Malted Chocolate Chip-Pecan Cookies Recipe

Photograph: Vicky Wasik

Why It Works

  • Together, white sugar and barley malt syrup function like brown sugar in the dough, for cookies that are soft and chewy in the middle, but crisp around the edges.
  • Malted milk powder tenderizes the cookies, while boosting the lactose content of the dough, so they brown more flavorfully in the oven.
  • Whether dark, milk, or white, chopped chocolate puts shards and flecks of chocolate in the dough for cookies more flavorful than those made from plain chips.

Have some barley malt syrup leftover from homemade bagels? Put it to good use in these chewy, crispy, nutty, malted chocolate chip cookies. While we opted for a mix of white chocolate and pecans, these cookies are great with whatever chocolate and nuts you have on hand.

Recipe Facts



Active: 15 mins
Total: 40 mins
Serves: 40 cookies

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  • 9 ounces sugar (about 1 1/4 cups; 255g)

  • 8 ounces unsalted butter (2 sticks; 225g)

  • 2 ounces malted milk powder, such as Carnation or Hoosier Hill Farm (about 1/2 cup; 55g)

  • 1 ounce barley malt syrup (about 4 teaspoons; 30g)

  • 1/2 ounce vanilla extract (about 1 tablespoon; 15g)

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons (6g) Diamond Crystal kosher salt; for table salt, use half as much by volume or use the same weight

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 large egg

  • 10 ounces all-purpose flour (about 2 cups; 280g)

  • 10 ounces toasted pecan pieces (about 2 1/2 cups; 280g)

  • 10 ounces roughly chopped chocolate, dark, milk, or white (about 1 3/4 cup; 280g)


  1. Adjust oven rack to middle position, preheat to 350°F (170°C), and line two aluminum half sheet pans with parchment. Combine sugar, butter, malted milk powder, barley malt syrup, vanilla extract, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and baking soda in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Mix on low to moisten, increase to medium, and beat until soft and light, about 5 minutes. Add egg and continue beating until smooth, about 2 minutes more, pausing to scrape down the sides of the bowl with a flexible spatula as needed. Resume mixing on low, add the flour, and, when fully incorporated, add pecan pieces and chopped chocolate.

  2. With a pair of spoons, divide into about forty 1 1/4-ounce portions and arrange on half sheet pans, leaving about 2 inches in between each, as the cookies will spread significantly in the oven. Bake until puffed and pale gold around the edges, but still soft and pale in the middle, about 15 minutes. Cool directly on the sheet pan until firm, about 10 minutes. Enjoy warm, or allow to cool completely then store in an airtight container for up to 2 days at room temperature.

  3. If you like, portioned dough can be divided between several heavy duty zip-top bags and refrigerated up to 1 week, or frozen 6 months. Stand at room temperature until quite soft, about 70°F, and bake as directed.

Special equipment

Stand mixer with paddle attachment


Look for barley malt syrup in the baking aisle of major supermarkets, or shop online. Malted milk powder from brands like Carnation and Ovaltine is found in the hot cocoa aisle, or you can buy it in bulk; my favorite brand is Hoosier Hill Farm.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
188 Calories
12g Fat
19g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 40
Amount per serving
Calories 188
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 16%
Saturated Fat 5g 23%
Cholesterol 17mg 6%
Sodium 93mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 27mg 2%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 90mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)