While classic is usually a foolproof way to go when it comes to baking chocolate chip cookies, these Fleur de Sel Chocolate Chunk Cookies prove that playing around in the kitchen can sometimes trump baking traditions!
Everyone’s got their favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe, which is no big surprise. Chocolate chip cookies are an American treasure, spanning multiple generations. They’ve even got their own national holiday! While classic is usually a foolproof way to go when it comes to baking, these Fleur de Sel Chocolate Chunk Cookies prove that playing around in the kitchen can sometimes trump baking traditions.
Fleur de sel is just a fancy, French term for sea salt. While you can definitely use any kind of coarse sea salt that you want with this recipe, fleur de sel has a special quality about it that makes it a little bit different from other salts.
Fleur de sel tends to be coarser than table salt, but not quite as coarse as the bottled sea salt you find on grocery store shelves. This slight variation makes fleur de sel optimal for use in baking recipes, where you want the flavor of the salt, but perhaps not the abrupt crunch.
Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Fleur de Sel
Typical chocolate chip cookie recipes are made with table salt, but using sea salt in your cookie dough will provide a more pronounced sweet and salty contrast.
In addition to using fleur de sel, this chocolate chip cookie dough calls for a dark chocolate bar rather than chocolate chips. While chocolate chips are nostalgic and provide that famous studded appearance in cookies, chocolate chunks provide a much better chocolate flavor.
To create the chocolate chunks necessary for these dark chocolate chunk cookies, you’ll need to take a quality dark chocolate baking bar, such as Trader Joe’s 72% Dark Chocolate Pound Plus Bar, and chop it up into small chunks.
These dark chocolate chunks are then stirred into the cookie dough, much like classic chocolate chips would be. When the cookies bake, the chocolate melts much better than chocolate chips do.
By using a chopped bar of chocolate rather than chocolate chips, you’ll get more of that ooey, gooey chocolate quality in your cookies. Who can resist pools of melted chocolate in their cookies?
The melted chocolate, combined with the chewy, pillow-y texture of the cookie dough itself, is enough to make anyone love this recipe.
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 3/4 cup + 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 3/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp fleur de sel
- 8 oz dark chocolate (72%), chopped into small chunks
- Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with a silicone mat or a sheet of parchment paper. Beat the sugars and butter together on medium speed until light and fluffy - about 1 minute.
- Add in the egg and vanilla extract; mix to combine. In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, and sea salt together.
- Add in the dry ingredients, then mix until a dough has formed. Stir in the chopped chocolate. Scoop heaping tablespoon-sized mounds of dough into the palms of your hands and roll into balls. Place cookie dough balls, spaced out from each other, onto your prepared baking sheet (about 6 balls per sheet).
- Bake the cookies for 11 minutes, just until the tops are starting to get some golden spots.
- Let the cookies rest on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring to a plate or wire rack.
Home Chef Tips: Feel free to add fleur de sel to the top of your cookie dough balls before baking, as well.
Make sure to use a quality chocolate bar like Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate Pound Plus Bar.
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