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Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Sea Salt

Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Sea Salt from thelittlekitchen.net #fbcookieswap

Ahh cookies! Lindsay says today, is the day we take over the internet with tons of cookies. For the last couple of weeks, food bloggers from all over the world have been baking, testing and retesting and then shipping their cookies to fellow food bloggers. It’s been exciting for us to watch all of the posts. And even more exciting that we’re able to announce that we also raised $13,778.40 for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer!!!

Lindsay and I started the cookie swap, three years ago to receive cookies in the mail from other bloggers and of course taste them. When we partnered with Cookies for Kids’ Cancer last year, we raised over $4,400 and that brings the grand total to over $18,000 in total raised for C4KC because of a little thing, our cookie swap. Thanks to ALL of the bloggers who joined and huge props go out to our sponsors who matched donations, without them, we would never have made it above our goal of raising over $10,000 this year…a huge huge thank you to Dixie Crystals, Gold Medal Flour and Grandma’s Molasses and OXO.

Other numbers: we had 622 participants from all over the world with everyone sending 3 dozen cookies out, that’s 22,392 cookies. Can you imagine that many cookies being shipped across the country here and in other countries around the world? Wow, just wow. Every year, I’m amazed at how many people sign up and the sheer number of cookies being baked and shipped!

Friends are Chocolate Chips... from thelittlekitchen.net

So true, so true isn’t it? My friends are extremely important to me. They keep me grounded and they keep me sane. I’m incredibly fortunate to have an amazing and diverse group of friends. The support I get from my friends, I’ll be eternally grateful for. A few days ago, was the 4 year anniversary of my starting this little food blog. And never in a million years (oh I repeat myself so many times) did I ever think or dream that I would make the best friends of my life through this food blog.

One of those people is Lindsay. My partner in crime…I actually instagrammed a picture of us (or was it a tweet?) and called her my partner (oops, haha). No one caught it though. She makes me laugh and she calms me down when I’m having a crazy day and she’s the one who tweeted out three years ago, wouldn’t it be great to actually taste another bloggers cookie recipe…we should really do a cookie swap. I tweeted back and the rest is all history.

I’m getting all weepy looking back on four years, my life is so much fuller and richer because of all of you, my friends. So thank you so much for being the chocolate chips in my life.

PS Be sure to check out Lindsay’s cookies…they are amazing! I didn’t share one cookie with anyone! :)

Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Sea Salt from thelittlekitchen.net #fbcookieswap

For us, it started out as being all about the cookies and now it’s become so much more than that. Did you know that:

  • 1 in 300 children will be diagnosed with cancer by the time they’re 20 years old.
  • There are 12 major types of pediatric cancer, each as unique as the child fighting it.
  • Less than 4% of the National Cancer Institute’s budget goes towards pediatric cancers.

The amazing fundraising efforts that Cookies for Kids’ Cancer has is nothing short of extraordinary but at the same ordinary because it’s through grassroots efforts like our Food Blogger Cookie Swap and bake sales around the country that they were able to grant out $1.5 million this year and in a few short years about $5 million to pediatric cancer centers as well as support pediatric cancer research. To find out more on how you can get involved, please visit Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.

Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Sea Salt from thelittlekitchen.net #fbcookieswap

You have been waiting patiently to hear about the cookies, thanks for bearing with me. I always get ALL of my ingredients out first…and these are the essentials besides the cream cheese and butter of course.

Lindsay and I had these amazing bittersweet chocolate chunk cookies with sea salt at Saint Cupcake in Portland a month ago. I wanted to try my hand at making a similar recipe and after a bunch of tries and using my friend Kelly’s secret ingredient for chocolate chip cookies, cream cheese. I hit the jackpot.

Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Sea Salt from thelittlekitchen.net #fbcookieswap

Be careful to not overmix the cookie dough when you’re mixing in the flour and the chocolate chunks. I used two different kinds, bittersweet (Ghiradelli — btw, I can never spell that name, I always have to look it up!) and semisweet (Nestle).

Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Sea Salt from thelittlekitchen.net #fbcookieswap

Use a handy dandy cookie scoop, scoop out portions of the cookie dough onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet. And arrange like below:

No, you’re not going to bake them like this, you’re going to freeze or refrigerated them like this (very close together) and when you’re ready to bake them, you’ll want to place the cookie dough 2 to 3 inches apart.

Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Sea Salt from thelittlekitchen.net #fbcookieswap

Cookies, cookies, cookies! I’m saying this to you in my cookie monster voice. I literally feel like him sometimes. After dinner, watching tv, scrolling through my Instagram feed, I get cookie cravings. Because of these cravings, I always have cookie dough in my freezer now. Often times, I’ll make two batches or only need a half batch, instead of baking all of the cookies at once, I’ll freeze the dough and put it in zippered plastic bags in the freezer labeled with the date and baking temperature and time.

Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Sea Salt from thelittlekitchen.net #fbcookieswap

The cookies I’m sharing with you today are the ones I sent, the ones I received…I photographed when I got them in the mail.

I received from Lindsay Bourbon Brown Butter and Vanilla Bean Shortbread cookies. And chocolate snickers cookies from another Lindsay! Nom nom!

Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Sea Salt from thelittlekitchen.net #fbcookieswap

And I also received butter cookies from Sara (it’s her grandma’s recipe!) and some eggnog dark chocolate chip cookies from Melissa. I enjoyed all of the cookies. I made a lot of crumbs too.

I sent cookies to Mackenzie, Christine and Kimberly. I haven’t heard back from all of them but I hope they all enjoyed the cookies!

Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Sea Salt from thelittlekitchen.net #fbcookieswap

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Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Sea Salt Recipe

Yield: Makes 48 to 50 1.5 Tablespoon cookies or 24 to 25 3 Tablespoon cookies

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 3 to 4 hours 30 minutes (includes inactive time)

The inspiration for this recipe came from these bittersweet chocolate chunk cookies with sea salt that I had at Saint Cupcake in Portland, Oregon on a recent trip. While these aren’t exactly like those cookies, I do use the same kind of sea salt the famed cupcake store does, from Jacobsen Salt Co.

Ingredients:

3 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter (two sticks), softened
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/4 cups light brown sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, roughly chopped
1 cup semisweet chocolate chunks
sea salt

Directions:

Mix dry ingredients together in a medium-sized mixing bowl.

In the bowl of a stand mixer (and using a flat beater) or large mixing bowl (and using an electric mixer), beat cream cheese cheese and butter. Add both sugars and cream together thoroughly. Add vanilla extract and mix. Add eggs one at a time and mix thoroughly until combined.

Add flour in two batches and mix with a rubber spatula. Add chocolate and mix just to combine. Don’t over mix.

Line a small baking sheet with parchment paper and using a medium (1.5 Tablespoon) cookie scoop, scoop cookie dough portions. Place portioned cookie dough into the freezer for 3 to 4 hours or overnight. If not baking immediately, after the dough is frozen, place in one or more zippered plastic bags and label with date and baking temperature and time.

Heat oven to 375 degrees and place cookie dough on a parchment paper lined baking sheet at least 2 to 3 inches apart. Bake for 9 to 12 minutes until slightly golden brown. Remove from oven and place parchment paper with cookies on top directly on a cooling rack. Sprinkle each cookie with a pinch or two of sea salt immediately after they come out of the oven. Store in an airtight container to maintain chewiness.

from The Little Kitchen


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FoodieCrush - Cookie Swap Story Spread

One more thing, we’re so excited and honored to be featured in the current issue of the FoodieCrush digital magazine. Check it out, Lindsay and I are in a magazine! It’s beautiful and I hope you’ll check it out. You can download it and read it on your smartphone or tablet too!

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35 Responses to “Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Sea Salt”

  1. 1
    Alice // Hip Foodie Mom — December 11, 2013 @ 7:44 am

    Julie,
    so happy to have been able to participate this year and how awesome that so much money was raised!!! love your cookies!!! and I actually just read the article in Foodie Crush!! LOVE it! congrats!

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    Bev @ Bev Cooks — December 11, 2013 @ 9:03 am

    Dig it! That salt on top makes me teary.

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    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — December 11, 2013 @ 9:07 am

    Thank you so much for coordinating this amazing cookie swap! It has been so much fun to have participated in it each year and to have raised so money to go to this fantastic cause is amazing! I can’t wait to add these yummy cookies to my list to try too! Happy Holidays!

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    kim @ DESIGN + LIFE + KIDS — December 11, 2013 @ 9:34 am

    Those look and sound fantastic!

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    Katrina @ WVS — December 11, 2013 @ 9:50 am

    Oh man! These look sooooo good!

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    Shaina — December 11, 2013 @ 10:07 am

    I absolutely love being a part of such an amazing fundraiser! I am so proud of us bloggers!!! Oh and of course, your cookies look delicious :)

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    Meghan @ Cake 'n' Knife — December 11, 2013 @ 10:21 am

    Thank you for hosting such a wonderful cookie swap! This was my first year participating and I am already ready for another one!

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    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — December 11, 2013 @ 10:34 am

    You definitely cannot go wrong with dark chocolate and sea salt!

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    Jennifer @TheRebelChick — December 11, 2013 @ 10:51 am

    I really love this program and I look forward to it all year! Thanks so much for hosting it and dang, your cookies look amazing!

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    Kate@Diethood — December 11, 2013 @ 11:37 am

    The cookies sound incredible!! I am so glad to have been a part of this fundraiser – thank you SO much for putting it all together!

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    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) — December 11, 2013 @ 1:18 pm

    I love these! Happy to be part of an amazing cause!

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    Zainab @ Blahnik Baker — December 11, 2013 @ 3:41 pm

    Love love these!! And cookies are definitely taking over the internet today. My boss even commented as he walked by for the 5th time saying ‘how many cookies are you browsing today?’ Thank you guys so much for organizing this swap and supporting such a great cause.

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    Melissa — December 11, 2013 @ 10:54 pm

    Is the cream cheese extremely necessary?? It sounds kind of unappetizing so I rather not add that ingredient… And could I use milk chocolate instead of dark?

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    Tieghan — December 11, 2013 @ 11:00 pm

    Julie, these cookies are like heaven!! Dark chocolate and sea salt is always a winning combo!

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    Courtney — December 12, 2013 @ 9:46 am

    Ooh man.. these are disgusting. Next time you make them send them to me so I can properly dispose of them… ;-) hehe!

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    Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet} — December 12, 2013 @ 10:31 am

    Your cookies look and sound divine! What a great event you and Lindsay host + being able to give back to help others while baking is just sublime. Can’t wait til 2014 for the 4th annual! Happy, Happy Holidays!!!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — December 12, 2013 @ 6:12 pm

    Yes please to double chocolate and sea salt. Gorgeous!

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    Deborah Miller - My Mountain Kitchen — December 13, 2013 @ 8:20 am

    The cookies look delicious!

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    Shikha @ Shikha la mode — December 13, 2013 @ 1:28 pm

    I love the packaging on all those cookies – so creative! I don’t know/think if I’m creative enough to come up with all that hah. Love the Rushdie quote as well!

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    Christina — December 13, 2013 @ 3:24 pm

    Julie you are an inspiration! Congratulations on your blog being 4 years old. It is amazing! Double Congratulations on the beautiful photos and your cookie recipe looks so yummy. Triple Congratulations, kind of like a triple chocolate fudge cookie, on the creation and success of the Food Blogger Cookie Swap for such a great cause and you and Lindsay being featured in a magazine! You both look great. I also love your quote about friends being the chocolate chips in the cookie of life, I love it! You have gained a new follower and I can’t wait to see what you come up with next. Cheers to you!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — December 13, 2013 @ 6:42 pm

    This is one cookie that would never make it into the Christmas boxes I intended to give away! That chocolate and sea salt combo is my weakness!

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    Michelle — December 15, 2013 @ 2:12 pm

    Just made these. They are good but mine are not as flat (which I’d prefer).. Mine are cakier almost… I’m not a baker.. What might I have done wrong?
    Thx!

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    Aggie — December 15, 2013 @ 4:11 pm

    I’m so proud of you and of what this cookie swap grew into, amazing!

    These were the cookies I got to taste test weren’t they? Before you got them perfect…I’m so lucky I did! :)

    xoxo

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    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — December 15, 2013 @ 8:37 pm

    Great idea Julie! Those cookies look amazing, and you girls did a marvelous job on the cookie swap this year! :)

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    Sarah | The Sugar Hit — December 16, 2013 @ 6:53 am

    I’m so bummed I didn’t join this year! It’s such a great cause, and congratulations to you and Lindsay for organising such a feat, it’s truly awesome. Plus these cookies look AMAZING.

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    angela@spinachtiger — December 16, 2013 @ 9:18 am

    Bravo, Job well done on all levels. I never thought of freezing the cookies like that first, great idea. Chocolate chip cookies keep everyone happy. Merry Christmas.

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    Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste — December 16, 2013 @ 2:57 pm

    All of my favorite flavors in a single cookie! You and Linds are so spectacular for organizing such a wonderful Cookie Swap! XOXO

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    Paula - bell'alimento — December 17, 2013 @ 9:53 pm

    Absolutely amazing! I could go for a dozen or more of these! xoxo

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    Nutmeg Nanny — December 23, 2013 @ 10:06 pm

    I can’t resist a sea salt cookie! These look perfect :)

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