Sunday, September 14, 2008

TWD: Chocolate Malted Whopper Drops

Yet another "Tuesday" in the Bungalow Barbara Time Warp! Which is my way of saying I'm sorry this post is late... This week's project for Tuesdays with Dorie was to make the Chocolate Malted Whopper Drop cookies, chosen by Rachel of Confessions of a Tangerine Tart.


Would you believe I didn't even know what a Whopper candy was? Somehow I missed that particular part of Americana. And as far as malted milk, I only vaguely remember that my Dad liked chocolate malts, and after trying one once I decided I didn't like malt. That was, oh, something like 45 years ago (gulp!) and the only form of malt I've ingested since then has been in beer.

So this was a new experience all around. With malted milk powder and chocolate malted-milk ball candies on my shopping list, we went into town. I was convinced I'd find the malt powder at the natural foods co-op -- wrong, they only had malt syrup. But they did have malt ball candies in bulk. Off to the supermarket where I tracked down some Carnation malted milk powder. Interesting, it lists wheat as one of the main ingredients next to malt.

I was thinking of chopping up the malt balls in my food processor, but after reading some of the P & Q, I decided to cut them by hand into quarters. I tried a few of the crumbly bits. Hmm. Not going to be one of my favorite candies. Too sweet, not chocolatey enough. Nice crunch, though.

I reduced the sugar in the dough down to 1/2 cup since we don't like things too sweet. Other than that I followed the recipe. Some left-over candies got cut in half and put on top.

Did anyone else have trouble with how sticky this dough was? I chilled it for an hour or so, but even so, there was dough all over the portion scooper, my hands, the spatula -- everything! Eventually I figured out that using my little pump oil sprayer and constantly spraying the scoop (and my hand) worked pretty well.

After shaping them, I put the cookies into the freezer for about 20 minutes, then baked. It was hard to tell when to take them out. Mine were set and dry on the outside, but still soft and a little underbaked on the inside, which was perfect! They were even better the day after.

These aren't my favorite chocolate cookie, but they were still pretty good and we enjoyed them! I shared a few with our town librarian, but mostly they were just for us! My notes for next time say: use more Whoppers (maybe 8 ounces) and cut them just in half. Try coffee-flavored Whoppers (who knew there were so many flavors?). Maybe add a few chopped almonds.


Random thought: those half-Whoppers in the center of the cookies look a bit like nipples... But jeez, these "ladies" have some issues -- nipple-slippage, cracks, lumps, oh, let's just not go there...

13 comments:

Jules Someone said...

He he he on the Whopper "nipples." You've never had Whoppers before? Wow!

T said...

Those look yummy! I love Whoppers, I always have a box in the pantry.

Whopper Nipples, OMG too funny.

CB said...

Nipple slippage! BAHAHAHA! I am glad you said it and not me (even though I was totally thinking it!) Glad you were able to make the cookies. Great job!
Clara @ iheartfood4thought

Marthe said...

Hahaha, I love your Whopper nipples!! Have you already made the Chocolate Chunkers? They have a major crack issue!! But OMG, they taste so good!! My coworkes claim they are the best cookies I made so far!

Michelle Ioapo A'etonu said...

Hi Barbara! Thanks for welcoming me to the group! Your post was funny so funny, especially the part about the "nipples"!

27Susans said...

I am going to take a closer look at your R-rated cookies.

TeaLady said...

Coffee malteds. Interesting. Chocolate Nipples. Extrordinary!!! These look good.

BTW we got 16 inches of rain with Ustav and 4 with Ike. We are central LA, so nothing here much.

Matt said...

Coffee flavored whoppers?! I want to try those!
By the way, I'm glad I'm note only one who had sticky dough. It was everywhere: my hands, shirt, counter...

April said...

Naughty cookies! I didn't know they made coffee flavored Whoppers, I must find them. Love your cookies.

AmyRuth said...

Thanks for stopping by for a visit. Great job on your cookies!! Haven't made the Chocolate Chunkers but so looking forward to them. Love Chocolate especially dark, not so sweet. I have made Mulattos by Maida Heatter before and they are so delicious. Similar I think.

Mike Spoodles said...

Well, I for one think that your nipple cookies look downright scrumptious!

Jaime said...

better late than never. i actually tried halving them and was unhappy w/the results. i think quartered is perfect

Jacque said...

I agree that the dough was very goopy. I refrigerated first also and that helped a lot. Perhaps the nipples have been through too many rounds of breast feeding the little baby whoppers :)

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