Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Chocolate Malted Whopper Drops (TWD)


This week's Tuesdays with Dorie (TWD) recipe was chosen by Rachel of Confessions of a Tangerine Tart: Chocolate Malted Whopper Drops. They're cocoa cookies studded with chocolate chips and chunks of chocolate covered malted milk balls.


It's funny because I grew up eating Whoppers. They were my favorite candy to snack on at the movies. Yet when I told my coworkers what was in these cookies, no one knew what I was talking about. One person even asked, "You mean like at McDonald's?" Ha! First of all, those whoppers are found at Burger King, not McDonald's. Secondly, why would I put a burger in my cookies?!



Let me just start by stating that I do not like chocolate cookies. I love cookies with chocolate chips or chocolate chunks in them, but I do not like chocolate based cookies. So I wasn't sure if I would like these.


Boy did Dorie surprise me with this one! I loved these and simply could not get enough of them! I'll be pretty surprised if I ever come across another chocolate cookie that I like as much. Some of the Whopper candies kind of melt and caramelize in the oven, so some bites are crunchy and others a bit more gooey. I was worried about the candy pieces being too big, so I quartered most of them, with some pieces being even smaller. I think the smaller pieces were the ones that caramelized. I think next time I make these (and trust me, there will be a next time!), I will just halve them.


There is actually an error of omission in this particular recipe. Dorie fails to note at what temperature to bake the cookies! I baked mine at 350F and they were done in 13 minutes, just as Dorie notes.


Thanks Rachel, for choosing this recipe. I've finally found a chocolate cookie that I not only like, but love! If you would like the recipe for these cookies, you can find it here on Rachel's blog. Make sure you visit the TWD Blog Roll to see how everyone else enjoyed this chocolately treat.

*A few additional notes about this recipe:

- I could not find malted milk powder so I used chocolate Ovaltine
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I used 7.5 ounces of whoppers instead of 6 ounces
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I used semisweet chocolate chips instead of bittersweet chocolate

*Update (9/12/08) - I just made these again and discovered the following things:
- The whoppers are not better when chopped in half - they were hard and unpleasant to bite into after being baked; if you make these,
at least chop them into quarters (or smaller).
- The cookies flattened out more when I tried making larger cookies; for the best results, use a small or medium cookie scoop.
- I think the next time I make these, I will increase the whoppers to 10 ounces and decrease the chocolate chips to 1/2-3/4 cups.
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Before ending this post, I also need to take a moment to wish my dear husband Happy Anniversary! Today marks 3 years since we said 'I do' :) Here are a few photos to help commemorate the occasion.

42 comments:

  1. It has been years and years since I have had anything malt- whoppers bring back some memories = )

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  2. Happy anniversary to you and your husband! Nice pictures!
    Now the cookies, like you, I'm not really a chocolate cookie fan myself, but I'm sure I would love these all packed with whoppers!

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  3. aww....happy anniversary!! your wedding pictures are so beautiful. and your cookies too, of course. :)

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  4. Wow, Jaime, has it really been three years??? (And furthermore, have you really cooked ALL this stuff in a year? I feel like such a slacker!) Congrats! I LOVE your blog. I have gotten all my friends hooked, too!

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  5. Your cookies look perfect! They almost have a sheen to them, which I love!

    Happy Anniversary! I love it when bloggers include things from their personal lives. I loved seeing the pics, your dress was gorgeous!

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  6. Great looking cookies - and happy anniversary!

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  7. I used to love the Whoppers candies too, HAHA, that's so funny that your co-workers thought you were talking about the McDonald's burgers!! :0)

    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!

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  8. Sweet pictures!!! Happy anniversary!

    I feel the same way about chocolate cookies...that is funny! LOVE chocolate chip, but not chocolate-chocolate chip. I'll have to give these a try.

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  9. Happy Anniversary! Here's wishing you both a fabulous day to celebrate :) Your cookies came out perfect and nice catch on noticing the omission of the baking temp!

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  10. The cookies look fabulous! Mine got all flat for some reason :P But still delicious! HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!

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  11. What a lovely couple you are.

    Your cookies look so wonderful. Mine are flat, flat, flat.

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  12. Beautiful cookies and a beautiful bride!

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  13. yeah whopper are found at burger king, NOT mcdonalds.:) those look yummo. happy anniversary jaime! cute pics....beach wedding pictures are some of my favorite.

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  14. Look how uniform those chopped whoppers are! Who ARE you?
    Gorgeous photos - esp the wedding!

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  15. Beautiful wedding photos and beautiful cookies! Happy Anniversary!

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  16. Glad you liked the cookies so much - we didn't care for them but at least we tried!!

    Happy anniversary!

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  17. Good tip about leaving the whoppers bigger. I didn't like the crunchy bits!

    Happy anniversary!!!

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  18. Happy Anniversary!
    I love the close up photos! Your cookies turned out great!

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  19. There will definitely be a next time with these cookies, I agree. Happy anniversary!

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  20. aww, happy anniversary! i love those pictures--it looks like the event was something to behold!
    meanwhile, i'd say that these are awesome cookies, but i'm anti-whoppers. :)

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  21. Isn't it great when you find a new favorite? Especially a surprising new favorite!

    Congrats to you both. 3 years, whoo hoo!
    nancy

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  22. Happy Anniversary! What beautiful wedding photos. The cookies look great and I'm happy that you've found a chocolate cookie that you like. What did you think of the dough? It was so good, I had a tough time stopping myself! :o)

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  23. I loved these cookies, glad you enjoyed them. Happy Anniversary your wedding pictures are beautiful!

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  24. Your co-worker made me laugh! Great job on the cookies! They look delicious!

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  25. gorgeous photos and the cookies look great too!!!

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  26. Your wedding pictures are STUNNING! Happy Anniversary!

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  27. Happy Happy Happy Anniversary! What a cute couple you two are!

    And I just cracked up about the BK Whopper!

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  28. These look great! I also loved Whoppers as a kid and hadn't had them in years! Happy 3rd anniversary! I hope you both have a wonderful day celebrating!

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  29. Happy 3rd anniversary! You were such a beautiful happy bride. Wishing you many more happy years together. PS. Cookies look delish!
    Clara @ iheartfood4thought

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  30. You guys are adorable! Happy anniversary. :)

    Also, glad to hear you liked the cookies. I agree, if I make them again I'll keep the Whopper pieces bigger so they don't get so chewy--I liked it when they retained their crunch. Your pictures are gorgeous as always!

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  31. happy anniversary--what beautiful photos! how did no one know what a whopper is?? shocking! your cookies look fabulous, so i'm sure you showed them what's what!

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  32. These cookies were so delicious, it totally changed my mind about malted milk balls!

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  33. I loved your whopper mcconalds joke-hee hee. Second your cookies look wonderful and third-you gorgeous bride you- happy anniversary!

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  34. Happy Happy Anniversary, Jaime! You are as beautiful as your cookies!! Thanks for sharing your memories with all of us. You really have great photos, makes your food look as good as it tastes, I'm sure.
    Congrats
    AmyRuth

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  35. Happy Anniversary! And your cookies look great!

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  36. Funny, I had the a similar reaction to Whoppers, Anyway, your cookies are lookin' good and happy anniversary. You are beautiful.

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  37. Wow, your cookies look really good. Others I have seen seem more flat. I wonder if it is the difference in the Ovaltine vs. Malt. I don't LOVE a chocolate cookie as much as a ccc either, but seeing all these, they sure look worth trying!
    Your wedding pics are great!

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  38. How tasty!

    Happy Anniversary :)

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  39. L.O.V.E. your wedding picks! Happy Anniversary!! Your cookies look fantastic too!

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  40. Awesome cookie pics! :D I loved these cookies, too. I can't stop eating them. Will def make again.

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  41. I totally agree with you. I love cookies with chocolate chips or chunks in them, but not usually when it is chocoalte based. Although I wasn't crazy about the texture, the flavour was amazing!

    Great pics!

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