Crispy Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies

Vegetarian

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I’m not going to go on and on about how these are the best chocolate chip cookies in the world. I promise. Everyone thinks they’re recipe is the best and, honestly, few stand up to the one that printed on the back of the bag of chocolate chips. But sometimes you’re looking for something different. Something… crispier! Soft, gooey cookies have their place but sometimes I just want a little bit of crunch. They’re great for dunking in eggnog (I don’t like dunking soft cookies – they get too soggy) and they keep really well. They best chocolate chip cookie recipe ever? I’ll leave that up for debate. But let’s just say if I was Santa, whatever kid left me a plate of these would be written on the “nice” list in permanent marker.

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Crispy or chewy, there’s a few things that make a great chocolate chip cookie: Lots of brown sugar, but not too sweet. LOTS of chocolate. And a light sprinkle of fleur de sel over the top. What’s that? Yeah, you read right. A small sprinkle of sea salt adds a delicate crunch to these cookies and is awesome against the chocolate. Now we’re not talking enough salt to actually make these cookies salty… just enough to make the flavors come alive. Try it, and you’ll see. I wouldn’t have my chocolate cookies any other way.

One other thing – I can’t stand when cookies have big chunks of walnuts in them. Ew. Until recently, I thought I actually just didn’t like walnuts. I was wrong. I do like them – just not in big pieces! I incorporated some ground walnuts into this recipe – it adds a subtle nutty flavor without being overpowering or interfering with the texture in the way that pieces of nut does.

Like I mentioned above, these cookies are crispy. Not overcooked or hard – I made them crispy on purpose! The texture is the same throughout, and its hard to find anything appropriate to compare it to. I guess you could say they’re like chips ahoy, but much, much better and with a much more delicate crumb. It took quite a bit of research to figure out how to get my cookies to be this texture! The answer is pretty scientific, but not at all complicated: use cold butter. That’s right! No waiting for your butter to come to room temperature! If you think about it, it makes sense… cookies spread and get soft when the butter melts (because once it’s melted, the butter stays soft once the cookies cool off). Butter that’s starting at room temperature will melt much faster than butter that’s starting out cold. So cold butter means it won’t melt as much in the oven, which means the cookies will be thicker and crispier. And there’s your science lesson for the day. 😉

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Crispy Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • 1 stick butter, chilled
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, ground (pulse in your food processor until it has the texture of coarse flour)
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 8 oz. chocolate chips (I actually prefer pastilles if you can find them)
  • fleur de sel

Preheat your oven to 350.

Use eggbeaters or a stand mixer to cream together the butter and sugars. Mix for about 5 minutes, or until mixture begins to look smooth and incorporated. Mix in the egg and vanilla. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Mix the flour together with the baking soda and salt. Add half the flour. Mix to combine, scraping down the bowl as needed. Mix in the remaining flour and the ground walnuts. Fold in the chocolate chips.

Drop by the tablespoon-full onto a baking sheet that has been lined with parchment or a silpat. Sprinkle very lightly with fleur de sel. Bake for 13 minutes – cookies will look a little bit light, but should be cooked in the middle. They will darken a touch after they sit.

Yields about 3 dozen cookies.
Approx. 98 calories, 4.7 grams fat, 0.5 grams fiber, 1.3 grams protein

 

 

 

 

 

By on December 11th, 2009

About Lauren

Hi, I'm Lauren! I'm a certified plant-based cook and enthusiastic omnivore who loves looking for creative ways to make weeknight meals more nutritious. I'm the author of Heathy Eating One Pot Cookbook and Healthy Meal Prep Slow Cooker Cookbook.

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71 thoughts on “Crispy Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies”

  1. MMMMMMMM,…these cookies look delightful!! Yummie!

    How lovely for you that you recieved such a great gift!

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  2. What a nice suprise to receive a gift to you and offer one to one of your readers! Congrats! Your cookies are very tempting! I like the salt added!

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  3. Polish Nut Rolls made by my grandma those are what christmas desserts are about in my house

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  4. Favorite holiday appetizers are goat cheese tartlets, so easy and you can make them different EVERY time so they never get boring!!

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  5. These cookies look great and I plan to try out the recipe after the Christmas rush. What I will be baking tonight are my new favs which are chocolate hazelnut biscotti cookies.

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  6. THESE COOKIES LOOK SOOOOOOOO GOOD. I AM ALWAYS SEARCHING FOR THE PERFECT CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE, I’VE FOUND A COUPLE THAT HAVE COME CLOSE, SO ALL IN ALL, I WILL TRY THIS ONE ALSO. NOW FOR THE RESPONSE TO THE BEST CHRISTMAS COOKIE— WOULD HAVE TO BE THE SUGAR COOKIE. TO ME, WHEN YOU SEE THE SUGAR COOKIE, YOU KNOW ITS TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS, I DON’T SEEM TO WANT THEM ANY OTHER TIME.

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