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Milk-Chocolate Cookies with Malted Cream
© Con Poulos

Milk-Chocolate Cookies with Malted Cream

  • ACTIVE: 30 MIN
  • TOTAL TIME: 1 HR 30 MIN
  • SERVINGS: Makes about 2 1/2 dozen cookies
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Pastry chef Mathew Rice grew up loving an Oreo-like sandwich cookie called Murray Chocolate Cremes. In this homage, he creates a malty filling for milk-chocolate wafers by mixing butter and sugar with Ovaltine.

Cookies

  1. 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  2. 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  3. 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  4. 6 ounces milk chocolate, melted and cooled slightly
  5. 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  6. 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  7. 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  8. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  9. 1/2 teaspoon salt

Filling

  1. 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  2. 1/2 cup chocolate malt powder, such as Ovaltine
  3. 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  4. 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  1. MAKE THE FILLING: Preheat the oven to 350°. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the butter with the brown sugar and granulated sugar until smooth. Add the melted chocolate and vanilla and beat until smooth. In a small bowl, whisk the flour with the cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the bowl and beat at low speed just until incorporated. Roll the dough between 2 sheets of parchment paper to a scant 1/4-inch thickness and refrigerate until firm, about 15 minutes.
  3. Using a 2-inch round cookie cutter, stamp out as many rounds as possible and transfer to the baking sheets, 1 inch apart. Gather the scraps and chill, with the cut-out rounds, for 10 minutes. Reroll the scraps and stamp out more rounds.
  4. Bake the cookies in the lower and middle thirds of the oven for about 10 minutes, until dry and set; shift the pans halfway through baking. Transfer the cookies to a rack and let cool completely.
  5. In a medium bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the butter with the chocolate malt powder at medium speed until light, about 3 minutes. Add the vanilla and confectioners' sugar and beat at low speed just until combined. Transfer the filling to a pastry bag fitted with a 1/2-inch plain tip. Arrange half of the cookies on a work surface, bottom side up, and pipe a 1-inch mound of filling onto each. Sandwich with the remaining cookies, pressing to spread the filling to the edges. Serve.