Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies

by Michael on August 30, 2012 · 35 comments

Fall. She’s knocking on the door, reminding us of her presence. As the evening tires her breeze weakens and cools. The signs are there. Leaves falling end over end spiralling slowly to the ground to live out its days,  the lush greens muted and dampening and the light softening earlier each night. Delicate chill in the air, the canvas of seasons changing. Summer lingers, but autumn’s pulse is on the horizon.

Waiting with arms stretched open. Calling for her return. Still caught in the middle, my love for summer obvious and true but my longing for fall runs deep. Not just for the above reasons but for her beauty stripped down and real. The trees will soon be bare, left absent of the leaves now misplaced below. The aroma of firewood filling the air as the crisp, slightly bitter air fills the windows. It brings the need for layers and warmth, longer walks huddled together and more wholesome meals. And it also means turning on the oven a little more frequently.

Anticipation. Closing our eyes and thinking back to the autumns of our yesteryear and all that it brings. The firewood piled high out back and by the road, the smell of baked goods greeting you at the door, the stillness outside after darkness falls and the basket of apples and pumpkins and hay rides at the local farm. We breathlessly await the calling bell on our favourite season. And all that it brings to us.

We are already dreaming of dinner watching the blue sky fall while sipping on hot soup left to simmer for hours on the stove or  fresh hot pie resting on the counter.  Warm foods to ease us into the season. To welcome us into the new old. With a cup of tea and a plate of cookies and a view of the constant-changing landscape on display out back. Soon.

I have made my share of goodies on this site but rarely do I delve into cookies. But with the chill in the air and a pot of tea on the stove I couldn’t resist. The perfect balance of sweet and salty. And the sign of better things ahead.

From my kitchen to yours,



Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • pinch of coarse salt
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 large organic eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups milk chocolate chips
  • 1 1/4 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup shaved dark chocolate
  • coarse sea salt sprinkled on top (optional)
  1. Whisk together the brown sugar, sugar and butter until softened. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing until incorporated. Add in the vanilla and continue to mix. Sift the flour, baking soda and salt and add into the mixture. Pour in the chocolate chips and shaved chocolate and fold until well distributed. 
  2. Drop tablespoon-sized balls of the mixture onto a parchment paper-lined sheet and top with a dash of coarse sea salt. 
  3. Place the sheet into a pre-heated 325°F oven and bake for approximately 15 minutes, or until the bottom is slightly browned. 
  4. Serve with cold milk.


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Jen L | Tartine and Apron Strings August 30, 2012 at 10:51 am

My birthday is in the late summer/early autumn, so this is my favourite season. Some salted chocolate chip cookies sound amazing, especially with a cup of espresso! Love this ritual…perhaps, I’ll treat myself to these on my special day :)


Putri Soe August 30, 2012 at 11:33 am

ah the last photo just reminded of the “normal” good life. i’m longing for that behind my desk. i should get back to my desserted novel i’ve been leaving for months. thanks, your photos, your writing, your recipes are comforting somewhat.

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Leah N. August 30, 2012 at 12:17 pm

You painted the perfect picture of what waiting for fall is like. I can feel fall breezes coming, I have already pulled out my wool sweaters and am anticipating curling up with a cup of tea and a warm blanket. Beautiful post and the cookies sound/look fantastic!


Victoria August 30, 2012 at 12:58 pm

I can’t tell what looks better the photographs or the cookies. I will know soon after I make them!


Michael August 30, 2012 at 8:37 pm

Let me know how the baking goes! And thanks for dropping in!


Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic August 30, 2012 at 2:09 pm

I love salted chocolate and salted caramel desserts. I started buying espresso salt so I can use that instead of coarse sea salt and it adds such a nice salty depth to sweet treats. I can’t wait for fall too!


Nancy August 30, 2012 at 8:48 pm

Those look so good. I haven’t had a glass of milk in years, but that looked so good I went and poured my self a glass of milk and ate a store bought chocolate cookie. I am making those cookies this weekend. Thanks!


Helene August 31, 2012 at 7:42 am

Fall is my favorite season. I like getting back in the kitchen, long walks in the wood, breathing the fresh air. I also start baking again. Love your writing, so peaceful.


Connie August 31, 2012 at 11:30 am

Beautiful post. I’ve been looking forward to Fall all summer. These cookies look perfect too. I might have to give them a try!


sippitysup August 31, 2012 at 2:48 pm

You always write about the natural world in such a visual way. It’s no wonder your photos are so good. GREG


Cookin' Canuck August 31, 2012 at 5:42 pm

Well, I wasn’t craving chocolate chip cookies about 5 minutes ago, but I certainly am now…especially ones with sea salt! We are anxiously anticipating fall here, too. It has always been my favorite season and I feel very ready for the comfort that the season brings.


sara September 1, 2012 at 4:09 pm

I’m seriously LOVING the pictures on this post!


Peter G | Souvlaki For The Soul September 1, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Whilst I’m preparing for Spring, autumn is really a great change over season. Love the cookies. The salt gives them a great lift.


Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen September 1, 2012 at 5:33 pm

I have to say I’m not quite ready to let go of summer yet but I do see the appeal of fall and a plate of warm cookies and a cup of tea sounds pretty heavenly.


Brian September 3, 2012 at 8:49 am

My sweet tooth starts to kick in with two things: cheesecake and chocolate chip cookies. Everything else (well, mostly things) I can do without. And to add a bit of salt on there is just fabulous. These are going to be my next chocolate chip cookie endeavor.


Denise September 3, 2012 at 11:19 am

Lovely post. I feel the same way about fall, definitely waiting with open arms, even though our summer has not really arrived yet. I am anxious to watch the leaves turn and to start cooking heavy comfort foods and to start baking. Salted chocolate chip cookies seem a good place to start.


Rosie @ Sweetapolita September 3, 2012 at 3:34 pm

There’s really nothing like fall, and although I’m always sad to see summer slip away, you’ve reminded me how much we have to look forward to: cozy sweaters, cool breezes and comforting baked goods. I adore salted chocolate chip cookies, and your photos are incredible, as always. Thanks for sharing yet another gorgeous post!


Linda September 3, 2012 at 4:46 pm

I hope these cookies won’t go flat when they start to cool, cause everytime I have made chocolate cookies lately, that is what they do! I noticed that even a lot of the bakeries chocolate chip cookies are flat anymore…..what gives?


Kristen September 3, 2012 at 10:29 pm

I love fall… well I love summer simply because the kids are out of school, but truth be told, fall is my favorite. These cookies look scrumptious!


Michelle MacPhearson September 4, 2012 at 8:04 am

The cookie, the bottled milk and wooden table gives a country style feeling. And your recipe is just perfect for all seasons not just Fall. So easy to prepare and good for my little boy’s small stomach.


Jess September 4, 2012 at 11:41 pm

You’ve made me miss fall terribly – there’s no fall where I live. But even in the tropical heat, I do feel the pull to slow down and bake this time of year. Beautiful cookies – love that chocolate and salt combination!


naomi September 6, 2012 at 4:08 pm

I’m so with you about the cooler weather and all the traditions that follow it. This is one of the those great ways. These look fantastic!


Denise @ TLT September 9, 2012 at 3:45 pm

I’m on a salted-sweet things kick lately, so these gorgeous cookies are definitely something I wanna try! With a cup of tea of course:)


marla September 10, 2012 at 12:55 am

Somewhere with all of my galavanting I missed these. OMG, Mike the idea of sea salt chocolate chip cookies makes me want to jump through the screen!


Meghan September 13, 2012 at 4:05 pm

I’m making these cookies right now! The first batch turned out flat, but delicious nonetheless. I was hoping they wouldn’t flatten out based on your photos. I even did everything by hand… maybe I beat the sugar/butter mixture too much? I’m going to freeze some of the dough for later use, so maybe those will stay puffy? Any advice would be awesome!! =) My kitchen smells so yummy. It’s a cold, rainy day here and this was the perfect way to spend the afternoon!


Michael September 16, 2012 at 8:03 pm

Sorry to hear that Meghan! I tried that recipe many times before finalizing it. I would suggest beating the sugar mixture just until combined, otherwise it coan be overworked. Thanks for letting me know and I hope the next batch is better!


Dian M. September 15, 2012 at 4:38 pm

My boyfriend said these were the best cookies he has ever tasted, and I thought they were pretty fantastic too. I have another batch baking right now. Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe!


Michael September 16, 2012 at 8:01 pm

Yay! So glad you bf liked them so much. They are a favourite around here. And thanks for taking the time to leave the comment.


Kim H. September 22, 2012 at 3:14 am

I made these cookies today! They were really good, but I had the flat cookie problem too. I just read your tip about not overworking the sugar mixture. I will keep that in mind the next time I make these. Thanks!


Holly Kinrade September 22, 2013 at 1:02 pm

I made these today and they were so good I ate half the batch when they came out the oven, mine spread and went flat so next time I’ll try not to overwork the mix, they tasted amazing though :D


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