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White Chocolate Malted Sugar Cookie Bars

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

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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.

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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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Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Simply scrumptious, these Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are morsels of dark chocolate goodness dusted with powdered sugar — to me they look like pillowy chocolate clouds!

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Can you believe I have never made Crinkle Cookies before? It’s true. I’ve always wanted to make them, but for some reason or another never did.  Lately, visions of these chocolaty cookies have been invading my thoughts. So, I gave into my temptation and dusted off my cookie trays to bake these soft beauties!

I know, I know, people usually make these cookies over the holidays, but, why not break-out from that old tradition and make these delicate delights any time you please?

You see, I’ve been a bit turned upside down at work lately, so, for me, deciding to make these cookies at this moment in time was absolutely perfect! Especially since my chocolate craving seems to be at an all-time high!

I also thought it would be a good time to treat my family to some fluffy homemade cookies to show them know how much I appreciate them during this crazy time! And, they LOVED them — well, they pretty much love all cookies. However, they were thankful I made them — mostly because I don’t bake cookies much!

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These cookies are super simple to make. And if they weren’t, I would not have made them!

You use ingredients that you probably have in your pantry right now; sugar, cocoa powder,vanilla, butter, and eggs. After you mix them, roll them into balls and toss them into some powdered sugar, they are ready for the oven. As they bake, they crack which gives them the delicate crinkle look, — an irresistible treat for sure!

Be warned, these Chocolate Crinkle Cookies go fast! Next time I will definitely double the recipe, and I would suggest that if you make them, you consider doubling it too! Yes, they are that good; super soft and moist and the dusting of sugar makes them look so pretty.

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Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

1/2 cup confectioners sugar
1-2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1 -1/4 cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Heat your oven to 350 degrees.

In a small bowl, add the confectioners sugar and set aside.

In a medium bowl, add the flour, cocoa and baking powder and whisk until combined.

In a large bowl of an electric mixer, beat the sugar and butter on medium speed until creamy, about 2 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating until well combined after each addition. Then add the vanilla and beat until combined.

With the mixer on low-speed, slowly add the flour mixture and mix until just incorporated.

To form the cookies, scoop the dough using a 1-inch cookie scoop, and place the dough in the palm of your hand and roll. Place dough ball on a piece of wax paper. Repeat using all of the dough.

Then, one-by-one, roll the balls in the confectioners sugar and place on a baking sheet, placed about 2 inches apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Remove cookie sheet and place on a cooling rack and allow cookies to cool for 12 minutes. Then remove cookies from sheet and place directly on rack until completely cool. Repeat until all cookies are made.

Makes about 36 small cookies.

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Get ready to break out of your routine, and bake a fresh batch or two of these delightfully good Chocolate Crinkle Cookies now!

Sheila

 

{recipe adapted from Williams Sonoma}


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Pink Sugar Cookie Bites

Do you know why I love Valentine’s Day so much? Because it’s filled with yummy treats and pretty pink things! Ok, I do like it also because of the “love” aspect. But to me, nothing says love more than something sweet like these adorable lip-smacking Pink Sugar Cookie Bites.

Pink Sugar Cookie Bites

You start by making a basic sugar cookie recipe, add a smidgen of red food coloring to turn your dough into a soft pink color, then top them off with pink sugar and mini heart-shaped sprinkles. They’re made easier by popping the dough into mini muffin tins — super simple and super delish. For sure your loved ones will adore them!

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Pink Sugar Cookie Bites

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 drops of red food coloring
pink sugar for topping
heart-shaped sprinkles for topping

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare mini muffin pans (I used 3 pans that each had 12 openings) with non-stick spray and set aside.

In a large bowl add the flour, salt, and baking soda, and stir until combined. Then, in a large bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg, vanilla and red food coloring and beat until smooth. Gradually add in the flour mixture just until combined. Note, the dough will be a light pink color, if you want a darker pink, add another drop or two to the dough and mix until the color is fully incorporated.

Scoop out the dough using a 1-inch cookie dough scoop (roughly about 1 tablespoon) and place into your prepared muffin pans. Sprinkle with the pink sugar and bake for about 10-12 minutes. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with more pink sugar and the heart-shaped sprinkles. Let cool in the pans for about 10 minutes then finish cooling on a rack.

My family absolutely loved these Pink Sugar Cookie Bites. How do I know? Well they were eaten up very quickly! Next time I will be making a double batch so they will last for more than a few days!!! Make some today for your loved ones!

Sheila