sure Maltesers would work in these cookies.

Sally, I didn’t realize the recipe had been around that long! Interesting.

Debbi November 5, 2007 at 9:24 am

I made these this weekend and they were very good. I thought they would taste much “maltier” with a whole cup of malt but it was very subtle. I crushed the Whoppers with the bottom of a measuring cup. Not very glamourous but it worked. They didn’t completely crush, they broke in anywhere from 2 – 5 pieces.

Anna November 5, 2007 at 9:41 am

What brand of malt did you use, Debbie? I thought they were very, very malty.

I use Carnation, but one of these days I’m going to order some Horlick’s. I heard it was super malty.

Kelli November 5, 2007 at 7:52 pm

As if we didn’t have enough candy in the house already, my girls and I were at Target the other day and saw some Strawberry Milkshake flavored Whoppers. I had never seen them before and was thinking about this recipe and if they would work so we bought them. Needless to say, the entire box (and I hate to admit that it was a rather large box) is now gone. Both my husband and girls really liked them. Going to have to hide those things next time!

Anna November 5, 2007 at 8:03 pm

Kelli, strawberry plus malt is a great combination. I experimented with it a few years ago for some contest recipes.

Taste of Home published this one and below that is another one which happens to be low in sugar and calories.

White Chocolate Strawberry Malt Napoleon

1/2 of a (17 ¼ oz) package puff pastry, thawed
5 cups fresh sliced strawberries (divided)
6 ounces white chocolate, broken
1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup confectioners sugar
2 cups heavy cream
1/3 cup malted milk powder
Garnish: 2 or 3 tablespoons strawberry syrup

Preheat oven to 400 F.

Unfold thawed puff pastry sheet and divide into 3 equal strips. Cut each strip in half to make 6 pieces. Place puff pastry pieces a little over an 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 15-17 minutes or until golden. Remove from cookie sheet and cool completely.

Place 2 1/2 cups of the strawberries in a blender and puree. Set aside

Place white chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 30 seconds. Stir. Repeat until white chocolate is melted. Beat cream cheese and vanilla extract into melted white chocolate. Beat in confectioners sugar and malted milk powder. Continue beating until smooth. Stir in strawberry puree.

In a separate bowl, beat cream until stiff peaks form. Fold whipped cream into white chocolate/strawberry mixture.

Split cooled pastry pieces in half horizontally through the middle to make tops and bottoms. Line bottom of a 13×9 inch dish with bottom halves of the pastry pieces. Spoon half of the cream mixture over pastry pieces. Spoon 1 cup of the sliced strawberries over cream mixture. Top with remaining pastry pieces, remaining cream mixture and remaining strawberries.

Garnish (optional) – Drizzle perimeter of dish with strawberry syrup

Serves 12

Strawberry Malted Mousse Cups

1 (4 serving size) packet strawberry flavored Jell-o
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 cup water
1/4 cup malted milk powder
1 cup fat free, sugar free vanilla flavored liquid coffee creamer
1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip Free (divided)
Garnish: Fresh strawberry halves and/or mint leaves

In a small saucepan, whisk together Jell-o, cornstarch and water. Bring to a boil over medium heat and whisk gently until smooth and clear (3-5 minutes). Remove from heat and let cool for 5 minutes. Stir in malted milk powder, liquid coffee creamer and 2 cups of Cool Whip Free.

Spoon mixture into 6 (6-8 oz) custard cups or wine glasses and chill until set. Spoon remaining Cool Whip Free over set mousse. Garnish with strawberries and mint leaves if desired.

Kelli November 6, 2007 at 5:26 pm

The Napolean recipe looks great! It is similar to an easy recipe I have made before but yours sounds much fancier (not to mention delish!) I will definitely save this one for an upcoming dessert. Thanks, Kelli

Leigh November 9, 2007 at 11:31 am

Where do you find the malt powder at? I have tried 4 different grocery stores. I am dying to make these. Thanks!

Anna November 9, 2007 at 12:02 pm

Leigh, you can order it off Amazon. However, grocery stores should have it. You might just need to ask for assistance. Sometimes they keep it with the ice cream stuff and other times they put it with the hot chocolate and chocolate drink mixes.

Jan December 4, 2007 at 4:02 am

Put Whoppers in a large baggie and use a rolling pin to crush them to your desired crunch. Just thought I would share this so no one gets their fingers cut off, chasing down those little round malty critters! ;)


Anna December 4, 2007 at 8:24 am

Thanks Jan!

I’ll try your method. I use a chef’s knife because I like making neat Whopper halves rather than chunks and pieces, but your way is much safer. I’ll probably be the first one to chop off a finger ;).

Melissa July 6, 2009 at 6:59 am

I baked some of these for a 4th of July picnic but substituted the peanut butter whoppers for the regular ones. The cookies turned out fantastic. The peanut butter flavor was definitely noticalbe but not overwhelming. Everyone loved them. Thanks for the recipe.

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