Enjoy the perfect balance of sweet and salty with our sea salt chocolate chip cookies. Soft and chewy with a combination of rich chocolate and a hint of sea salt making these cookies an irresistible favorite for any cookie lover.
Why you'll love this recipe
You must try this sea salt chocolate chip cookies recipe because it offers a delightful twist on the classic chocolate chip cookies with just the addition of one ingredient sea salt.
The combination of sweet and salty flavors is a winning combination in many desserts, and sea salt in these salted chocolate chip cookies are no exception.
As a baking blogger, these salted cookies were at the top of my list of things to master and not just for my 4 kids and my husband, so this recipe is definitely my best chocolate chip cookies and here's why:
- Easy-to-make recipe, usually straightforward and simple, just like the traditional chocolate chip cookie recipe, with my tips and video recipe.
- Sweet and salty flavors, the perfect balance between the sweetness of the chocolate and the savory touch of sea salt.
- Soft and chewy texture with slightly crispy edges, making them perfect for satisfying your cookie cravings.
- A wonderful treat to enjoy with a glass of milk, as a dessert after a meal, or to share with friends and family during gatherings.
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Ingredients et substitutions
Here are the ingredients needed and possible substitutions to make these delicious chewy chocolate chip cookies with sea salt at home, scroll down to see the quantities in the recipe card.
- Flour: All-purpose flour is best for making cookies that are tender and have a slightly chewy texture. For a bit more tender and cake-like cookies, you can use cake flour.
- Butter: It's important to use only unsalted butter to control the addition of sea salt and avoid having a more salty than sweet flavor when you use salted butter.
- Egg: Use medium to large eggs and make sure they are at room temperature to get the most even texture possible.
- Sugar: A mixture of white sugar and flavored sugar such as dark brown sugar, light brown sugar, or other whole sugar.
- Leavening agents: Using both baking soda and baking powder in cookies helps to achieve a balanced rise and gives a slightly crisper and chewier texture to cookies.
- Sea Salt and vanilla extract: Use pure vanilla extract and sea salt flakes (fleur de sel) which I like to use like the top French chefs.
- Chocolate chips: Last but not least, use chocolate chips or chocolate chunks cut from a chocolate bar, we most often use semi-sweet chocolate.
Nuts: Anything that adds a crunchy texture, such as crushed almonds, pecans, hazelnuts or macadamia nuts.
⚠️ You will find the quantities and complete instructions in the recipe card at the end of the page.
How to make Salted Chocolate Chip cookies
Cream butter and sugar
- Place softened unsalted butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar in a large mixing bowl.
- Mix with an electric mixer at medium speed until creamy and smooth.
- Add room temperature egg and vanilla extract and mix again with electric mixer for 1 minute to incorporate.
Tips: Use room temperature ingredients for a well blended mixture, you can use an electric mixer or your stand mixer with the paddle attachment to make the blends.
Add dry ingredients
- Finally add all-purpose flour baking soda or baking powder and sea salt.
- And mix again but gently with a wooden spoon or a spatula until you get a well-blended dough.
- Finish by adding the semi-sweet chocolate chips (or chocolate chunks) to the cookie dough and gently mix them in with the wooden spoon or with your hands.
- Cover with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for 1-2 hours.
Tip: You can sift the dry ingredients in advance to get a homogenous flour mixture.
- Shape your cookie dough into balls with an ice cream scoop, also called a cookie scoop or with your hands.
- Place them on a lined baking sheet with parchment paper, making sure to space them out by about 2 inches apart as they will rise during baking to prevent them from sticking together.
- Sprinkle salt on top of the chocolate chip cookies dough balls.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F./ 180°C and bake cookies at half height for about 15 to 17 minutes depending on the diameter.
- Let them cool for a few minutes in the baking sheet before putting them on a cooling rack to cool completely where they also will firm up a bit.
Tips: Check that the cookies are done, they are ready when they have puffed up and have that nice golden brown color around the edges. They are still soft in the middle, so don't move them right away to avoid damaging them.
7 Secrets Tips for Cookies
- Softened butter: It will bind the ingredients together and brings an extraordinary flavor to the cookies. Use softened or melted and cooled butter, so that it blends better with the other ingredients and get this delicious butter flavor.
- Room temperature Eggs: Eggs are also a binding ingredient that is best incorporated when they are at room temperature. If your eggs are cold then spend a few moments under hot water.
- Chill dough: This is not always required, but it can greatly improve the texture and flavor of the cookies. It allows the ingredients to meld together, resulting in cookies with a better flavor and a more consistent texture.
- Add sea salt: Salt is a taste enhancer, here we use sea salt which brings an incomparable flavor and which combines perfectly with chocolate.
- Use cookie scoop: This is the key tool for shaping perfect cookies, it allows you to perfectly dose the dough. Also to have cookies of the same size and above all to have an airy cookie dough compared to shaping with the hands, the dough is less compact, which gives even fluffier cookies.
- Do not over-mix : Over-mixing the dough after adding the flour will make it too compact and we will lose its fluffy texture.
- Do not overbake : If you like to eat the cookie dough raw you will understand that baking is a key step to cookie success! You have to find the ideal baking time according to your oven, an overbaked cookie is a cookie that has lost its moisture and will therefore be too dry in the mouth.
Storage and Freeze
Room temperature : Store salted chocolate chip cookies in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
How to freeze cookies?
And another great tip to keep them for a very long time! For that you have the choice between freezing them before cooking (the best way according to me) :
After shaping the cookie dough balls, place them in a bag and put them in the freezer. And simply put them on the baking tray and let them come back to room temperature before following the instructions for baking.
Or store them in the freezer after cooking:
Once your salted chocolate chip cookie is cooked and completely cooled, put them in a storage bag and place them in the freezer. And for these two methods, you can keep them for up to 3 months.
Frequently Asked Questions
Sea salt is generaly sprinkled on cookies before baking, they will stick better to the dough and become an integral part of the cookies.
Use Flaky Sea Salt such as fleur de sel or Maldon sea salt, tends to adhere better to the cookies due to its texture.
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