It just occurred to me that I have been posting recipes and things on this blog for almost a year now and I have not once posted about a traditional chocolate chip cookie recipe. This is a shame. I guess maybe because I always try to put non-traditional and fancy things here, and I never really think of chocolate chip cookies as being anything more than a little boring. That is until now. Before I found this recent recipe, my traditional chocolate chip cookies were made with the addition of a box of vanilla pudding. It makes the cookies extremely soft. I came across this recipe one day and it intrigued me because it added a very unique ingredient. Malted milk. Have you ever had it? It's the ingredient that makes malt milkshakes amazing. It's the middle part of a whopper (the candy, not the burger, eww). It's made from barley, wheat and milk. I don't know how those three ingredients transform these cookies into quite possibly the best traditional chocolate chip cookie ever, but they do. It adds a little bit of saltiness, which I find strange, since neither barley, nor wheat, nor milk have salty tastes. The tiny tang of saltiness goes so well with the sugars and the chocolate chips. The edges are a little crispy and the middle of the cookie is chewy. I need Alton Brown to do an episode on malted milk in action. Maybe then I will figure out why these cookies are so good. I made a big batch of dough of these the other day, and have baked a batch every day since then...and then they are gone...and there are only 2 of us in our house (well 4 if you count the twins in my belly). That's way too many cookies a day for 2.65 people a day. They just taste too good to not eat them. Especialy with a glass of milk for dipping.
Malted Milk Chocolate Chip Cookies.
2 sticks butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup sugar
2 Tsp vanilla extract
2 cups flour
1 1/4 tsp baking soda
1 1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup (rounded cup) malted milk powder
1 bag (12 oz) chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 375. Cream together butter and both sugars. Add in 2 eggs and blend slightly, then add vanilla and blend until combined. Add malted milk powder and blend once again.
Sift together flour, baking soda, and salt, then add to butter/sugar mixture and mix well. Stir in chocolate chips.
Drop by teaspoonfuls onto greased or nonstick baking sheets. Bake 9-11 mins, until edges are golden brown.
**Malted milk can be hard to find if you have never bought it...I found it (after a long search) in the aisle where the chocolate milk powders (like ovaltine and such) are found.