You know those days when you’re awake, but are just going through the motions of the day? It’s total autopilot and man, sometimes it’s ok.

Malted Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

I’m having one of those days after three jam-packed weekends. The past two weekends in a row I’ve been dancing up a storm at three day long music festivals. Both weekends were fantastic, both weekends were in crazy hot heat and now I need some serious chill time.

Malted Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Yesterday was my 1 year wedding anniversary. In the morning Paul made french toast and then I left him alone to hang out with his sister all day at Osheaga.

OH WELL! Tonight we will celebrate.

Malted Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

We’re super into documentaries right now, so our game plan is to keep things low-key and watch one of those (TBD) and have a date night in not without salt-style. This will include an all evening affair of cocktails, appetizers, home made spinach and ricotta ravioli (Paul makes the best home made pasta!) and a chocolate mousse.

Is it 5 o’clock yet?

Malted Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Being at the music festival all weekend, I was unable to do much in the kitchen, but cookies and cookie bars were definitely do-able! Plus, they make coming home after a long day in the sun so much more sweet.

Malted Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

These cookie bars are really buttery, chewy and packed with milk and semi-sweet chocolate. The malted milk powder gives them a nutty flavour that’s a lot like browned butter. They are SO good!!

Malted Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Plus, anything that can be thrown together and pressed into a pan is my kind of baked good.

Malted Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Yum! xx

Malted Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup malted milk powder
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a 9 x 9-inch baking dish with parchment paper and spray with baking spray. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer (or with a handheld mixer), beat together the butter, sugars, malted milk powder and vanilla until creamy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the egg until incorporated.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Gradually add the flour mixture to the wet mixture and beat until combined. Stir in the chocolate chips with a rubber spatula until the chocolate is evenly distributed.
  4. Press the cookie dough into the prepared baking pan. Bake for about 25 minutes until the bars look golden brown on top.
  5. Cool bars in the pan on a cooling rack for about 15 minutes before slicing and serving.


Recipe adapted from Buns in My Oven

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25 Responses to Malted Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

  1. Gina says:

    Congratulations on your anniversary! Those cookie bars look so delicious!

  2. I am a sucker for malt flavor, I get verrrrry upset whenever I order a malt and receive a shake, I can tell instantly. For as much as I love malt flavor, you think I would have utilized it other baked goods by now, but haven’t. These are on my list to try! Oh! And happy anniversary!

  3. GAH! I love malt and these look epic. Happy Anniversary!!

  4. Congrats on your anniversary! A Date Night-In style celebration sounds awesome, anyway. Especially with these cookie bars.

  5. These bars looks so yummy. Pinning and I would love to make them:)

  6. I’m definitely going to make these. I love cookies and bars, so these are perfect.

  7. Happy anniversary! I happen to have some malted milk powder that sitting in the pantry so I will need to make these soon!

  8. Sabrina says:

    These sound great!! Malted milk powder is going on the shopping list…

  9. These look so amazing! Pinning!

  10. Cakespy says:

    I toast your anniversary with cookie bars in both hands! 🙂

  11. Happy anniversary! I hear you about being busy — every weekend has been crazy for us! I’d love to come home to a batch of these yummy bars after a long day away.

  12. Oana says:

    So curious how this malted powder tastes like. We don’t have it here in Romania sadly and it can’t really be replaced with anything from what I read.
    These look amazing anyway, well done!

    • katrina says:

      Do you have any kind of milk powder? It works! It just doesn’t give you the malt flavour but it DOES give you the nutty flavour!!

  13. Congrats on your anniversary! I think some of the best date nights are date night ins. You can cook what ever you both feel like, drink and make as many cocktails you want and you don’t even have to try and hail a cab to find your way home at the end of the night! I’m a bit of a home-body so I love date night in’s 🙂

    Also I’ve been trying to find more recipes with malt powder in them because I have a huge container of it at home and need to find more recipes to make with it. Looks delish!

    Thanks for sharing! x

  14. Joanne says:

    I’m jealous of all your music festival adventures!! Sounds like so much fun. And happy anniversary. Your form of celebration down time sounds all kinds of awesome…especially if you had some of these bars leftover to nibble on!

  15. Hey, Katrina! I made these today! I saw your these gorgeous beauties on Pinterest and craved them all day long, and I made them. Everyone, including me, LOVED them. I made them with white whole wheat flour and was worried at first because they were getting very brown with such high heat in the oven, but the end result was like brown caramelized butter, not at all burnt. Ummmm…. Amazing. GREAT job creating such a delectable chewy, gooey, rich and complex dessert!
    Excited to taste more!
    xx Sydney

  16. Agness says:

    Wow, girl! You are the real chef. This recipe is so easy and quick to make! Definitely recommend it to my friends. Perfect snack for Saturday party it is :-).

  17. Wowsers! It’s been a year already? Congratulations, and your evening with drinks and home made pasta sounds fantastic – enjoy 😀
    That cookie bake looks fantasmic by the way :DOh! And I made two of your creations which will be up on the blog in the near future, thank you so much!” (banana and carrot bread, plus the basil goats cheese portobello burgers – delicious!) x

  18. Anne says:

    These bars sound absolutely amazing!!! I love anything that can be mixed together and thrown in a pan too (no messing with shaping, amrite?) and this is no exception!!!

  19. Need to find myself some malt powder! I’m about to have my 3-day music festival this weekend, wish me luck!!

  20. I have had a super crazy summer as well, if it’s not a jam packed weekend I have all kinds of things going on during the week. My baking has definitely been suffering too but I somehow manage to get in some cookies every now and then. I need to make more cookie bars like this one though, so much easier than scooping the dough into cookies!~

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