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Crinkly, Wrinkly, and oh so delicious…these Brown Butter Malted Chocolate Chunk Cookies will have you hooked after just one bite. Made with browned butter and malted milk powder, then lightly sweetened for a cookie that’s rich in flavor and heavy on the chocolate. Every bite is slightly crisp on the edges, but soft and chewy in the center…so DELICIOUS! Absolutely nothing not to love about these crinkly, wrinkly, sweet malted cookies. Bonus? These cookies are easy to make and so yummy to eat!

overhead photo of Brown Butter Malted Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Happiest Friday everyone!!

Kicking off Valentine’s Day weekend with the sweetest extra special cookies. Originally I had a whole different recipe planned for today. It’s a good one, but it still needs some work. So I’ll save it for another day, and instead, we have cookies! Maybe not exactly your typical Valentine’s Day dessert, but trust me these need to be made. Every last cookie is pretty much perfect.

Speaking of Valentine’s Day, do you celebrate? I’ll be honest, it’s never a holiday I got very much into. But I do love any excuse to get dressed up, make a good dinner, and eat a rich chocolate dessert. In years past I’ve shared a lot of v-day desserts, but I’m switching things up with these cookies. They’re not a molten cake, but they’re just as warm, gooey, and delicious.

I’ve actually been wanting to share these cookies for months. I had the idea back in December to make a malted milk cookie with browned butter and chocolate chunks. It’s not the most genius idea out there, but the combination of malted milk powder, browned butter, and melty chocolate chunks just sound way too good to me. I knew I needed to test them out.

It took a while to finally make these, but man, I am so happy I finally did. Because they’re GOOD…they’re that cookie that everyone wants.

prep photo of cookies before baking

Two secrets to these cookies…

Browned butter and malted milk powder.

I feel like the browned butter is obvious, it’s key within these cookies. I like to brown half of the butter, but leave the other half at room temp. This gives you the flavor of browned butter but leaves you with a cookie that has a great texture too. It also highlights the malted flavors. I know it’s an extra step, but the browned butter really does add so much to these cookies. In my view, it’s the extra step worth taking.

Now, the malted milk powder. It’s not a usual cookie ingredient but it’s what really sets these cookies apart. For those of you unfamiliar with malted milk powder, it’s the best kept secret ingredient in the baking world. Malted milk is what is typically used to make malted milkshakes, among other things. It’s made from barley wheat and gives off a nutty flavor with a natural sweetness. It reminds me of the flavors in a toasted caramel sauce with undertones of browned butter and vanilla.

It’s very subtle but DELICIOUS. It adds a layer of flavor that keeps everyone wanting more. Asher described it so perfectly, the cookies taste like death by chocolate, with notes of vanilla and an almost boozy flavor.

close up photo of Brown Butter Malted Chocolate Chunk Cookies

The details…

Like most cookies, these are EASY. Brown the butter, let that cool, then simply mix everything together, bake, eat, and enjoy.

As I do with almost all my cookies, these need a tap on the counter to create that crinkly type of cookie.

Just tap the baking sheet on your counter midway through baking, then finish cooking. When the cookies have completely finished baking, remove them from the oven and tap the baking sheet once more. This step is KEY. It will ensure you have the least cakey chocolate chunk cookie. You’ll get a cookie with crisp edges and a gooey center. Tapping the baking pan on the counter deflates the center of the cookie, pushing the edges out.

I like to do this with almost all of my cookies because it really does create that perfect crinkly, wrinkly cookie. It’s a method I learned from the New York Times and it’s genius.

overhead photo of Brown Butter Malted Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Aside from browning the butter and tapping the baking sheet, the rest is is easy. When the cookies come out of the oven, the puddles of melted chocolate will be bubbling up and the kitchen will smell, nutty, buttery, and oh so delicious.

I of course love to eat these warm, right off the pan. But first, I let them set up for five or so minutes. Then I serve them up while still warm with a sprinkle of sea salt atop.

And oh my gosh, every last bite is delicious. It’s truly hard to beat a good chocolate chip cookie, but these certainly give the others some stiff competition. It’s the crinkly edges, deep vanilla flavor, and pockets of melted chocolate. Pretty hard to beat.

I’m looking forward to making these cookies tonight. They make for the perfect Friday night cookie, but honestly, they’re great anytime.

Oh but a quick question? Are you a milk and cookies person or do you just like the cookies? Me…I am a milk and cookies girl all the way!

Brown Butter Malted Chocolate Chunk Cookie broken in half

Looking for other chocolate desserts? Here are a few to try:

Vanilla Tiramisu Cake

Healthier Baked Hot Chocolate Doughnuts

4 Ingredient Chocolate Mousse

Lastly, if you make these Brown Butter Malted Chocolate Chunk Cookies be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Brown Butter Malted Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings: 24 cookies
Calories Per Serving: 161 kcal

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  • 1. Add 1 stick of butter to a small saucepan set over medium heat. Cook until the butter begins to brown, about 3-4 minutes. Remove from the heat and transfer to a heatproof bowl. Stick in the freezer to chill, 10-15 minutes, but no longer.
    2. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
    3. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the remaining stick of butter, the cooled browned butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until combined. Beat in the eggs, 1 at a time, until combined. Add the vanilla, beating until creamy. Add the flour, malted milk powder, baking soda, and salt. Fold in the chocolate chunks.
    4. Roll the dough into rounded 1 tablespoon size balls and place 3 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet.
    5. Transfer to the oven and bake for 7 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and tap the baking sheet on the counter 2 times to flatten them down. Return to the oven and bake another 1-3 minutes or until the cookies are just beginning to set on the edges, but still doughy in the center. Remove from the oven and tap the baking sheet on the counter 1-2 times to flatten them down again. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet. They will continue to cook slightly as they sit on the baking sheet. Sprinkle with flaky salt (if desired). Eat warm (highly recommended) or let cool and store in an airtight container for up to 4 days. 


Freezing: the cookie dough balls can be frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw, then bake as directed. 
Pan Bagging Method: adapted from  New York Times by Sarah Kieffer. 
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  1. 5 stars
    I made these for a party over the weekend and they were a huge hit! Best cookies ever! I will definitely make again 😋

  2. Can you use custard powder as a substitute for malted milk powder? (I have a big container of Bird’s custard powder in. my pantry…)

    1. Hey Nicole,
      Yes, that would work well for you. I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  3. 5 stars
    These look incredible, I’m actually off to the store now to get the ingredients! My only question is, do I get normal malted milk powder, or chocolate? I’ve seen regular malt powder which looks white, chocolate (such as ovaltine). Which should I get for this recipe?

    Thank You!

    1. Hey Ashley,
      For this recipe, I used vanilla malted milk powder, but you can also use chocolate, it’s really up to you! I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  4. 5 stars
    Easily one of adult children’s favorite cookie. Now that I’m retired I get to bake for them so I tried for the first time a few months ago. I was remodeling a bathroom so I offered the tile setters some and my son was so mad to find out that the tile setters ate half of the batch. I have made several times since and send cookies to the office with my husband for both my son-in-law and son and they love when I bake. My daughters now requesting your Brown sugar maple cookie so I better get busy. 🙂

    1. Hey Becki,
      Thanks a bunch for trying out this recipe, I am delighted to hear that it was enjoyed! Have the best day:) xTieghan

  5. 5 stars
    Oh my word! These were the most fabulous things ever. I don’t think I’ll be able to ever eat a regular chocolate chip cookie again after these.

  6. These look AMAZING! All I can find at the store is Ovaltine rather than just malted milk powder. I know it contains sugar and other stuff. Would this still work for the recipe or is there a way to omit the malt powder? Thanks!

    1. Hey Amanda,
      You can use the Ovaltine in place of the malted milk powder, that will work as well! I hope you love these cookies:) xTieghan

  7. 5 stars
    Quick question for you! My cookies kinda just flattened out and didn’t wrinkle at all. Any idea what I did wrong? The taste was absolutely amazing! But also I love how ascetically pleasing the wrinkles on the cookies are!

    1. Hey Danielle,
      Thanks for giving the recipe a try! Did you bang the cookies on the counter? Let me know how I can help for next time! xTieghan

      1. I did bang them on the counter 🙂 they just spread out and flattened. Not sure what I did! Maybe the dough needed to be cooler?


        1. Gosh, mine did that, too. And there’s no way they could be rolled. They were pretty much of a whipped almost cool whip consistency. Both times I made them. Frustrating because EVERYONE loved them. I know it’s me. I thought I followed recipe perfectly.

  8. 5 stars
    Holy smokes, these are amazing!!! I made a double match and separated them into two. Made one batch with white chocolate chunks and one with semisweet chocolate chunks. Both are delicious!! I’ve been searching for the perfect flat cookie recipe and I’ve finally found it! Baked 7 mins, banged on countertop, 1 minute more baking and transferred immediately to a cooling rack and they were sheer perfection!

    1. Hey there,
      Fantastic! Thanks so much for making this recipe, I am delighted that it was enjoyed:) xTieghan

  9. 5 stars
    I made these cookies over the weekend and needless to say, they lasted maybe 20 minutes at the gathering! Definitely the best cookies I have ever made. I personally used a combo of semi-sweet chocolate chunks and dark chocolate small chips. I went with light brown sugar as opposed to the dark just to be safe. The smashing on the table is a crucial part to flatten them and the sea salt at the end CANNOT be forgotten! Definitely brought it all together. I will be making these again very soon!

    1. Hey Molly,
      Wonderful!! Thanks a bunch for making this recipe, I am so glad that it was enjoyed! ☀️xTieghan

  10. Mine came out SUPER flat. They tasted good but I’d prefer them to be a little thicker, since some broke when I tried to pick them up. I even put the dough in the freezer to try to get them to hold their shape, but it didn’t change much. Still really tasty! Also, my grandma has been banging pans on the counter since 1940 and the NYT doesn’t own that “technique”. Macaron bakers have been doing it forever too, so I feel like mentioning the NYT in your post is more than sufficient.

    1. Hey Lulu,
      Thanks for giving the recipe a try, if you don’t want flat cookies, then don’t bang them on the counter:) Have a great week! xTieghan

  11. 5 stars
    Oh my gosh!!! These are incredible! This is the chocolate chip cookie recipe I have been searching for my whole life! When these are the perfect chewy cookies. The malted milk and salt make them even better. You can catch me making these every week forever and ever amen. 1000/10.

    1. Hey Nichel,
      Thanks a lot for giving this recipe a go, I am thrilled that it was enjoyed!! xTieghan

    1. Hey Kaysha,
      Yes, that’s fine to use. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know how they turn out! xTieghan