Malted Milk Chocolate Chip Cookies

I hope you are taking care of yourself. I hope you’re inhaling, and exhaling as often as possible in an intentional sort of way. You know the way that involves a candle, some hot tea, and a little self-reflection. It sounds mundane, and you’ve heard it all before, but I believe it helps. I have found myself so overwhelmed with emotions over the last year, often finding myself tearing up for no reason, and all the reasons. Which probably explains why I’ve been baking so much. And I have no apologies for that. It started a month or so into the pandemic last year, and while it has lessened a bit, its definitely still happening more than the typical. Because I need dessert, and you all need dessert. So I come with the dessert for you.

These cookies were an experiment from quite a while ago, and I came across it in one of my food journals, decided to make them, and share them on social media where they took off. And ever since I have had someone send me an image of their cookies, and I love it. Because I feel like chocolate chip cookies have the power to keep us sane, but don’t let me deter you from professional help as well. Malted milk chocolate chip cookies will only take you so far.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipes, Cookies, Baking Recipes
Malted Milk Chocolate Chip Cookies, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Cookies, Chocolate Recipes

I also put this recipe out into the inter webs one night, and forgot to mention the half of a teaspoon of kosher salt, and that the butter is blended with the sugar in the first step. That won’t happen this time, and I formally apologize to anyone who made them without salt. Forgive me! And yes, you can brown the butter for these, and yes, you can omit the malted milk powder but I don’t recommend it. I just know that not everyone will have access to it, but that shouldn’t keep you from a legit chocolate chip cookie. And I would like to give credit to Sarah Kieffer of the Vanilla Bean Blog for the pan banging method. This is not that similar to her recipe, so don’t expect that crinkle look, but it will give you an excellent chewy cookie, which is the only cookie I want in my life, unless we’re talking about Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies. Anyways, make these cookies, close your eyes, and clear your mind before taking that first bite. And let that chewy chocolate chip goodness wash over you.

Malted Milk Chocolate Chip Cookies, The Salted Table, Nashville TN, Personal Chef

Malted Milk Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons malted milk powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 cups AP flour, not sifted
  • 2 cups, plus 1/4 cup blended chocolate chips.
  1. Heat the oven to 350°. In a bowl, blend the sugars, butter, salt, vanilla, and egg with a whisk until smooth, about 2-3 minutes. I like for most of the sugar to dissolve for a cookie that’s not granular. That drives me crazy, lol.
  2. Fold in the flour, baking soda, cornstarch, and the malted milk powder until combined. Then, fold in the 2 cups of chocolate chips, and set the 1/4 cup of chips to the side.
  3. Portion the dough onto a greased, or lined cookie sheet, leaving an inch or so between each ball of dough. Lightly press down, but not too much, and use some of the chocolate you have left to press into the top of the dough. And save some for when they come out of the oven, or simply grab some more from the pantry based upon your personal love for chocolate.
  4. Bake for 6 minutes, then lift the pan about 3 inches off of the rack, and drop it. We want to deflate the cookie so that it is chewy, and dense verses fluffy. Bake for another 3 minutes and repeat. After an additional two minutes, remove the cookies from the oven and drop them for the last time on top of the oven or counter.
  5. Then, remove them from the sheet pan so they don’t continue to cook. We want to preserve that chewy situation that we are getting ready to indulge in. Allow to cool for several minutes, or grab a glass of milk, and dig in, because warm cookies are a gift from the Lord himself.

NOTES: The cornstarch, I’m told makes for a chewier cookie, so why not up our chances. As far why the baking soda is in the recipe, I’m not sure, since there is no acid to activate it, but I haven’t made them without it before, so I didn’t see the need to change it. Feel free to make them without it, and come back to let us know if you notice any changes.

And I believe this is solid brown cookie base, so take liberties with it. If you have butterscotch chips, toasted nuts, toasted coconut. Toss them in, and make the cookie your heart desires.

2013….Changes for the better!

I’m not sure if many of you know or care, but I work full time plus in the restaurant industry. So finding opportunities to blog the way I want to has proven to be quite the challenge. Originally, I desired to visit your favorite local spots and grab interviews with the entrepreneurs behind them. But trying to find time to interview restaurant owners with my schedule has been relatively impossible. But that doesn’t mean we won’t bring you the ‘behind the scenes’ dish when applicable. This year what I desire to do is bring my followers the favorite things I enjoy from any given restaurant. Still inspired by Eating and Supporting your Local Mom & Pop, while allowing me to blog more and stress less. If you have any ideas on things you’d like to see featured on The Local Forkful food blog, drop us a couple of lines. We’d love to hear from you. And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook & Twitter for the latest in restaurant news and good eats!

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Why eat here? Why buy local?….is this ever going to end?

No one’s telling you to STOP supporting your local McDonald’s (eeewww!, but I too are a guilty patron). The true questions at the heart of the matter are Why not eat local? Why not buy here? These establishments are the back-bone of our economy. And they are the ones who took the initiative to bring their dreams into fruition. (slow clap…)

Not only that but there is something undeniably awesome about having neighborhood knick knacks that one can call their own. I mean, think about it. How heart-broken would you be to awake  one morn and discover Hillsboro Village was a memory of yester-year. OMG! Where are you gonna get your Bongo Java, indie hits  & art fix in one stop. And “Dear God” who’s gonna make your  ‘Cookie Dough Eggrolls’ at home. (Yeah, exactly). You can’t stand in the freezing cold with snot glued to your face waiting to get in The Pancake Pantry if it doesn’t exist. This doesn’t exclude farmers. When was the last time you scooped cow patties or pulled a veggie from the earth.

And the list goes on….but we won’t, you get it.      Don’t You?!

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Also, supporting local businesses means that you are supporting other local businesses (tongue-twister). There are tons of statistics and numbers I could share with you but why bother? Just take my word for it. These pie charts, graphs, dots and lines all show the domino effect when keeping your money local. Not too mention, when cities have cozy mom & pops to frequent. It makes tourist feel like they’ve been somewhere worth visiting or might even remind them of home. And everybody knows you need tourists to like you despite the bad rap they get. They drop big $’s when traveling.

Oh!, wait. Let us not forget the topic of the year. JOBS. Mom & pops create the most jobs in the nation. Somebody’s gotta cook that food, do that inventory, purchase the orders, clean the floors, take long lunch breaks, the no call- no shows, and all of those who clock-in late (I  was  saving a kitten from being hit by a car…no…it really happened), but anyways someone has to employ these people. And a pat on the back to you mom & pops for dealing with us.

Now, to sum this all up before your head droops again! Eat here! Buy Local! and tell your friends and their friends. We must stick together with our local business owners to ensure longevity and support their success in our community. They know you  and can better provide what you like and what you need because, guess what?. They live here too. Thanks for tuning in…. you may go back to your non-fat machiato or McNuggets.

Welcome to Local Forkful

I am elated to bring you  Local Forkful. We aspire to bring you the best in  culinary eats that Nashville has to offer, plus.

Don’t pigeon-hole us here at Local Forkful. We will be highlighting everything from your favorite eateries, local businesses, local farmers, giving you our favorite playlist selections from your favorite coffee shops and more. Maybe even throw you a few deals for following us on Twitter.!/localforkful

We intend to deliver you the best in mom & pop food eateries around. That  will  keep your appetite fulfilled and satisfied. We aspire to get behind the scenes to deliver the Nashville Food Scene to you in a new and exciting format. Spread the word and Prepare to be served the  best in good eats by Local Forkful.

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Aaaahhh! Food Blog….Not Another One!
‘Local Forkful’ is not your ordinary food blog. We are strivin’ to find the best of the best that Nashville has to offer in delicious eats. We are advocates for the buy local movement, supporting the mom & pops of the Nashville Area.

Why should I read it?
Duh!…So you no longer waste you’re time & energy walking into restaurants looking for something new & exciting. Only to leave the establishment with a bad taste in your mouth.  Local Forkful wants to relieve the food patrons of Nashville from these stressful experiences by doing the homework for you.
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You might even learn something about that guy who makes your non-fat latte!

What sets us apart?
The Local Forkful will be taking a deeper look into your local favorite places to eat. At the owner’s allowance, we plan to make some of the items you enjoy to discover why they’re so good. And maybe even ‘borrow’ a recipe or two?


  • We want to find out who’s the staff?
  • What is in this? It’s so good!
  • Do they enjoy what they do?
  • What’s the inspiration behind this place?
  • Why this location? Why Nashville, TN
  • How can I work here?

How does the ‘Local Forkful’ benefit my business?
Do you have to ask? We will be plugged into today’s most popular social media sources. Facebook, & Twitter. Practically providing free advertisement for you and your business.
Which = bringing in the dollars!!!…I mean, PEOPLE! We also aspire to be a published entity in local media. Therefore producing even more regular patrons and allowing you to better establish yourself in Nashville! Or just take it over!

How do you pronounce it? Fork-fole..Fork-foul..Fork-foe?

No, No, No!…It’s Fork-full. We just like One ‘l’ better.

Thanks for being apart of something NEW!

Author & Food Enthusiast: Charles Hunter III