Easy Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies

Easy Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies ~

Hi Friends!  Over on my Instagram account, I promised that I would post the recipe for the fabulously delicious sea salt chocolate chip cookies that my daughter Erica and I have made a few times. I cannot take full credit for the recipe.  It’s based off a post on modernhoney.com which is based off the Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe from Levain Bakery.  I’ve never been to Levain Bakery, so I can’t tell you if the taste is the same.  All I know is that I left out the walnuts and added sea salt to my version and the cookies are fantastic. (Scroll down if you want to skip the story and go right to the recipe.)

sea salt chocolate chip recipe

I stumbled upon the recipe during quarantine, when I luckily had a plethora of baking supplies on-hand.  The cookies are so delicious and they are the size of cheeseburgers.  Seriously.  One cannot consume an entire sea salt chocolate chip cookie alone in one sitting.  As I said, the original recipe doesn’t call for sea salt, but as soon as I took the very first bite, I KNEW that adding a little bit would send the deliciousness of the cookies off the charts.  I was right.

easy sea salt chocolate chip cookies

MOST IMPORTANT TIP:

Before you begin, the most important part to remember is that you MUST use cold butter.  It’s so tempting to melt the butter because melted butter makes the mixing part so much easier.  However, in order for the recipe to work, you have to use cold butter right out of the fridge.  DO NOT even let the butter get to room temperature.  It has to be cold.  Perhaps if I would have paid more attention in chemistry class I could explain why cold butter works differently than melted butter, but that is a post for a different day and you all know by now that I’m not a cook.

sea salt chocolate chip cookies

sea salt chocolate chip cookies

sea salt chocolate chip cookies recipe

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup COLD butter, cut up into tiny cubes
  • 1 cup brown sugar (I don’t pack it down)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 salt
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • Shaker of sea salt (optional)

STEPS:

This is the perfect recipe to make with your kids or grand kids.  Erica mixes the wet ingredients while I’m putting together the dry ingredients, then we meet together for the mixing of the two and for forming the cheeseburger.  Oh, wait! I mean the cookies.

WET INGREDIENTS:

  1.  add the butter, brown sugar, and regular sugar and mix until well-blended
  2.  beat in two eggs one at a time

easy sea salt chocolate chip cookies

easy sea salt chocolate chip cookies

Yes, that is a HAND MIXER.  I got it as a gift for my wedding shower over 33 years ago!  I don’t cook or bake enough to justify a fancy stand mixer.  I actually bought one on clearance at Target and it sat in my garage unopened for a few years.  I finally gave it to Adrienne when she moved into her first apartment.  But then COVID hit, and now I don’t know how I’ve survived this long without a stand mixer.  Hello? Santa?

DRY INGREDIENTS:

  1. in a separate bowl, mix together the flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt
  2. whisk together so the ingredients evenly distribute throughout the flour
  3. add the dry ingredients a little at a time to the wet ingredients and stir together with a spatula
  4. stir in the chocolate chips

easy sea salt chocolate chip cookies

easy sea salt chocolate chip cookies

easy sea salt chocolate chip cookie recipe

NEXT STEPS:

  • The recipe makes eight (8) cookies, so the best thing to do is to divide the mix in half and set one half aside
  • With half of the mix, form four (4) cheeseburger-patty-sized cookies
  • Place on cookie sheet
  • Bake at 410 degrees for 10-12 minutes until light golden brown
  • Sprinkle with sea salt (optional)
  • Repeat with the other half of the mix for a total of eight cookies

sea salt chocolate chip recipe

sea salt chocolate chip recipe

Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies

Delicious Cookies the Size of Cheeseburgers
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Servings 8 cookies

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup cold butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • shaker of sea salt (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 410 degrees
    2. In one large mixing bowl, use a mixer to mix together the cold butter, brown sugar, and sugar
    3. Mix in one egg at a time
    4. In a second large mixing bowl, stir together the flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt
    5. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing with spatula until combined
    6. Stir in the chocolate chips
    7. Divide the mix into two parts; set one part aside
    8. Make four large patties with 1/2 the mix (cheeseburger-size)
    9. Place on ungreased cookie sheet
    10. Bake 10-12 minutes until light golden brown
    11. Sprinkle with sea salt (optional)
    12. Repeat with remaining half of mix
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