Whopper Cookies

Chocolate, Cookie, Desserts, Tuesdays with Dorie / Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

See that gigantic cookie up there? That’s a Chocolate Whopper Malted Drop. Chocolate chips. Whoppers. Malted milk. The hardest thing about making these cookies is chopping the Whoppers before they roll onto the floor. Or you eat them. Or they roll onto the floor and Henry the dog eats them and pants Whopper breath the rest of the night.

The thing is, I wasn’t excited about this Tuesdays with Dorie pick until four days after I’d made them. Straight out of the oven, I thought they were OK. I was ready for crispy and crunchy; I got cakey and chewy. Jeff LOVED them. So, I boxed them up for him to take to the office, with the exception of one lone cookie for today’s photograph.

Four days later, I remembered the photo. And the cookie.


I dipped it into my milk, took a bite STRICTLY FOR FOOD-BLOGGING PHOTO PURPOSES, and I liked it. The cakey cookie absorbed the milk, so the Whoppers seemed crunchier. Finally, this cookie had a purpose: dunking. And there was order in the Universe that hadn’t been there since my label-maker ran out of ink right before I hosted a cupcake tasting with all white frostings. There is no fury like OCD-baker fury.

Unfortunately, now I can’t work in the kitchen without Henry expecting a Whopper to roll off the counter. Tonight, I dropped an olive, and before his brain could register “Not a Whopper!,” he’d swallowed it whole. Is it wrong to laugh while your dog’s face contorts into a very hairy drawstring purse?

How wrong?

Chocolate Malted Whopper Drops

Adapted from Dorie Greenspan’s “Baking: From My Home to Yours”

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup malted milk powder
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick plus 3 tablespoons (11 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 2 cups chocolate-covered malted milk balls, coarsely chopped
  • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped, or 1 cup chocolate chips or chunks
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line two baking sheets with parchment or silicon mats.
  2. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, malted milk powder, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar together on medium speed until very smooth, about 3 minutes.
  4. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating for 1 minute after each addition.
  5. Beat in the vanilla. (Don’t be concerned if the mixture looks curdled; it will even out once the dry ingredients are added.)
  6. Reduce the mixer speed to low, add half the dry ingredients, mixing until they just disappear into the batter. Mix in the milk, then the remaining dry ingredients, mixing only until they are incorporated.
  7. With the mixer on low, or by hand with a rubber spatula, mix in the malted milk balls and chocolate pieces.
  8. Drop the cookie dough onto the prepared baking sheets, one rounded tablespoon per cookie, leaving about 2 inches between each. Bake for 11 to 13 minutes, rotating sheets from top to bottom and front to back halfway through.
  9. When done, let the cookies rest for 2 minutes before using a wide metal spatula to transfer them to racks to cool to room temperature. Bake remaining dough in similar fashion.

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49 thoughts on “Whopper Cookies

  1. I really liked these myself. Mine were soft, crunchy and chewy. I didn’t know that was possible!

    Henry should be careful of the chocolate! :)

  2. That’s so funny, your bite strictly for food-blogging photo purposes. Oh, the sacrifices we make for our art! That photo is fantastic, well worth your effort!

  3. Sorry you only saved one of these for yourself! I loved them! That is a FANTASTIC picture! As far as cookies go, I didn’t think that these were the prettiest in the world, but your photo makes it look like Miss Cookie America.

  4. Love that picture! Oscar, my weenie dog, is the best kitchen floor cleaner I’ve got…he’ll put anything in his mouth and chew for at least a bit to see if he likes it. He will be jealous that Henry scavenged a whopper :)

  5. Great post (and poor Henry, he must have made quite the doggie face :-)! I wasn’t all that crazy about these either, but found that when paired with vanilla ice cream they were fantastic.

  6. Good Lord, those look heavenly. Husband walked in as I was reading this and i actually closed it out quickly, for fear he’d once again wonder aloud at having made the right choice between two sisters… men. And oh becca, the fried green tomatoes… my only wonder with them is the condiment. Everyone says something different to dip them in… wish they were like okra where you just ate them.

  7. Bear was diving for them, too! D. had to step on the Whoppers to keep him away from them, leaving Bear grumpy and D. with chocolate-y feet. We also hoped for a little more crunch, but these were pretty guilt-inducing. I would seriously hurt at the prospect of all-white frosting cupcakes and no labels.

  8. Im sure that was a big surprise to Henry to expect something sweet and get an olive! I thought the cookies were spongey and cake like too. I used Peanut butter whoppers and liked them.

  9. That is one awesome picture! Can’t believe you only saved one for dunking! Great job and sorry Henry didn’t care for the olive!

  10. Oh, it’s not wrong! In addition to unconditional love, dogs offer great humor at their expense and I am pretty sure they are fine with that. I suspect new whopper detecting neruo-pathways have already been formed in his dog brain after the olive incident.

  11. Yes, those rolly polly little things will end up all over the kitchen. Only I had kids wanting to eat them off the floor, and I’m not sure they have the same germ fighting capabailities as dogs.
    Your cookie shot is soooo seductive.

  12. That’s one HUGE cookie! I want to eat it off the screen!
    I love that you laughed at your dog…so evil! I know they laugh at us all the time! You can tell by the way they cock their heads to one side and sneer!

  13. I went for big fat cookies too, but I loved them best straight out of the oven. As I type though, I’m making malted milk ice cream and I suspect the impending nuptial of the last of my chocolate malted whopper drops and malted milk ice cream, will be the wedding of the year!

  14. “I’m only taking a bite to see if the texture is different from when it was hot, cool and the next day” That’s what I tell myself all the time after TWD challenges! Your cookies look really yummy!!

  15. lol! Great story about Henry! Sounds like something my Charlie would do. Cookie looks so delicious dipped in the milk!

  16. Agreed. Everything (licking fingers, multiple taste-testing, batter eating) is strictly for photo opt purposes. Thats what I tell myself when it takes me 2,3, 4+ times to get an amazing picture. HAHA. Glad you and hubs liked the cookies. Great job!
    Clara @ iheartfood4thought

  17. Poor Henry and the olive! LOL. Your cookies, excuse me, cookie, looks wonderful. I tried to get chewy and soft, but somehow I got thin and crispy…oh well, without a Henry here, Matt and Alex did a fine job of mopping up the place with them…nary a one in sight any longer.

    Oh, and btw, I tried chopping those little whopper balls and believe me, they did go all over the place, so I pulsed them a few times in the food processor…that might have been where I went awry…but at least they stayed in one place…no accounting for size consistency, however. Live and learn. Learn and live. Some of each.

  18. I’m glad you liked them better after a while. I didn’t actually love them at first either. I froze the dough and the one’s I made from the freezer a couple days later were better I thought. Your cookie looks really great!

  19. WORD to the cookies tasting better four days later. If only I had the foresight and planning to make cookies four days in advance.

    So I was reading your entry and cracking up at your dog’s “hairy drawstring purse” mouth, when my husband starts reading over my shoulder. He then tells me, with a straight face, “I understand most dogs really dislike olives.” So please tell Henry that he is not alone, apparently all of dogdom shares his olive hatred. My husband did not know how most dogs feel about Whoppers, however.

  20. Awww, I can just imagine the face your dog made when he realised it wasn’t a whopper!

    I’ve been dunking these cookies in milk too, I think it’s the best way to eat them! Gorgeous picture.

  21. I’m cracking up about Henry the dog! Our dogs have done that many times too.
    Glad you enjoy the cookies…the idea sounded kinda weird to me, but I’ve read nothing but good reviews on them..might have to try them!

  22. hahhaah – i had trouble chopping them w/o them rolling off too! i think it is funny to watch their faces cringe – that’s what happens when we let the dog lick the bowl after we’ve eaten something spicy – it’s our way of punishing her for begging LOL but somehow she still always begs! your whopper cookie dunked in milk looks so good!

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