Chewy Chocolate Cookies with Fleur de Sel

Today was not a good day. Today I put my baby in his crib, closed the door, and let him cry in his room for several minutes while I was in the living room doing the same. Some days taking care of a newborn is like getting punched in the gut repeatedly. Of course, there are other days that are wonderful and filled with smiles and baby coos.

But for the bad days, something chocolaty and home-baked helps. I think I went through the entire batch of these chewy chocolate cookies with fleur de sel in just two days, practically all by myself.

Chewy Chocolate Cookies with Fleur de Sel

Chewy Chocolate Cookies with Fleur de SelI love these chocolate cookies. They’re soft and chewy, packed with chocolate, and the fleur de sel adds that fun sweet and salty flavor combination that we all love. Fleur de sel is an artisinal French salt, and if you can’t get your hands on it, any sea salt will do.

Chewy Chocolate Cookies with Fleur de Sel

Regardless of what kind of day you’re having, you can’t go wrong baking a batch of these cookies. They’re sure to put a smile on your face.

Chewy Chocolate Cookies with Fleur de Sel

Chewy Chocolate Cookies with Fleur de Sel
Rich chocolate cookies sprinkled with sea salt.
Yield: 2 dozen cookies
  • ½ cup (113 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1½ cup (300 grams) sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (250 grams) all-purpose flour
  • ⅔ cup (80 grams) unsweetened cocoa powder (not dutch-processed)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Fleur de Sel, for sprinkling
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar on medium high speed until light and creamy, about 4 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing after each. Add the vanilla.
  3. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Add to the mixer and mix until just combined. Scoop by the rounded tablespoon onto the prepared sheet pan and flatten slightly with your hand. Sprinkle the tops with fleur de sel.
  4. Bake until edges are crisp, about 9 minutes. Let cool on the pan for a few minutes before moving to a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. Store the cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for several days.
Note: If you don’t have Fleur de Sel, substitute with a course sea salt.

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22 Responses to Chewy Chocolate Cookies with Fleur de Sel

  1. Heather says:

    Sorry you had such a bad day. Hopefully a little chocolate and a little sleep will help you have brighter days ahead!

  2. Oh, Annalise, we’ve all been there. I hope today is a better day! I can’t see how these cookies wouldn’t make anything better, they look amazing. Sending hugs!!

  3. I’m sorry you had a bad day, but it seems like this cookies can make it all better 🙂

  4. Maria says:

    Cookies make everything better…always! Hang in there!

  5. These look so perfect! Some days you just need something chocolate and simple, and good for dunking in milk. Love this!

  6. These cookies are perfection. Thank you for sharing, and I hope they soothed your nerves when you needed them!!

  7. Paula says:

    Some days taking care of a newborn can seem like the hardest thing you could ever do. Those are the low points, but they get to be fewer and farther between as time passes. You’ll be fine, and a little crying never hurt anyone. I hope it gets better soon! (And the cookies look amazing!)

  8. Patricia says:

    I am a first time mum and the first couple of months i cried alot when she cried..even though my mum and hubby were around. It gets better though. Try to stay calm as babies sense your mood..easier said than done though. It gets better. Belle is almost 11 months now. Your cookies look amazing.

  9. If these awesome cookies don’t help you on your bad days, I don’t know what will!

  10. Elena says:

    Thank you for the recipe, they look awsome. I was looking at the sugar measurements though, there must be a mistake. 1/2 cup of sugar should be the same weight as 1/2 cup butter, while 300 g of sugar would be more like 1 1/3 cups?

    • Annalise says:

      Elana, thank you so much for catching my error. It should be 1 1/2 cups sugar, I have fixed it in the recipe (and printable). Sorry for the confusion!

  11. Elena says:

    Awsome, I’ll make them next week, can’t wait!

  12. Kalyn says:

    Hang in there with the new baby, it will be worth it!

    I just came to check your photo colors after our conversation yesterday and on my iMac monitor your photos look outstanding!

  13. I remember those days well and I promise that “this, too, shall pass”. “Chewy” with a little saltiness is exactly how I love my cookies.

  14. I just LOVE a sugary/salty combination!

  15. Katie says:

    Thanks for the genuine blog post. We can’t all be superheroes 100% of the time and it’s okay to have off days. I don’t have a newborn but I will in November! I can’t wait for all the good and the challenges!

  16. Lynna says:

    Aww…I`m sorry for the bad days. Raising babies is definitely not an easy job. Wish you best of luck! 🙂

    And i shall make these cookies when i`m having bad days myself! ahah

  17. Alicia says:

    I thought these cookies were REALLY good! Thanks for sharing them with us!

  18. Lily says:

    Your cookies are amazing did them already like 5 times & turned delicious every time! I just wanted to ask you if i can use 1 teaspoon of baking powder instead of baking soda.


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