Malted Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Elevate your chocolate chip cookie experience with these Malted Chocolate Chip Cookies. Made with a combination of your beloved chocolate chip cookie ingredients along with malted milk powder for a flavorful surprise. 

I bet if you polled a group of people and asked what their favorite cookie was they would tell you chocolate chip.  So, the only thing better than a classic chocolate chip cookie, is one with a good twist like perhaps the addition of maybe some chocolate malt?

Malted Chocolate Chip Cookies?? Say what? Say yes, please!!

These cookies freeze well, and I have added a few to our cookie jar here and there since I made them, and the kids devour them.  They would be a great addition to your holiday platters, or just perfect for any ‘ol time!

Malted Chocolate Chip Cookies

I know you’ll agree there’s absolutely nothing better than rich, chewy, chocolate chip cookies loaded with butter, brown sugar, and chocolate chips. But what if I told you you could make your classic chocolate chip cookie recipe taste even better? The addition of malt powder makes these cookies taste sweet and nutty. Better make a double batch as I guarantee they’ll go fast. 


Malt Chocolate Chip Cookies

Perfect for an afternoon snack, a lunchbox treat, or any time you are craving something sweet, these cookies hit the spot. They are a nice change of pace from traditional chocolate chip cookies and don’t require any funky ingredients or alternate cooking methods. You simply add the malt powder to the batter, that’s it and you get incredibly tasting cookies to devour. 

If you love this recipe for malted chocolate chip cookies, you are sure to love these too: Bailey’s Chocolate Chip CookiesPeppermint Dipped Chocolate Chip Cookies, or these Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Chocolate Malt Cookies

If you’ve never thought of adding malted milk powder to your cookies, you’ll be pleasantly surprised. It adds a new depth of flavor giving the cookies not just the chocolatey flavor you know and love but a nice toasty flavor as well. Feel free to add in your other favorite cookie add-ins like nuts or colored candy.

Just a heads up that the dough needs to be refrigerated overnight so it’s best to plan accordingly.

Ingredients for Malted Milk Chocolate Chip Cookies

For complete ingredients and instructions scroll to the bottom of this post for the full printable recipe. 

  • Flour – I used all-purpose flour to make these cookies.
  • Chocolate malt Ovaltine – Ovaltine adds that malted flavor to the cookies. It’s the secret ingredient to malted goodness. 
  • Cornstarch – Cornstarch helps these cookies bake up nice and thick.  
  • Salt – A pinch of salt to enhance the flavor. Kosher salt or table salt will both work. 
  • Baking powder – A touch of baking powder to help the cookies rise ever so slightly. 
  • Brown sugar – Brown sugar adds the caramel-like sweetness to the cookies. Light brown sugar or dark are both good options. 

  • Butter – Salted or unsalted butter, melted. If you use salted adjust the amount of salt you add to the dough. 
  • Eggs – Any kind of eggs will work to make these cookies.
  • Vanilla – Use real vanilla extract for the best flavor.
  • Chocolate chips – I used semi-sweet chocolate chips but any type will work.

How to make salted malted chocolate chip cookies

Just a few simple steps to making these Malted Chocolate Chip Cookies

In a large bowl whisk together the dry ingredients; flour, Ovaltine, cornstarch, salt, baking powder, and brown sugar. Set aside. In a mixing bowl, cream together all of the wet ingredients, and fold in the flour mixture until thoroughly combined.

Fold in chocolate chips.

Note: You have two options at this point: You can scoop the cookie dough out like you see here before refrigerating, or you can refrigerate the bowl co cookie dough and scoop them the next day. 

Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. On a lined baking sheet, scoop cookie dough balls with a large cookie scoop, we are making BIG cookies here.

Bake for 11-12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes then transfer to a cooling rack until cooled completely.

Let the cookies come to room temperature before storing them.  Once cooled, they will keep for up to a week in an airtight container on the kitchen counter. They can be frozen for up to 3 months. 

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FAQs about malted chocolate chip cookies

  • What does malt milk powder do in cookies? Malt milk powder gives the cookies the malt flavor which is a roasted, toasty flavor. It really adds a rich flavor to classic chocolate chip cookies.
  • Why are my chocolate chip cookies crunchy and not chewy? If your cookies are crunchy it could be because they do not have enough fat in them or you overbaked them.
  • What can you do with malted milk? You can use malted milk in hot chocolate, or coffee, mix it into cream or stir it into your favorite cookie or brownie recipe.
  • Why are my chocolate chip cookies cakey instead of chewy? If you end up with cakey cookies it could be because you added too much flour. To measure flour accurately, fill the measuring cup with the flour and then run a knife over the top to remove any excess. 


Remember that when it comes to making substitutions in recipes, you don’t need to be afraid to get creative and use ingredients that suit your personal taste and dietary preferences. Make it your own!

  • Use any type of chocolate you like in the cookies; use milk chocolate chips to make milk chocolate chip cookies,  use dark chocolate or even chocolate chunks to add the chocolate flavor. 

  • For gluten-free cookies use 1-1 gluten-free baking flour.

malted chocolate chip cookies

Tips & Tricks

  • Sprinkle the top of each cookie with flaky sea salt for a nice sweet and salty cookie. 

  • You can also make this chocolate chip cookie recipe using a hand mixer or stand mixer. 

  • For more depth of flavor, use browned butter in the cookies. 

  • Don’t compromise on the chill time for these cookies. It prevents the cookies from spreading so you get thicker cookies.  

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Malted Chocolate Chip Cookies

When Chocolate Malt is added to this classic cookie the outcome is fabulous! You know you will love this Malted Chocolate Chip Cookies!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Additional Time8 hours
Total Time8 hours 15 minutes
Course: Cookies
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate malt cookies, malt chocolate chip cookies, malted chocolate chip cookies, malted milk chocolate chip cookies, salted malted chocolate chip cookies
Servings: 3 dozen
Calories: 153kcal
Author: Michaela Kenkel


  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup chocolate malt ovaltine
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter melted (2 sticks)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips


  • In a large bowl whisk together flour, Ovaltine, cornstarch, salt, baking powder and brown sugar. Set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, cream together all of the wet ingredients, fold in dry ingredients until thoroughly combined.
  • Fold in chocolate chips.
  • Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. On a parchment paper lined cookie sheet, scoop dough with a large scoop, we are making BIG cookies here.
  • Bake for 11-12 minutes. Cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes then transfer to a cooling rack until cooled completely.
  • Freezes well.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 153kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 138mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g
This recipe was originally posted on November 17, 2014. It has been updated to improve user experience and reshared on December 1, 2023. 

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  1. Whipped up a batch of these for an afternoon treat, and they do not disappoint! Turned out light, moist and delicious; easily, the best way to satisfy my sweet tooth!

  2. The combination of rich, chocolatey goodness with a subtle malt flavor is pure perfection. I can’t get enough of them! They’re definitely my new favorite treat!

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