"Crack" Himalayian Salted Chocolate Chunk Cookies

August 19, 2012
0 Ratings
  • Makes 42 large cookies
Author Notes

Every one has a favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe, and some share the same recipe from the back of the chip package, but this recipe is for grown-ups with A LOT of will power. People think that the reason its so wonderful is the sprinkling of fine, pink himalayan salt on top of the cookie...but it's all necessary for a worthwhile dessert experience. It takes some prep and some chilling time, and they are best the next day. Don't take short it right or just follow a different recipe...the process is well worth it! If you can manage it, you will want to "reward" yourself by eating another and will be able to find all kinds of justifications for "just one more cookie". Alas, there is no cookie consider yourself warned...these cookies are addictive and worth it! —lorigoldsby

What You'll Need
  • 20 tablespoons Unsalted butter (2 1/2 sticks) @ room temp
  • 1 3/4 cups brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs, @ room temp
  • 1 tablespoon good quality vanilla
  • 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon EACH of bakingpowder and baking soda (Heaping teaspoons)
  • 1 teaspoon (scant) of fine kosher salt
  • 12 ounces good quality chocolate cut into chunks
  • 1 cup pecans
  • fine, pink himalayan salt sprinkled on top of warm cookies
  1. Get your butter and eggs out and bring them up to room temperature. (overnight or several hours.
  2. In a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar on medium until mixture is fluffy. (It will look like a whipped mousse) It should take 4-5 minutes.
  3. While butter and sugar are being creamed, sift together flour, kosher salt, baking soda and baking powder.
  4. Add eggs one at a time. add vanilla.
  5. Fold in flour mixture 1/3 at a time by hand. Don't over stir. add chocolate chunks and pecans.
  6. CHILL DOUGH OVERNIGHT. (I have managed to bake after 2 hours to stop my family from whining...but really, overnight)
  7. Preheat oven to 375. Line 4 baking sheets with non-stick pan lining paper (like parchment paper but it has foil on one side) using a serving spoon, scoop out and place 6 cookies on each sheet
  8. Bake 12 minutes. Immediately after pulling out of the oven, sprinkle GENEROUSLY with the fine himalayian salt (think of it as sugar, not salt, if needed!) Let cool 2 minutes, then immediately move to a wire rack to finish cooling.
  9. Store in an airtight container. Believe it or not, these cookies just keep getting better the next day.
  10. NOTE: If you don't have a good spice shop handy, himalyayian salt can be found on-ine in a lot of places, but locally, I always find great prices at the TJ Maxx store in their food department. Usually $5.99 for a 6oz. shaker.
  11. NOTE: My husband LOVES these cookies but doesn't like the cookie dough raw...I think it has something to do with the way I whip and cream the butter and sugar together...raw, it just doesnt have that substanial "feel" and since he doesn't like it that way, no need to worry about raw eggs!

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Recipe by: lorigoldsby

I learned to cook with my Gran. I can still see her reading a recipe and figuring out how she would make it better. She was fearless about substituting ingredients--but also knowledgeable. She approached food in the same way she built her antique business--appreciate quality ingredients and workmanship, but don't be a snob. I think I carry those same beliefs in my approach to cooking. I love family style dinners, I love a fancy ladies' luncheon with my wedding china, or a backyard seafood boil to celebrate my husband's birthday...I love to share food with others.

3 Reviews

peg September 1, 2013
These are so yummy! Kittythecollegecook made them for our party and was kind to share the recipe and this website. I can't wait to make them myself.
mrslarkin September 8, 2012
yum! these sound delish Lori!
Kittythecollegecook August 19, 2012
As I have had these many times, I can vouch for their supreme awesomeness. You will not want to let them cool. I have burnt my fingers and mouth multiple times being impatient for these to finish. Don't ruin them with ice cream. These are a delicious treat that need to be enjoyed by themselves in pairs. Or triples. You will want to lick the bowl and the pan! Just wait for the pan to cool first!

Also, if you are visiting your kids in college, these make spending time with parents better. You can't have an attitude with chocolate-y salty amazingness in front of you. And having your mouth full of cookies helps keep you from talking with a 'tude as well!