Monday, September 8, 2008

TWD: Chocolate Malted Whopper Drops

Get a load of this:


Drooling yet?

You should be. It was my turn to choose for TWD and I spent hours flipping between a few key recipes before I finally decided on this one. I'm not a huge chocolate fan but I LOVE malt and thought this would be a totally different yet fun recipe to try.

I actually made these twice. The first time, I was determined to take amazing pictures so I could showcase my awesome baking skills, superb photography talents, and really clean (for the photos) kitchen. However, after the cookies were gone far, far away to a potluck in the sky, er, at hubs school, I realized that there was no memory card in the camera. I raised a fist and decided that I'd have to make them again. So I did. The second time around, I made a few adjustments:

1. I got to bake with a good friend I rarely see.
2. I was a little short on chocolate chunks (semi-sweet) so I supplemented with mini chips which gave a fun texture.
3. I used a bit more than 2 cups of whoppers chopped (by my pal) into halves and thirds. I figured, the bigger, the better.
4. I also used regular flavor malt powder and not chocolate like some bakers did. That would have been way too chocolatey for me.



I really liked these cookies. I thought the chocolate flavor was pretty mild and the malt ratio was perfect. However, I got mixed reviews when I took them to work on Monday. Some people said they were too malty. Others said they needed more malt powder. I guess it all depends on how much you like malt. Hubs didn't care for them. Apparently, he doesn't like malt. Yeah, that would have been nice to know 3 weeks ago when I chose the recipe. Oh well, I liked them and that's good enough for me!

I loved how some of the whoppers caramelized, some were in whopper-y and some were in between. They final results were chewy, with a slight crunch and that soda shop taste. DELISH!

Thanks to my fellow TWD folks for baking my choice this week. And a bigger thanks to the blogger who figured out the temperature was to be 350 due to an omission in the book. You rock!

Next week - Claudia from Fool for Food has chosen Chocolate Chunkers. I leave you with some yummy pics and the recipe. Have a great week, all!





Chocolate Malted Whopper Drops
1.75 cups all purpose flour
1 cup malted milk powder
.25 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1.5 teaspoon baking powder
.25 teaspoon salt
1 stick plus 3 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temp.
.66 cups sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
.25 cup whole milk
2 cups (6 ounces) chocolate-covered malted milk balls, coarsely chopped
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped or 1 cup store-bought choc chips or chunks

GETTING READY: Position the racks to divide the oven into thirds and line two baking sheets with parchment or silicone mats.
Sift together the flour, malted milk powder, cocoa, baking powder, and salt.
Working with a stand mixer, preferably fitted with a paddle attachment, or with a hand mixer in a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar together on medium speed for about 3 minutes, until very smooth. Add the eggs one at a time, beating for about a minute after each addition. Beat in the vanilla; don't be concerned in the mixture looks curdled - it will even out when the dry ingredients are added. Reduce the mixer speed to low and add half the dry ingredients, mixing just until they disappear in the the batter. Mix in the milk, then the remaining dry ingredients, mixing only until they are incorporated. The batter will look more like fudge frosting than cookie dough - and that's fine. With the mixer on low, or by hand with a rubber spatula, mix in the malted milk balls and chopped chocolate.
Drop the dough by rounded tablespoonfuls on to the sheets, leaving about 2 inches of space between spoonfuls. Bake for 11 to 13 minutes, rotating the sheets from top to bottom and front to back after 6 minutes. When done, the cookies will be puffed and set slightly but soft to the touch. Let the cookies rest for 2 minutes before using a wide metal spatula to transfer them to the racks to cool to room temperature.
Repeat with the remaining dough, cooling the baking sheets between batches.










67 comments:

Marie said...

Great looking cookies Rachel, and what a lovely choice, thanks so much!! I am a real malt and whopper lover so these cookies were right up my alley!

HoneyB said...

Thanks for a great cookie choice Rachel. I really liked these and they will be on my list of cookies to make again!

Lori said...

thanks for the great choice - and it's funny, i didn't think they were very malty-tasting. i wish i'd used plain malt instead of chocolate, maybe that would've helped. yours are gorgeous!

Tara said...

Thanks for choosing this! Yours look great!

Engineer Baker said...

Okay Rachel, I love you and I hate you. These cookies were fabulous, but they're dangerous! They just keep finding ways of being made again!

Melissa said...

I loved this choice and so did everyone who I fed the cookies to! Yours look great too. Thanks for a great selection!

Chrissy said...

Oh my gosh! Those look/sound amazing! Quick question - my mother brought me a couple of boxes of peanut butter flavored Whoppers - do you think those would compliment the overall chocolateyness? Or would it be a step too overpowering? I'm not sure what to do with the Whoppers - I love the originals but thought maybe I'd save these for a baking project. Decisions!

LyB said...

Rachel, you chose one heck of a recipe! I absolutely loved these and will make them again. Your cookies look totally chunky and delicious. :)

Kimberly said...

What a great recipe for my first Tuesday with Dorie! Good job, you! :) I'm looking forward to disposing of all that malted milk powder I have around now...yuuum, yuuum!

Kimberly said...

My blog didn't link to my name for some reason...I'm at seashellsandsilver.blogspot.com

Mandy said...

Thank you so much for picking this recipe! My husband and I both loved this cookie.

Flourchild said...

Thanks for your choosing this cookie recipe. It looks like your turned out great!

kim said...

these are definitely worth making twice!! :) thanks for picking this recipe, they were delicious!

Nickki said...

Thanks for choosing these Rachel. They have been on my must bake list for a long time! I loved them :)

Nancy said...

Great choice, Rachel! They are a really good chocolate cookie but I was underwhelmed by the malt ~ they were not malty enough for me :)

Cathy said...

Rachel, thank you for picking this!! You've turned me into a malt convert. I will make these cookies again and again. Your pictures are beautiful, BTW!!

Mary Ann said...

Thanks for a great pick! These were a great choice and really tasty. Yours look delicious!

Carol Peterman said...

Forgot the memory card! I know, you just wanted more cookies. These are worth making again and again. Excellent choice and beautiful pictures.

Steph said...

Great pick for this week's TWD!! I absolutely loved these cookies!! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

The Kitchen Vixen said...

i'm so upset that i left out an ingredient. now i'm having daydreams of what coulda, woulda, shoulda...your cookies look wonderful.

rainbowbrown said...

They look very nice! Thanks for a great choice.

Madam Chow said...

A great pick - thank you! And you're going to love next week's cookies. They're my favorite Dorie cookie so far, and that's saying something.

~Kimberly said...

Thank you for choosing this recipe! I have had my eye on these since we started and was giddy when I saw that we would be making these! Your cookies look amazing. Awesome job.

Christine said...

Awesome choice! Well enjoyed in my house, I thought there was to much malt but I am not a huge malt fan, everyone else loved them! On my list to make again and yours are beautiful!

Karen said...

Great choice Rachel! :) These were delicious! :)

Cristine said...

Thanks for a good recipe this week! :)

The DeL Sisters said...

Looks great! It is so fun baking with onther person!

confectiona said...

It was a great choice, although we weren't all that happy with the cookies themselves. But that dough ...

Pamela said...

It was a great choice, Rachel! I loved the dough, it was so delicious. I really could not stop eating it! Your pictures and your cookies look great.

Kelly said...

Good choice. These were different but very good!

The Blonde Duck said...

Those look wonderful! I love it!

Natalie said...

Those look soooo good! Kudos to you for choosing a great choice!

Mevrouw Cupcake said...

I loved these cookies so much, especially the caramelized malted milk ball bits! Great pick!

Donna said...

Thanks for putting a few more pounds on all of us! Great choice! Now I'll go wipe my mouth!

CB said...

And thanks for hosting this week! I don't think I'll make them again (sorry!) but if I do I need to remember to use regular ovaltine (it was TOO chocolate-y for me) and chop the whoppers. Your cookies look yummy! Great job!
Clara @ iheartfood4thought

Carla said...

Honestly, I would have never made this recipe without you picking it. I hate Whoppers because they hurt my teeth, but they softened enough in these cookies. I'm tempted to make these again but with peanut butter Whoppers. Thanks for picking!

Prudy said...

Loved the cookies this week. Thanks for the fun pick.

Lauren said...

thanks for a nice choice. i like to bake with candy!

Lauren said...

thanks for a nice choice. i like to bake with candy!

steph- whisk/spoon said...

thanks for a good pick! the benefit of making them twice is that you can take what you like from the first batch customize them!

Isa said...

Great, oh so great, pick! Thanks!

Di said...

Great pics, Rachel. This wasn't my favorite recipe, but it got raves from a lot of the people I gave cookies to. And I probably wouldn't have made this one on my own, so thanks for getting me out of my usual rut. =)

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

We loved these cookies. Thanks for a great choice!

Rebecca said...

Your pics look so good! I couldn't remember the last time I had Whoppers before these cookies. Fun!

SUGAR BETTY said...

Thanks for picking this recipe. I am in love again with cookies.

The Food Librarian said...

Rachel, GREAT CHOICE! I have done the same with the memory card in the flash. I guess it is the modern name "leaving the lens cap on"... Your blog is very cute!

PheMom said...

Thank you for this choice!!! These are great and yours look great!

Kelly D said...

This was a great choice. I loved them, the dough especially.

Beth G. said...

Thanks for a fabulous pick! I loved these~ yours are BEAUTIFUL!! :O)

Jules Someone said...

Well I loved them! I'd been waiting for weeks to make them, so thanks for the great pick!

Marthe said...

Thanks for picking these cookies Rachel! I absolutely loved them, although I had to go through some trouble to discover what some of the ingredients actually were!

Erin said...

Your cookies look great! Thank you so much for picking these. I was so excited about making them and I thought they were wonderful! It's definitely one of my favorite chocolate cookies and most definitely my favorite cookie dough!

Cooking Confections said...

Just made these cookies and they are definitely a winner! My husband loved them. Thanks for sharing and for a beautiful site. I read it quite often and always love what you post!

Jaime said...

i LOVED these!!! great pick :)

Lauren said...

Your choice was a home run my house! Thanks.

Steve Garfield said...

My mother-in-law used to make some amazing chocolate cookies and I love malt. I've always wanted to add malt to a cookie recipe. I'm going to compare yours to hers and see what I can do. Thanks!

SiHaN said...

i just made this in my rewind session. They were fantabulous! Thanks for picking out this recipe!

Sweet as Coco said...

Rachel-I am rewinding TWD tomorrow...and posting this. Just an FYI! Ill put the link to your page. These were SOOOO good!!

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