Thursday, January 5, 2012

{chocolate sea salt cookies}

my friend ali turned me on to these cookies and i am forever grateful. they are the perfect blend of salty and sweet. perfection. i like to keep a log in the freezer to pull out and slice at a moments notice. because you never know when a friend might stop by for coffee, or when you're going to have a chocolate emergency.
also, thanks to my friend amanda for the pretty little wooden container.

{chocolate sea salt cookies}

1 1/4 cups flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 stick plus 3 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature
2/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
5 oz bittersweet chocolate chopped, or a generous 3/4 cup chips {i still like to roughly chop the chips}
1/2 tsp fleur de sel {or any course or flaked salt}, or 1/4 tsp fine sea salt, plus more for sprinkling on top {optional}

sift four, cocoa and baking soda together.
in a stand mixer with paddle attachment, beat the butter until soft and creamy. add both sugars, the salt and vanilla and beat 2 minutes more.
pour dry ingredients and pulse mixer until flour is incorporated {scrape down bowl and pulse again}. don't overwork dough. toss in chocolate pieces and mix.
turn dough onto flour work surface press together and divide in half. don't freak out if the dough is crumbly, it is supposed to be that way. just press together and the heat of your hands will help it come together. shape into 1 1/2 inch diameter logs. wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 3 hours. i like to put one log straight into the freezer unless i am baking a big batch. if frozen, just slice and bake 1 minute longer.
bake at 325 for 12 minutes on parchment lined cookie sheets, one sheet at a time {they will look they aren't quite done, but don't be tempted to bake them longer, they are perfect}... trust me. i like to sprinkle a dusting of sea salt on top of the cookies straight from the oven. let cool on cookie sheet.


  1. These are soooo delicious and such a treat! Thanks for sharing the recipe :)

  2. yum! sounds kind of like a chocolate-salted shortbread? i'm in.

  3. thanks ladies. yes ashley, much like shortbread or a french sable/butter cookie... yummy sandy, crumbly texture.
    let me know what you think... i'm obsessed.