Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Recipe Review: Chocolate Malted Cookies

I like to hand out Christmas cookies every year to friends and coworkers. Usually I select my favorite cookie recipe for that year and package off a dozen cookies into a holiday themed Chinese takeout box.  This year is going to be a little bit different because I simply cannot choose my favorite between the four recipes I chose.

Malted chocolate-y goodness

Recipe and review after the break

Chocolate Malted Cookies
(source: Cooking Light, May 2005 Issue)

1 cup packed brown sugar
6 tablespoons malted milk powder (such as Carnation)
5 tablespoons butter, softened
3 tablespoons chocolate syrup
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
1/3 cup semisweet chocolate minichips

Preheat oven to 350°.

Combine first 6 ingredients in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed for 2 minutes or until light and fluffy. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl; stir with a whisk. Gradually add flour mixture to sugar mixture, beating at low speed until well blended. Stir in the milk chocolate chips and semisweet chocolate minichips.

Drop dough by heaping teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart onto baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes. Cool on pans 2 minutes or until firm. Remove cookies from pans; cool on wire racks.

Yield:  2.5 dozen cookies (serving size: 1 cookie)

Nutritional Information
Calories: 125
Fat: 3.9g (sat 2g,mono 1.5g,poly 0.2g)
Protein: 1.9g
Carbohydrate: 20.8g
Fiber: 0.5g
Cholesterol: 4mg
Iron: 0.7mg
Sodium: 124mg
Calcium: 28mg
These cookies are delicious. I sneaked one straight off the pan, fresh out of the oven and it was melted, malted chocolatey heaven. And even better than the taste? They are absurdly easy to make.  They took me about 5 minutes to combine and with the appropriately sized cookie scoop and baking mat, it took me about 40 minutes to bake both batches.  The test batch got such great reviews at work, I almost considered going back to the simple Chinese takeout box idea!