Double Dark Chocolate Cookies with Sea Salt*

It has rained every day for the past 5 days. Seriously.

Thursday was the first day with no rain and I thought I might actually cry with joy! Tropical Storm Debby was a total witch and decided Jacksonville was a great place to snuggle in for a few days.

On top of the soul crushing rain, Jorge caught a stomach bug/flu from some guy at his office. So while he has been contaminating my couch all week — and watching feel good movies like Despicable Me — I have been wiping every surface down with clorox wipes like it’s my freakin’ job. I was considering starting to wear a surgical mask, but thankfully he has taken a turn for the better.

Add to that a 3 hour drive down to Tampa to visit my family…only to arrive and find out that my parents AC conked out and we won’t have a repair guy till tomorrow morning. The thermostat read 84° on my last check…I am terrified of what it might read by morning.

Obviously the only answer to all of that…cookies. Big Double Dark Chocolate Cookies that are topped with flaky Sea Salt. When warm, these cookies are gooey and delicious. Cooled, they have a crumbly texture that goes perfectly with a big glass of cold milk. They are the cure all.


Double Dark Chocolate Cookies with Sea Salt

Yield: 12 large cookies


  • 3 oz 82% Scharffen Berger Extra Dark Chocolate Bar, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup double dutch process cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • Fleur de Sel (or large-flake sea salt) for topping


Preheat oven to 325°F and line cookie sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, melt chopped chocolate bar and butter in 15 second increments in the microwave, until smooth. Let cool 5 minutes.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, espresso powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

Stir in sugar and egg -- into the chocolate mixture -- until smooth. Add in dry ingredients, mixing until fully combined.

Roll 1 1/2 tablespoons of cookie dough into balls and place on cookie sheet, leaving room for spreading. Sprinkle lightly with Fleur de Sel.

Bake for 10-12 minutes, until center is no longer puffy. Remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes and then transfer to a cooling tray. Serve warm or store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.


P.S. If you don’t hear from me again in the next few days, please send down a few thousand buckets of ice to Florida. Oh and an AC repair guy!

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47 Responses to “Double Dark Chocolate Cookies with Sea Salt”

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — June 29, 2012 @ 1:40 am

    I love that these are super dark. I think given your week and turn of events, you should have found a way to bake some alcohol into them :)

    “In a medium bowl, melt chopped chocolate bar and butter in 15 minute increments in the microwave, until smooth. Let cool 5 minutes. ” <— in addition to your hellish week, if you microwaved 3 oz chocolate for 15 minutes, you'd be setting off the smoke detector :) And the smell of scorched chocolate would be lingering forever!

    • Jessica replied: — June 29th, 2012 @ 11:19 am

      Oh lord. It really has been a long week! haha!!

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    Katrina — June 29, 2012 @ 6:34 am

    These look heavenly! Yum!

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    Dixya — June 29, 2012 @ 7:40 am

    oh my! I cant wait to try these- looks heavenly

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    shelly (cookies and cups) — June 29, 2012 @ 8:17 am

    Well, yes…obviously cookies are the answer! Love the way you think :)

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — June 29, 2012 @ 8:36 am

    Oh wow, what a week you have had! Rain always makes me want cookies… so 5 days of it means I am done for.

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    Dena K. — June 29, 2012 @ 9:58 am

    These look yummy! Some ice cream or “oreo like” cream between two of them and YUM-O! ps. We love Despicable Me! ……. “It was your cousin’s idea! Whaaaaaaaaaat? ” favorite part.

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    Jocelyn @BruCrew Life — June 29, 2012 @ 11:19 am

    Cookies that delicious are definitely the way to go after a week like that!!! I like the idea of some salted caramel ice cream sandwiched in between two of them. It would cool you off for a second:-)

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    Ashley Bee @ Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine — June 29, 2012 @ 11:26 am

    Ohh these are so cool looking! Dark and dangerous but delicious, hehe. Sea salt always sounds so strange on dessert but I am NEVER disappointed :)

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    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — June 29, 2012 @ 11:41 am

    I love rich dark chocolate!! These cookies could cure a lot of things!

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    Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray — June 29, 2012 @ 11:43 am

    These cookies are killing me softly. I’m so tempted to bake them despite the gross heat wave currently revisiting NYC…

    • Jessica replied: — July 3rd, 2012 @ 12:36 am

      …and just like that I am back in the 90’s and that song is stuck in my head. Thanks Tara, thanks a lot! haha 😉

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    Katherine — June 29, 2012 @ 11:55 am

    I’m going to wrap the dough around halved caramels! So excited :)

    • Jessica replied: — July 3rd, 2012 @ 12:35 am

      OMGawd. That sounds amazing!

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    Rachel R {Studio Cuisine} — June 29, 2012 @ 12:06 pm

    YUM!! As always, love the salty sweet combo. Will definitely have to try out this recipe!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — June 29, 2012 @ 1:29 pm

    Sorry about your week but at least you have these cookies! They look AH-MAZING. Jason is going to be thrilled when I make this for him.

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    Rachel @ Carbavore — June 29, 2012 @ 4:13 pm

    this looks sinfully delicious..I can’t wait to try to make them this weekend! I live in tampa so I can’t imagine how you feel with no a/c in this heat..

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    Kathryn — June 29, 2012 @ 4:20 pm

    I made some very very similar cookies this afternoon when it rained, what else can you do??

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — June 29, 2012 @ 5:38 pm

    No AC in FL? That would be torture!! My SIL in is Orlando, and I have been there in summer, not pleasant! These cookies would help for sure though!

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    Bev @ Bev Cooks — June 29, 2012 @ 5:50 pm

    Oh holy Lord.

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    ErinsFoodFiles — June 29, 2012 @ 5:59 pm

    These look AMAZING! It’s a travesty you didn’t send me any. :(

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    Joanne — June 29, 2012 @ 8:31 pm

    What a crazy week you’ve had! Rain, a stomach flu, AND no A/C. I can definitely see why these cookies were a necessity!

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    Alison @ Ingredients, inc. — June 29, 2012 @ 8:34 pm

    you rock girl!

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    Becky — June 29, 2012 @ 11:15 pm

    Good God was TS Debby terrible. I’m just thankful we weren’t in a part of time that flooded. I can’t believe you turned on the oven in a house with no AC. Yuck! However, your cookies look amazing!

    • Jessica replied: — July 3rd, 2012 @ 12:34 am

      What can I say? I REALLY wanted cookies! haha! Glad you made it through Debby unscathed! :)

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    Nikki @Pennies on a Platter — June 30, 2012 @ 8:51 am

    I’m cracking up at Averie’s catch of 15 minutes in the microwave. 😉

    You really know how to make the most of bad situations…sick husband, gloomy weather, AC down…all mended with some sick looking cookies! (Sick, you know, in a good, west-coast slang sort of way.) I need to hang out with you more!!

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — June 30, 2012 @ 12:28 pm

    These look so much like some from the store. I don’t remember the brand but boy do I want cookies now!

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    Melanie — June 30, 2012 @ 5:56 pm

    I must admit I’m not a huge cookie fan but dark chocolate and salt? That’s something I can get on board with. Printing this recipe immediately and putting right at the front of my rainy day dessert file. Thanks!

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    Cassie — June 30, 2012 @ 8:25 pm

    Lovvving those big chunks of Fleur de Sel. Perfect cookies Jessica!

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    Rosanne — July 1, 2012 @ 12:21 am

    Great recipe…so easy to do with a huge chocolate hit! I only needed to eat 2 and I made them smaller. I reduced the sugar to 1/2 cup and they still came out fine, though I did press them with a fork. They taste like brownies…all fudgie on the inside and crunch on the outer…..yum….thank you!

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    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — July 2, 2012 @ 1:37 am

    Does this mean all the more for you because J is laid up? Me thinks so…Chocolate and salt are a marvelous couple!

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    Lauren — July 2, 2012 @ 10:42 am

    Tell Jorge to stop making out with all the dudes at his office!! J/k!! This just reminds me of you signing him up for the amazing race….lol! ANYWAYS, these cookies look awesome :) Super fab. Glad you’re safe from the storms!

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    Cookin' Canuck — July 2, 2012 @ 11:06 am

    My goodness, do those every look good! Chocolate and sea salt is a match made in heaven. I’m glad to hear you’re getting a break from the rain.

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    Patti @ Bakeify — July 2, 2012 @ 2:51 pm

    These look so yummy, I will be trying them, but probably with some chocolate chips in them. :-) I love love love Despicable Me, we just recently discovered it and my 4 year old (and me) have been watching it non stop. Like everyday. I love it. I now call her Gru when she sighs heavily when I tell her it’s time for her bath. You know that sigh I’m talking about! Hope you’re cooled off!!

    • Jessica replied: — July 3rd, 2012 @ 12:33 am

      Haha! My favorite Gru-ism is “Oh Poop.” 😉

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    Megan {Country Cleaver} — July 2, 2012 @ 10:30 pm

    I hope that the AC repair guy reached you! I have a feeling Jorge and I are in the same boat – feeling like Sheldon Cooper… – a batch of these and some Soup would do me pretty fine about now… GAWD I want cookies!!

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    Construction Supplies San Diego — July 3, 2012 @ 12:11 pm

    these look delicious!

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    ally — July 3, 2012 @ 5:41 pm

    sorry about all the rain! but the perfect excuse to stay in & eat delicious cookies, right?!

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    bridget {bake at 350} — July 3, 2012 @ 9:10 pm

    Cookies ARE a cure all….especially ones with chocolate and sea salt. :)

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    megan @ whatmegansmaking — July 3, 2012 @ 10:13 pm

    oh my, these look so dark and delicious! definitely a cure-all :)

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    Maria — July 4, 2012 @ 12:31 am

    These look awesome!

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    Anna S — July 11, 2012 @ 12:24 pm

    I printed this recipe out yesterday and took it home to my daughter. I’ve requested these, in ice cream sandwich form, for my birthday.

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    Coach Laura — July 14, 2012 @ 1:53 pm

    These look great. I’m going to make them gluten-free, see how they work. I’ll report back with results. Yum.

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    Heather of Kitchen Concoctions — July 21, 2012 @ 6:46 pm

    Great pic! Bummer for the rough week. But chocolate and cookies is the cure all for everything in my book!

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