Back from my travels, it’s time for a quick and easy sweet treat to keep hungry mouths happy during the summer break.
I have never been a huge fan of a hot milky drink. I drink black coffee or strong tea so the thought of a sweet, malty milky mug of something has never been a draw. However, as a child they used to sell the most divine Ovaltine Chocolate bar in a small Post Office in Eastbourne and I couldn’t get enough of it. It was smooth chocolate laced with malty *autocorrect keeps trying to make me say meaty which would be SO wrong* chunks of Ovaltine. It was so good and sadly, after a short stint in this one certain shop, never to be seen again. So much rambling brings me to today’s recipe with utter joy. These Malted Chocolate Cookie Bars taste as delicious as the Ovaltine chocolate bar did, without the need for time travel to enjoy them again.
The summer holidays are in full swing and we are back from our little sojourn by the sea. Which can only mean one thing: an empty fridge. The locusts have moved back in and are holed up in their rooms where they are a) playing constant Fortnight or b) sleeping off yet another hangover, only leaving to graze on whatever crosses their path. These Malted Chocolate Cookie Bars lasted about 30 minutes after George discovered where I had hidden them. On one of his many trips down to the fridge from his sweaty bedroom, he scuttled off with 3 in his hand, hoping I wouldn’t notice. Thank God for this recipe being almightily simple and comfortingly light on washing up. It’s a melt and stir affair then just under 25 minutes in the oven before these squares of malted, chocolate laced almost biscuity joy are yours *if you can hide them from the family*. These are loosely based on a recipe from the lovely Lil Luna, with thanks for your super recipes.
If you are looking for almost instant sweet gratification, these Malted Chocolate Cookie Bars are the puppies for you. Whether you like a malted milky drink or not, and frankly in today’s 30 degree heat I expect it’s a not, these baked treats have a comforting old world charm and may keep the family’s hungry hands full for at least 10 minutes.
This recipe will feature on Lucy Loves later this week.
Malted Chocolate Cookie Bar Recipe
You will need a bowl and a lined 20cm by 2ocm square baking tin
- 115g butter, melted
- 200g soft brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 130g plain flour
- 3 tablespoons Ovaltine or Horlicks
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
- 120g chocolate chips, milk, dark or white, you choose
Pre heat your oven to 160 degrees fan assisted and line your square baking tin with baking paper.
In a large bowl or in a pan on the hob, melt the butter and allow to cool slightly. Add the brown sugar and whisk to combine. Add the egg and vanilla and whisk again until smooth.
Fold in the flour, Ovaltine or Horlicks, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt until smooth. Finally fold in the chocolate chips then scrape into your lined tin and smooth the top.
Place in your pre heated oven for 22 to 25 minutes. The baked cookie bar will be golden, firm to the touch but slightly soft in the middle. Leave to cool completely before cutting into around 16 squares.
Store in an airtight container for 3 to 4 days.