Salted Chocolate Brownie Cookies

By: Jennifer M October 27, 2012 Sweets 35 Comments
Salted Chocolate Brownie Cookies
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I live in the bush, so it’s a rare day that anyone ever knocks on the door. But when someone knocks on the door to deliver a box of great chocolate, well … that never happens!

The chocolate was from Cacao Barry, who had sent me a box of their Origine Rare chocolate to try. Their Origine Rare chocolate is single-origin chocolate, each with their own distinctive flavour profiles (just like single-origin coffee). I was thrilled receive their Venezuela 72% cocoa chocolate. Of course, the first thing I did was open the box and eat a few of the chocolate “pistoles” (pistoles are round drops of pure chocolate, that are easy to melt or temper, weigh, and store, and perfect for recipes calling for chunks of chocolate. They are shown in the photos here). Delicious!

I couldn’t wait to bake something with it, but since it was a weekday and I had things to do like, um … work, I needed something that wouldn’t take a lot of time. These cookies fit the bill perfectly.

Salted Chocolate Brownie Cookies

These are a chocolate lovers cookie. They are full of chocolate flavour, but not overly sweet. The cookie is, of course, chocolate, but they are also studded with chocolate pieces that bake up into chocolate puddles inside the cookie. The salt on the top really enhances the chocolate flavour and delivers that great sweet/salty contrast.

These are lovely served ever-so-slightly warm with a big glass of cold milk. If you, like me, cannot trust yourself with a big plate of chocolate cookies within reach, you’ll be pleased to know that these cookies freeze beautifully. To enjoy from the freezer, just place on a piece of paper towel and microwave for 20-30 seconds.

If you’d like to try this or some other Cacao Barry chocolate, Canadians can buy it online through Golda’s Kitchen or Vanilla Food Company. I’m sure it’s available in larger, fine food stores, as well.

Salted Chocolate Brownie Cookies

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  1. Yelle October 27, 2012 at 9:26 am

    These look delicious! And you say that they don’t take too much time? Perfect for me!

    • Jennifer October 27, 2012 at 10:38 am

      Hi Yelle, Yes, super quick and easy. Perfect for a quick chocolate fix :)

  2. Kel October 28, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    These look like my kind of cookie! I may add a smidgen of espresso powder as well.

    Thanks for the recipe!

    • Jennifer October 28, 2012 at 3:43 pm

      Thanks Kel and yes, espresso would be a nice addition, too!

  3. Jessie October 28, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Cookies look great! Love chocolate/sea salt combo. Will be keeping these in mind for the week!

    • Jennifer October 28, 2012 at 4:55 pm

      Thanks Jessie.

  4. Jennifer @ Delicieux October 28, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    Hi Jennifer, great name by the way ;). Your cookies look to die for. I’ve only just had breakfast here, but now I’m craving one of your cookies. I love the salt and chocolate combination.

    • Jennifer October 28, 2012 at 9:19 pm

      Hi fellow Jennifer. I think these cookies are perfectly acceptable breakfast food ;) At least that’s what I thought this morning.

  5. Liz October 29, 2012 at 10:56 am

    These look so delectable! I’ll have to whip some up soon! :)

  6. Jennifer October 29, 2012 at 11:30 am

    Thanks Liz. They were yummy! How’s your arm doing?

  7. Adam October 29, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    Nice photo. Love the salt on the top :)

    • Jennifer October 29, 2012 at 12:19 pm

      Thanks so much, Adam. I love the salt and chocolate combination.

  8. Needful Things December 27, 2012 at 11:22 am

    You had me at ‘salted chocolate’. These are right up my alley. Can’t wait to make these.

  9. Ni February 9, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    Are the cookies crispy outside and soft inside??
    thanks for the recipe anyway! they look wonderful :)

    • Jennifer M February 9, 2013 at 9:44 pm

      Hi Ni. No, I wouldn’t say they were crispy on the outside. As they bake they develop a slight “crust”, but they are more like a brownie, in texture.

  10. Melanie February 11, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    attempted to veganize these using ground flax seeds instead of eggs. FAIL
    The batter was very oily and the cookies spread out flat and look awful. I will say they still taste awesome though Just wish I knew exactly what went wrong. Thoughts anyone?

    • Jennifer M February 11, 2013 at 4:18 pm

      I have to confess, I have zero knowledge and/or experience in replacing eggs with ground flax seed, but I suspect that in this recipe, it is the process that the eggs undergo in preparation that it is important. The beaten eggs give the structure and leavening to the recipe, which I’m guessing it was what was lacking with the flax seeds and hence the flat cookies. Maybe someone else with more experience might weigh in.

  11. Sarah May 21, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Are the measurements correct with 3/4 cup flour? My batter was too liquidy and we made it a more normal texture at 1 3/4 cups.

    Made them once before and made a similar adjustments – they’re delicious and wonderful, especially with a splash of coffee liqueur and vanilla!

    • Jennifer M May 21, 2013 at 4:57 pm

      Hi Sarah, I believe it’s correct, but I haven’t made them in a while. I will make them again this week and verify. Thanks.

  12. Cleo May 27, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    I am making these as we speak and I think the measurements for the flour are off as well. When I tried to spoon the batter with 3/4 cups flour the batter just went all over the pan. I had to add almost a cup more to get it to the right consistency in order to keep the cookie shape. I cant wait for them to get out of the oven- longest 8 minutes ever !! lol

    • Jennifer M May 27, 2013 at 7:38 pm

      Thanks for letting me know, Cleo. I haven’t had a chance to re-make these, so I’m going to go ahead and change it to 1 3/4 cups for now. Enjoy the cookies!

  13. Barbara Storey May 29, 2013 at 12:22 am

    These look amazing, but I’m hoping I can substitute gluten-free flour and have them come out. I’ll let you know if it works!


    • Jennifer M May 29, 2013 at 6:02 am

      Let me know how you make out, Barbara.

  14. Helen May 29, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    Is unsweetened chocolate the same as baking chocolate?
    Like Scott block? And is semi sweet or bitter the same as dark chocolate?
    My daughter would love these. I’m going to try but admit
    The cups measurements are throwing me a little.
    I’ve never measured butter in tablespoons!

    • Jennifer M May 29, 2013 at 5:57 pm

      Hi Helen, Yes, I believe unsweetened chocolate and baking chocolate are the same and yes, semi-sweet and bitter are both dark (bitter is darker). If it helps, 8 Tbsp. of butter is 1/2 cup or 4 oz.

  15. Helen May 30, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    Just made these with my daughter.
    They are amazing!
    Mine look a bit like cow pats but I’m sure ill perfect them eventually!

    • Jennifer M May 30, 2013 at 5:54 pm

      Glad you enjoyed them, Helen. I thought mine looked a little that way, too, but it’s the taste that counts ;)

  16. meirav August 22, 2013 at 8:09 am

    Is it possible to do it Gluten Free?
    Thanks! :-)

    • Jennifer M August 22, 2013 at 9:02 am

      Hi Meirav, I believe there are “flourless” chocolate cookie recipes around. I would seek out one of those, instead of trying to adapt this one. I have not experience with gluten free, so wouldn’t have any idea how to advise you how to adapt this one. Sorry.

  17. Ricardo September 1, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    Thank you for sharing this! it is a must try recipe for me! cheers from Venezuela :P

    • Jennifer M September 1, 2013 at 4:11 pm

      Thanks Ricardo. Enjoy!

  18. Mario January 22, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    That cookie looks delicious! Love salted chocolate.

    I was looking into using the Cacao Barry pistoles for some of my recipes. Do you know how large they are in diameter?

    • Jennifer M January 22, 2014 at 8:02 pm

      Thanks Mario. They are about 1/2 and inch diameter.

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