Malted Chocolate Brownies


An unexpected pantry ingredient is the game-changer in these fudgy brownies.

Salted Chocolate Malted Brownies

Victor Protasio

Prep Time:
27 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 30 mins

To our minds, the perfect brownie is one that’s chewy on the outside and fudgy on the inside. And this batch of brownies is just that. They're made even more crave-worthy thanks to an unexpected malty oomph. Chocolate or vanilla malted milk powder is mixed with cocoa powder to add another layer of flavor that’s irresistible. Before the brownies bake, a generous handful of chopped malted milk balls (Whoppers!) and a pinch of flaky sea salt get sprinkled on top resulting in a caramelized crunchy topping that’s equal parts malty, salty, and sweet. This easy dessert is guaranteed to be a showstopper. 


  • 2 sticks unsalted butter

  • 2 cups granulated sugar

  • 4 large eggs

  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract

  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1/4 cup malted milk powder (such as King Arthur, Nestle, or Ovaltine)

  • 1 tsp kosher salt

  • 1 tsp baking powder

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

  • 11 1/2 oz milk chocolate chips

  • 5 oz malted milk balls (such as Whoppers), roughly chopped or gently smashed in a zip-top bag

  • Flaky sea salt, for topping


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 13-by9-inch baking dish with parchment, leaving a few inches of overhang on long sides.

  2. Heat butter and sugar in a saucepan over medium-low until sugar has mostly dissolved, 5 to 7 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, whisk eggs and vanilla in a large bowl until smooth. Whisk in cocoa, malted milk powder, kosher salt, and baking powder.

  4. Slowly pour butter mixture into egg mixture; stir until smooth.

  5. Add flour and stir until just combined. Fold in chocolate chips. Spread batter evenly in prepared baking dish. Top with malted milk balls and flaky sea salt; press in toppings.

  6. Bake until edges pull away and a toothpick inserted in center comes out mostly clean, 30 to 34 minutes. Let cool to room temperature on a wire rack. Store brownies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

457 Calories
22g Fat
59g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 457
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 13g 64%
Cholesterol 84mg 28%
Sodium 199mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 59g 22%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 44g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 88mg 7%
Iron 3mg 19%
Potassium 176mg 4%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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