Dark Chocolate Chip and Sea Salt Cookies

Best chocolate chip cookie recipeIs there anything more classic than chocolate chip cookies? I love them soft and chewy, or thin and crispy, or fresh from the oven, or even straight out of a Chips Ahoy! package (I'm no cookies snob!). I have a bunch of memories of getting home from elementary school and being greeted by freshly baked chocolate chip cookies. My mom is the kind of baker who never does anything exactly the same twice, and I loved how her cookies where a tiny bit different every time she made them.Chocolate and sea salt cookieThere are SO many good chocolate chip cookie recipes out there. This one is a slightly adapted from Martha Stewart as I prefer to use all dark (or semi sweet) chocolate chips and additional sea salt. They turn out thin with crispy edges, soft centers and plenty of flavor.Chocolate chip cookie recipeDark Chocolate and Sea Salt Cookies, makes two dozen.

Needed: 3 1/2 cups flour, 1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda, 1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder, 2 teaspoons salt, 1 1/4 cups softened butter, 1 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1 cup sugar, 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 2 cups dark chocolate chips and 2 table spoons coarse grain sea salt.

In the bowl of stand mixer (or just with an electric mixer) cream together the softened butter and sugars. Add in the eggs and vanilla extract and cream until combined. In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt (not the coarse grain sea salt, that's for the topping). Add the flour mixture to the butter batter and mix until just incorporated. Add in the chocolate chips and stir until just combined. Spoon batter onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle the tops with sea salt. Bake at 350 F for 16-18 minutes until edges are browned. Enjoy! xo. Emma

  • Thank you for this great recipe! I made my third batch tonight and the cookies are so delicious!

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  • Has anyone else made these? I’m wondering if the sugar, butter, and flour amounts are correct? Mine were much more dense than those pictured. Tasty but definitely not crispy

  • Just to say a big thank you- made this for a friend’s baby shower this weekend and they were amazing! xx

  • Thank you for the recipe. These cookies turned out absolutely yummy!!!! My cookies did not turn out as thin as yours. Is there a secret for thinner cookies?


  • I made these today and wow…amazing! Thank you so much for sharing. I will be busy sharing the cookie love with friends tomorrow x

  • I have been so hooked on chocolate + sea salt recently. These look so so yummy. Gotta bake ’em!

  • I just made these and they came out great! The brown sugar is a good touch to the cookie dough base. The sea salt gives a nice contrast to the sweetness of the chocolate and the sugars. Thank you for this recipe it’s going to be a new favorite!

  • Im addicted to all things that are swwet and salty, this is a must try for me!


  • It’s really amazing and looking very nice, i can’t wait to try this, so yummy !

  • I live in England, so could I just ask what the difference is between baking soda and baking powder? Is there an alternative that can be used? Thanks!

  • You had me at dark chocolate. I love love love dark chocolate and sea salt (hello Ghiradelli – I’m talking about you!). I’ll definitely be making these this weekend to dip in that awesome hot chocolate recipe you’ve got up today. Hello Fall… nice to have you back 🙂

  • I just made these for my in-laws this weekend visiting from New Zealand and they loved them! Such a great treat 🙂 Thanks for sharing this 🙂

  • yea, that’s the combination with a capital C 🙂


  • Thank you so much for this recipe! I saw something sweet and something salty a few days ago and at first I thought it was a strange combo, but now it looks delicous! Can’t way to try 🙂


  • Mental note – sea salt is different to rock salt. I made these puppies and fwar! so salty. Amazing! But very bad for me…
    Katrina www.outie.co.nz

  • I was looking for a new cookies receipe to try. Perfect timing 🙂


  • Chocolate chip cookies are my favorite treat! These look perfect. Love the sea salt sprinkles 🙂

  • I definitely need to make cookies today. ASAP!
    xo Heather

  • I love baking but have been getting a bit bored of my go to cookie recipe so I’ll definitely been giving these a try. Thank you for the inspiration! This will definitely put me in my friends good books!

  • Is the seasalt different than the normal salt? 😀 just curious 😀


  • I have yet to try chocolate and salt together – I hear the chocolate flavor is nicely enhanced. These cookies seem like a great place to start!

  • Oh yum, yum, yum! I have to try these out!



  • Yum! My bf made chocolate chip zucchini cookies the other day and almost burned up my mixer. The cookies turned out so lovely(despite the fact that they were over-mixed) that our little neighbor boy wrote a story about them for his school assignment.

  • Yum, yum, yum, chocolate chip cookies are such a classic treat. These look delicious. I love soft chewy cookies.


  • I’m a big fan of chocolate chip cookies so i’m definitely going to try these out!


  • Ooooh… that sounds surprisingly good. If I hadn’t had dark chocolate with salt before, I would think you were crazy, but I have so I’m on board. 🙂 Thanks for sharing! Nothing better than chocolate chip cookies. – Alison { http://aliology.com }

  • I had a pink salt caramel yesterday for the first time and it was so interesting and different! Adding salt makes things so cool for the taste buds. 🙂


  • How do you feel about the uprise of simultaneously sweet and salty foods? I love it! Salted Caramel and Salted Dark Chocolate are so yum! xoxo


  • LOVE the sea salt as well — I might have to try to create a gluten-free version of this. Delish!


  • I’ve never done chocolate chip with salt before… But I’ll try it some day! 🙂


  • Those look AMAZING! i am a total dark chocolate girl so this looks amaaaazing!!! Can’t wait to make these. They remind me (kind of) of a chocolate covered pretzel…salty and SWEET! 🙂

  • These seriously look heavenly. I love the mix of sweet & salty.


  • I can’t wait to try this! It will be SOO yummy!! I am having company coming in a week or so! This would be wonderful to make!

  • Chocolate and sea salt is the perfect combination as far as I’m concerned. I’m definitely going to try these cookies!


  • I love dark chocolate and sea salt so adding cookie dough is an added plus 😀 I can’t wait to make a batch of these bad boys

  • These look gorgeous – I love the sea-salt addition!


  • brilliant! ought to taste this!

  • I love baking chocolate chip cookies… I always end up adding a tad more salt than the recipes call for, salty and sweet combo is just the best. These sounds excellent!


  • These look amazing, and I love how you add sea salt to them…I’m definitely going to have to try these out!

  • I’ve never thought of adding salt to cookies… sounds like it would be pretty good, though! Definitely trying this out this weekend.

  • I love sea salt with dark chocolate. I wouldn’t have thought to put it in a chocolate chip cookie though!

  • Oh I love the addition of sea salt! Yum! My mom’s chocolate chip cookies were always my favorite. I like them with soft chewy center almost as if they were not all the way cooked, but they really were! Plus her secret modification to the recipe on the back of the Nestle package, made it so that chocolate chips were always soft and melty! Yum!

  • Looks like I may need to add chocolate chips to my shopping list. Thanks for the recipe. 🙂

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