Malted Dark Chocolate Brownies / by Chelsea Zwieg

When my sister and I were little, we would stay at our grandparents house when our parents were out of town. Of course we always loved this because what grandparent isn't a pro at spoiling their granddaughters? We would play games (which I now realize my grandma would let me win. no 6 year old is that good at Monopoly), run around in the woods, watch TV, take bubble baths in the giant tub and always, always always, eat malted milk ice cream. 

While the ice cream itself was great, my favorite part was the tradition. And the game. We would sit at their breakfast counter, after our bath, in our pajamas and eat our bowls of malted milk ice cream with chocolate hard shell on top. Without fail, my grandma would try to sneak nuts into our bowls when we weren't looking. This became our favorite game and it seemed to get more over the top each time we had ice cream. To this day I've never had malted milk ice cream outside of their house or even seen it in the grocery store. But that's ok. It would seem so out of place to eat it anywhere else. 

Aside from malt ice cream, malt flavored anything has always been big on my list. I so prefer a chocolate malt to a chocolate shake, a banana malt from The Kiltie in Wisconsin is my absolute favorite dessert and I always eat those little malted milk ball eggs out of my Easter basket before I eat anything else. And then the idea came to make malted brownies, and all was right with the world.

These brownies are chewy, incredibly rich and malty, malty, malty. It's a chocolate malt in brownie form and much better than a malted milk ball because instead of that waxy 'chocolate' coating, you get dark chocolate times two. I know there's a great brownie divide between cakey and fudgy. I unquestionably prefer fudgy, which is what these are. If you like cakey, you can take your favorite cakey brownie recipe and add 1/3 cup malt powder for the same effect.

But be careful. I might just switch your cakey brownie with these when you're not looking. After all, I learn from the best. 

Malted Dark Chocolate Brownies 

Adapted from Serious Eats 

| Ingredients |

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter 
  • 8 oz. bittersweet chocolate, chopped 
  • 2 tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 1 cup + 1 tbsp. granulated sugar 
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup malt powder, plus more for dusting

| Instructions |

  • Preheat oven to 350. Line an 8x8 baking pan with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on two sides. 
  • In a microwave safe bowl, melt butter and 8 oz. chocolate until smooth. Watch it carefully and stir often. (Somehow I burn chocolate every time I melt it in the microwave. It's a gift.) After it is melted, whisk in cocoa powder and set aside to cool slightly. 
  • In a large bowl, whisk sugar, eggs, salt and vanilla. Add in chocolate mixture and whisk well, until thick and glossy. And flour and stir to incorporate. Add malt powder and mix until just combined. 
  • Pour batter into prepared pan and bake until just set, 25-30 minutes. Let cool completely before removing form pan and cutting. After they are cool, sprinkle with additional malt powder.