Time Flies… and Secret Recipe Club: Malted Chocolate Chip Cookies

by Holly on August 15, 2011

Well, I’m not sure what happened since I was so organized with my posting schedule before we went on vacation and even while we were away, but then all we had to do was get home and back into our craziness and *poof* there went my schedule!  All I can say is, it’s summer and we’ve been busy enjoying ourselves! Hope you have too!  I have so much to tell and show you from our trip, but in the meantime, if you are curious or just bored, I ended up chronicling the whole vacation from my iPhone because Aidan was very concerned that there be lots of pictures and proof that we did indeed have a summer vacation trip so most of the photos that are framed and funky are from there. You can see the album on Facebook here.  I can’t resist showing you just a little cuteness here though because the boys had a great time at the lake, but so did Miss Kayla when we let her take a little break from her O2 and get in on the splashing action – seriously, that girl LOVES to splash!

I’m hoping to get things back on track, but as school is getting ready to start in one week (OY!) I’m not sure I should be making any promises. It is time again for another Secret Recipe Club, which has been lovingly split into three posting dates this time around because the club has grown so much (this is week one so watch for more posts to come in the next two weeks).  This week’s group has the lovely, talented Amanda (the club’s creator) as this week’s hostess.  Also, on a related note, The Secret Recipe Club even has it’s own fantastic blog site now which you can find here, as well as follow the club on Twitter here and on Facebook here.  Amanda is cool and organized like that… don’t know how she does it, but when I grow up I want to be 1/10 as organized!

My blog assignment for this month was the blog Savvy Eats written by Julie.  Again, I’m impressed by these talented and organized women! You may have noticed that most everything in my sidebars disappeared a few weeks ago (thanks to a WP update that wiped out all my links and I’m still not WordPress savvy enough myself to figure out how I managed that, to have backed things up first and all those intelligent, non-sleep deprived things you are supposed to do.

Is it any wonder that I decided I needed a cookie? Or several in fact. I decided I definitely did. I was intrigued by the recipe for Malted Chocolate Chip Cookies that Julie shared on her blog and decided that was going to be the recipe I would try. You really need to take a good peek through her blog though because she has great recipes, most with healthy twists to them and also shares great information (I especially love all the canning information she shares!).

So. If you are like me, and you are scrambling to get a million and one things done before school starts up again for your kiddos (or you for that matter!) then please, feel free to make yourself a batch of these cookies. They couldn’t have been easier to make and they really are a delightful departure from the usual chocolate chip cookie. The hint of malt flavor from the malted milk powder is just enough to give a hint of that malty flavor, but it isn’t overpowering at all. The only change I made to Julie’s version of the recipe was to add more chocolate (no surprise there!) and to increase the salt because I was using unsalted butter.  I also used canola oil in place of the extra virgin olive oil she suggests. I’m not opposed to baking with olive oil, I just don’t have that much on hand at the moment and decided to hang on to it for cooking. The cookies spread a bit more when I baked them than those pictured on Julie’s blog, but that is always the case for me here at high altitude so I expected that and wasn’t really too worried about it either way. I did also change the method just a little, but mainly because it was what I’m used to (whisking the dry ingredients together separately from the wet, then adding in).  I’m sure the original directions would be fine as well, but I’m a bit lazy when it comes to reading directions and had already forged ahead on auto-pilot. I’ve written the directions below for how I made them, for the original directions which are slightly different, go here.  In addition, I think I also made my cookies larger because I only ended up with about 3 dozen instead of 5 dozen.

These cookies were nice and tender and chewy and flavorful, so they definitely qualify as stressed-out mommy therapy.  Seriously. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.  Savvy? (Sorry, I couldn’t resist – I love that word because every time I get to imagine Johnny Depp as Captain Jack saying it… which in my book qualifies as stressed mom therapy ;P

Anyway, I’m not sure why I keep expecting life to settle or calm down for me, but that is why I like to claim that I am actually an optimist! 🙂  In the meantime, I’ll just eat another cookie!

 

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Barefoot Pregnant and In The Kitchen August 15, 2011 at 6:34 am

I need to pick up some malted milk powder this week. I’ve been seeing so many recipes with it lately and these cookies look like perfection! YUM

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Barbara @ Barbara Bakes August 15, 2011 at 6:42 am

So fun to see the cute pictures of the kids. Glad you’re having a great summer. These cookies look scrumptious. Love the pictures.

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Tami August 15, 2011 at 7:24 am

I can never collect too many chocolate chip cookie recipes. I can’t wait to try this one. We’ve just recently found a love for malted milk powder. 🙂

Your cookies turned out great. Beautiful pics!

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Katrina August 15, 2011 at 7:53 am

Way cute pictures of the kids in the lake. Kayla definitely looks like she’s loving that.
I have liked ccc’s I’ve made with malt as well, these look great!

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Erin @ Making Memories August 15, 2011 at 8:52 am

Malt? In a cookies? OH MY HECK! YUM!!! I can’t believe I haven’t done this before. Can’t wait to try them!

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Julie @SavvyEats August 15, 2011 at 9:04 am

Thank you so much for your sweet words about my blog (and clearly, I also love the word ‘savvy’). I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed the cookies!

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Lisa~~ August 15, 2011 at 9:56 am

Your cookies look perfect.

If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my SRC recipe this month: Cilantro Lime Chicken

Lisa~~
Cook Lisa Cook

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Debbie August 15, 2011 at 9:28 pm

Hi there. Finally, I made it thru my horrible work day!! I’ve meant to write you all day, but it just wasn’t working out. I went back to work today after being gone for a couple of weeks.
Anyway…I do love your blog! And the chicken was really good. It was really fun to see pics of your kids (adorable) and read little snippets of your life. I like that in a blog.
My daugther in law wants me to make that chicken when we visit them in a couple of weeks and she’s REAL picky, but I know she’ll like it.
Thanks again. It was fun getting to know your blog.

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Trisha August 15, 2011 at 9:44 pm

These are great looking cookies!

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sara August 16, 2011 at 12:16 am

These cookies look delicious – what mouthwatering photos! 🙂

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Shelby August 16, 2011 at 4:18 am

Your cookies look fabulous! Don’t worry things will slow down….and then you will miss it all. Trust me!

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Barbara | Creative Culinary August 16, 2011 at 8:07 am

I love the idea of malt in a cookie with chocolate chips…so much so that I recently bought malt powder just for that reason…I’ll have to try these.

But of greater importance…why hasn’t your web person set your site up to send you backups of your data. Anyone worth having should know how important that is. 🙂

I actually thought I had done that; rushing to a meeting in Boulder right now but will check it out later. XOXO

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Julia August 16, 2011 at 11:07 am

great pictures!!!! I need to get malted milk powder and make these ASAP!

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Becky at VintageMixer August 16, 2011 at 11:36 am

What a great idea to add the malt flavor to a simple cookie! I bet they are delicious!

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katie August 17, 2011 at 7:42 am

BIG fan of the malt powder! Looks like a perfect cookie!

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Vivian Thiele August 17, 2011 at 1:06 pm

It just so happens that I purchased some malted powder yesterday. I can see these cookies going on my cookie rotation.

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ButterYum August 19, 2011 at 12:39 pm

Mmm, mmm, mmm. These sound way too good. I love malted anything. Great photos!

🙂
ButterYum

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Heather Bell August 22, 2011 at 2:34 pm

Malt, you needn’t say more!! Love it!! http://bellesbazaar-heather.blogspot.com/

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Tabby Panda August 24, 2011 at 1:20 pm

I am glad that I found your recipe. It is timely that I am looking for some variation of chocolate chips to bake this weekend for our family picnic. I have to try this recipe. Thanks a lot.

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Rose Romantic August 26, 2011 at 4:33 am

Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe with us! I will definitely give it a try! The cookies look wonderful!

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Krista {Budget Gourmet Mom} August 31, 2011 at 4:00 pm

The cookies look great and oh, how I love your kids! You know how much I love boys but Kayla…seriously!? Too stinkin’ cute!
Oh, and I love the word Savvy too…for the same reason 😉

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