Dang Good Salted Chocolate Chunk Cookies

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! 🍪😍

A close-up photo of Dang Good Salted Chocolate Chunk Cookies.

Dang Good Salted Chocolate Chunk Cookies

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! 🍪😍

A close-up photo of Dang Good Salted Chocolate Chunk Cookies.

Why KJ Loves

Dang Good Salted Chocolate Chunk Cookies

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!

Cookie dough in a mixing bowl with a cookie scoop.

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!

Cookie dough balls on a baking sheet with chocolate chunks.

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. 

A baked Dang Good Salted Chunk Cookie.

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.

A close-up photo of the melted chocolate on top of one of the cookies.

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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Dang Good Salted Chocolate Chunk Cookies


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  • Author: KJ & Company - Kate Poskochil
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 18 cookies 1x

Description

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! 🍪😍


Ingredients

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  • 2 sticks (16 tablespoons) butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • (3) 4oz semi-sweet chocolate baking bars, such as Ghiradelli
  • Flaky sea salt for topping

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter, brown sugar and sugar together on medium speed until light and fluffy, about a couple minutes. Reduce the speed to low and mix in one egg at a time until combined, making sure to wipe down the edges of the bowl in between each addition.Mix in the vanilla extract.
  2. With the mixer speed on low, mix in the flour, baking soda and 1 teaspoon of salt until combined and a dough has formed. Chop one of the 4oz baking bars into about 1/4 inch pieces. Evenly mix into the cookie dough. Scoop the cookie dough out into balls using a tablespoon-sized scoop onto a non-greased cookie sheet, placing them 3-4 inches apart.
  3. Cut the remaining 4oz baking bars into varying-sized pieces, no larger than an inch. Bake the cookies for 5 minutes. Remove them from the oven and gently press a couple pieces of the chopped chocolate into the tops of all the cookies. Put them back into the oven and bake for another 5-6 minutes, or until slightly golden brown and set in the middle.
  4. Remove the cookies from the oven. If you would like a glossy-chocolate effect, gently use a butter knife to open the tops of the chocolate pieces on top of the cookies until glossy. Lightly sprinkle each cookie with the flaky sea salt. Move the cookies to a cooling rack to cool completely. Enjoy!

Notes

  • These cookies do very well frozen! After scooping the cookie dough out onto the baking sheet, gently press a couple pieces of the chocolate into the tops of the cookie dough balls and freeze them on the baking sheets for a couple hours. You can then transfer the frozen cookie dough balls into a freezer-safe bag to keep up for a week in the freezer. When you are ready to bake (even if you just need a couple!), preheat the oven to 350 and bake the cookies for 12-13 minutes, or until the cookies are slightly golden brown. You can then follow the same directions in section 4 listed above.
  • 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.
  • Nutritional information for this recipe is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.
  • Prep Time: 35 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 278
  • Sugar: 20.6g
  • Sodium: 315mg
  • Fat: 14.5g
  • Carbohydrates: 34.4g
  • Fiber: 0.4g
  • Protein: 3.3g
  • Cholesterol: 48mg
Dang Good Salted Chocolate Chunk Cookies.

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3 Comments

  1. Sophie Wood

    I made these today and they were definitely Dang Good! They were easily the best chocolate cookies I’ve ever made. Very tasty and chocolatey. I’m going to substitute butter with coconut oil and see how they turn out. Thank you for sharing a wonderful recipe and beautiful photos.

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    • KJ

      I’m so glad you liked them, Sophie! 🙂 Thank you so much for giving them a try! You’ll have to let me know how they turn out with coconut oil!

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  2. Julianna vezza

    Omg!!!! These cookies were next level! The photos blew me away and I had to make them

    Reply

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