first off, can we please take a moment of silence for the beloved tastespotting.com? i will miss your lust-inducing food photos and witty captions. i will miss stalking you with the same intensity and fervor of facebook. what am i going to do now, my deceased web friend, at work everyday? work!?
(note: should my coworkers/boss read this, that’s toootally a joke. i do nothing, nothing but work diligently all day long.)
now, push your tears aside… and, speaking of work, that brings me to my next topic. the fauwhopper cookies you see to the left. a malty, chocolately cookie o’fun.
it is currently summer intern season. the old interns hit the road, and the new ones wander in. since my coworkers have discovered that i am the one secretly leaving tupperwares full of cookies in the kitchen, they asked me to make some sort of baked good for our interns to say, “yo, welcome dudes.” because that is how we talk here. we like to keep it real, hang ten, and the like.
these cookies are “technically” the chocolate malted whopper drops of dorie greenspan creation. they call for whoppers, but for some reason that escapes me entirely, my stop-and-shop does not carry them! yes, i was forced to go with the faux store-brand whopper like chocolate malt balls. perfectly acceptable… except it means a name change (ie: fauwhopper cookies), which may or may not actually add a little air of mystique to the cookie.
what you’ll need: 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, 1 cup malted milk powder (like ovaltine), 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 11 tablespoons unsalted butter (room temp), 2/3 cup sugar, 2 large eggs, 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, 1/4 cup whole milk (i used 1%), 2 cups (6 ounces) chocolate-covered malted milk balls (coarsely chopped), 1 cup chocolate chips/chunks
1. position racks into thirds and preheat oven to 350 degrees. line baking sheets with parchment paper.
2. sift together flour, malted milk powder, cocoa, baking powder, and salt.
3. beat butter and sugar together on medium speed for about 3 minutes, or until very smooth. add eggs one at a time, beating for 1 minute after each addition.
4. beat in vanilla. (don’t worry if it looks curdled. it will even out once the dry goods are added.)
5. reduce mixer to low speed and add half of the dry ingredients. mixing until it just disappears in the batter.
5. mix in milk.
…then remaining dry ingredients. mix only until incorporated. batter will look more like fudgy frosting than cookie dough. but no worries my dears!
(quick timeout: make sure you keep your handy dishwasher around. clean as ya go, that’s my motto. by which i mean, that’s what my mom pounded in to my head growing up. nic here thinks she is posing for photos and sampling batter, when in reality she is giving that mixer a good ole spit cleaning. i’m incredibly devious.)
6. alright, forget that sidetrack. i am a sidetrack queen. time to mix in the malted milk balls (fauwhoopers!) and chopped chocolate.
but of course you can’t forget the actual chopping!
alright, now that that is settled, we can do the mixing. phew.
7. drop dough by rounded tablespoons onto sheets.
leave about 2 inches between each. bake 11 to 13 minutes and rotate from top to bottom, front to back after 6 minutes. when done, cookies will be puffed and set, but slightly soft to the touch. let the cookies rest for 2 minutes, then transfer to cooling racks.
(fab guest shot from miss nic!)
now, this is very hush hush. but i feel compelled to share. i just wouldn’t feel right if i didn’t. i have a secret ingredient that i add to all of my baked goods. don’t tell anyone. only a select few (anyone with internet access) is deigned worthy of the privilege of learning my tricks… my secret ingredient?
MAGIC! alakazaam! here nic demonstrates the proper top secret voodoo dance used to enhance my baked treats.
if that isn’t as effective as necessary…
there is always “encouragement” given through taunting, jeering, and all around belittling. it works in the locker room, it works in the kitchen. “you call yourself a COOKIE?! you are BISCOTTI!! puff up and act like a cookie!!”
the photo speaks for itself. glorious malted cookie joy.
also, just an fyi, they tasted best right out of the oven. so definitely sample asap!
(boo bad nail polish job.)