DANG Good Salted Chocolate Chunk Cookies are the ultimate indulgence for your chocolate chip cookie cravings. A brown sugar cookie base is studded with freshly chopped chocolate chunks. These cookies are baked until golden and chewy, with puddles of melty chocolate. Top them off with a light sprinkling of flaky sea salt for the perfect combo of salty and sweet.
If you ever make one of my recipes, please let it be this one! I’ve whipped up hundreds of batches of cookies—and this is my all-time favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe. When I serve them up for guests and parties, they disappear instantly.
Are these possibly the best chocolate chip cookies you’ve ever had? You will have to bake a batch for yourself to see! 🍪😍
Why KJ Loves
Dang Good Salted Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Oh boy, where do I even start with these cookies?! These are the family-favorite chocolate chip cookies in our household – and are sure to be a hit in yours as well! The brown sugar cookie base studded with decadent pools of chocolate and sprinkled with salt create the most perfect chocolate chip cookie!
Chocolate Chunk Heaven
What are the best chocolate chunks for cookies? I’d recommend roughly chopping up Ghiradelli chocolate baking bars. Make sure to grab semi-sweet chocolate. Chopped chocolate is a game-changer for these salted chocolate chunk cookies.
Make sure to save some chocolate to add to the cookies halfway through the baking process. This will give you delicious puddles of chocolate on top!
A Pinch of Salt
If you’re unsure about the sprinkle of flaky salt on top, hang with me for a minute. It turns out there is scientific evidence behind this ingredient addition. Salt activates the taste buds sensitive to sweetness—enhancing the overall taste. Salt and chocolate are meant to go together. Flaky salt also adds some texture to your cookies and makes them look fancy!
It’s important that you add the right kind of salt, though. Make sure to get a flaky, mellow salt, like Maldon salt. Maldon sea salt flakes can be found at most grocery stores and can also be purchased online.
Freezing Salted Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Want to make the cookie dough ahead of time? Or just want to have a few cookies you can make for yourself (whenever the craving hits)?
These salted chocolate chunk cookies are excellent for freezing. Here’s what to do:
After scooping the cookie dough out onto the baking sheet, gently press a couple of pieces of the chocolate into the tops of the cookie dough balls. Then freeze them on the baking sheets for a couple of hours. Then, transfer the frozen cookie dough balls into a freezer-safe bag to keep for up to a week in the freezer.
When you are ready to bake the cookies (even if you just need a couple!), preheat the oven to 350 degrees and bake the cookies for 12-13 minutes or until the cookies are slightly golden brown.
Salted Chocolate Chunk Cookie FAQs
Do you salt cookies before or after baking?
For this recipe, you’ll use a little bit of regular salt in the cookie dough before baking. After baking the cookies, you’ll top each one with a small pinch of flaky sea salt.
What kind of salt should I use?
I love using Maldon flaky sea salt. If you’re using a different brand, make sure it’s a flaky, mellow salt. You don’t want to use regular table salt, as it will be far too concentrated.
What does salt do to chocolate?
The salt activates the part of your taste buds that recognize sugar—so the sweetness really pops. Salt accentuates the delicious, deep flavor of the chocolate chunks to make each bite of these cookies intensely delicious.
How many cookies should I bake on each pan?
I usually do 6 cookies per cookie sheet. The max I would do per standard cookie sheet is 8 cookies—otherwise, you run the risk of the cookies melting into each other.
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