Come to the Dark Side - We Have Cookies


It's going to be a chilly week. Cold, gray, the perfect time to get caught up on chores around the house. But what do you do if you might get a couple of little stormtroopers stopping by for a visit? Well, I have my usual kid-tested recipes, toll house, oatmeal (of which I just made a batch as well). But this recipe is one that frankly, adults love. Especially the men.

Malted Milk Ball Cookies. 

You start with a bag of Mountain Man Fruit and Nut Company Malted Milk Balls, not only are they delicious, like all of their products, they are twice the size of most. The chocolate coating is real chocolate and it's THICK, so it gets all nice and melty as it cooks. (And I probably shouldn't tell you about their dark chocolate-covered "Teddy Graham" style cinnamon bears or honey glazed beef jery)

The batter is your basic "toll-house" style dough. Rich with sugar, egg and vanilla.

Malted Milk Ball Cookies

1 stick butter
1 stick margarine (I used Blue Bonnet) If you use all butter, they're spread too thin, if you use all margarine they won't taste as good
1/2 capful of pure vanilla (yes, that's CAP, not CUP) about 1/4 teaspoon
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
3/4 cup regular sugar

 Cream ingredients together with a hand or stand mixer until blended.
 Add 3 SMALL eggs. (or two large).
 Mix in 2 and 1/3 cup of flour
 1 teaspoon baking SODA
 1/2 teaspoon salt.
Throw in 2 and 1/4 cups of chopped-up malted milk balls.  Place in rounded Tablespoon-sized globs on a baking pan and spray with non-stick spray. This will make about 4 dozen cookies.

Bake at 350 F. for 8-11 minutes. It's a soft, tender cookie, slightly crispy around the edges from the butter. The malted milk balls? The center takes on an almost honeycomb-like texture  (sort of like sea foam candy if any of you have had that) and the chocolate melts really well and stays soft after cooling. Yum.

The Storm Troopers won't leave a crumb.
Dog Vader is giving me the Death Stare.  I'd better get out a non- chocolate treat.

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