Malted Hot Chocolate Cookies
- 1 cup butter, at room temperature
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
- 2 large eggs. at room temperature
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 1/2 cup malted milk powder
- 2 1/2 teaspoons black Dutch-processed cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 9- oz bag Nestlé Toll House Hot Cocoa & Marshmallow Morsels
- Preheat the oven to 350°. Line 3-4 cookie sheets with parchment paper or a Silpat. Set aside.
- In a large bowl or bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy using a stand or electric hand mixer. Add the eggs and vanilla and combine thoroughly.
- In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.
- Gradually add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and mix until a very thick dough forms.
- Fold in the chips.
- Refrigerate the dough for 15 minutes.
- Form cookies by dropping 1 heaping tablespoon of dough two inches apart (I like this cookie scoop that holds 1 1/2 tablespoons of dough).
- Bake until light brown on the bottom and they look set around the edges with just a hint of shine in the middle. This took about 14 minutes.
- Slide them out on the parchment paper onto a wire rack and allow them to cool 1-2 minutes on the parchment or Silpat on the wire rack before removing the parchment/Silpat and allowing them to cool directly on the wire rack.
- Cool completely before storing in air-tight containers.
- I used this malted milk powder and Wilbur Midnight Dutch Processed Black Cocoa Powder I bought at the Wilbur store in Lititz, Pa but any black baking cocoa or malted milk powder would work.
- If you can't find the Hot Chocolate morsels, you could sub in an equal mix of white chocolate and dark chocolate chips for a similar effect.
I was at Aldi the other day and came across these Nestlé Hot Cocoa & Marshmallow morsels. They guaranteed they were made with “100% cozy fun” and were made with responsibly sourced cocoa through the Nestlé Cocoa Plan so how could I resist? I really didn’t know what to do with them but its December and cookies seemed like the logical choice.
I figured I’d give myself a break and see what recipes they have on their website that use these chips and it turns out they don’t have any? None at all. Just weird instructions for melting the chips in the microwave for some unknown reason. There is one recipe on the back of the bag for crinkle cookies and the “how to melt” instructions again. That’s it! How can you launch a new product and not tell people what to make with it?
Nestlé, you can hire me and we can fix this. This recipe is a free preview.
I have made hot chocolate cookies before. I made these back in 2019 with actual cocoa mix and these Mexican Hot Chocolate-inspired cookies back in 2006 so I wanted to make something different. I was thinking about chocolatey drinks like Milo and Ovaltine that include malt, a flavor I personally love (I even made an Ovaline ice cream years ago) so thought I’d lean into that for these cookies.
The trick is lots of malted milk powder and a bit of super dark cocoa (I used Wilbur Midnight Dutch Processed Black Cocoa Powder I bought at the Wilbur store in Lititz, Pa) for the cookie base, then lots and lots of chips!
The result is a cookie that really does taste like a comforting mug of malty hot chocolate but in chewy, crispy-edged form. I was surprised by how much the chips actually tasted like marshmallows! They were a lot of fun to use and I can see how great they’d be in other desserts. I’m waiting for your call, Nestlé.