Cookies/ Dessert

Salted Dark Chocolate Cookies

Salted Dark Chocolate Cookies //

Ohhh, my friends. We’re in the middle of planning where to move for dental school next year (stay tuned!) and finding a new doctor and hospital to deliver in (with one month to go, mind you) and I’m wrapping up my time as a chocolatier before I begin this new mamahood journey. This season of life is crazy and there are moments where it just all feels so overwhelming and impossible, but that’s normal and okay. I’m being forced to do things that are so outside my comfort zone and it is stretching me in ways I really do need, and I’m grateful for that.

But get this – in just one month (or less!) I get to have a cute, snuggly baby and that is just wild! Ah! I can’t get over it. Over the past 8 months I’ve grown a human with eyes and ears and legs and toes and feet and hair – how is this even possible?! Biology is neat, huh? I can’t wait to meet her and see what she looks like and figure out this whole life thing with her. I feel like I say this all the time – and I really do – but I just can’t wait to be a mom. It’s all I’ve ever wanted. And it’s happening and it’s real and it all feels like a dream and it’s totally rad.

Speaking of dreams,  I definitely dreamed I was pregnant with quadruplets, but three of them turned out to be soft pretzels and only one was an actual human baby. Totally normal.

Also, collecting baby clothes and accessories and all those things is completely addicting and I might have to start a GoFundMe to support the habit. Help.

Salted Dark Chocolate Cookies //

One of my very favorite parts about the Christmas season are those cookie plates that people create and give away and I love love love it – both giving and receiving, of course. And guilty confession – those cute little shortbread cookies that come in a tin? Totally delicious. Love them.

This post today is actually part of a collaboration with a group of lady bloggers doing a virtual cookie swap party – so fun, right? I’ve included all the links at the bottom of this post and you have to check them out – it’s quite possibly the most delicious round up of tiny circular treats I’ve ever seen.

These dark chocolate cookies are my latest obsession – they’re insanely rich and fudgy, and utterly miraculous straight out of the oven. Gooey, melty, chocolatey goodness – that’s something I’ve definitely learned to appreciate over the past while I’ve been working at the chocolate shop. Most important lesson? Don’t settle for cheap chocolate. Trade in the extra few bucks you’d normally spend on your daily latte and get the good stuff, always. You’re worth it. Treat yo’ self.

And can we talk about those beautiful, shiny, crackly tops? I die. Perfection.

Salted Dark Chocolate Cookies //


I hope you’ll try these cookies out, because I think they’re really quite life changing. Conveniently, they’re also super quick & easy – no chilling, hooray! I also hope that you have a really, really wonderful holiday season with the people you love. I’m grateful for you, friends, for still being here and reading and being kind and leaving thoughtful comments and supporting me from afar. I appreciate you so so so very much.

Salted Dark Chocolate Cookies //

{Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart’s Outrageous Chocolate Cookies}

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Salted Dark Chocolate Cookies
Serves: about 14 cookies
  • 8 oz bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped (I used 2 Ghirardelli 60% baking bars)
  • 4 T unsalted butter
  • ⅔ c all-purpose flour
  • ½ t baking powder
  • ½ t fine sea salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¾ c light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 t vanilla
  • ¾ c bittersweet chocolate chunks (I used Ghirardelli 60% baking chips)
  • fleur de sel or maldon sea salt, for sprinkling
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a nonstick cooking mat.
  2. In a microwave-safe bowl, heat butter & chocolate in 30 second increments, stirring in between, until thoroughly melted and smooth. Set aside.
  3. In a bowl fitted for a stand mixer or with a handheld electric mixer, beat eggs, brown sugar, and vanilla on high speed until light & creamy, about 3-5 minutes. Beat in the chocolate, followed by the flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix until just combined.
  4. Using a large cookie scoop or ice cream scoop, scoop the dough into balls and place on the baking sheet, about 2-3 inches apart. Sprinkle with a small amount of fleur de sel.
  5. Bake for about 12 minutes, until the cookies are shiny & cracked, but not overdone - they should still be slightly gooey on the inside. Let cool on the cookie sheet for 10 minutes, then transfer to a rack to cool completely.

Don’t forget –> #cookieswapparty links:
Speculoos Button Cookies via Katherine in Brooklyn
Chocolate Dipped Matcha and Ginger Shortbread Cookies via Madeline Marie
Walnut Pepita Chocolate Chip Cookies via Nommable
GF + Vegan Gingerbread Men via Soul and Spoon
Chocolate Peppermint Coconut Macaroons via Pumpkin & Peanut Butter
Almond Spritz Cookies via Flours In Your Hair
Coconut Peanut Butter Cookies (vegan) via Maple Alps
Flaxseed & Pistachio Shortbread with White Chocolate Ganache Glaze via Lyndsey Eden
Speculoos Coffee Caramel Slices via Les Filles de Madeleine
Dark Chocolate Butterscotch Cookies via Seek Satiation
Pretzel & Caramel Drizzled Snickerdoodles via Hopeless Thunder

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  • Reply
    Madeline Hall
    December 22, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    Haha that dream made me laugh out loud! I hope your pregnancy has been going well and maybe one day soon I can drive up there and visit and meet your new baby!! (if that’s not weird lol) Also these cookies look SO good I could eat ten of them. Thanks so much for participating!! I hope you have a merry christmas! <3

    • Reply
      December 22, 2016 at 6:19 pm

      Thanks, girl!!! Oh my gosh, I would LOVE that, not weird at all! Lunch date please?!

  • Reply
    December 21, 2016 at 5:39 am

    I cannot believe your due date is only 1 MONTH away!! This time has flown! I am so so excited for you both 🙂 And THESE COOKIES! Girl, you had me at chocolate. Have the most wonderful Christmas 🙂

    • Reply
      December 22, 2016 at 10:10 am

      So so crazy, right?! Thank you, Liz!! 🙂

  • Reply
    Nancy Hoang
    December 20, 2016 at 11:57 am

    Hahaha your dream of soft pretzels, I can’t. And these cookies look divine! Shiny, crackly tops are my favorites. I’ve been looking for cookie recipes with that exact kind of top so I’m very excited to try these out.

    Best of luck with the move and delivery!

    • Reply
      December 20, 2016 at 6:35 pm

      Thank you, Nancy!!!

  • Reply
    December 20, 2016 at 8:54 am

    YOUR DREAM. I’m dying of laughter. You’re going to be the best momma for sure Lucia!!! <3 <3 <3
    Beautiful cookies too, I love crackly tops and chocolate so these are meant for me!!! Have a wonderful Christmas!

    • Reply
      December 20, 2016 at 6:36 pm

      Thank you so much, friend!! Merry Christmas to you! 🙂

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