Thursday, 27 October 2011

Salted and Malted Chocolate Cookies [Recipe]

Cookies are one of the best snacks ever.
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Cookies tower

Even for a semi-sweet tooth like myself. I don't really like much sugar in my food, but I still open my heart (and mouth) for desserts, of course.

I never put much belief in sweet-salty combination in my dessert, until I found this incredible recipe on Raspberri Cupcakes. Oh gosh that blog is full of things that dreams are made of, really.

After reading the simple recipe, I grew interest in combining salt with sugar. I also love Milo, so I was really positive to make these awesome cookies. I decided I'll make crunchy cookies, as I've made chewy cookies before. Here is the recipe.

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Salted and Malted Chocolate (Chips) Cookies


Ingredients:

  • 125g unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup tightly packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup malted milk powder, or Horlicks, Milo or Ovaltine
  • 1 1/4 cups (approx 190g) plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups + 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (or more, because there's no such thing as too much chocolate!)


Method:

Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F) and line two cookie sheets with baking paper. Place butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer on high until fluffy and pale. Add vanilla and egg and beat on low for a minute to combine. Add malt powder and beat on medium for a minute to combine. With the mixer still on low, add in the sifted flour, baking powder and salt until just combined. The dough should come together and be quite dry and a bit sticky. Using a wooden spoon fold through 1 & 1/2 cups of chocolate chips.

Place level tablespoons of cookie mixture on a lined baking tray, press dough down to form a flat disk, about 1 cm high and 5 cm diameter. leaving at least 3cm space around each cookie to allow it to spread. With the extra 1/2 cup of chocolate chips, press a small amount of extra chips into the surface of each round. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until they start to turn golden brown on the edges. You can bake 2 trays at a time, but make sure to switch the top and bottom trays around halfway through to allow each tray to bake evenly. The sooner you remove them the chewier they will be. If you wish them to be crunchier, leave them in there for longer but make sure the bottoms don't burn (remember they will cook a bit more while cooling on the trays). Allow to cool and harden slightly on the tray for 5 minutes before placing biscuits on a wire rack to cool further.

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I didn't do much tweaking, I only use a wee bit less salt, just in case. And I didn't use chocolate chips, I banged blocks of dark chocolate with cashew nuts using mortar and pestle. That's because I couldn't find dark chocolate chips nearby so I opted for the chocolate blocks bought from nearest minimart.

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Silver Queen dark chocolate

I crushed the chocolate and mix it with the dough, leaving some to be put on top of the cookies and some more to nibble on.

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The dough

My first and second batches ended up like oversized, burnt cookies. I put the cookie dough too big on the tray, and I still have issues with the new oven. The cookies from the first two batches tasted okay, I can taste the saltiness, but they were burnt so they're a bit too bitter for my liking.

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Top-bottom: dough on the tray, giant cookies

After two batches of huge cookies (which combined so they look like one giant cookie), I made smaller tablespoons of cookie dough, and put some small pieces of chocolate on top. They turned out to be normal sized cookies and I was beyond happy. I finally made crunchy cookies!

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Top-bottom: smaller circles on the pan, the normal sized cookies

The taste? They're freaking awesome. Probably the best thing I've ever baked in my life. I regret it very much that I didn't double the recipe.

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Salted and malted chocolate cookies final product

They're the definition of moreish, really. I know they look ugly, my cookies are even more brown in colour compared to Raspberri Cupcakes' ones.

The cookies are deliciously crunchy, and as I've learned how to use the oven properly after the first two batches, they're not burnt. They're salty and sweet at the same time, but the contrasting flavours compliment each other amazingly well. I am so glad I use the dark chocolate with cashew nuts, as the nuttiness and a bit creaminess from the nuts offset the slight bitterness from the dark chocolate.

I love the saltiness so much, I never thought salt and sugar can produce such a great pairing. But I can only taste a small hint of Milo, maybe I need to add a bit more next time. These cookies disappeared too quickly, a big hit among the family. Totally recommended.

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Oh, in case you're wondering, I use strawberry origami as props. Cute aren't they? They're easy to make trust me.

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Strawberry papercraft origami



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7 comments:

  1. Wow, those cookies look so cococrunchylicious! I haven't baked in ages, but I'm planning to do so sometime soon & this recipe is fairly simple to replicate, so I'm going to use it. Thanks for sharing, Irene! =)

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  2. hehe i would love that giant cookie!

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  3. Yay I'm so glad you liked the recipe, and kept trying until they turned out how you liked! They do spread out a lot don't they? But they're so addictive, I made another batch recently and ate wayy too much. Don't worry about yours looking more brown, the ones on my post weren't brown because I used horlicks instead of milo :)

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  4. Love love love the opening photo! Those stacks of cookies are a-drooling. =9--

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  5. @ Ravioli: this recipe is really great, yes you should try it. and if i can successfully bake this one, i reckon everyone can lol. no worries, Ravioli! glad to share :D

    @ chocolatesuze: you would indeed! it's a bit bitter but still tasty :)

    @ Stephcookie: they do! and yes very addictive they are. oh, that explains why. anyway thanks for your recipe, it totally rocks! :D

    @ Ruby: thanks much, Ruby! they're actually better than the photos :D

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  6. Well thanks! I'll try these one this weekend. Some friends are coming and I'd like to make some really good cookies and it might be great to finally practice some of my skills. Can you teach me how to make those strawberry origamis?

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    1. These are great for crowd pleasing I guess. you can see the tutorials in youtube! just type 'make 3D strawberry origami'. good luck and thanks for dropping by! :)

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