Malted Milk Ball Cookies

by Cate on April 28, 2009

Malted Milk Ball Cookies
Thanks for all the emails and comments about Madeline.  She woke up this morning with another high fever and I made a trip back to the doctor.  They said it can come and go for up to 72 hours from when the antibiotics started, so even though it sorely pains me to see her feeling so lousy, I am trying to be patient.  As patient as one can with only four hours and nineteen minutes of sleep since Sunday morning.

Both yesterday and today, she perked up around dinnertime, after having slept through much of the afternoon.  I’ve been paying close attention to making sure she’s well hydrated and tonight after she ate her dinner, I gave her some jell-o to mix up the Pedialyte, water and Gatorade rotation a bit.  To keep her a bit busy so I could quickly eat my own dinner, I gave her the spoon to play with, putting some jell-o on it first.  Out of the corner of my eye, I spied her picking up the spoon and putting into her mouth.  Again and again and again.  Tonight was the first time she successfully fed herself with a spoon!  She was so proud of herself, she clapped after each time.  Of course the first food she spooned herself had to be red, sticky jell-o, nicely coloring her pale blue shirt, legs and arms.  Her belly was a nice shade of red come bath time.

OK, onto what you came here for … recipes!  There was a recent fundraiser at Nick‘s school and I volunteered a Cookie of the Month Club, baked by yours truly, for six months as a prize to auction off. When I was knee deep in cookie batch number four on Thursday night, I was wondering if I had momentarily lost my mind.  The actual prize won’t be so time consuming, but for the auction I had promised a platter of cookies so the attendees could get a taste before bidding.  Hence, the late night baking marathon.

So anyway, remember those OMFG (thanks, Magda!) Malted Milk Ball Cupcakes from last week?  I had half a box of malted milk balls leftover and as I was searching for a recipe for a thin and crispy chocolate chip cookie to add to the platter, I happened to stumble on a recipe for Malted Milk Ball Cookies on Baking Bites’ site.  When it comes to cookie style, everyone has their own preferences.  For most types of cookies, I prefer thin and crispy, although there are a few exceptions, so these were right up my alley.  These are the kind of cookie that you look at thinking that it’s going to be a chocolate cookie, then you take a bite and you’re all “what the heck?”  I think it’s hard to pick out that there are malted milk balls in these cookies, but that wouldn’t stop me from making these again. It also made a ton (ok, at least 4 dozen), so it’s perfect for when YOU raise your hand and volunteer to bake for six months of a Cookie of the Month Club … or just because.

Malted Milk Ball Cookies
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2-1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups roughly chopped maltesers/whoppers/malted milk balls

Preheat the oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Stir in milk and vanilla, then gradually blend in the flour mixture. Do not overmix; stir only until no streaks of flour remain. Stir in the chopped Maltesers/Whoppers/Malted Milk Balls. Drop into 1-inch balls (tbsp sized balls) on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 12-14 minutes, until lighty browned.  Cool on baking sheet for 2-3 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Makes about 3-dozen cookies. (I got over 4 dozen using a small ice cream scoop)

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Claire April 28, 2009 at 9:59 pm

I’ve made cookies like this before and they are yummy! I’m glad that Madelyn is having some perky times. Hope the fever goes quickly.

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Cathy April 28, 2009 at 10:52 pm

What an accomplishment for Madeline!! Way to go! (and the cookies look great).

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maris April 29, 2009 at 6:56 am

I’m glad Madeline is feeling better and hope you’re caught up on sleep! That sounds like such a scary experience.

And YAY for feeding herself :)

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Natasha - 5 Star Foodie April 29, 2009 at 8:19 am

Malted cookies sound excellent! Great recipe!

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Sarah Caron April 29, 2009 at 9:34 am

I am soooo proud of you for upgrading to the ice cream scoop cookie method. Those cookies look absolutely delish!

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Magda April 29, 2009 at 11:07 am

You just had to throw another malt recipe at me! This will be my recipe for the day because I, too, have an almost full box of whoppers in my cabinet calling my name late at night. Not many of them made it to the cupcakes on time. Thanks…

PS I had one neighbor come over and ask me if I had more cupcakes!


Kris #40 April 29, 2009 at 12:19 pm


So what other cookies did you make? How many will be given each month? Our hs football booster is looking for donations of prizes for a golf outing in June. I could always use cupcake bites for one month.


Patsy April 29, 2009 at 2:56 pm

Happy to hear the little one is feeling better! And, she managed to do something new and wonderful as well!

I made some cookies similar to that not too long ago. Very YUMMY! I’ve got to be careful not to raise my had accidentally at those types of meetings… they all know I like to cook!

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Sandie April 29, 2009 at 3:47 pm

My sincerest wishes for a speedy recovery for Madeline and hugs to you (I know how stressful it is to worry for your sick child).

These cookies sound & look so appetizing, and can you believe I’ve never tried them before? I think I’ll have to give them a go!

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Magda April 29, 2009 at 4:14 pm

OK, tried and true. I made these and you are right…thin, crispy – which is not normally how I like them, but WOW! They are really good! But, there should be a disclaimer about how good the dough is – with no raw eggs, there’s nothing to stop you, or your kids from eating it. My husband even poked his head out of his home office to ask me to get him another cookie because they were “really good!”

Maybe I’ll make malted chicken for dinner.


lisaiscooking April 29, 2009 at 6:29 pm

These cookies look just as delicious at the cupcakes! I have to try these too.


Cate April 30, 2009 at 5:19 pm

Claire – thanks! Two days, no fever – whoo hoo!

Cathy – it’s so fun to see how excited she gets. Last night, it was a fork. :)

Magda – oh yes, I forgot about the dough! I almost never eat raw cookie dough, but THIS one was a whole ‘nother story!

Sarah – a real big one for you ….. pfffffffffffttttttt! ;)

Kris – I didn’t specify how much they would get a month (and phew! nobody asked!). How many cupcake bites were you thinking?

Lisa – you can’t go wrong with thin, crispy and makes a lot. :)

Sandie – totally. That kind of stress I don’t need! :)

Patsy – for sure. It’s all too easy to volunteer, and I like being involved, but need to practice saying no sometimes too. :) At least it gives me more chances to try out new recipes.

Natasha and Maris – thanks!


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