Using the recipe from "Baking from my home to yours", I tried as far as possible to keep to the original, yet using the best ingredients I can find here. The rich, dark, Valrhona cocoa powder gave these babies a deep brown hue and an irresistible chocolate flavour. After discovering Valrhona, it's pretty hard to switch back to the pre-packed house brand cocoa powder again. The difference in smell and taste is so distinct , it's definitely worth the investment in good cocoa.
The recipe calls for Whoppers, but I used Maltesers instead (due to my craving) and these worked really well for me. Ghiradhelli semisweet chips were added - one of my baking must-haves. I had a hard time searching for this batch of Ghiradhelli chips and finally found them in NTUC. Strangely enough, this cost me half the price of the same pack in Cold Storage. So I grabbed a couple of them for use on days when I'm just itching to bake. If anyone knows where else I can get hold of these chips on a regular basis, do let me know.
Halfway into the 12 minutes baking times, these babies were already smelling good! The resultant texture was soft, slightly cakey, yet fluffy and light at the same time. The cookie's not too sweet, accentuated by the distinct taste of malt and the sweet chocolate chips giving it the richness it needs. These are so good I had two of them at one go, when I usually stop at one.
Taking this out of the oven, I love how these cookies held its shape. They don't spread very much, hence the 2 inch distance between drops of dough can be reduced to slightly over 1 inch. The lovely dome-shaped top makes them look really pretty and fluffy.
The recipe yielded about 36 cookies for me. I prefer my cookies smaller, around the size of the Arnotts Mint Cookies and unlike the large round Subway cookies. Smaller ones are easier on the waistline and are more ladies-friendly, though a box of these normally gets eaten up within 2-3 days...especially with my dad and bro gobbling them down in front of the tv. Well, this gives me more excuses to do more baking and try out new recipes!
Baking is therapy to me. Whenever I'm sad or down, I'm inclined to bake to shift my attention away from my problems and heartbreaks and use the energy on perfecting this work. After seeing the resultant product, I often feel alot better...and seeing my friends and family enjoying the lovely sweet treats really makes my day.
Chocolate Malted Maltesers Drops
adapted from Baking from my home to yours (by Dorie Greenspan)
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup malted milk powder (I used horlicks)
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (I used Valrhona)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
11 tablespoons unsalted butter
2/3 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup whole milk
6 ounces chocolate-covered malted milk balls (I used Maltesers)
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped or store-bought chocolate chips/chunks (I used Ghiradhelli semi-sweet)
1. Line the baking sheets with silicon-coated baking paper.
2. Sift together the flour, malted milk powder, cocoa, baking powder and salt.
3. Working with a stand mixer, beat the butter and sugar together on medium speed for about 3 minuts, until very smooth. Add the eggs one at a time, beating for 1 minute after each addition. Beat in the vanilla. Reduce the mixer speed and add in half the dry ingredients, mixing until incorporated. Mix in the milk, then the remaining dry ingredients until they disappear into the batter. By hand using a rubber spatula, mix in the malted milk balls and chocolate chips.
4. Drop rounded tablespoonfuls of cookie dough onto the sheets, leaving slightly more than 1 inch between the heaps of dough. Bake for 12 minutes, rotating the sheets every 6 minutes.
5. When done, the cookies will puff up and will be slightly soft to the touch. Let the cookies cool on the sheet before transferring them to racks to cool at room temperature.
Yields 36 cookies.