Malted milk ball lovers will go nuts for these soft, chewy chocolate Whopper Cookies! Plus, they’re super easy and irresistible!

These Chocolate Malt Cookies are rich, delicious, and a change of pace from ordinary chocolate chip cookies. If you’re a fan of Whoppers, these are a must-make treat!

Whopper Cookies in a white bowl sitting on a red and white napkin.

Why You Must Make

They say women are hard to figure out. I could say the same about my hubby. For years, I knew he adored milkshakes but malts were another story. So was I wrong to assume that malted milk balls, AKA Whoppers, and cookies with both Whoppers and malted milk powder wouldn’t be popular? Nope, I was totally mistaken.

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  • This fun, yet unusual recipe for chocolate cookies is worth a try!
  • Cookies are always a quick dessert to make when you’re craving something sweet.

He was thrilled with these Whopper cookies and the stash of candy. I guess I should have figured. This is the guy who drinks Cherry Kool-Aid nearly every day but will not eat a cherry pie, fresh cherries or any other fabulous cherry treat. Go figure. We both filled up on these gems and handfuls of malted milk balls before Lent started on Wednesday!

2 Whopper Cookies  on a small white plate on a red and white napkin with a few Whoppers

Ingredient Notes

  • Kitchen Staples – All-purpose flour, Salt, Sugar, Eggs, Real Vanilla Extract
  • Malted milk powder – Look in the baking aisle first, but it could also be near the powdered milk or even the ice cream.
  • Unsweetened Cocoa Powder – This is not cocoa mix that has sugar and powdered milk added. I keep the Ghirardelli brand on hand.
  • Baking Powder – This is different from baking soda. It will most likely expire before you use it all, so check the expiration date before starting the recipe. If you want to test its potency, stir a spoonful into a cup of very hot water. If it bubbles vigorously, it’s still active.
  • Unsalted Butter– At room temperature for easy incorporation. If you use salted butter, don’t add salt.
  • Whole Milk – Contains 3½% Milk Fat. May use 2% in a pinch.
  • Whoppers Candies – Coarsely chopped (plus more to garnish).
  • Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips – Use your favorite brand. I like Ghirardelli.
Overhead view of Chocolate malt cookies on an oval white plate.

Recipe Tips:

  • The whopper cookies batter was too wet to roll into balls. Use a medium cookie scoop to place equal-sized mounds of dough on the prepared baking sheets.
  • Then use a damp finger to press down any spikes of dough, but they still may not come out of the oven looking perfectly round.
  • To reshape imperfect baked cookies, use a spatula to press in any bulges as soon as they come out of the oven. Use caution so you don’t burn yourself!
  • Also, to make them look bakery worthy, press a few malted milk balls onto the surface of the warm from the oven cookies. Be cautious as the baking pan will still be very hot.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Malted Milk?

Malt is actually a grain, usually barley, that is ground into a slightly sweet powder called malted milk. It’s used for making vinegar, beer, and liquor and is used in food like malts and ice cream.

Where Do You Find Malted Milk Powder?

It is readily available in grocery stores, usually in the baking aisle near the powdered milk. In a pinch, Ovaltine, a malt drink mix, can be substituted.

What are Whoppers?

Whoppers Malted Milk Balls are a Hershey’s candy that was introduced in 1939 by another company. They have a crunchy malted milk ball center covered with a chocolate-like candy coating.

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Whopper Cookies - Chocolate malt cookies studded with malted milk balls

Whopper Cookies

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes
Yield 3 dozen

Fabulous chocolate cookies flavored with malt powder and cocoa and studded with malted milk balls!


  • 1¾ cups flour
  • 1 cup malted milk powder
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 11 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup whole milk
  • 2 cups whoppers candies, coarsely chopped (plus more to garnish)
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, malted milk powder, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter and sugar together on medium speed until very smooth.
  4. Add the eggs, one at a time. Beat in the vanilla. The mixture may appear curdled.
  5. Reduce the mixer speed to low, add half the dry ingredients, mixing until they just disappear into the batter.
  6. Mix in the milk, then the remaining dry ingredients, mixing only until they are incorporated.
  7. Fold in the malted milk balls and chocolate chips.
  8. Drop the cookie dough onto the prepared baking sheets, one rounded tablespoon per cookie, leaving about 2 inches between each.
  9. Bake for 11 to 13 minutes. Press a few whole whoppers into hot cookies to garnish, if desired. Let cool.


I use a spatula to reshape the cookies into rounds once they come out of the oven.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

2 cookies

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 334Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 196mgCarbohydrates: 45gFiber: 2gSugar: 27gProtein: 6g


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