Chocolate Malted Whopper Cookies

So, here’s the thing. I’ve never really been the super hip kid (I know, shocking to the people who know me in real life ;-)). Sometimes I’m a little late to the party. I was 21 and in college before I had heard of Kate Spade. The first time I tried sushi was less than 2 years ago. I didn’t know who Arcade Fire was before the Grammy’s on Sunday night. I could really go on and on with examples, but I’ll wrap it up by telling you that this was my very first time baking with malted milk powder. Oh my, where has it been my whole life? I mean, I have always loved classic malt shakes. But baking with it? This takes things to a whole new level. And I will be subsequently searching out tons of new recipes to try that include malted milk powder.

For me, there was an Easter candy trifecta that I loved as a kid. First, a peanut butter meltaway egg from Sarris (a local chocolates/candy company) in my Easter basket was a jackpot as far as I was concerned. Next up, a Reese’s peanut butter egg. It’s not at all shocking that I love anything with peanut butter and chocolate, now is it? And third, Whoppers. I loooooooved Whoppers. They ranked right up there with the chocolate and peanut butter for me. Something about that flavor just made the candies melt in my mouth.

When I placed my last King Arthur Flour order, I spotted malted milk powder in the catalog and decided to order some and do a little experimental baking. And make milkshakes of course! I remembered that Dorie had a malted cookie recipe in her book, and that was my first stop. These are positively superb. There is a nice mellow malted flavor to the cookie which is enhanced by the chopped up Whoppers. I could imagine eating these with a tall vanilla milkshake sitting on a stool at an old-fashioned corner candy store. (Pretty sure I should have grown up in the ’50s.)

Next, I need to churn up some homemade ice cream for milkshakes! I’m hooked!

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Chocolate Malted Whopper Cookies

Yield: 18 large cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 to 12 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes


1¾ cups all-purpose flour
1 cup malted milk powder
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1½ teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1 stick plus 3 tablespoons (11 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ cup whole milk
2 cups (6 ounces) chocolate-covered malted milk balls (Whoppers), coarsely chopped
1 cup chocolate chips (or 6 ounces chopped chocolate)


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.

2. Whisk together the flour, malted milk powder, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl; set aside.

3. Cream the butter and sugar together on medium speed for about 3 minutes, until very smooth. Add the eggs one at a time, beating for 1 minute after each addition. Beat in the vanilla. Reduce the mixer speed to low and add half the dry ingredients, mixing just until it disappears into the batter. Mix in the milk, then the remaining dry ingredients, mixing only until they are incorporated. With the mixer still on low, or by hand with a rubber spatula, mix in the malted milk balls and chocolate chips.

4. Drop about 2 heaping tablespoonfuls worth of dough (I used a large cookie scoop) onto the sheets, leaving about 2 inches of space between each. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until puffed and set but still slightly soft to the touch. Let the cookies rest for 2 minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack to cool to room temperature. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.


64 Responses to “Chocolate Malted Whopper Cookies”

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  1. Lori @ RecipeGirl on February 18, 2011 at 12:14 am

    These look amazing- my favorite candy ever! I always steal them from my son’s Halloween bag!


  2. Jessica on February 18, 2011 at 12:59 am

    What? Whoppers?! No way! These sound amazing girl! With all the different candies popping up in cookies lately I don’t think I will fit in my swim suit come summer! 😉


  3. linda on February 18, 2011 at 4:20 am

    these cookies are a must bake…since i love the brewer’s blondies from “baked: new frontiers in baking.”


  4. Blog is the New Black on February 18, 2011 at 5:47 am

    I didn’t know who Arcarde Fire was either. I loved malted chocolate so this sounds awesome!


  5. Vickii on February 18, 2011 at 6:20 am

    These look gorgeous!! I’m going to HAVE to try them!! I think your ‘whoppers’ are our ‘Maltesers’; which I absolutely adore! So I WILL be trying these! Thanks and have a lovely weekend!


  6. Kathleen @ Kat's Health Corner on February 18, 2011 at 6:26 am

    Hehe, I SOLD! 😀


  7. Lisa (Dishes of Mrs. Fish) on February 18, 2011 at 6:36 am

    Malted chocolate in a cookie! Love it!:)


  8. Happy when not hungry on February 18, 2011 at 6:52 am

    Wow my mouth is watering!! I love the malted Easter eggs too. I def need to try this recipe. So creative! Thanks for sharing!!


  9. Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen on February 18, 2011 at 6:57 am

    Love Whoppers! I’ve never thought to use them in baking – amazing!


  10. Katrina on February 18, 2011 at 7:19 am

    These sound amazing! Great idea. I LOVE malt :)


  11. Kerry on February 18, 2011 at 7:53 am

    Whoppers! These are called malteasers in the UK! My eyes are opened!! On a separate note, these cookies look AMAZING!


  12. karen d on February 18, 2011 at 8:49 am

    Your cookies look sooo good! I’m a big fan of all things with chocolate and malt too, but (aside from Whoppers) my chocolate malt cheesecake is my favorite and THE best chocolate/malt matchup ever. Glad to pass it along if you are interested.


  13. Joy on February 18, 2011 at 9:20 am

    OHhh those look so good.


  14. Lindsay @Eat, Knit, Grow on February 18, 2011 at 9:25 am

    Those look so amazing and delicious! I actually have malt powder….


  15. Jenny Flake on February 18, 2011 at 9:33 am

    LOVE malt balls and LOVING your cookies :)


  16. Justeen @ Blissful Baking on February 18, 2011 at 9:35 am

    What a great way to make an fabulous chocolate cookie even better! Mmm! :)


  17. Celia on February 18, 2011 at 9:51 am

    Am I sure glad you hopped on the malt trend. These look delectable!


  18. Evan Thomas on February 18, 2011 at 9:58 am

    Yum! I used to love Whoppers growing up. Great cookie recipe!


  19. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite on February 18, 2011 at 10:05 am

    These look wonderful. My mom’s birthday is coming up next month and she adores malted anything – I can’t wait to make these and surprise her with them!


  20. Foodies on the Fly on February 18, 2011 at 10:06 am

    Amazing discovery! I must find some of this malted milk powder.


  21. Adam on February 18, 2011 at 10:20 am

    Those look great. I’ve never used matled milk powder either but I LOVE Whoppers. Luckily we have both Whoppers and Maltesers here :).
    And if it makes you feel better, I don’t think most people outside of Canada were aware of Arcade Fire :)


  22. oureyeseatfirst on February 18, 2011 at 10:25 am

    oh wow. i love these.. one of my all time fave candies!


  23. RavieNomNoms on February 18, 2011 at 10:47 am

    Oh my goodness I haven’t eaten a whopper in forever! These look delicious!


  24. jen @ the baked life on February 18, 2011 at 10:52 am

    okay, you’ve sold me on making malted anything.

    I also have never made anything with malted milk powder. I need to buy some!


  25. Babou on February 18, 2011 at 11:00 am

    For those who like malted chocolate, try Ovomaltine (called Ovaltine in the US) if you can get your hand on it (
    It is a Swiss chocolate and malt powdered milk, also comes in the form of crunchy spread, bars and cookies… the spread is notoriously addictive
    In Europe people often think ski = hot ovomaltine… funny

    I highly recommend it !!!


  26. Hannah at FleurDeLicious on February 18, 2011 at 11:11 am

    don’t feel bad, i just tried baking with malted milk powder about a week ago, and i started with this recipe! they’re a great (and super tasty) introduction! also, since it’s apparent that you love chocolate and peanut butter (as do i), you should try this recipe next time with…brace yourself…peanut butter whoppers. i used about half pb and half regular whoppers, and they were crazy awesome.


    • Michelle on February 18th, 2011 at 11:16 am

      Whoa! I didn’t even know pb whoppers existed! I must find them!


      • Adam on February 18th, 2011 at 3:20 pm

        PB Whoppers? Mind=Blown :)


      • linda on February 20th, 2011 at 5:00 am

        i get my pb whoppers @ target! & during the xmas season…gingerbread whoppers!


  27. Shawn @ I Wash...You Dry on February 18, 2011 at 11:34 am

    I {heart} Whoppers! I love anything malted, so these cookies are on my must make list! I’m actually taking the kiddos to the movies today and now I am going to have to buy me some Whoppers! Thanks!!


  28. Tiffany on February 18, 2011 at 11:51 am

    Smiling widely at this post! 1. I love the easter whopper eggs too! and 2. I am in NYC and JUST had a chocolate malted milkshake yesterday!!!!!! Where were these cookies to accompany my milkshake??? :) LOL


  29. Melissa on February 18, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    These look great…I’ll have to add them to my list of recipes to try out!! Thx


  30. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking on February 18, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    These look delicious! What a wonderful cookie made from a classic candy.


  31. Lora on February 18, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    I also love malted anything. These cookies look like the perfect fix for that.


  32. Amanda on February 18, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    Michelle, these look incredible! I *will* be making these ASAP!! :)


  33. Leslie on February 18, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    mmmm.I made these a few years ago(hmmm never posted them) they are amazing!


  34. Sues on February 18, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    I’ve never baked with malted powder either. But I’ve always wanted to. And now I’m seriously wishing I had some in my kitchen so I could whip these up!!


  35. Cheryl and Adam on February 18, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    Clearly the new home of the whopper! Just want to devour that broken cookie in the third photo….


  36. doughmesstic on February 18, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    I remember that TWD recipe well! I’ve made them a lot!! Yours look so great!


  37. lauren on February 18, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    cool idea but i bet these would taste even better made with maltesers instead of whoppers. so much better than whoppers (more expensive, but worth it! look in the british food aisle)


  38. The Chocolate Priestess on February 18, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    I know someone who loves whoopers too and since this grasshopper pie I made for him seems to be refusing to set up right, I may need to make something else.


  39. Lauren from Lauren's Latest on February 18, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    How delicious! I love all these treats you make!


  40. Brian @ howtobaker on February 18, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    I too just discovered the beauty of malted milk powder in baking! The flavors it provides are really amazing. I love the idea of combining malted milk balls and malted milk. This seems like a dangerous thing to try next time I find the candy at the store.


  41. Laura on February 18, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    I made whopper “whoope pies” recently. The cookies (chocolate & malt powder) were a bit thinner and less cake-like than traditional whoopies. I sandwiched them with a malted frosting (that tasted just like the cener of a whooper) and rolled t he edges in crushed whoppers. They were a big hit. :) Now I’m looking for more recioes to use up the 4 (!!!) contianers I bought on amazon.


  42. Sandra on February 18, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    Must makes for sure. I’ve only made pancakes with malted milk powder. Time to expand my horizons. Thanks for this recipe. Also, I’d never heard of Arcade Fire before Sunday either.


  43. Vicki @ Wilde in the Kitchen on February 18, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    From your list, it looks like I’m not that hip either. In fact, we sound like the same person :) Love love love whoppers and malted chocolate milkshakes. These cookies sound fantastic!


  44. Tracy on February 18, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    I love Whoppers! I’m definitely making these!


  45. Terri on February 18, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    Michelle – next time you are in the Strip District check out the selection of malted milk balls at Mon Aimee Chocolat. These cookies look yummy.


    • Michelle on February 22nd, 2011 at 8:05 pm

      Ooh, thanks for the tip, will do!


  46. Jackie on February 18, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    I am going to have to make these for my hubby, he loves chocolate malt-anything and I love Whoppers. You’ll have to try this ice cream recipe, it’s fabulous!!


  47. Sprinkled with Flour on February 18, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    I make a Malted Milk Ball Chewie cookie that is sooo good, but I haven’t tried putting malt powder in it. I bet that takes it to the next level:)


  48. PJ Hamel on February 19, 2011 at 6:22 am

    These look absolutely fabulous – especially for us Whopper lovers. I was always more partial to malted milk “eggs” in the Easter basket than Peeps or just plain milk chocolate. Glad we’re able to supply you with this tasty ingredient! PJ Hamel, King Arthur Flour baker/blogger


  49. Gina on February 19, 2011 at 11:06 am

    Those look amazing. Since your looking for a recipe with malted milk power you should use this one for cupcakes. I made it for Superbowl Sunday this year and I didn’t have any left over. So good!


    • Michelle on February 22nd, 2011 at 8:06 pm

      Thank you! I am definitely saving this!


  50. Sharlene on February 19, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Whoppers were jackpot on Halloween as far as I was concerned. I love this!


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