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Vanilla Malted Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars Recipe

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My Vanilla Malted Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars Recipe are the perfect goodie to treat your family and friends!

Vanilla Malted Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Does it get better than oozing chocolate and cookie dough?  I think not :)

My Vanilla Malted Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars have the perfect buttery crisp outsides with the most sinful chocolatey soft centers.  They are also great for packaging up for a potluck or gift giving to family and friends.  My boys brought them to their Father’s and Son’s Camp trip last weekend and lets just say they didn’t bring any back with them, haha!



 Start by creaming your butter and sugars.

egg and vanilla

 Mix in 2 lovely eggs and some extra vanilla :)

Flour and malt

Time for the dry ingredients including the malted milk powder.  Mmmm!

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I used these fabulous Hershey Baking Melts that will give you the oozing chocolate effect when cutting into squares.  Chocolate chunks work great too.

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Add some chocolate chips for good measure.

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Why do I love cookie dough so much?  Irresistible!!!

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Divide into two 8×8 inch baking pans or one 9×13 pan lined with parchment paper.

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Spread evenly and time to bake!!

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Just you wait until you cut into these babies.  You’ll have chocolatey chunks like this waiting for you :)

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Totally optional, but anytime I make bars, I’ll cut off 1/2 inch pieces around edges so I have more even squares.  Don’t worry, the edges don’t go to waste.  My kids probably like the edges better than the bars themselves.

Vanilla Malted Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

The trick is letting the bars cool for a good 45 minutes-1 hour.  Once they are cooled cut them into squares and enjoy.

Vanilla Malted Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Isn’t that melted chocolate fabulous?!  Have fun!

Vanilla Malted Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Vanilla Malted Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars Recipe

Vanilla Malted Chocolate Chip Cookie BarsPrep time: 10 min | Cook time: 30 min | Total time: 40 min


  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose Gold Medal Flour
  • 1/2 cup Carnation Malt Powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 10 ounce bag Chocolate Melts or chocolate chunks work too
  • 1 cup chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and line 2 8×8 inch baking pans with parchment paper.
  2. Place butter and sugars into stand mixer beating until well combined. Add eggs and vanilla beating to combine. Slowly add flour, malt powder, baking soda, salt and chocolate melts and chips. Stir on low until just combined.
  3. Divide dough into 2 equal parts and spread evenly into prepared baking pans. Bake for 30-35 minutes until golden and baked through. Let cool completely then cut into bars.

Makes 12 Servings


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  1. 1

    The melty oozy chocolate factor is off the richter scale – love it and pinned!

    And your new headshot…you look 10 years younger than your old one, super smokin’, and amazing :) Your hair is gorgeous and I thought for a second, who’s that model Jenny put up on her site. Then I look, and it’s YOU! DANG. Girl. Fabulous!

  2. 2

    Jenny- these bars look scrumptious and I LOVE your green mixer. Too fun! Have a great day. :)

  3. 3

    Baking with malt is so fun. Love this recipe!

  4. 4

    These look so good – I am a SUCKER for anything malted!!

  5. 5

    All that melt chocolate looks so good! Malt is a wonderful addition too.

  6. 6

    Mmmmmm! These bars are oozy gooey fabulous Jenny!

  7. 7

    Love the malt in these!!! That oozing chocolate has me swooning!!

  8. 8

    Love the sight of that melting, gooey chocolate! Want these!!!

  9. 9
    Maria says:

    I need these in my life!

  10. 10

    Those look so good with all of the melted chocolate and I love the malt!

  11. 11

    Looks so darn good, Jenny! This will get me through the week. ;)

  12. 12

    Dang girl these look so good with that gooey chocolate melting down the side of the bar.

  13. 13
    Leah Davis says:

    That melted chocolate looks delicious! I will have to try using those chocolate melts. I have never tried baking with malt before either. This recipe sounds great!

  14. 14

    omg with that melting chocolate….

  15. 15
    Naomi says:

    My kind of bar- perfect texture with the buttery crisp outside and gooey chocolate on the inside

  16. 16
    Priscilla Fries says:

    how muchis a stick of butter. Is it a quarter or half a cup

  17. 17
    annabelle says:

    these look so yummy, but I have a small problem. Where I live, we don´t get malted powder, with what can I substitute or can I omit it.

    • 17.1
      Tricia says:

      I would also like to substitute or omit the malt.
      Can someone advise how to go about doing so?
      Thank you!!

  18. 18
    Melissa says:

    Is there a need to adjust the baking time when cooking in a 13×9 pan?

    • 18.1
      joan says:

      I made this yesterday in a 9 by 13-inch pan and went with about 30 minutes–it’s a slightly smaller area than 2 8 by 8 pans, so I went with the shorter amount of time, and they came out just right!

  19. 19
    Gaby says:

    Incredibly gooey and delicious!

  20. 20

    I need this in my life right now! Pregnancy cravings are real!

  21. 21
    Ambar Ogando says:

    This is mouth watering!

  22. 22
    Kathy says:

    I made these last night and they are delicious!! Thankfully, I was watching them because they were done in 20 minutes. My oven doesn’t run hot, so I will make a note on my recipe to bake a shorter amount of time. Thanks Jenny!

  23. 23

    ahhhhh, these look way too fabulous to pass up!!

  24. 24

    I LOVE malt powder. These bars look so ooey, gooey and delicious!

  25. 25

    Your mixer is so cute! And, boy, these look fabulous! I cannot wait to give these a shot =) Thanks for sharing!

  26. 26

    I love how ooey and gooey these are!

  27. 27
    Emily says:

    is it possible to leave out the malt powder?

  28. 28
    Rachel Cooks says:

    I’m obsessed with cookie bars lately and these look like they would be no exception! Loving all that gooey chocolate.

  29. 29
    zara says:

    Hi,I love all your recipes!
    but I have a problem with this one because I really wanna make it but couldn’t find malt powder here(I live in Iran)so can I substitute it?please answer this:)

  30. 30
    Miriam says:

    I would love to make these bars this week. They look delicious. Can you buy the malt powder in the supermarket?

  31. 31
    Tom says:

    What’s the cooking time if you use a 9 X 13 pan?


  32. 32
    Denisse says:

    Hi. I love this recipe and many others made by you , cause I adore chocolate ! But I have a problem … In my country I can`t find malted milk . Can you tell me a substitute ? Something I can use instead ? Pls answer cause I wanna make this recipe as soon as possible. Ty

  33. 33

    […] found this bar recipe on Picky Palate a couple weeks ago and they had been on my mind ever since. Once I got my hands on […]

  34. 34
    Londi says:

    I made this recipe. It was simple & the bomb!!! A real fun treat!

  35. 35
    Nikki says:

    I made these last week and my friends were raving about them! Would love to try them in cookie form. Think it would work, or would I have to adjust the recipe?

    • 35.1
      Jenny says:

      I think they would work in cookie form, haven’t tried it but I think it would turn out just fine :) I’d say 12-13 minutes per batch.

  36. 36

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  37. 37
    Henny says:

    Jenny can you please tell us whether we can omit or substitute the malted milk? Thanks for yout answer jenny

  38. 38
    Kristin says:

    These look delicious. I’m a huge fan of chocolate chip cookies so these are right up my alley. <3

  39. 39
    Niki says:

    Well i am really disappointed that i wasted my time and ingredients. I baked these at 350 for exactly 30 minutes and they were totally burned. I mean charred burned. I bake all the time so i know my oven is not the problem. I could eat some at the very center of the 8×8 pan to see what they would have tasted like and it is not a good cookie anyway. Sorry but this recipe is a loser.

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