So you know how some bigger grocery stores have those walls of candy dispensers that look like a scene straight out of Willy Wonka? Typically I walk right past this aisle, but a few weeks ago when I was stocking up on ingredients for this series, I decided to see what all the hype was all about. The candy is priced by weight and the most thrilling part of the whole experience is that you get to dispense your own candy, weigh it on the scale, and print off a little price sticker. Talk about being easily amused, but seriously…so fun.
So one of the candies on this magical wall was malted milk balls. Now, let me clarify one thing. Would it have been cheaper to go buy a box of Whoppers? Well, yeah. Most likely. But would it have been as fun? No. No it would not. Besides, what’s a grocery store visit without a little extra thrill?
I bagged up a handful, went home, and tried to keep the bag unopened until it was time to make some type of cookie with them. But people, this was weeks ago and I’m not going to lie and tell you a few of them didn’t mysteriously go missing during that time.
And when the time came to actually use them how they were intended, I luckily still had enough to bake with them. This recipe started off as an attempt to make plain chocolate chip cookies. But after mixing the dough and realizing the dough was a little too sticky to make cookies with, I decided to take another route and make them into cookie muffins. Which worked out perfectly because placing the dough in the muffin tins was just what it needed to hold up.
Much like peanut butter cup cookies, you simply press the malted milk ball into the hot cookie after it has been baked. As an experiment, I placed one in the cookie before baking and it shriveled up. So if you’re curious if it will melt or not, just know that it won’t melt, but it will shrivel up. Not ideal if you’re going for presentation.
Chocolate Chip Malted Milk Ball Cookies
- 1 cup butter, softened (2 sticks)
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 4 dozen malted milk ball candies + more for munching, of course
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In a large bowl, cream together butter, brown sugar, and white sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add in vanilla and eggs and continue to mix for 10 seconds.
Add baking soda and mix on low speed for 10 seconds. Add flour and continue to mix until all flour is incorporated.
Add in the semi-sweet chocolate chips to the dough and mix for 10 seconds on low speed.
Scoop dough into 1 tablespoon sized balls and place each in a greased, mini muffin tin.
Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Remove from oven, wait for 2-3 minutes, then press malted milk ball into the center of each cookie. Allow to cool before removing from the cookies from the pan.
If not serving immediately, store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
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Malted milk balls always remind me of road trips, but otherwise, they aren’t something I typically buy. It’s just that the candy wall looked way to fun to pass up. I know a few people who despise malted milk balls, but a few that really love them. What’s your opinion on them?
Have not tried yet but plan on make. Can these be frozen
I haven’t tried freezing these so I’m not sure how the malt & chocolate would hold up during thawing but I think it would work!
Rashidah Lovick says
We were given a box of Whoppers (but we don’t really care for them), so I was grateful to find a creative way to use them. These cookies are really good!! We all really liked them. My only tweak to the recipe (after making the first dozen) was to let the cookies cool off for 3 minutes before putting the Whoppers in them. In the first batch, the Whoppers melted and shrunk and turned hard and chewy in the center.
Thanks for the tip, Rashidah! I’m curious now – were you using the normal Whoppers brand? I *think* I used a jumbo specialty milk ball when I made these, which might be why mine didn’t melt so fast! I added your tip into the recipe, as most people will likely be using the Whoppers brand and it’s better safe than shriveled-up! ;)
Postal Customer Elise says
I used to eat whoppers candy, in Washington State, a lot! yes, I really used to like whoppers candy, in Washington State, years ago, a lot!
Birds Cookie Cutters says
I made these cookies and they are beyond doubt the BEST I’ve ever tasted and I am a chocoholic. Yummyyyyy !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Wow, you baked those up fast! First time anyone has told me they baked something the same day I posted the recipe :) Thanks for sharing your feedback – so glad you loved them!