Malted Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars Recipe

5 from 1 vote

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 bar squares

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Does it get better than Cookie Bars? My 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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creaming butter and sugars

What You’ll Need

  • butter, salted
  • light brown sugar
  • granulated sugar
  • large eggs
  • all-purpose flour
  • malted milk powder
  • baking soda
  • kosher salt
  • chocolate chunks or chips

adding eggs to mixer

How To Make Malted Bars

  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.

add dry ingredients to mixing bowl

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

chocolate chips in mixing bowl

Add some chocolate chips for good measure.

cookie dough in baking pan

Spread evenly and time to bake!!

baked cookie bars

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

chocolate chip cookie bar squares

How To Serve Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Serve bars warm or room temperature cut into squares.

How To Store Leftovers

Store any leftover bars in an airtight container room temperature or in refrigerator for up to 2-3 days.

Tips For Making The Best Cookie Bars

  1. Don’t alter the recipe, use all ingredients as listed.
  2. Always use butter, not margarine. I prefer salted butter for my chocolate chip cookies.
  3. Don’t skip creaming your butter and sugars for a good 2 minutes.  Helps create a fluffy, chewy cookie bar.
  4. Try sprinkling dough with just a touch of salt for a perfect sweet and salty combination.
  5. Don’t overtake your cookie bars.  Bars will continue to cook on hot cookie sheet when removed from oven.
  6. Let cookies cool completely before cutting into squares and storing in containers.
chocolate chip cookie bars
5 from 1 vote

Malted Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars Recipe

These Malted Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars make the perfect dessert for any sweet occasion.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Servings: 12
Calories: 428kcal
Author: Jenny
Cost: $15
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Equipment

  • Oven
  • 8 x 8 baking dish
  • stand mixer
  • measuring spoons
  • measuring cups

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line 2 8×8 inch baking pans with parchment paper.
  • 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.
  • 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

Calories: 428kcal | Carbohydrates: 77g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 350mg | Potassium: 102mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 53g | Vitamin A: 138IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 84mg | Iron: 2mg
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53 Responses
    1. Jenny

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

  1. Nikki

    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?

    1. Jenny

      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.

  2. Denisse

    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

  3. zara

    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:)

  4. Rachel Cooks

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

  5. Michelle { A Latte Food }

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

  6. Kathy

    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!

    1. joan

      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!

  7. annabelle

    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.

  8. Leah Davis

    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!

  9. Molly @ Duchess of Fork

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

  10. Averie @ Averie Cooks

    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!

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