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20 Marvelous Malted Milk Recipes (Shakes, Cakes, & More)

These mouthwatering malted milk recipes take your taste buds on a rollercoaster of flavors!  

When I was a kid, I found anything malt-flavored utterly reprehensible. Now, I can better appreciate the complexities of this sweet, acidic, nutty, toasty grain sugar. 

20 Marvelous Malted Milk Recipes (Shakes, Cakes, & More). Shown in picture: Malted Chocolate Milkshake in a Jar
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NOW… I think malt is delicious. I suspect that after trying some of these recipes, you will too. 

And it’s not just for beer, shakes, or 1950s diner patrons. Malt can be used in so many different and delicious ways! 

Cake, cookies, frosting, pie, waffles… you name it, I’ve got it malted! These 20 malted milk recipes are here to prove it.

1. Salted Malted Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies are the ultimate cookie… the king… nay, the emperor of cookies. That’s because they can be made in so many ways and are always delicious. 

Some recipes change up the sugar ratios or brown the butter or call for nuts. Personally, I always at least double the amount of chocolate.

However, THIS recipe might take the cake… or should I say cookie. The simple addition of malted milk powder adds so much umami. Plus, you’ll use two sugars and extra chocolate.

These cookies are crispy and chewy, and buttery, and you will love them!

2. Brown Butter Shortbread Cookies

These brown butter shortbread cookies are like shortbread cookies on steroids. Everything in these cookies is just a bit *extra.* 

The butter is browned. The sugar is toasted. The milk is malted. 

I mean, come on! Every bite is nutty, buttery, and seriously scrumptious. 

3. Double-Chocolate Malt Cake

If you’re after decadence, look no further than this double-chocolate malt cake. This cake oozes decadence, with a capital D. 

It’s rich, it’s chocolatey, and the addition of malted milk powder sends the flavors soaring! Each layer is super-duper moist and fudgy. The frosting is luxuriously creamy. 

If you could harness the feeling of a spa day in food, this is it. 

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4. Malt Chocolate Cake Brownies

If you don’t like cake, you might be crazy but we can still be friends. And like any good friend… I’ve got your back. Instead of cake, you can enjoy these cake brownies. 

Think of it like the best of both worlds. Plus, they’re much fudgier than cake, so you don’t have to worry about dryness. 

And they’re loaded with malty goodness that comes from ingredients like Ovaltine and Whoppers. So every bite is loaded with chocolate and malt. That is flavor heaven. 

5. Chocolate Chip and Malted Milk Skillet Cookie

If you don’t own a cast iron skillet, you should. This recipe alone is worth the investment for a few reasons. 

First, you get to make a giant, super flavorful, and nutty cookie. Nuf said. 

Second, the skillet creates the perfect cookie textures. The bottom and the edges are crispy, caramelized, and delicious. The insides are ooey-gooey and hella chewy. 

Third, you can top it with ice cream and eat it straight out of the pan. No need to wait for it to cool. Okay, you might want to let it cool a little for the sake of your tongue.

6. Malted Milk Blondies with Malted Milk Frosting

Blondies are like chocolate chip cookies without the chocolate. And I love them. They’re buttery, sweet, and every bit as delicious as the chocolatey classic.

But this recipe takes something great and makes it even better. They’re buttery and sweet, and the malted milk powder adds so much flavor. 

Then, there’s the frosting! It’s creamy, sweet, malty, and sinfully indulgent. It’s amazing.

7. Chocolate Malt

Iconic. Delicious. Reminiscent of the movie Grease. 

You simply can’t go wrong with a classic chocolate malt. It’s rich, chocolatey, with a fabulous nutty aftertaste. It’s a sweet, umami-laden, flavor bomb. 

Every sip is pure nostalgia and pure yumminess.  

8. Malted Milk Ice Cream

There’s nothing quite like homemade ice cream. Sure, there’s great ice cream out there, but none has the sweet taste of accomplishment. 

Plus, now you can make this tasty malted milk ice cream! It’s super creamy and fabulously malty. That means it has notes of caramel, toast, raisin, and happiness. 

Just an FYI, you will need an ice cream machine for this recipe. At least, that will get you the best result. 

9. Homemade Chipwiches

These chipwiches are the epitome of summer fun. For me, chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwiches were synonymous with fun in the sun. 

And these ones are extra special! They feature malted chocolate chip cookies and easy homemade vanilla ice cream. They’re super yummy! 

If you’re looking for some extra malty goodness, skip the vanilla ice cream. Instead, you can use the delicious malted milk ice cream from the last recipe. 

10. Malted Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

If you grew up on Ovaltine, then this scrumptious mix is right up your alley. Every sip is chocolatey, malty, and super delicious. It’s pure comfort in a cup. 

The best part is that this recipe makes a ton of mix. So, you can enjoy cup after cup.  

11. Chocolate Cupcakes with Malted Milk Frosting

Clearly, chocolate and malt are a match made in flavor heaven. And here is one more recipe to solidify that status. 

The cupcakes are soft, moist, and fabulously chocolatey. The frosting is luscious and malty and full of umami. Together, they create an absolutely delicious cupcake. 

12. Malted Milk Cream Pie

Malted milk cream pie is the quintessential custard pie. It’s silky smooth and super indulgent. And this delicious pie is absolutely bursting with malt flavor! 

This recipe features a graham cracker crust, malted milk custard, and malted whipped cream. It’s topped with white chocolate shards for the perfect, avant-garde finish. 

13. Stovetop Butterscotch Pudding

You don’t need Snack Packs or instant pudding mixes. Pudding is surprisingly easy to make on the stove and it’s so tasty! And this butterscotch pudding is mouthwatering. 

Normally, I’m all about the chocolate… chocolate first, chocolate always. BUT, this butterscotch pudding? This pudding might just usurp my love for chocolate. 

It has notes of caramelized white chocolate, vanilla, and malt. It’s rich and decadent and insanely good. 

14. Malted Chocolate Chip Whopper Cookies

In recipe number one, I discussed just how delicious malted chocolate chip cookies are. So, you know it’s starting with a good base here. 

And these cookies pile on the delicious maltiness. That’s because they have malted milk in the cookie base AND they’re full of Whoppers! Every bite is sweet, salty, and scrumptious.

15. Vanilla Malt Snack Cake with Chocolate Frosting

This simple cake is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth! It features deliciously moist vanilla and malt buttermilk cake with rich chocolate buttercream. 

These are perfect for snack time, tea time, or dessert. They’re great for parties, too! What’s not to love…they’re soft, sugary, and delicious. 

The best part is that these are so easy to make. You only need one bowl and minimal equipment. 

16. Malted Chocolate Ganache Tart

This tart is rich, decadent, and it’s absolutely fabulous. It’s no-bake, too, so you can feel fancy without much effort. Plus, it won’t heat up your house in the summer. 

This tart starts with an edible oatmeal cookie dough crust. Yes, you heard that right. Edible cookie dough crust. 

Did I mention that the crust is malted? It is, and it’s fabulous. The nuttiness of the malt and the earthiness of the oats work together beautifully. 

But then there’s the ganache. It’s rich and sultry and chocolatey as heck. Top with homemade whipped cream and voila! 

17. Malted Milk Tart

Just imagine this… an amazing new dessert that’s half-cookie, half-tart, and all-deliciousness. Well, this malted milk tart is something like that. 

This tart features a buttery, cookie-like crust topped with a layer of melted dark chocolate. Crushed Whoppers or Maltesers are added to the top for a fabulously malty crunch. 

18. Classic Vanilla Malted Milkshake

Here is yet another iconic dessert that I know you will love! It’s thick, creamy, and perfectly sweet. In fact, it’s so deliciously thick that you’re definitely going to want a spoon.

This recipe uses vanilla ice cream, milk, and vanilla extract for an extra vanilla boost. Malted milk powder sends the flavor to a whole new world of goodness. 

Once again, you could use the homemade malted milk ice cream, too!

19. Malted Waffles

I love waffles. They’re soft and fluffy inside, with a perfectly crusty crust. Plus, they’re sweet, versatile, and delicious. 

THESE malted waffles? Even better. The malt adds a little something-something that your taste buds will go crazy over. 

Serve them with chocolate, Nutella, berries, cream… or all of it. It’s fantastic! 

20. Malted Milk Sandwich Cookies

You’re gonna want to keep these delicious cookies on the top shelf. Partially because they’re so tasty, you won’t want to share. And partially because they have a boozy secret. 

The cookies are soft, chewy, and full of malt flavor. The filling is creamy, vanilla flavored, and spiked with a bit of rum. They’re fabulous.

20 Ways to Use Malted Milk (Shakes, Cakes, & More)

Whether you liked malted milk as a kid or not, these recipes will make you love it now! From cakes to shakes, this list will satisfy every craving.


  • Salted Malted Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Brown Butter Shortbread Cookies

  • Double-Chocolate Malt Cake

  • Malt Chocolate Cake Brownies

  • Chocolate Chip and Malted Milk Skillet Cookie

  • Malted Milk Blondies with Malted Milk Frosting

  • Chocolate Malt

  • Malted Milk Ice Cream

  • Homemade Chipwiches

  • Malted Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

  • Chocolate Cupcakes with Malted Milk Frosting

  • Malted Milk Cream Pie

  • Stovetop Butterscotch Pudding

  • Malted Chocolate Chip Whopper Cookies

  • Vanilla Malt Snack Cake with Chocolate Frosting

  • Malted Chocolate Ganache Tart

  • Malted Milk Tart

  • Classic Vanilla Malted Milkshake

  • Malted Waffles

  • Malted Milk Sandwich Cookies


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Haley van der Ploeg
Haley van der Ploeg is a food writer and content creator for Insanely Good Recipes, where she authors blog posts, creates recipes, and crafts tantalizing photos.

Haley is passionate about food and its ability to gather people across cultures, languages, and generations. She believes everyone can learn to cook.

Most days, you can find Haley reading, baking elaborate cakes, and hosting get-togethers for friends and family. If Haley isn't home, she’s probably on a plane jetting off to exciting adventures and new cuisines.

She lives with her husband in the Netherlands and has taught him that vegetables *can* taste good.

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