Chocolate Malt Whoopie Pies – #BakeTogether

by Kate on January 24, 2013

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In my humble opinion, there’s really nothing better than cake. Hmm… well, maybe the only thing better than cake is handheld cake. I’m talking about whoopie pies people! Some people think of these little delights more like cookies while others think they’re more like cake. I’m on the cake side of the fence but we could totally call them cakey cookies. Really what does it matter when there’s frosting involved?

Yes, let’s talk frosting for a moment shall we? This frosting is absolutely, knock your socks off good. This month for Bake Together, Abby tempted us with her Vanilla Bean Whoopie Pies with Bittersweet Chocolate. What was even more special about this Bake Together was that in addition to our leader and own star baker Abby Dodge, we had another baking genius baking along with us this month. Greg Patent! If you aren’t familiar with his work, you must grab yourself copies of both Baking in America and A Baker’s Odyssey. For his version, Greg made Lemon Whoopie Pies with White Chocolate Lemon Buttercream. Whoa Nelly!

Chocolate Malt Whoopie Pies 2 - #cake #cookies #whoopie @KDBabbles

After reading both, I wiped the drool from my keyboard collected my thoughts and started planning my spin on these lovely whoopies. I knew I wanted chocolate so I had some direction. As I scanned my cabinets to see what I had to play with my eyes landed on a box of unassuming malted milk balls. Right then, an idea was hatched. So I have for you today soft, cakey chocolate whoopie pies filled with chocolate malt frosting rolled in crushed malted milk balls. They are handheld chocolate malted cakey cookie perfection.



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Chocolate Malt Whoopie Pies

1 hour

Yield: 12 whoopie pies

Chocolate Malt Whoopie Pies

Soft, cakey chocolate whoopie pies filled with chocolate malt frosting rolled in crushed malted milk balls. They are handheld chocolate malted cakey cookie perfection.


    For Whoopies:
  • 1 cup malted milk powder
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup dark cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk, room temperature
  • For Filling:
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 cup Chocolate Malt Olvaltine
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Garnish:
  • 1 cup chocolate covered malted milk balls, coarsely broken


    Make the whoopies:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place an oven rack in the center of the oven. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Whisk together the malted milk powder, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and table salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the butter and brown sugar until smooth. Add the eggs one at a time, beating after each addition just until combined, adding the vanilla with the last egg.
  4. With the mixer on low, add half the flour mixture and beat just until blended. Add the buttermilk and mix again, just until blended. Add the second half of the flour, mix just until blended.
  5. Scoop 2 tablespoons of the dough and shape into a ball. Place on prepared baking sheets 1 1/2 inches apart.
  6. Bake one sheet at a time for 12-15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a whoopie comes out clean.
  7. Remove pan from oven. Cool 10 minutes on sheet then move to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  8. Make the filling:
  9. In a medium bowl, beat all the ingredients until fluffy.
  10. Assemble:
  11. Place the frosting into a pastry bag fitted with an open tip. Pipe frosting onto 12 of the whoopies and top with the other 12.
  12. Roll each in crushed chocolate covered malted milk balls.
  13. Enjoy!


Adapted from Abby Dodge

{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

suzanne January 24, 2013 at 8:18 am

Beautiful, and I’m with you on the “cake” side of the fence. They are IMHO a delicious little hand held cake filled with goodness. I adore your version, I have always been a big fan of malt and chocolate together and I love that you are not shy about adding the malt!!


Kate January 24, 2013 at 12:25 pm

Thank you Suzanne! The malt actually was only prominent in the frosting. In the cake, it really didn’t come through too much which really made for a nice balance without overdoing it.


Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet January 24, 2013 at 11:24 am

Oh my! I love malt balls!! This is so genius, Kate! Need to try this ASAP!


Kate January 24, 2013 at 12:25 pm

Thanks Anna! Hope you enjoy them. They were a big hit with my family.


Yvonne @ bitter baker January 24, 2013 at 11:49 pm

I totally love the way you rolled the sides of the whoopie pies coarsely broken chocolate balls. They look soo good! AND I love your photography. Beautiful pictures as always 🙂


Kate January 25, 2013 at 10:45 am

Thank you SO much Yvonne! I’m so happy to hear you like these and my pictures. I’m flattered!


Ruthy @ omeletta January 25, 2013 at 1:20 am

Seriously! Whoopie pies are my new true love, and these look fantastic. Love the malted milk balls, such a great idea. Gorgeous photos, too!


Kate January 25, 2013 at 10:47 am

Thank you Ruthy! I really appreciate that and I’m happy to hear you like these.


ChristineM January 25, 2013 at 2:12 pm

Ovaltine, mmmmmm….. paired with the malted milk balls, I bet they tasted out of this world


Kate January 28, 2013 at 10:35 pm

They were quite good Christine! Amazingly tasty!


Erin @ Wholly Delicious Dishes January 25, 2013 at 10:12 pm

Oh my goodness, these look so good. I would so be making these If I had some malted milk balls in my pantry!


Kate January 29, 2013 at 3:28 pm

Sounds like a grocery run is in order! 😉 Thanks, I’m so glad you like these.


Aimee @ ShugarySweets January 28, 2013 at 3:45 pm

Woah, loving these!!!


Kate January 29, 2013 at 3:21 pm

Thanks so much Aimee! They are dangerously good.


Meg @ Sweet Twist January 28, 2013 at 4:22 pm

I love malt chocolate balls!! YUM!


Kate January 29, 2013 at 3:22 pm

You and me both, Meg! 😉 So good!


Kathie January 29, 2013 at 1:17 pm

Thank you for linking up with me for Show and Tell Saturday at Sassy Little Lady! Be sure to stop by this Saturday for another party!


Lisa {Sweet 2 Eat Baking} February 3, 2013 at 11:56 am

Thanks so much for submitting your awesome and so pretty chocolate malt whoopie pies to Sugar & Slice Sunday. You’ve been featured! 🙂

Hope to see you at todays party.


Kate February 3, 2013 at 9:07 pm

Thanks for the feature Lisa!!


Mercedes May 13, 2013 at 1:06 pm

These look so amazingly delicious! I love malt-flavored anything and these whoopie pies look particularly yummy!


Kate May 13, 2013 at 9:45 pm

Oh they’re SO good Mercedes!! They’re malt-i-licious for sure.


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