If you’re in Canada, the UK or Australia, as well as a variety of other countries, you know them as Maltesers. If you’re in the US, you know them as Whoppers. The finer flavor points of the candies are often debated by fans of the individual brands, but no matter what you call them, they’re always delicious. The candies I’m referring to, of course, are malted milk balls: light, crisp, spherical malted centers enrobed in a layer of creamy chocolate. If you haven’t had them before, you’re missing out. And if you have had them, you certainly don’t need me to tell you how tasty they are.
I took the inherently tasty candies (Maltesers, in my case) and mixed them into some cookie dough for a new take on a chocolate chip cookie and a new way to eat the candies (although I can’t say I have any complaints about eating them on their own).
The cookies turned out spectacularly. The candies maintained their integrity far better than I had anticipated, so that every bite or two delivered an extra boost of chocolate and malt from some of the larger pieces. The centers took on a slightly chewy texture and caramely flavor after they melted in the oven, which added some interesting texture to the cookies, which were slightly chewy, but crisp at the edges. Since I coarsely chopped the Maltesers, there were many smaller bits of candy mixed into the dough in addition to the larger pieces. These smaller bits gave the cookie a subtle overall maltiness, which I’m sure could be played up further with the addition of a little bit of malt powder if you really want something that packs more of a punch.
The cookies smell amazing when they are baking and I’d say that they are absolutely at their peak on the day that they are baked. That said, the cookies will keep well in an airtight container for several days if they last that long.
Malted Milk Ball Cookies
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups roughly chopped maltesers/whoppers/malted milk balls
Preheat the oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Stir in milk and vanilla, then gradually blend in the flour mixture. Do not overmix; stir only until no streaks of flour remain. Stir in the chopped Maltesers/Whoppers/Malted Milk Balls.
Drop into 1-inch balls (tbsp sized balls) on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 12-14 minutes, until lighty browned.
Cool on baking sheet for 2-3 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Makes about 3-dozen cookies.
lindaAugust 24, 2007
What an original idea…never heard of Maltesers in cookies… they can’t be anything but delicious!
blondieAugust 24, 2007
Wow these cookies look great! i really have to try to make them this week. Candy + cookies cant get much better!
meesoAugust 24, 2007
What a great idea!!! My mom loves Whopper’s and she always eats them…I need to try these, I bet she’d love them!
LisaAugust 24, 2007
I’m so excited to try these! Although I prefer the stronger malt in Whoppers, you can only get Maltesers in Poland, but I did bring some malt powder back on my last visit to the States so I’ll add some of that. YUM!! Thanks for a super idea!
MayAugust 25, 2007
I love anything malt. I just bought malted milk powder from King Arthur and I’d love to see more malt recipes.
maryeAugust 25, 2007
my husband is addicted to whoppers…I need to try these!
NirmalaAugust 27, 2007
Simple yet delicious looking cookies! Would love to try but in India malted balls are bit costlier. But we get milk gova in super markets. Will try with that and let you know! Thanks for sharing!
KevinAugust 27, 2007
These look really good. It has been a long time since I have had Whoppers…
lynnSeptember 3, 2007
hey, no eggs?
anyway, what a great idea! do you think using Crunchie would work too?
AmandaSeptember 7, 2007
I made these today, and mine came out completely flat. Don’t get me wrong, they are absolutely delicious, but very crunchy and flat. That are nothing like the ones you made (in the picture). Any idea what I could have done wrong? I thought I followed the directions perfectly, but who knows. I did end up adding 3 tablespoons of malt powder to the recipe because I really love malt. Perhaps that is the culprit? Anyways, thanks for another wonderful recipe!
FiezaSeptember 8, 2007
Great idea Nic! I can’t wait to try this recipe. I’ve tried some of your other recipes before and everything turns out great. I’ve got great reviews from my family and friends. Big thanks to you!
Amanda, I haven’t tried the recipe yet, but I think the culprit probably is the malt powder. You should try following the exact recipe the next time and compare it. That always works for me.
Miss HuckleberrySeptember 19, 2007
I made these last night and also encountered problems. I followed the recipe exactly as it’s posted and they didn’t turn out like I would expect a cookie to. Mine weren’t flat, they were nice and puffy but the texture was closer to a brownie or cake rather than a cookie. All taste-testers agreed there wasn’t much Whopper (in my case) flavor and one even said they would’ve never guessed there were Whoppers inside! I’m so bummed- I had such high expectations for these. I will try again but I’ll probably experiment with a chocolate chip cookie recipe & substitute Whoppers. *Sigh* Could it have anything to do with the lack of egg??
MeganNovember 6, 2007
Add egg. These are wonderful with 1 egg
BrianDecember 9, 2007
these are good but I was surprised that I didnt discern the taste of either malt or chocolate in the cookies. Im a principal and made them at home with my kids for the teachers at my school. The kids and the teachers loved them. They arent a real spectacular looking cookie, but they were a hit.
RobynMarch 21, 2008
In Canada they are called Whoppers 🙂
caseyDecember 10, 2008
This recipe needs an egg, they’re tasty without but very flat and the whoppers get too melted.
Dr Drake RamoreDecember 21, 2008
Tend to agree w/ the latter responses…cookie is too plain for my tastes. Maybe beef it up w/ more malt? Chocolate? Whoppers?
Jayden - Emo BoyJanuary 6, 2009
Maltesers or honeycombed biscuit balls are my favorite dish.. your recipe seems to be rather simple.. i’m sure that my children will like themm..
TeresaApril 4, 2009
I just made these cookies for Easter. I followed the recipe exactly but I added an egg. My cookies came out flat. I added another half cup of flour and they came out perfect. They are yummy!!!!!!
Pelchat LiseOctober 8, 2010
Vous avez fait un concours avec les Maltesers pour amasser 8 coupons de sacs et vous les poster pour recevoir des billets de cinÃ©ma dans les 6 semaines…….
C’est de la merde tout Ã§a et fausse publicitÃ© car Ã§a fait plus de 9 semaines et JAMAIS j’ai reÃ§u des billets de cinÃ©ma.
Bee GianniJuly 23, 2017
Whoppers get soggy in frosting, maltesers are my first choice.