My friends know that I am very fond of Ovomaltine. In the office, my colleagues still laugh at me when, at 4 o'clock in the afternoon, I reach for my Ovo-can when everyone else has another coffee. There had to be an Ovomaltine-post on this blog eventually. Since I know that our team is going to face a ton of work tomorrow I figured we might need a dose of Ovomaltine, packed into these cute little cookies :-)
(Original Recipe in German: here)
150g butter, soft
120g brown sugar
1/2 sachet of vanilla sugar or a teaspoon vanilla extract
1 pinch of salt
100g dark chocolate, chopped into pieces, or 100g chocolate chips
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
50g rice crispies (had none at home, so I used 60g coarse rolled oats)
In a bowl, beat butter with an electric hand mixer until smooth. Add sugar, vanilla sugar and salt and beat. Then, add the egg and beat until you have a pale batter. Add ovomaltine, chocolate and the rice crispies (or oats) and mix well. Sift in flour and baking powder and mix. I did this with a wooden ladle and by hand in the end instead of the electric mixer. Form the dough to a ball, cover with cling film and refridgerate for at least an hour. I left mine in the fridge over night.
Preheat the oven to 200°C. Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Form balls with the size of about a walnut from your dough, place them onto your tray and flatten a bit by hand or with a fork. Bake for about 9-10 minutes. Let cool on the tray for 5 minutes or so, then let cool completely on a wire rack.
Makes about 28 cookies. Keep in an airtight container.