Halloween this year left us with a big, sad bowl of unloved Halloween candy (see below). Each year as Halloween shifts towards being more of a holiday for adults fewer children show up at our door. And yet I keep buying more than enough bags of candy, perhaps out of the fear that we will somehow run out and will be forced to turn off the lights and cower in the back bedroom hoping that door bell won’t ring. Last week, when only the third group of trick-or-treaters showed up at 8:45 PM I knew there would be no more. I opened the door, stared at the bowl, and then grabbed the largest handful I could for each of the lucky children. The kids were overjoyed at my generosity but the cadre of moms standing behind them just glared at me and gave me their “WTF?!” look.
I contemplated the bloat that remained in the bowl and decided I either had to create a challenge to re-purpose the treats for eventual office or friend giveaways or I had to walk them immediately down to the corner dumpster where I couldn’t even think of fishing them out of the trash. I chose the former. I really should know better than to buy treats that I personally like.
I purchased Whoppers malted milk balls, Kit Kat chocolate bars and Milky Ways. . . they were the only candy available to me at 5PM Halloween night and coincidentally, personal favorites. I had been tempted to just sit the night out but at last minute I was informed that my mother-in-law was coming over for dinner and cowering in the dark was not going to be an option. Therefore, candy. You can’t have a dinner party with youngsters coming to your door and not have anything to give them. That kind of sours the mood.
Under normal circumstances I don’t think I would ever make these cookies. As much as I like the taste of malted I much prefer more conventional ingredients for baking. These, however, were quite good. The recipe is Dorie’ s and was done to death several years ago by the Doristas during their Tuesday adventures so if you wish to make it there are ton’s better examples of what you are in for if you Google it. Bake them on the low side of 350 and keep an eye out for browning on the bottoms. These get better the next day as they get chewier. Do yourself a favor and eat these with a bowl of vanilla ice cream. Its how malted wants to be enjoyed.
adapted from Dorie Greenspan's Baking: From My House to Yours
This is what you will need:
- 1 3/4 All Purpose Flour
- 1 cup malted milk powder
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 11 Tablespoons unsalted butter, room temp.
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 cup whole milk
- 2 cups chocolate covered malted milk balls, coarsely chopped
- 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped. (or one cup chocolate chips)
This is how you make it:
- Preheat your oven to 350º.
- Set up a few baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Sift together the flour, malted milk powder, baking powder, cocoa powder, and salt. Set aside.
- Beat the sugar with the butter until creamy.
- Beat in the eggs, one at a time.
- Then the vanilla.Beat in half the flour mix, just until incorporated.
- Then the milk.
- Then the rest of the flour mix.
- Stir in the whoppers and chocolate chunks.
- Place heaping tablespoons of the dough on the baking sheets, about 2? apart.
- Bake for about 12 minutes, rotating the baking sheets from top to bottom and from front to back halfway through.
Next up: Kit Kats, Pay Days, and Milky Ways. Hmm…..ideas anyone?