Chocolate Malt Pizzelle: My favorite movie candy gets a makeover

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Hearken ye back to the days before movie theater megaplexes. Back to when each town had a movie theater, or better still, a drive-in. Yeah, the drive-in…

Where the kids piled into the back of the station wagon in their footie pajamas. Where the work-week weary dads stood in line for burgers, fries, and popcorn, while the mothers’ movement kept a close eye on the mischievous minors.

And who can forget the intermission reel, cajoling us to visit the concession stand? From the dancing sodas to the trick-turning hot dog, just the lyrics of “Let’s all go to the lobby” can have you scrambling through your purse for change to go buy a box of Junior Mints, Sugar Babies, JuJuBes, Snow Caps, Raisinettes, or Whoppers malted milk balls.

For most of America, the drive-in has gone the way of the dinosaur. But in small towns, like mine here in Vermont, the drive-in is alive and well. Each weekend cars line up early to get in, and everything I’ve described so far unfolds once again, just as it did decades ago.

While my husband and I do still go to the drive-in a few times each summer, most weekends we’re happy to stay home. After all, the movies don’t start until after my bedtime, and we’ve seen our fair share of robot/vampire/alien/cowboy films.

Instead, we each grab a good book and read the evening away. Usually one of us will look up and ask, “Is it dessert time yet?” We grab plates and forks and spend a few minutes in happy silence, rewarded for a week well won.

Still a fan of my movie candy, I wanted to make us a dessert that would use our favorites, but be just a little bit fancy and special. Enter the Chocolate Malt Pizzelle: a crisp malted-milk cookie wrapped around fluffy milk chocolate filling.  Like a cannoli, but with a candy theme.

So, go grab your pizzelle iron and some malted milk balls, pop in a favorite movie, and we’ll make Chocolate Malt Pizzelle.

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Here’s the whole recipe:

3 large eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup malted milk powder
1 1/4 cups (5 1/4 ounces) King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) very soft butter

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Beat everything together. It will take about a minute to incorporate the egg and butter, but you’ll be able to see a noticeable change in the consistency of the batter, from curdled and lumpy looking to smooth and thick.

Be sure to scrape the bowl well about halfway through the blending.

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Scoop the batter onto your pre-heated pizzelle iron and bake for about 2 minutes. You’re looking for pizzelle that are light golden brown in color.

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Quickly take one pizzelle off the iron and roll it around a tube, dowel, or pin that’s about 1″ in diameter. The rod shown here is a white plastic cylinder for rolling out fondant. Cannoli tubes work well, too.

And yes, be careful, the cookies are hot. Thankfully they cool quickly, and hold the tube shape. Repeat with the other pizzelle.

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Set the shaped pizzelle on a rack to cool completely.

Once in awhile you’ll overbake one, or it sets before you can curl it. No worries, just keep those flat ones too, for baker’s treat, or to use like chips for dipping.

In fact, if you don’t feel like making fancy tubes, you can just cut each warm pizzelle into four wedges, like pita chips.

While the pizzelle cool, make the ganache for the whipped filling.

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Place 6 ounces milk chocolate in a large heat-proof bowl. Boil 5 1/4 ounces (2/3 cup) heavy cream and pour it over the chocolate.

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Stir the cream and chocolate together until smooth. If you chop up your chocolate into pieces about the size of a small grape (or a Milk Dud!), this goes very quickly.

Place the bowl in the fridge to chill until thick. In order to get a good whip on this ganache it needs to be the consistency of chocolate pudding.

You can always prepare the ganache to this point a day or two ahead of time; it keeps very well in the fridge.

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Whip the ganache to the consistency of cake icing or whipped cream.

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Gently fold in one (5-ounce) box of malted milk balls that have been crushed fine. To me, this is what really takes the filling over the top.
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Scoop the filling into a large piping bag; or if you’re still in retro mode, this decorating set.

Fill the pizzelle tubes from the center to each end, as follows: Place the tip of the piping bag down into the tube until you get to the center, and fill. Turn the tube around and repeat from the other end.

Because of the candy in the filling, you’ll want to use an open-ended tip, such as a star tip or round tip. Clogging is no fun when you really, really want dessert now!

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Enjoy these crunchy goodies while they’re fresh. You can make the shells up to 3 days in advance, but wait to fill them until just before serving. You can store leftovers in the fridge; however the pizzelle will soften up. We didn’t find this a problem at our house; we devoured them anyway!

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It’s nostalgia time! Share your stories of movies, candy, popcorn, and fun in our comment section below. See you at the drive-in!

MaryJane Robbins
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MaryJane Robbins grew up in Massachusetts and moved to Vermont 20 years ago. After teaching young children for 15 years, she changed careers and joined King Arthur Flour in 2005. MaryJane began working on King Arthur Flour's baker’s hotline in 2006, and the blog team ...

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  1. Alana

    What about those of us not fancy enough to have a pizzelle maker? Any mods for that?
    There really isn’t a great alternative to the pizzelle iron. You could try making them completely flat by heating two cast pans, one that fits inside the other and being sure the one that fits inside is very clean on the bottom. It may take some adjusting to cook the batter evenly, but it might be one way to do it! ~Amy

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  2. alissa

    I just saw on Pinterest how to make waffle cones with a panini press. Do you think that might be a good sub for a pizzelle iron?
    I think the gaps are too large on a waffle iron for a pizzelle, unfortunately. ~Amy

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  3. Jane

    What about a krumkake iron? Would we adjust the batter a little for that? Or just take a standard recipe and replace some of the flour with malted milk powder?
    The krumcake iron should work for a pizzelle! ~Amy

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  4. laurawolfe32

    Any good way to do this without a pizelle iron? Because these sound amazing, but I really don’t want to buy a new piece of equipment just for this recipe (well, I’m sure I’d find other recipes, but that’s not the point and I can’t make them NOW!). Would a crepe maker or cast iron work?
    Please see the response above to Alana in regards to using a different method. ~Amy

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  5. Kayce Jo

    What’s the nutrition information like on this?
    Unfortunately we don’t have the nutritional information for all of our recipes at this time. Try using this calculator to get your answers! ~Amy

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  6. argentyne

    “You can always prepare the ganache to this point a day or two ahead of time; it keeps very well in the fridge.”

    hahahahahaha!!! It might keep very well in YOUR fridge… but mine was a total victim of the death of a thousand taste tests… ;)
    You made me laugh out loud this morning, I nearly spilled my tea everywhere. Okay, so in THEORY you can make ganache ahead of time. :) :) ~ MJ

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  7. waikikirie

    Great minds think alike in the blog. I was wondering about a krumkake iron too. I’ll have to ask to borrow my niece’s (she did her great-grandmother pround getting one of those). I’m with argentyne. That ganache wouldn’t last in fridge either. Hope the weather stays cool. My mother-in-law’s favorite candy is whoppers so I’ll have to make this at some point.
    I bet a variety of different irons would work with the batter. If you took a malt waffle recipe and made waffles, and topped with the Whopper whipped ganache, that would make for a great dessert waffle too I bet. ~ MJ

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  8. Dawn

    These sound to die for! Oh how I love chocolate malt! I’ve been looking for an excuse to buy a pizzelle maker, but how often would I make pizzelles? Answer: often with this recipe!

    Meanwhile, I may just try using my waffle cone iron. The cones come out nice and thin like a pizzelle….just not with such a pretty pattern.

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  9. ChefBeth

    For those thinking a pizelle iron wouldn’t be used…they are used a lot around here for pot lucks, Christmas gift giving, snacks to wow at work, etc! They aren’t very pricey & they are fun!

    Agreed! Betsy@KAF

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  10. Erika Horn

    I was going to make cannoli for a party, but the shells are so darn expensive and I don’t have the time to make them. Do you think the pizelle would work well if I fill them with Riccota ? I don’t want them to get soggy, but after reading the comments I think it might work well. What do you think?

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    1. PJ Hamel

      I think that would work just fine, Erika, so long as you don’t fill them too far ahead; I wouldn’t let them sit longer than an hour. You might try making them, and filling one – then seeing how long it takes to become soggy. Good luck – PJH

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