I'm a huge fan of all things sweet and savoury, and the first time I tried chocolate paired with a little sea salt I went weak at the knees. It's a near lethally tasty combination that shouldn't be underestimated! Lately I've been missing baking with a vengance, and since I left my retail job I've had my evenings and weekends back to pepper with fun (!) leisure (!!) activities.
I know, it's a little outlandish.
I wanted my first step back into my kitchen to be a simple and classic recipe that would be easy to share, but stepped up to be a little gourmet. Salted chocolate chip cookies sound just about perfect to me.
I had so much fun making these, and they're the best looking batch of cookies I've made yet! They're light and fluffy, giant and full of chocolate chips. The recipe really guides you through how to get not just a great taste, but a great looking result too.
While my cookies normally taste good, they're not anything special to look at. But last night Jesse went downstairs to see them when they were cooling and when he turned into the kitchen I heard a big “WOAH” float up through the house. That qualifies this as a keeper in my books!
Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies
adapted from savoury sweet life
1 cup salted butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract
3 cups (12 oz) all-purpose flour (weigh it if you can, I found 12 OZ was slightly less than 3 C)
1 tsp. smallish-medium coarse sea salt (table salt is quite bitter and will change the flavour, so make sure you use sea salt)
1 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
2 cups/16 oz of semi-sweet chocolate chips (I'm a fan of Ghiradelli + used about 1 1/2 bags)
Parchment paper for the pan (wax paper will burn, no substitutes!)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Cream butter, sugar, and brown sugar until it is very creamy – approximately 3 to 5 minutes on medium speed.
3. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat for an additional 2 minutes.
4. Add baking soda, baking powder, salt, and flour until cookie batter is fully incorporated.
5. Finally add chocolate chips until well distributed. The cookie batter should be somewhat thick.
6. Drop about 1 1/2 – 2 tablespoons of dough or use a medium cookie scoop and plop the batter onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 12-14 minutes until the edges are nice and golden brown.
7. Remove from heat and allow the cookies to stay on the cookie sheet for an additional 2 minutes. Pick up the parchment paper with the cookies still on top and transfer to a cool non-porous surface. Allow the cookies to cool on the paper for at least 3 minutes before serving.
8. Devour & bask in the glow of your grateful kitchen ;)
LAST UPDATED ON: January 6th, 2011
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These are spectacular! I have sent this recipe to countless friends and relatives who have also raved about it. My trick is that I prepare the whole batch, bake about 4-6 at a time (I live alone and my dogs are not allowed chocolate chips!) and then I take the rest of the batter and drop small ice cream scoop-sized portions onto parchment paper and freeze them. That way I always have cookies ready to throw into the oven!
I love chocolate chip cookies, so I’m trying these soon.
Have you tried the salted chocolate truffles a la The Pioneer Woman?
They are to die for!
Kyla, have you ever cooked with shortening in your cookies? I made some with this recipe: http://missjustinelynn.blogspot.com/2010/12/cookies-and-gamefaces.html
and they were the best chocolate chip cookies I have ever made! <3
Wow, these look soooo yummy! I just might have to make them :]
Love this recipe – I actually just made these today. My cookies ended up very flat – any tips on how I can make them look as beautiful as yours?
Definitely- if they’ve come out flat my first thought is that your baking powder and/or baking soda is a bit old and has lost its rising power. If you try again with new ones, and drop 1 1/2 Tbsp of dough per cookie they should rise really beautifully :)
Thanks Kyla, I’ll keep this in mind when I make the next batch!
Well I made these last night when I was craving some deliciousness. Holy man, are they good. SO chocolatey! THX Kyla
I am pretty sure I need a batch of these in my life as soon as possible. A Saturday afternoon baking venture perhaps?
It’s amazing how many different kind of recipes there are for chocolate chip cookies. My recipe consists of 1 egg and 1 egg yolk…also only using a whisk to mix everything together.
Duuuude. I need to make these!
Ohhh I will definitely be baking these – possibly this weekend during the snowstorm we’re supposed to get. Your post about the salted caramel drinks at Starbucks has got me hooked on ordering my drinks this way. I can only imagine the cookies will be similarly awesome!
Well, crap. I just banned cookies from my house for the next 5 months. Ha! (The amount of cookies I’ve had in the past 2 months is a little sad.) I will be making these, though. In the future. When I’m not all cookie-d out. (Never thought I’d see the day!)
Hello perfect chocolate chip cookies! Mine always come out either way to hard or too gooey. These look perfect:)
Wearing It On My Sleeves
I love that the beginning of the instructions starts with “Okay!” Ha. And these sound delicious. Have you ever had chocolate-covered potato chips> They’re the ultimate sweet/salty, in my humble opinion.
Ok, yum, yum, yum!! These sound so delightful. The minute I go off my cleanse I am going to give these a try! <3
These look delicious! I’ll have to try it out!
YUM! I go weak in the knees for ANY kind of chocolate chip cookie so I will have to try these for sure!
These sound amazing! I love salted anything, really, but especially with something sweet! I will definitely try this recipe soon.
I am a big fan of salted baked goods, too!!! :) Salted caramel things, salted chocolate things…oh my! I made these amazing salted caramel chocolate cookies a month ago that I need to post the recipe for…SO GOOD!
And that settles it, I’ve officially picked the dessert for a dinner party this weekend :) These look wonderful, I’ll let you know how they turn out! Thanks for sharing!
I love that sweet/salty combination! Thanks for sharing!!! I wonder if I could try these w/ a GF flour mix… I should experiment with that. I miss choc chip cookies. Now, the question is – are you a purist, or do you dip yours in milk (or a non-dairy alternative)? I am a total milk dunker. :)
Be still my heart.
Any variation on a chocolate chip cookie is amazing in my book.
I think yes, these will be made very, very soon.
Thank you for sharing and adding to my recipe collection!!!
Oh man, those look amazing!! I think this would be the perfect post-holiday slump baking project :)