chocolate cookies with sea salt

September 20, 2010

Double chocolate; double the fun, right? Yes. Correct. Bam. Right on the money. Double chocolate with sea salt? Out of control.

Anyone who follows my ramblings on Twitter or Facebook will know that I recently made a dreary, rainy day exponentially better by walking to a little place called Lucia’s here in Minneapolis and picking up a chocolate cookie with sea salt.

Ever since then they’ve been on my brain, and I had to make some of my own. It’s been a long time since I baked! Baking really is good for the soul, I think. After a stressful day of errand running with sore legs from an early morning run around the lakes, I got home and literally the first thing I did after kicking off my shoes was put the oven on and bake these pretty little nuggets.

Chocolate Cookies with Sea Salt

adapted from Martha Stewart

Makes about 2 dozen over-sized cookies

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 pound good-quality milk chocolate, 4 ounces coarsely chopped and 4 ounces cut into 1/4-inch chunks
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • sea salt, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside. Melt 4 ounces coarsely chopped chocolate with the butter; let cool slightly.
  2. Put chocolate mixture, sugar, eggs, and vanilla in a bowl and mix until combined. Gradually mix in flour mixture. Fold in chocolate chunks.
  3. Using a 1 1/2-inch ice cream scoop, drop dough onto parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing 2 inches apart. Simply grind a little sea salt on each scoop of dough. Bake until cookies are flat and surfaces crack, about 15 minutes (cookies should be soft). Let cool on parchment on wire racks. Cookies can be stored between layers of parchment in airtight containers at room temperature up to 3 days.

It’s amazing to me how the smallest sprinkling of sea salt takes these cookies from normal, great cookies to super duper special.

Without wanting to sound like an own-horn-trumpeter, the husband did dub these the best cookies I’ve ever made, which I feel like is enough reason for you to whip out the chocolate and butter, and get melting immediately. Enjoy!

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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Holly September 20, 2010 at 11:55 am

first nutella brownies and now these?!?! you devil woman, i have a mayjuh chocolate craving on the brain right now.

off to e-mail you back – hearts!


Evan Thomas September 20, 2010 at 1:19 pm

Really, those sound like perfection. I’m in awe.


Sugar Free Low Carb September 20, 2010 at 3:50 pm

Those cookies look so simple and delicious.


Erica September 20, 2010 at 4:54 pm

whoop whoop! Don’t you love when the husband gives your baked goods an awesome review? They look FANTASTIC. Love the salty & sweet combo. It was such a baking weekend!


kate September 20, 2010 at 7:27 pm

uh, yummmmmm! i am obessed with the salty dog bar and the bittersweet chocolate cookies from rustica. your cookies are their love child. must bake these ASAP!


janetha September 20, 2010 at 10:42 pm

these look great, woman! i made mama pea’s sea salt cookies the other day and you are SO right.. just a sprinkle makes all the difference. definitely need to try out your cookies!


brandi September 21, 2010 at 8:57 am

sea salt + chocolate should always be together. These sound incredible!


Katie September 21, 2010 at 10:10 am

YUM, Angharad!! Those cookies look fabulous. I just bought four different types of sea salt (yes, four!) in France, and I’m absolutely loving the salty + sweet combination.

I still haven’t been to Lucia’s, but I’ve heard so many good things! Heidi’s was my absolute favorite restaurant, but it burned down :-( Rumor has it they’re re-opening somewhere on Nicollet?


Bonnie September 21, 2010 at 11:55 am

Those cookies look scrumptious! They remind me of these cookies that I used to get at a bakery in LA called Torrance Bakery. They made these chocolate chews that were so chocolatey and chewy, almost like the corner pieces of a brownie. Nom nom nom!

Ok I just might have to make your cookies now!


Kacy September 23, 2010 at 4:38 pm

After watching Modern Family last night I’m craving some chocolate plus salt action. These look so amazing!


leah ray September 25, 2010 at 3:37 pm

just finished making these… they look delicious but charlie will have to be the judge. thanks for the great recipe and the great blog!


Megan September 27, 2010 at 9:58 am

I made these cookies on Saturday night and have renamed them THE BEST COOKIES I’VE EVER MADE. Thank you so much for this recipe.


Julianne November 21, 2010 at 8:07 pm

We made these last night and they were (still are) AMAZING! New favorite cookies. Miss you guys!


kate February 24, 2012 at 1:58 pm

these are amazing! Love Lucias and your recipe!


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