The Best Ever Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies

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So umm have you ever fallen in love with a chocolate chip cookie before?? NO…Well I have and I’m not ashamed. I have had like 24 billion chocolate chip cookies before and all of them have been *meh* until I learned how to brown butter. What the hell does that mean you ask??

Browning butter is a fancy smancy term for cooking butter in a saucepan until it turns a pretty copper like color. Nothing else, just melting butter in a saucepan. It is seriously SO easy but it takes any recipe to the next level. Not convinced? I’ll show ya

The best way to make a chocolate chip cookie sensational is to brown your butter and add sea salt to give it a sweet and salty attribute. I also love adding chocolate chunks AND chocolate chips. With these few secret trips and tricks, you can’t go wrong when making chocolate chip cookies!

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

  • 12 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 3/4 Cup Flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 9 oz Dark Chocolate roughly chopped
  • 9 oz Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

HOW TO MAKE IT

Step One: Preheat your oven to 400*F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper

Step Two: Melt 12 tablespoons of butter in a medium saucepan on a medium to high heat for 6 minutes. Remove from stovetop and let cool for 20 minutes.

You should start to smell the butter *browning*. This should be a pleasant, nutty aroma and the color should start to turn a soft copper like color. Careful not to burn so keep that heat down.

Step Three: After your butter has cooled, pour the butter into a mixing bowl. Mix in 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract followed by both the granulated and brown sugar. Mix for 6 minutes.

It may be tempting to skip this part and only mix for a few minutes but it is imperative to go the full 6 minutes to ensure both the sugar and butter is well mixed.

Step Four: Add in the egg and mix for another minute.

Step Five: Slowly add in flour, baking powder, and baking soda.

Step Six: With a spatula or a wooden spoon, fold in chocolate chips and chopped up dark chocolate.

Step Seven: Place the dough in the fridge for at least 20 minutes.

Step Eight: Once cool, remove dough from the fridge. Using a scooper or a spoon, roll dough into balls and place on cookie sheet.

I find going 3 down and 5 across is plenty of room but because not to overcrowd your sheet.

Step Nine: Bake for 9 minutes or until the edges of the cookie are nice and crisp and the middle is fully cooked. Sprinkle sea salt over the cookies and transfer to a cooling rack.

 

 

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The Best Ever Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies
Prep Time
40 mins
Cook Time
9 mins
Total Time
49 mins
 
These  chocolate chip cookies are made using both chocolate chips and chocolate chunks. A dash of sea salt is added to give it that umf that makes these the BEST chocolate chip cookies you've ever tasted.
Servings: 25 Cookies
Ingredients
  • 12 tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 3/4 Cups Flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 9 oz Dark Chocolate roughly chopped
  • 9 oz Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips
  • Sea Salt
How To Make
  1. Preheat your oven to 400*F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper
  2. Melt 12 tablespoons of butter in a medium saucepan on a medium to high heat for 6 minutes. Remove from stovetop and let cool for 20 minutes.
  3. After your butter has cooled, pour the browned butter into a mixing bowl. Mix in 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract followed by both the granulated and brown sugar. Mix for 6 minutes.
  4. Add in the egg and mix for another minute.
  5. Slowly add in flour, baking powder, and baking soda
  6. With a spatula or a wooden spoon, fold in chocolate chips and chopped dark chocolate chunks.
  7. Place the dough in the fridge and let sit for 20 minutes.
  8. Using a scooper or a spoon, roll the dough into balls and place on a cookie sheet.
  9. Bake for 9 minutes or until the edges of the cookie are nice and crisp and the middle is fully cooked. Sprinkle sea salt over the cookies and transfer to a cooling rack.

 

The Best Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

 

 


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46 Comments

  1. Love this unique take on chocolate chip cookies – going to have to try!! YUM.

  2. These look so soft and yummy! I love chocolate chip cookies, I’ll have to try them with sea salt next time.

  3. Oh my! I am salivating like a dog. . . lol. This looks really yummy. Another one for my recipe collection. Thanks.

  4. Omg! Loving it! Already copied the recipe 😍👌🏻

  5. I am so glad you said it: some, in fact most, chocolate chip cookies are just not that great. But a good chocolate chip cookie, thats a whole different story. These look incredible! Amazing photography too, i especially love the first shot because you can see the texture in the wood which brings the eye right up to the cookie and focuses.

  6. These look delicious! I’ll definitely be giving this recipe a try!

  7. Mmmmm chocolate chip cookies are my weakness! Definitely want to try your version!

  8. Looks delicious! My kids will love these!

  9. You had me at sea salt! I’m a total sucker for sweet and salty!

  10. Brown butter and sea salt? These must be amazing!

  11. Those sound and look so good. I love all kinds of baked goods but there’s just something awesome about a good ol’ chocolate chip cookie!

  12. This sounds like the perfect sweet and salty combo!

  13. These sound AMAZING! I’m always looking for a new cookie recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  14. My mouth is watering! I can’t wait to make these.

  15. Great way to make cookies and bond with the little ones

  16. Yum! These cookies sound delicious! You can’t go wrong with adding sea salt. I bake quite a bit, but never thought about browsing the butter. Great idea

  17. Yum!! These look wonderful! Love sea salt! will give these a try.

  18. These look delicious! I have to eat gluten free, but I will be making these with my gluten free flour. I bet the salt adds a nice touch!

  19. Chocolate chip cookies and milk are my favorite dessert! This recipe looks delicious. Love the addition of sea salt.

  20. The last time I made chocolate chip cookies I used butter instead of margarine and they were a huge hit. I remembered how Mom’s used to taste so good so I traded the margarine for butter. I’ve not tried browning the butter but it makes sense in order to blend it well with the sugars. Definitely trying this recipe! Thanks!!

  21. These look amazing! I love when you can taste a little salt in sweets.

  22. Oh boy do these look perfect. Can’t wait to give this recipe a go!

  23. Sea Salt and chocolate might be one of my favorite things to enjoy for dessert. I love this idea of making a cookie. I know there are a lot of people that are really loving the salty and sweet combos now. I know I sure do. I need to try this recipe.

  24. I have been meaning to try sea salt chocolate chip cookies. I’ve seen the chocolate bars all over and have been tempted, but I so picky and am worried that I won’t like it. Not too much of a fan of sweet and salty, but I am willing to try! Thanks for sharing

  25. I have never made cookies with sea salt. I am not sure why because we use sea salt in our cooking. I bet they taste super yummy.

  26. I have never made cookies with sea salt. I am not sure why because we use sea salt in our cooking. I bet they taste super yummy.

  27. Oh my goodness, I can taste is right now! I would love some chocolate chip cookies with sea salt normal end, salty and sweet are perfect together. For me, baking season has officially begun, and I’m stocked up and ready to go on the chocolate chips!

  28. I am salivating as I read through this post! The cookies not only look delicious, but the recipe sounds WONDERFUL! I am a huge fan of sea salt chocolate chip cookies, but I’ve never had them made fresh – homemade! I can’t wait to try this recipe!

  29. Sweet and salty in a chocolate chip cookie? Sign me up. These look so incredible. Your pictures are gorgeous! Can’t wait to try these!

  30. Kimberly @ Berly's Kitchen

    I would be in trouble if I made these. They wouldn’t last 2 seconds at my house. They look so delicious and I love that you’ve added sea salt. Yum!

  31. You had me at sea salt, and chocolate chips. The fact that they are together in a cookie is even better!! I wish I had something sweet to munch on right now!

  32. Wow, It looks that you are good for making cookies and I would love to learn too my daughter was a huge fan of cookies and I love to make my own cookies. Glad you share the ingredients and procedure.

  33. Chocolate chip cookies with milk sounds good right about now. I’ve never attempted to make them from scratch. Always store bought but you make it sound safe and easy.