Chocolate Malted Crunch Cookies

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Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’m pretty sure I’m the only woman on the planet who avoids Target. Or as I like to say, “tar-zhay.” So fancy.

It stresses me out, man. Too many screaming kids, too many options, too much of everything. I mean, when I’m there, I love it. Their beauty goods? Their sock selection? Holy moly, perfection. But I usually just avoid that place because I get distracted, become a little overzealous and then end up feeling vulnerable, which usually leads to me spending way too much money. Also, the parking situation is usually a nightmare. Tar-zhay stress!

This is why I usually head to my neighborhood Rite-Aid/CVS. I live in what people call a “gentrified” area. I sort of hate that word but it makes it so my Rite-Aid adventures are a little on the crazzzie side, in a good and scary sort of way. The biggest perk about going? The Thrifty’s ice cream. That ice cream case, always attendant-less, always calls my name as I pass by.

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you’ve never lived on the west coast, then let me explain: it’s basically cheap ice cream. It’s drug store ice cream, but I can guarantee that if your parents ever dragged you in there as a kid, and you played your cards right, you figured out a way to finagle an ice cream out of that whole situation. They famously serve their ice cream using a cylinder scoop, they have their own flavors and their ice cream is like a dollar.

My favorite flavor is their chocolate malted crunch. I mean…so good. Even Amelia wanted some.

Tcho Milk Chocolate

This recipe features some of my favorite chocolate in the whole wide world, Tcho. (If you remember I visited their facilities when I was in San Francisco last year.) Their chocolate is the real deal.

In this cookie, I used milk chocolate discs.

Of course you can use milk chocolate chips. No biggie.

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies are usually broken up into three categories: thin and crisp, chewy or soft.

This cookie is thin and chewy. The malt is a subtle flavor but boy do I love it. The crunch is from puffed rice. I used puffed rice cereal from Kashi, but you could also use Rice Krispies.

This cookie is my perfect dream. A couple things to keep in mind: Firstly, these cookies bake up FAST. Like, super fast. Keep an eye on ’em. And when they do come out of the oven they’ll be crazy soft, so be sure to let them cool on the baking sheets. I mean, if you do eat them warm, they’ll be gooey, soft and super fragile. Not the worst thing in the world…

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Malted Crunch Cookies

Serving Size: 32 Cookies


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup malt milk powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoons fine-grain sea salt
  • 2 sticks, 8 ounces unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups light or dark brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup milk chocolate chips, semi-sweet or dark chocolate would be pretty great too!
  • 1 cup puffed rice


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, malt powder, baking soda and salt.
  • In a large bowl, cream together the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add the first egg and beat until combined; add the second egg and beat one more time until incorporated. In two batches, add the flour mixture, mixing just until there are no specks of flour. Fold in the chocolate chips and then fold in the puffed rice.
  • Using a 2-inch cookie dough scooper, drop rounds of cookie dough onto a parchment-lined baking sheet, spacing the cookies about 2-inches apart. Transfer the baking sheet to the oven and bake for 8-10 minutes, until the cookies' edges are lightly golden brown and the centers are very soft. Warning: they'll be very fragile so be sure to let them cool on the baking sheet. Carefully transfer the cookies to a cooling rack until room temperature. As they cool they'll have more structure, chewiness and less fragility. If you eat them when they're warm, they'll fall apart a bit, but is that the worst thing in the world?
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  • Reply Averie @ Averie Cooks April 30, 2013 at 12:51 am

    My husband goes out to our 24 Hr Rite-Aid at least 3x a week at like….2am usually…for Thrifty’s ice cream! Loved your story. And I am not really a big ice cream eater but I would gladly eat these cookies for you 🙂

  • Reply Elisa @ Insalata di Sillabe April 30, 2013 at 1:20 am

    These sounds sooo good! They’re kind of different from all the other chocolate chip cookies I’ve tried so far, so I can’t wait to try this variation as well!

    xo, Elisa

  • Reply Lucy April 30, 2013 at 2:14 am

    These look delicious!

    Lucy Loves To Cook

  • Reply christin April 30, 2013 at 4:32 am

    i used to go every week with my grandparents to get mint chip. those were the days and i’ll obviously be making these.

  • Reply Tieghan April 30, 2013 at 5:25 am

    Ha! Your story is do funny!!

    Loving these cookies! Pinned!

  • Reply Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough April 30, 2013 at 5:36 am

    Mmmm I want these cookies in my life yes please and thank you.

  • Reply Bev @ Bev Cooks April 30, 2013 at 6:38 am

    I actually HURT from being so excited.

  • Reply Tia S. April 30, 2013 at 6:44 am

    Oh wow. Brilliant. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Tracy | Peanut Butter and Onion April 30, 2013 at 7:14 am

    These look so thin and light… I can more that 2 right?

  • Reply Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen April 30, 2013 at 7:42 am

    Yum, your cookies look incredible!

  • Reply Marie @ Little Kitchie April 30, 2013 at 7:45 am

    I love thin cookies like this, and the flavors sound DIVINE.

  • Reply Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar April 30, 2013 at 7:57 am

    Hells, yes! These sound so crazy good!

  • Reply lynn @ the actor's diet April 30, 2013 at 8:01 am

    Every time I go into Rite-Aid (every day pretty much) I want this flavor. I need to get it and sandwich a scoop between these cookies.

  • Reply joelle (on a pink typewriter) April 30, 2013 at 9:18 am

    These cookies look legit, like something you’d see on the shelves at Momofuku in NYC. Yum!

  • Reply [email protected] April 30, 2013 at 9:41 am

    I wish that I could avoid Target, but I just can’t stay away :/ And I don’t think I’d be able to stay away from these cookies either!

  • Reply Maci April 30, 2013 at 9:48 am

    That is my all-time favorite Thrifty’s flavor!!! 🙂

  • Reply Tina April 30, 2013 at 10:00 am

    This is one serious of a cookie! Goodness gracious u know how to work it yo!!

  • Reply Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking April 30, 2013 at 10:17 am

    Mmmmm… chocolate, malt, and puffed rice cereal! These look amazing. The perfect pick me up for the guilt that usually follows a trip to Target.

  • Reply Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes April 30, 2013 at 11:29 am

    These cookies look seriously amazing!! I’m not a huge Tar-zhay person either 🙂 It gets too overwhelming sometimes and I don’t think their prices are that great, honestly!

  • Reply Pooja April 30, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    You are an epic blogger! Whenever I need a pick me up in the middle of the day and I type in hoping and keeping my fingers crossed that there will be a *new* awesome recipe to read, I am never diasappointed. I love you for this! Got to try these cookies, they look delish!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme May 1, 2013 at 9:57 am

      Pooja! You have made my day. Thank you for being awesome and visiting.

  • Reply Heather @ A Sweet Simple Life April 30, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    These look delicious!

  • Reply danielle April 30, 2013 at 3:30 pm


    No, you are not alone: I can’t stand big stores like Target for the exact same reason — too much of everything. I don’t have the energy to go through each aisle, which leaves me with the feeling that I am perpetually missing out on something. And the people! So MANY people. Can’t do it. Ikea is my own personal nemesis and nightmare, as a matter of fact.

    That being said: I’m Canadian, and I did not even know that there was such a thing as malt milk powder. I really wanted to try those cookies… In the event that this is not available here, any suggestion on what could be substituted for it?


    • Reply Adrianna Adarme May 1, 2013 at 9:56 am

      You can replace the amount with extra flour. Should work just fine. 🙂

  • Reply Lindsey April 30, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    clever idea to put puffed rice in for crunch. i’ll have to try it some day.

  • Reply Joanne T Ferguson April 30, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    G’day! Beautiful photo, love the staging too!
    Makes me WANT one now for breakfast, TRUE!
    What’s On The List?

  • Reply dervla April 30, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    i would so eat this straight out of the oven, all gooey and warm. I just wouldn’t be able to wait.

  • Reply Jayne May 1, 2013 at 1:45 am

    There are places I avoid for the same reasons. Crazy parking, screaming kids, great selection, lack of self control. I just posted a chocolate chip cookie recipe on my site just a couple days ago too. I stated that I only love crispy one. I’m pretty sure I can figure a way to turn yours closer to what I love. Like the addition of rice puffs for added crunch. Always good.

  • Reply Cookbook Queen May 1, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    I live in Arkansas, and right now, I’m basically feeling like my life is one giant rip off. I have a Walgreens right down the street, and there are NO ice cream cones.

    Cold medicine or hemorrhoid cream? Yes. Ice Cream Cones? No. California is popular for a reason, obviously.

    And these cookies. You had me at thin and chewy. Actually…that’s a lie. You had me at chocolate.

  • Reply Michelle Ritchie | Delicious Karma May 1, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    Yay! Yum! I was just looking for some more interesting cookie recipes to add to our new cookie Pinterest board: This recipe looks divine…can’t wait to make it!

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  • Reply Karen May 2, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    I have such vivid memories of going to Thrifty’s as a kid and getting the 25 cent scoops, and the malted chocolate crunch was always my favorite too. On a good day, I could convince my parents to let me have a double scoop with that and mint chocolate chip, but if I could only have one it was always the malted. When I was in high school, I think it was up to a whopping 50 cents a scoop, but haven’t been back in years.

    So when I saw this recipe last night I knew I had to try it. I assumed I had malted milk powder, but apparently the use by date was over a year old and the whole thing looked a little scary, so I swapped in the last of a container of Ovaltine (probably totaling 1/2 a cup, but it was 30 grams on the scale, and I made up the difference with an extra 1/4 cup of flour.) I used the smallest cookie scoop I have, around 1 tbsp each, and it yielded 62 cookies. They are delicious! For the small size, I found 9 minutes in the oven and then 9 minutes cooking on the cookie sheet worked perfectly, and then transfered to a wire rack. Next time I would add more chocolate chips though, and maybe even some cocoa powder to up the chocolate flavor a little bit. I love the texture of the rice cereal and was pleased to see how crunchy it stayed.

    Thanks for a great recipe! I will definitely make it again!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme May 2, 2013 at 9:04 pm

      Hey Karen! I love this story so much. Their mint chocolate chip is definitely my second favorite. So glad you had success with the recipe! xo

  • Reply Kate Mai May 9, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Hi! I have made these cookies twice (LOVE) and both times they have stuck to the parchment. I am wondering if the fact that I use dark brown sugar (which I think has more molasses) might be contributing to that? I have never had a problem subbing dark for light, but what do you think?

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme May 9, 2013 at 9:42 am

      Hi Kate! It shouldn’t be the problem because I used dark brown sugar. This definitely has me scratching my head. Mine didn’t stick at all and I made them a few times. Hmm…have you tried letting them cool on the parchment? I wonder if that would help.

      • Reply Kate Mai May 9, 2013 at 10:16 am

        Ok so now I think it definitely is a baking or cooling issue, because I was super careful about all the ingredients the second time. Some of them only stuck in the middle of the cookie, making me wonder if they were under-baked. However , they looked like your description of doneness. In any event, they taste delicious, even if they don’t win any prizes for appearance!

        • Reply Adrianna Adarme May 9, 2013 at 10:22 am

          Maybe they were under baked? But if they looked like mine, they should’ve been totally baked. Hmm…well I’m glad they tasted delicious! If I get some time today, I’ll try and give them another go and see if I have run into the same problem.

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  • Reply stephanie July 1, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    i made these last night and they are awesome! i agree you really have to keep an eye on them baking – they go from ‘i must have done something wrong they’re never going to set’ to crispy in no time.

    i also made a few adjustments – i used chocolate malt ovaltine (my favorite drink!) instead of the malt powder, and decreased the sugar to 1.25 cups. i also always use regular salted butter when i bake, and used a full cup of semisweet chips because i hate having that little bit of a package leftover that never gets used.

    will definitely make these again!