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Chocolate Malted Cookies Recipe

Chocolate Malted Cookies Recipe

These cookies are the next best thing to a good old-fashioned malted milk. With malted milk powder, chocolate syrup, plus chocolate chips and chunks, these are the best cookies I've ever tasted…and with six kids, I've made a lot of cookies over the years! —Teri Rasey, Cadillac, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:18 servings


  • 1 cup butter-flavored shortening
  • 1-1/4 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup malted milk powder
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chunks
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips


  • 1. In a large bowl, beat the shortening, brown sugar, malted milk powder, chocolate syrup and vanilla for 2 minutes. Add egg.
  • 2. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture, mixing well after each addition. Stir in chocolate chunks and chips.
  • 3. Shape into 2-in. balls; place 3 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 12-14 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 2 minutes before removing to a wire rack. Yield: about 1-1/2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 363 calories, 18g fat (7g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 172mg sodium, 47g carbohydrate (33g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.

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2124arizona User ID: 845443 268090
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2017

"These cookies are big in size and flavor!!!"

Becky User ID: 8969790 256896
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2016

"The other reviews are correct in that these cookies really spread out as flat as a pancake. I even cut the butter down to 2/3 cup and even though the raw cookies were widely spaced on the baking sheet, they all ran together and had to be cut apart. I really do wonder how anyone is getting them to have any kind of height to them at all? Flavor is okay but nothing spectacular."

_nlfPA User ID: 1879224 252775
Reviewed Aug. 16, 2016

"These are one of my family's favorite cookies; especially my grandsons. They love the combination of chocolate chips and malt flavoring."

KristineChayes User ID: 1441542 230438
Reviewed Jul. 30, 2015 Edited Aug. 1, 2015

"I made a double batch of these cookies and they were very good. They were chewy and very chocolatey, much darker than the picture shown. I used a 1-1/2" scooper and wound up with 140 cookies, and I also used butter, rather than butter-flavored shortening."

Aula User ID: 1127835 9263
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2014

"These are delicious cookies. I always chill cookie dough, making it much easier to work with.

I used 1 c. sugar and 1/2 c. fewer chips because it was difficult to keep all the chips in the dough. I could eat all of these by myself!"

parelius User ID: 1026528 4509
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2014

"I was so disappointed in these cookies. They were greasy. They also seemed to burn at the temperature and time suggested. I lowered the temperature and made smaller cookies. They were somewhat better, but there is no way that I'm sending these to work with my husband. I'll stick to my tried and true yummy chocolate chip recipe."

jennifer1973 User ID: 3667113 6823
Reviewed Jul. 14, 2014

"I wish I could give it a 5 star review. I really wanted to like these cookies especially with how many people like them. There is WAY to much shortening in this recipe. Like others mine spread out super flat and were greasy. So greasy in fact that there was oil hanging out on the cookies sheet after removing cookies. Very disappointing because ingredients are not cheap. I would like to know how these turned out so great for most people. The cookies did not look like picture at all!"

ojc0806 User ID: 4482783 8783
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2014

"Best chocolate chip cookies ever! My mom said she'll never make regular chocolate chip cookies again and I agree! The kids loved them too :-)"

Ceege User ID: 730520 6156
Reviewed May. 16, 2014

"These were yummy. I followed the recipe except for 2 things. I used real butter (unsalted) and in place of the 1 cup of milk chocolate chips, I used slightly crushed malted milk balls. (I still used the 1 1/2 cups of chocolate chunks.) They turned out great, had a good "malted" flavor and my family devoured them. I plan on making a batch or two for our church bake sale next month. I am sure they will sell out fast."

RKJSCJ User ID: 1322164 6147
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2013

"This is the best chocolate chip cookie recipe...."

delowenstein User ID: 3766053 4508
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2013

"I have used this recipe from time to time and these cookies are excellent! I HAVE made adjustments on the recipe-I used 1/2 brown sugar & 1/2 white & I used 1 tsp. salt. I also just used 1-1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips & I used Ovaltine malted milk powder! I also greased the baking sheets for easier removal of the cookies! The recipe made 3-1/2 dozencookies as I made smaller balls of dough! Thank you, Teri Rasey for sharing this recipe with Taste of Home! This recipe is a keeper for me & in fact I prepared them today for our chapel picnic tomorrow! Dawn E. Lowenstein"

JaniceHomeak User ID: 7170228 6822
Reviewed Aug. 24, 2013

"awesome i used hot chocolate mix instead of malted milk powder and the tasted great."

Pittypat5458 User ID: 6685932 8939
Reviewed May. 1, 2013

"These are really good. Very chocolatey but not that different from regular chocolate chip cookies. I couldn't even taste the malted milk powder and I that was the reason I wanted to make this because I love the taste of malted milk. Maybe it was overwhelmed by all the chocolate. I would just as soon make my regular tollhouse cookies."

IleanaMarie User ID: 5141591 7742
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2013

"I have fun making these since everyone always loves them. They don't last long!"

Danipooh02 User ID: 1679122 11337
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2012

"I took advice from previous raters and used butter instead of shortening. I also increased the malt to 1 full cup and added 1/2 c more flour. These are majorly delicious!"

wouixz User ID: 1579589 7741
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2012

"love, love, love these cookies. I took these cookies to a bbq. A bucnh of young Marines were in attendence. They were gone in about 2 min and was asked several times if there were more."

dogcat_8 User ID: 6341559 9261
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2012

"I am shocked to see all the positive reviews. I have been baking for many years and am experienced in the kitchen. I followed the recipe as printed and they turned out TERRIBLE. The cookies look beautiful baking but as soon as they sit on the cookie sheet for 2-3 minutes they fall FLAT as a pancake. The picture for this recipe looks NOTHING like the final result. I am so disappointed. I read a few other reviews that said their cookies were flat as well. For being a prize-winning recipe, I would expect much better. The taste is ok, but nothing that is extremely unique. I will not make this recipe again based on appearance. They almost look like a "crisp" cookie, not like the one pictured! Something has to be incorrect in the ingredient list."

pamalbright7162 User ID: 4541722 200230
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2012

"One of my favorite cookie recipes - I make this every year for Christmas!"

Cookie65 User ID: 1332004 8597
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2012

"Have been making this recipe for the last couple of years and we love it! I use regular shortening and add about 1/2 tsp of butter flavoring. I also add an extra 1/2 cup of flour, but I add extra flour to most cookie recipes. I just use whatever type of chocolate chips or chunks I have in the cupboard. :)"

dminkus User ID: 6010427 8579
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2012

"These are definitely very good, some I could taste a lot of malt other's I couldn't so much, maybe more malt next time. I added an extra 1/2 cup of flour so they wouldn't go flat and I only baked mine for 8 minutes.... after 2 batches I dropped the temp to 350 and they came out perfect. Weren't bad at 375, just too crunchy for my liking. I think next time I will use my regular chocolate chip cookie recipe and just add the extra ingredients to it... I am not a big fan of the texture shortening gives to cookies. I like using I Can't believe it's not butter baking sticks."

RachelE User ID: 1320859 11336
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2012

"These were good, but they just tasted like normal chocolate chip cookies to me. Of course, that is a good thing, but if I had to buy malt just for these, they probably wouldn't be worth it."

OkieMeMe User ID: 6330488 14931
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2011

"I've been making these cookies for over 3 years now and they are my all time favorite. They have definitely replaced plain chocolate chip cookies. They stay chewy and delicious but don't last long around my house especially when the grand kiddos are around!"

mom2takaak User ID: 6273474 6146
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2011

"These are my family's favorite cookies. I was surprised to find the negative reviews here. The funny thing, though, is that it is the only cookie recipe where the dough isn't as good or better than the baked cookie! They are expensive to make, as has been mentioned before, and they do generally come out somewhat flat, but the flavor is out of this world!"

Arloween User ID: 5577101 8776
Reviewed Aug. 21, 2011

"I am preparing to make this recipe but plan to cream butter rather than shortening and brown sugar and bring butter close to room temp and beat butter first to get air in the ingredients. That should make those cookies rise up and not be flat. Just a thought to those flat cookies."

angeleyes329 User ID: 6099691 14929
Reviewed Jul. 14, 2011

"This is not a good recipe. Wish I read reviews before I even made it. Too expencive to make again."

vipcol User ID: 5897149 8588
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2011

"forgot to rate the recipe in my review!"

vipcol User ID: 5897149 6820
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2011

"Made this cookie last night, turned out great. I didn't have butter flavored shortening, so I used 3/4 cup white shortening plus 1/4 cup butter. Yes, the vanilla amount is correct. I find the 375 temp too high, but they turned out great at 350. I formed some of them into balls as the directions said, and dropped some of them by teaspoons full, and found little difference in outcome, so I do the quicker drop method."

dodgedsm User ID: 5095611 3034
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2010

"Love these cookies!!! Never had a problem with them not turning out. Always good! I make them all the time and they are always the same."

lprom User ID: 5654178 14928
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2010

"The oven seemed too hot, there wasn't enough flour to make the dough stick together properly. I'm wondering if there were misprints in the recipe."

cookadoodle User ID: 5230300 8203
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2010

"not a fan of malt but i couldnt resist there scrumptious ooey gooey cookies! also this recipe makes at least 30 large cookies"

scprnces User ID: 5449960 4489
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2010

"These cookies are by far a favorite with my kids, my Aunt Joan started making them for my daughter as part of her birthday gift every year, my daughter loves them and now they are a favorite of my sons as well. They melt in your mouth and are great with a glass of cold milk!"

curlybiscuit1 User ID: 4025182 7738
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2010

"Good overall cookie. Would probably add some pecans next time. I found the malted milk powder with the coffee creamers."

wftiger User ID: 1695164 8520
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2010

"Don't let the negative reviews fool you. These cookies are AMAZING. I have been making these for years from the original magazine posting. No changes they really do turn out great. Crunchy cookie so they DO flatten out."

letourneur User ID: 4808752 11081
Reviewed Jun. 11, 2010

"Delicious! My family loves these cookies even more than classic chocolate chip. And they're always a huge hit whenever we take them to share with friends and family. You MUST try these cookies. :)"

pscutler User ID: 1023528 6145
Reviewed May. 12, 2010

"This is recipe is a waste of time. I bake on average 2 to 4 times per week and never have any trouble trying new recipes. These end up being extremely flat, terrible looking cookies. The dough spreads all over the place as well. For a contest winning recipe, I would sure hope that Taste of Home would have actually tried baking this recipe like American Test Kitchen does. TERRIBLE RECIPE!!!"

HayRiver User ID: 2949300 200229
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2010

"WOW! I also make a lot of cookies...and I fully agree that these are the best!! Thank you to the reviewer who noted you can use butter rather than shortening and Ovaltine for the malted milk powder - I made both substitutions. I omitted the chocolate syrup as I had none, but I used chocolate-flavored Ovaltine. The cookies were DIVINE! Both taste and texture are amazing!"

linsvin User ID: 1584655 3033
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2009

"I've made these cookies every year at Christmas and it turns out perfect everytime. Some of you wrote it spreads all over the place, use the solid shortening. I also use Carnation malted powder. These are by far the best chocolate chip cookies!"

jaslyn User ID: 2651948 7737
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2009

"I make this recipe all the time & YES - it is one Tablespoon of vanilla - I even do an extra teaspoon too - yum! And use Malted Ovaltine ALL the time and these cookies have turned out PERFECTLY yummy each and every time! The only thing I do different is use butter, because shortening is so bad. These taste is incredible and I always get RAVE reviews and requests for the recipe! 5 stars - if there were more stars, I'd give it more! So, go ahead, make them - use the easy to find Ovaltine Malt and throw in all that vanilla - my suggestion is, if they spread out on the pan - refrigerate them first and then put them straight into a PRE-heated oven. You could also add another 1/4 cup flour without harming them any most likely - I do that with some other cookie recipes I have. ENJOY!!"

milokitty User ID: 4029546 6060
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2009

"I've tried this recipe twice and it spreads all over the cookie sheet. The recipes shortening to flour ratio is off. This isn't the cheapest recipe to have not turn out right! What's going on?"

pelican61 User ID: 4491792 4488
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2009

"Is the amount of vanilla correct in this recipe? I'm going to try this recipe since I love malt and can get it easily in our military commissary and Wal-mart also carries it."

ChristineMarie User ID: 3665035 9260
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2009

"You can also purchase

"malted milk powder" @

debcal1946 User ID: 2666456 7630
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2009

"I saw your question about malted milk powder. It is not Ovaltine. It is the powder used to make "a malted" as opposed to a milk shake. If you can't find it in your super market, try getting some from a  local ice cream parlor."

debcal1946 User ID: 2666456 7736
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2009

"Malted powder is what is used to make a malted as opposed to just a milk shake. It is not Ovaltine."

Cowbird13 User ID: 1873014 6818
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2009

"Question: Is malted milk powder like Ovaltine? Or is there another product? I haven't seen malted milk powder before."

grca0603 User ID: 3476902 6813
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2008

"This is my favorite choc. chip cookie recipe. I add a little extra four to get a firmer cookie."

kitt2003 User ID: 1469109 200228
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2008

"Is the amount for Vanilla correct in this recipe?"

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