Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Malted Chocolate Chip Cookies

It's the last day of March! The first quarter of the year is already gone. Time flies when you're having fun? Well, I don't know if I believe that. Maybe it's more like, time flies when you are so busy that the days all meld into one! It feels like non-stop go go go all the time. Last night was especially rough as Zach, my 3 year old, refused to sleep, cried almost all night and was basically the biggest brat I've ever seen. It took every once of my willpower not to completely lose my temper.

That being said, it's the perfect day for some good old comfort food. A chocolate chip cookie with a twist of malt (I used Ovaltine) and the texture of bakery cookies. Big, chocolatey and soft with just a touch of crispiness around the edges to complement the chewiness. One bite of these with my morning coffee almost made me forget the nightmare of a night I just survived.

One last thing - these are from a book called 400 Sensational Cookies by Linda J. Amendt. A seriously spectactular book with huge variety. It may become my new cookie bible!

Malted Chocolate Chip Cookies
Makes 24 | adapted from 400 Sensational Cookies

2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup malted milk powder (I used Ovaltine)
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
1 cup chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Combine all dry ingredients.
3. In a separate bowl cream together butter, shortening and brown sugar. When well combined, add vanilla and eggs.
4. Add dry mixture to butter mixture. Stir in chocolate chips.
5. Drop onto ungreased cookie sheet and flatten slightly with the palm of your hand so they are about 1/2" thick by 1 1/2" diameter. Bake for 12-15 minutes until edges are lightly browned.


Lyndsey said...

They look wonderful! I like the twist of adding malt in them! It's nice you can look at a new day so brightly!

Holly said...

Love the malted part:) I also have a 3 year old-nuf said right? ;)

Rambling Tart said...

I'm sorry you had a nightmarish time, Tia, but SO glad you have these lovely cookies to comfort and cheer you. :-)

Elle said...

Love your blog Tia! I want to make these cookies, the sweet roll twists, the peanut butter cookies...and more. Love your bright style and lovley photos, too.

Helen said...

oh no, these seem just what you need! Do you bake something new every few days? If so, how do you find the time!! I love the amount of great recipes on here.

Tia said...

@Holly - Yes, that says it all! lol

@Ramblingtart - Thanks for the comment, the cookies sure did cheer me up.

@Elle - Let me know what you think of the recipes. Thanks for the compliment!

@Helen - Yes, I bake almost every day. It's my way of relaxing and I don't watch TV so I bake instead :) with the Food Network on in the background. lol.

bake in paris said...

These look very scrumptious!! I am ready to sink my teeth into one of these cookies.... Great recipe too!

Sawadee from Bangkok,

Jules Someone said...

Love love love malt in things. I may need to try this one as well!