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Malted Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars Recipe

Sharing my favorite chocolate chip cookie bars today! My Vanilla Malted Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars Recipe are the perfect goodie to treat your family and friends!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Does it get better than Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars? 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! Enjoy!

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

 Start by creaming your butter and sugars.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

 Mix in 2 lovely eggs and some extra vanilla 🙂

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

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

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

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

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Add some chocolate chips for good measure.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

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

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

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

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Spread evenly and time to bake!!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

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

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

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.

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.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

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

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Tips For Making The Best Cookie Bars

  1. Don’t alter the recipe, use all ingredients as listed.
  2. For a more firm cookie, refrigerate your cookie dough for 24 hours before baking.
  3. Always use butter, not margarine.  ALWAYS.  I prefer salted butter for my chocolate chip cookies.  Try it!
  4. Don’t skip creaming your butter and sugars for a good 2 minutes.  Helps create a fluffy, chewy cookie bar.
  5. Try sprinkling dough with just a touch of salt for a perfect sweet and salty combination.
  6. Don’t overtake your cookie bars.  Bars will continue to cook on hot cookie sheet when removed from oven.
  7. Let cookies cool completely before cutting into squares and storing in containers. This will keep their crispness.
  8. Store leftover cookies in an airtight container for 3 days room temperature.
Malted Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bar cookies, best cookie bars, best cookie bars recipe, best cookies in the world, chocolate chip cookie bars, chocolate chunk cookies, chocolate chunk cookies recipe, cookie bars, cookie bars recipe, easy cookie bars, malted chocolate chip cookie recipe, malted chocolate chip cookies, malted cookies, the best cookies
Servings: 12
Calories: 428 kcal
Author: Jenny
  • 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 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.
Nutrition Facts
Malted Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 428 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 35mg12%
Sodium 350mg15%
Potassium 102mg3%
Carbohydrates 77g26%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 53g59%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 138IU3%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 84mg8%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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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
    Londi says:

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

  34. 34
    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?

    • 34.1
      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.

  35. 35
    Henny says:

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

    • 35.1
      Jenny says:

      You can just omit the malted milk, it will give the bars a different taste however the bars will still turn out fine 🙂

  36. 36
    Kristin says:

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

  37. 37
    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.

  38. 38
    Jenifer says:

    I see a ton of questions about the malt. I love malt! However, I have chocolate malt in my cupboard, do you think that chocolate flavored would be an okay substitute? It is raining like a beast and I want these bars ASAP!

  39. 39
    Jessika says:

    I do not have Carnation Malt powder, what can you substitute this with?

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  42. 42
    Gabby says:

    These look delicious!! Can’t wait to make them, but in Ecuador we don’t have MALT POWDER or malted milk. I will appreciate if you suggest me a substitute or maybe tell me if I can avoid this ingredient.
    Thank you sooooo much!

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