The name of this cookie recipe really conveys it all. If you like malt flavor and desserts with ample butter, these rich cookies are right up your alley. The sweet elements of malted milk balls and malt flavor are balanced by a just barely salty browned butter frosting.

Jessie Sheehan
Source: Better Homes and Gardens


Credit: Adam Albright

Recipe Summary

45 mins
2 hrs 30 mins (includes chilling)
3 dozen cookies


Malted Brown Butter Frosting


Instructions Checklist
  • For cookies: Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. In a medium bowl whisk together flour, malted milk powder, baking soda, and salt.

  • In a large mixing bowl beat softened butter, shortening, brown sugar, and vanilla on medium 2 minutes or until fluffy. Add egg and egg yolk. Beat on low until combined. Add dry ingredients. Beat on low until some streaks of flour still remain. Stir by hand until combined.

  • Using a small cookie scoop or 1-tablespoon measure, scoop dough and roll into 1 1/4-inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on prepared cookie sheets. Cover with plastic wrap. Chill 1 hour or up to 2 days.

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Bake cookies 9 to 11 minutes or until light brown. Let cool on a wire rack.

  • Meanwhile, for Malted Brown Butter Frosting: In a medium saucepan heat butter over medium-high about 5 minutes or until butter smells nutty and browned bits begin to form on bottom of pan. Remove from heat. Let cool slightly. In a large bowl combine powdered sugar, malted milk powder, and salt. Add brown butter (and the browned bits) and vanilla. Stir in enough heavy cream to reach spreadable consistency. Spread frosting over cooled cookies. If desired, top with crushed malted milk balls. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 3 days. Makes 36 cookies.

Nutrition Facts

214 calories; total fat 11g; saturated fat 6g; polyunsaturated fat 1g; monounsaturated fat 3g; cholesterol 36mg; sodium 163mg; potassium 23mg; carbohydrates 27g; fiber 0g; sugar 20g; protein 2g; trans fatty acid 1g; vitamin a 300IU; vitamin c 0mg; thiamin 0mg; riboflavin 0mg; niacin equivalents 0mg; vitamin b6 0mg; folate 14mcg; vitamin b12 0mcg; calcium 21mg; iron 0mg.