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White Chocolate Malted Sugar Cookie Bars

Celebrate the season with these memorable, mouth-watering White Chocolate Malted Sugar Cookie Bars.

White Chocolate Malted Sugar Cookie Bars | Sweet Baked Life

I can eat things flavored with malt just about any time of the year. However, with springtime upon us, it’s only natural that this flavor jumps out at me! When I was a little girl, I loved sweets (some things don’t change!), and Easter was one of the best holidays as it was filled with a plethora of family fun; egg hunts, basket finding, cute stuffed bunnies, good food and most of all, lots and lots of candy — including my favorite, chocolate covered malt balls!

Now, that spring is upon us, Whoppers are abundant at the stores, flowers are blooming, people are smiling, the sun is shining (or at least trying to) and pretty pastel colors are everywhere you look!

To honor my fond memories of springtime celebrations, I just had to make something with the distinct flavor of malt. I also wanted these bars to look pretty to represent the season. Truth be told, I was going to add a few drops of red food coloring to the white chocolate to make it a soft pink, but in the end, I decided to leave it white and pure.

White Chocolate Malted Sugar Cookie Bars | Sweet Baked Life

Also, with my son now a teen, we are a bit more sophisticated in our celebration of the season and Easter. However, the spirit of the big white rabbit visiting our home each spring lives forever in our hearts!

You see, when my son was young, we celebrated just like when I was a child — big candy filled baskets for all of us, an Easter egg hunt, a delicious feast and a festive dessert. The best part of me was seeing the delight in his eyes as he discovered the goodie filled basket by his bed, then he helped us look for ours! My husband would get up extra early and hide the candy-filled plastic pastel eggs throughout the yard, and my son would wander around with his basket searching for the eggs until he found all of them! It was a wonderful day filled with lost of fun and love.

To keep the tradition, I still prepare an Easter basket for my son. Yes, he has outgrown the “bunny” thing, but he still enjoys celebrating the season and getting some special gifts from mom and dad. This year, it will probably be filled iTunes and Microsoft gift cards, clothes and maybe a special box of chocolates from the See’s Candy Store along with a big chocolate bunny!

White Chocolate Malted Sugar Cookie Bars | Sweet Baked Life

I also love whipping up an inspired dessert using some of our favorite candy or flavors. These White Chocolate Malted Sugar Cookie Bars really are impressive, and who doesn’t like to celebrate with sweets?

This recipe is simple to make — it starts with a malted sugar cookie base, followed by a sweet white chocolate layer, and topped with crushed Whopper candies! The combination of soft, sweet and crunchy is amazing!

To make the preparation even easier, I used a store-bought cookie mix and just added a bit of malt and vanilla to bring out the springtime flavor that’s hard to pass up!

It does have an extra step of cooling the cookies before you add the melted chocolate and additional chopped Whoppers, but its worth the wait on these malted gems! Once they are ready to eat, your family and friends will thank you for making these decadent bars and you can reminisce about your childhood favorites!

White Chocolate Malted Sugar Cookie Bars | Sweet Baked Life

White Chocolate Malted Sugar Cookie Bars

  • Servings: 8-10
  • Difficulty: easy
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By: Sheila | Sweet Baked Life White Chocolate Malted Sugar Cookie Bars | Sweet Baked Life

Ingredients:
– 1 package Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie mix
– 1/2 cup Carnation Malted Milk powder
– 1 large egg
– 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
– 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
– 2 tablespoons milk
– 1 (5 oz.) carton Whoppers Malted Milk Balls, crushed & divided
– 4 oz Lindt White Chocolate bar, melted

Instructions

1.Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Prepare an 8×8-inch baking pan by lining with parchment paper then spraying with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.

2. In a large bowl of an electric stand mixer, with the paddle attachment, add the cookie mix, malted milk powder, egg, butter, vanilla and milk. Beat on medium speed until the dough comes together (it will be thick).

3. Add half of the crushed Whoppers and mix with a spoon until incorporated. Transfer mixture to the prepared pan and press down to create an even layer. Bake for 30-40 minutes, until the cookie mixture is golden brown. Let cool completely on a wire rack.

4. After the cookie base is cool, top the mixture with the melted white chocolate — spreading evenly with an offset spatula. Sprinkle the top with the remaining Whoppers. Place in the refrigerator to chill.

5. When ready to serve, remove from refrigerator, lift cookies out of pan by sides of parchment paper, and cut into squares.

White Chocolate Malted Sugar Cookie Bars | Sweet Baked Life

Dig in and celebrate spring and Easter with a batch of these delightful White Chocolate Malted Sugar Cookie Bars!

Sheila


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Bunny Bark

With Easter only one week away, I thought I better start getting some of my treats done so that I could share with you.  Here is a simple, fun and super sweet dessert that the entire family will love.  I use this recipe often for special holidays or even just a quick treat for the weekend, and I especially enjoy experimenting with different types of chocolate and toppings to make it delightfully unique.  This spring Bunny Bark combination is one of my favorites, not only for the incredible taste, but because of how the beautiful pastel colors look against the rich dark chocolate.BunnyBark
Bunny Bark

1 package semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 package milk chocolate chips
1/2 package Easter Oreo cookies
1 package Kraft Jet-Puffed Bunny Mallows (if you can’t find you can just use mini-marshmallows)
1 package Bunny Mix Milk Chocolate M&M’s
1 package chocolate covered malt balls
Spring themed sprinkles

Break Oreo cookies into a small bowl and open the bags of Bunny Mallows, M&M’s and malt balls and set aside.

Melt the semi-sweet chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl at low (50% power) for a total of 2-3 minutes, stirring after each 30 second increment ensuring you do not burn. When chocolate reaches the desired texture, remove from microwave and stir until smooth.  Pour melted chocolate into a rimmed non-stick baking sheet and spread evenly. Sprinkle cookie pieces, Bunny Mallows, M&M’s and malt balls over the top of the chocolate (note, you can use as much of the bag of goodies as you like).  Press down gently.

Melt the milk chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl at low (50% power) for total of 2-3 minutes, stirring after each 30 second increment ensuring you do not burn. When chocolate reaches the desired texture, remove from microwave and stir until smooth.  Be sure to watch the milk chocolate carefully as it tends to take a shorter time to melt.  With a spoon, drizzle the milk chocolate over cookies and candy and then top with the sprinkles.
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Put in the freezer for approximately 30 minutes, or until firm to your liking.

Remove from the freezer and using a spatula remove from the baking sheet onto a large cutting board. Break bark with your hands or if you prefer, you can also use a knife. Store in an airtight container – I like to keep mine in the freezer.

This scrumptious treat will satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth — they’ll be wishing Easter was every day!

Sheila