Malted Butter Riches

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.

Malted Butter Riches
Photo: Adam Albright
Hands On Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 30 mins
3 dozen cookies



  • 2 cup all-purpose flour

  • cup malted milk powder

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, softened

  • ¼ cup shortening

  • ¾ cup packed light brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla

  • 1 egg

  • 1 egg yolk

  • Whole or crushed malted milk balls (optional)

Malted Brown Butter Frosting

  • ¾ cup unsalted butter

  • 4 cup powdered sugar

  • 1 cup malted milk powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 2 teaspoon vanilla

  • ½ - ⅔ cup heavy cream


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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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

  5. 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 (per serving)

214 Calories
11g Fat
27g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 36
Calories 214
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 36mg 12%
Sodium 163mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Total Sugars 20g
Protein 2g
Calcium 21mg 2%
Iron 0.4mg 2%
Potassium 23mg 0%
Fatty acids, total trans 1g
Folate, total 14.4mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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