Sea Salt Cocoa Cookies


  • Coconut oil spray
  • 1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, such as Guittard
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon flaky sea salt, plus extra for sprinkling, such as Jacobsen
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, such as Guittard Akoma

Cooking Instructions

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Prepare 2, preferably 3, half sheet pans with a light coating of coconut oil, or your favorite cooking spray.  Do not use parchment paper or the cookies won’t spread properly.

Step 2: Add butter, brown and granulated sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment.  Start on low, increase speed to high and beat until light in color and creamy, about 3 to 4 minutes.  Scrape down sides with a rubber spatula as needed.  Add vanilla and eggs, one at a time until combined.

Step 3: In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and sea salt.  Add flour mixture in 4 increments and mix on low; scrape the bowl as needed.  Do not over mix.  Fold in chocolate chips and mix on low speed just until combined.

Step 4: Using a small cookie scoop, spoon about 2 tablespoons of dough onto a greased cookie sheet 2-inches apart.  Place maximum of 6 cookies per half sheet pan, but I prefer 5 to avoid the cookies from crowding each other.  Bake for 8 to 9 minutes.  Timing is important for this cookie.  Watch the first batch carefully to determine the right timing and see if your oven requires you to rotate the pan.  Center should be slightly undercooked and outer edges should spread into rings.  This ensures a chewy yet crunchy cookie.

Step 5: Remove sheet pan from oven and sprinkle immediately with sea salt.  Cool cookies just barely enough to handle and transfer to a cooling rack using a large flat silicone spatula (the thinner the better).  You may need to wiggle the spatula to remove the cookies.  If they are difficult to remove because they are cooled down too much, try warming sheet pan in oven just until they loosen.  Repeat steps for additional batches, but cool sheet pans before adding cookie dough.

Notes: Cookie dough can be made in advance.  Keep in the fridge or freezer in individual sized cookie dough balls.  Bring dough to room temperature before baking for best results.

Enjoy these cookies from Judy Kim: Food Stylist!