Sea Salt + Dark Chocolate Spelt Cookies.

04.06

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Spelt cookies with dark chocolate chunks, + a sprinkling of sea salt.

If you’ve not already worked out, from all I’ve shared over the past 3+ years of writing this blog, I’m not the most adventurous of sorts. I find things I like, and stick with them like glue. I’ll happily read the same books over and over, watch reruns of my favourite TV shows until I can recite every word, and would no more readily part ways with the cashmere cardigan my Grandma bought me for my 18th birthday (now well-worn and rather moth-holed) than I would part ways with Teddy.

The same goes for recipes. Once I’ve found one that works for me, making perfect roast chicken or really fantastic sponge cake or perfect eggs, I like to stick with it. Fiddle around with it, adjust timings and quantities and ingredients, but know that I’m working from a core, a solid foundation, a fail-safe basis.

And that’s how these cookies came to be. They’re made up of many, many rounds of tinkering and alterations on that same simple cookie recipe I shared so long ago, and, I have to say, this incarnation is my favourite of all. In fact, I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that, now I’ve tried cookies made with spelt flour, I couldn’t go back to making them with regular wheat flour. The texture is better- crispier edges, and a beautifully soft centre- and the dough itself is more flavoursome. And I would know, given how many ‘tasters’ I had whilst rolling the cookie dough balls ready for chilling and baking…

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If you’re not fond of the ‘salt + chocolate’ trend, by all means omit the final sprinkling of flaky salt crystals onto the just-baked cookies, but I’d urge you to try it at least once. The salt brings out the fruity notes in the chocolate, and offsets the buttery sweetness of the dough so well. In fact, I went all in and used Lindt’s Sea Salt Dark Chocolate as well as adding salt right at the end, and it worked beautifully. Two 100g bars, less the single square that never made it into the batch. Chef’s treat, right?

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Makes approximately 16 {I can’t remember exactly, because I cooked them in batches and lost track. Good at making cookies, bad at counting.}

Ingredients ::
225g unsalted butter
300g soft light brown sugar
2 eggs
400g spelt flour
1tsp vanilla extract
2tsp baking powder
200g dark chocolate (I used Lindt’s dark chocolate with sea salt)
Pinch of flaky sea salt

- Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add in the eggs one at a time, followed by the vanilla extract, and mix well between each addition.

- Add in the spelt flour and baking powder, and mix until a soft dough forms. Break up the chocolate into small chunks, then mix into the dough by hand.

- Roll out balls of dough roughly the size of golf balls, space out generously onto baking sheets (I needed three sheets but only had two, so had to batch cook), and then put into the fridge to chill preferably overnight, but for a minimum of 2 hours.

- Bake the cookies for 10 minutes at 170 degrees celsius, until the edges are just beginning to colour. Sprinkle with a pinch of flaky sea salt (never table salt!) as soon as you remove them from the oven, then wait 10 minutes or so for them to firm up before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

- They’ll keep for a good couple of days in an airtight tin, but are best eaten after they’re been out of the oven half an hour or so, when the edges are crisp and the chocolate inside molten and warm. Divine.

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26 Comments
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  • http://www.thiscitylifelondon.com Laura

    Cookies have got to be my favourite biscuits and these sound (and look) delicious!

  • http://thethrivingnook.com The Thriving Nook

    Yum! I’m going to save this recipe!
    I tend sticking with what I like, but at the same time I like to try new things. I’m kind of in the middle :)

    -V

  • Anna

    these look soo delicious!!

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  • http://www.brittonloves.co.uk Lauren S

    Oh my goodness, this looks like the perfect cookie – chewy and soft, melted chocolate pieces I’M DROOLING AND IT’S ONLY 10am! I love dark chocolate and sea salt, it’s an amazing balance of flavour

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty

  • http://Beautyandthestyle.co.uk jenna cantillion

    It was a bad idea reading this post at work, I now REALLY want a cookie!!! They look incredible.

    Jenna xox Beauty And The Style

  • https://rhymeandribbons.com Amanda @ Rhyme & Ribbons

    I have a favourite sea salt and chocolate chip cookie recipe as well. The combo is hard to beat! x

  • http://stampplease.blogspot.com/ Camille

    I was weary of the salt with sweets trend until I had salted caramel, salt really does pair well with both that and chocolate! These look amazing!

    Silly Medley: Lifestyle and Travel

  • emily couture

    I’m definitely going to have to make these cookies :)

    emily xx

    emilycouture95.blogspot.co.uk

  • Ceri

    I love the whole salt and chocolate thing! I’ll admit I’ve never tried it with cookies, but I’ve had a salted hot chocolate at a small coffee shop in Fitzrovia before and it’s delicious! I really ought to start doing a bit more baking, those cookies look absolutely divine!

    Ceri
    October Eleven

  • http://www.becshar.com bec shar

    Oh man these look incredible! Any mention of sea salt and chocolate and I’m sold! Think I might try and make these for Father’s Day!

    becshar

  • http://Www.supernaturallyhealthy.org/ Kezia @ Super Naturally Health

    Love it – spelt flour is such a good alternative to standard flour too – often easier to digest ;)

  • Angel Jem

    Mmmm! They do look good! I’m a sucker for salt in chocolate and in caramel…. in fact, I’m just wondering how those little fudge squares I have for cake decorating would go on if I put some in a cookie mix with chocolate as well!

  • http://kenzieblogslife.blogspot.com Kenzie

    These look delicious! My family ALWAYS eats whatever cookies I make extremely quickly! If I try out this recipe perhaps I’ll have to hide some away so I can get the chance to try them myself! :)
    xx
    Kenzie
    Behindhazeleyes06.blogspot.com

  • http://www.mochaandmoccasins.com/ Monica – Mocha and Moccasins

    The chocolate and salt combination is magical! I can’t wait to try out this one :)

    Monica – Mocha and Moccasins
    xx

  • http://anenglishrosie94.blogspot.co.uk/ Rosie McKay

    Mmmm I love dark chocolate!
    What is the difference between spelt and regular flour? Is it to do with gluten content?
    Rosie
    x
    http://www.anenglishrosie.blogspot.co.uk

  • http://jasmincharlotte.com/ Jasmin Charlotte

    These look amazing! I’ve never baked with spelt flour but I bet it’s fab. Thanks so much for being an awesome advertiser last month too! xx

    Jasmin Charlotte

  • Lizzie Woodman

    These look heavenly and might be just the thing for using up the bag of spelt flour lurking in my cupboard! I made some spelt cookies with honey and cinnamon (and no other sugar) but they were a little worthy and dull – these look pretty perfect… x

  • http://pollyrowan.com/ Polly Rowan

    I’m very much *pro* the chocolate + sea salt trend. It contrasts so amazingly! I am yet to find a successful gluten free cookie recipe since I became coeliac last year though, sob.

  • https://swanlake1701.wordpress.com/ NGOC LAN

    Using sea salt to drizzle on the biscuits is a good idea. I can imagine the flavour combination of sea salt and dark chocolate.

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  • http://mutedmornings.blogspot.com Mimmi

    Oh goodness, these look amazing! Sea salt and chocolate is a heavenly combination. I’ve never made cookies with spelt flour, but I’m definitely going to try.

    xx Mimmi, Muted Mornings

  • http://risktowrite.blogspot.co.uk/ Alliyah

    They sound and look delicious!

  • http://www.fromplatetopen.com/ Sarah

    Ive been thinking about baking cookies for a while now and now I just have to! These look so so good!

    Nosebag NI | Food & Lifestyle – http://www.nosebagni.com

  • Lauren Morton

    These look so good, I think I might try them out :)

    lauren xx

    http://chaosandcreativeness.com/

  • http://thelensaffairs.blogspot.co.uk/ Kimberley Miller

    This sounds like heaven on earth! I’m moving house this weekend and I reckon this might be the first thing I make in that kitchen haha! Lovely post :)

    Kim | http://www.thelensaffair.com

  • Laura

    Dear Rosie
    I just made this cookies last weekend for my boyfriend to take them to work. And I have too say, these are the most delicious we’ve ever eaten.
    Thank you very much for this great and easy recipe.
    P. S. Sorry if my English isn’t always correct, I’m from Switzerland ;)

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