Malted Oatmeal Cookies

"The first time I saw Pleasantville, I had a single complaint about what is otherwise a masterpiece: how could Margaret possibly instigate a classic alpha-male catfight over cookies that didn't contain chocolate? Nevertheless, her oatmeal cookies earned her town-wide fame and Toby Maguire's young heart. I had to figure out what could be so special about oatmeal cookies. I think this recipe might come close to her heart-stealers. The malted milk powder and ground walnuts give the cookies a more grown-up flavor, and the sea salt on top really puts them over the edge."
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Ready In:
24 cookies




  • Do not preheat the oven yet. This cookie dough needs to rest for at least two hours before baking.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter and both sugars on medium speed until the mixture is light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, scraping down the bowl in between each egg. Beat on medium speed until the mixture is airy, about 2 minutes. Add the vanilla and mix until combined.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, malted milk powder, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in three increments, mixing the dough until just combined.
  • In a food processor, process the oatmeal and toasted walnuts until the mixture resembles coarse sand. Add to dough and stir until just combined.
  • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Overnight is even better.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat. Using a large cookie scoop (about 2 Tablespoon capacity), make individual dough balls and place on the baking sheet two inches apart. Top with Maldon sea salt. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until cookies are golden brown. Let cool on cookie sheets for 5 minutes, then place on cooling racks to cool completely.

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