Salted Dark Chocolate Cookies

chocolate cookie recipeIt’s Monday, and that means it’s cookie day.

Because Mondays require cookies, that’s why.  And because I woke up with a huge headache.  AGAIN.

I thought I had this headache thing licked after I read this awesome-sauce headache book.  My previously frequent headaches had become quite infrequent, and all was right with the world.  Then I became sort of lazy about my rule-following and slightly indulgent about my caffeine intake, and wouldn’t you know it?  The headaches returned.

You know it’s going to be a long day when you wake up hoping you can have chocolate cookies and diet coke for breakfast.

I could tell the dog was feeling the same way.  He’s a full week into his required 10 days of cone-wearing after his neutering, and let me tell you… that cone is getting old.  For all of us.  He also can’t bathe until the 10 days are over, and that is getting old too.

Dark Chocolate Cookie recipe

Puppy and I moped around the kitchen, me begrudgingly making meals and doing dishes, and he fruitlessly sniffing the kitchen floor for yummy crumbs to nibble.

I also begrudgingly drove the high school kids to school, waiting for my ibuprofen to kick in and mustering all the patience I had to listen to the silly and bathroom-activity-filled conversation happening in the back seat.  What is it with talking about bathroom activities?  I literally can’t remember the last extended conversation I had with my kids that didn’t come around to that at some point.

Just as I was congratulating myself for making it all the way to school without yelling at any kids, Bam!  I suddenly remembered that it’s a rare short day, and the lunches I packed them were completely unnecessary.  And now I’m going to feel irritated all the way home, too.

I went through a chocolate cookie ingredient list in my head, thinking I would stop at the store while I’m out, if necessary, because I’m having chocolate cookies today, come hell or high water!

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Easy chocolate cookies

Honestly?  So rarely does something as simple as a cookie balance out the day, but this one delivered on it’s promise. That lovely dark chocolate flavor really did the trick.  The high egg-to-flour ratio means the cookies spread quite a bit, and they flatten out and become rather thin.  It’s part of the charm, if you ask me.

This cookie isn’t heavy, it’s not chunky, or fancy, or frosted.  It’s not visually notable in any way but one… it’s black.  Dark, dark, black.  With a little sprinkle of salt in the middle.

It might be the most perfect cookie that ever lived.  I may have eaten fifteen a couple of them to brighten my afternoon.

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{Adapted from these Salted Dark Chocolate Nutella Cookies from Faux Martha.}

4.6 from 10 reviews
Salted Dark Chocolate Cookies

Recipe Type: Cookies
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 3 dozen
A rich dark chocolate cookie topped with coarse sea salt.
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup Hershey’s Special Dark cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 1 cup flour
  • coarse sea salt
  1. Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla and mix well.
  2. Add salt, soda, baking powder, and cocoa powder, and mix well.
  3. Add oats and flour and mix until combined.
  4. Drop by spoonfuls onto a baking sheet, leaving room for spreading, and bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Immediately top with coarse sea salt, then remove from baking sheet and allow to cool.

If you enjoy this recipe, you might also enjoy:

Chewy Chocolate Cookies from Completely Delicious

Triple Chocolate Oreo Chunk Cookies from Jen’s Favorite Cookies

Chocolate Mint Oreo Cookies from Two Peas and Their Pod


25 thoughts on “Salted Dark Chocolate Cookies

  1. tanya

    I feel for you, nothing is worse than a headache that won’t go away!!! I also know what you mean about the potty talk, my gosh, that’s all my kids can talk about!!!! I love these cookies. I love that they are large and ultra chocolatey!!! Hope your headache went away!

  2. Maria A.

    Okay, now I’ve done all my cookie dough for Christmas cookies and you go an post this! I HAVE to try them. I don’t know whether to love you or hate you! Ack!

  3. Simplee Sue

    Sorry about the headache. I have natural remedies in my blog because I’m a nurse, I included that. Even though as a nurse we push pills, I personally, like to use natural first. Possibley you could be allergic to some kind of food. Look here for headache remedies. I really didn’t mean to direct you to my blog, but something may help. Anyway, these chocoalate cookies look absolutely, scrumptious. thank you for sharing.

  4. Miz Helen

    Hi Jen,
    Your Salted Dark Chocolate Cookies are just beautiful and would be delicious. I can’t wait to try them. Hope you are having a great weekend and thanks for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  5. Joann

    These cookies look amazing…imagine that each bite eases the pain of your headache. I know what you mean about the unnecessary lunch…that used to annoy me so badly! — Joann

  6. Michelle

    I feel for ya on the headache thing. I’ve had headaches all my life and my son inherited them from me so I know how crappy it can be to wake up feeling one coming on and just wishing it was three days later. Cookies make everything better though and these look amazing! I can’t wait to try the recipe. Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday. Can’t wait to see what you share this week! Have a wonderful week.

  7. Karen

    Just found your website and I am bookmarking it!
    About your headaches- I woke with headaches for years and it was my “borderline high blood pressure.”
    Hopefully that isn’t your case- but always good to keep an eye on it—-at any age!

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  9. Marcia Lins

    Hey Jen!!! (from the lower part of the Ecuator…

    I´m Brazilian and was wondering some weeks ago online… Found this recipe and thought “maybe I´ll try these someday”… My someday was today… I´m a teacher and have lots of students finishing theyr classes this week. Putting together a cookie bag for them (all adults!) and gave your recipe a shot,…

    My mom simply ate like 5 or 6 with a glass of milk and my dad won´t stop eating them… Even my dog who is a gravitational center in my kitchen, looked at them willingly enough until one fell… she liked them too

    SUPER THANKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  12. angie

    I commented a week or so ago but must comment again! These cookies are truly amazing. I just made a quadruple batch for my husnbands office party and they received rave reviews. Came here to get the recipe for all of those that asked for it. I think I may experiment a little with the next batch, I think a touch off coffee flavoring or orange flvaoring might be a nice touch. This is a keeper–thanks again for the awesome recipe!!!

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  15. Lauren

    Well..I’m not sure what I did wrong…these got such great reviews so I’m not sure. I love salt and chocolate..but these ended up so salty I had to throw them out. I used extra coarse salt….perhaps you used something a bit smaller?

    1. Jen Post author

      Lauren, I did use coarse salt, but it’s true that a little goes a long way. A small sprinkle on each one is all it takes. If you’re worried about it, you can always omit the salt. They are also really tasty without it!

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