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.
I 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.
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.
- 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
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Store the cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for several days.
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