Salty Dark Chocolate Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cookies, Desserts

You guys…I’m an adult now. I’ve been an official adult for some time now, but yesterday, as I was driving down the street, it dawned on me that the past few months have been revelatory. I’ve changed. I’ve grown up. The evidence is evident. And here it is:

1. I have a Christmas tree in my living room. Every year, pre this one, I’ve felt no need to get a Christmas tree because I’d usually just enjoy my family’s tree. But this year…I bought one for myself, to enjoy by myself. Whoa.

2. I picked a color palette for Christmas. I’m using the same color for my tree, wreath and Christmas gift-wrapping. Yes, my friends…a Christmas color pallete. Who am I?! (It’s white, silver and wood-colored, in case you’re curious.)

3. As I was driving last night, I saw three very lovely (and probably very smart) girls walking down the street in heels so high and dresses so short and tight that I thought: A. I might see their privates any second. B. They might fall down and I might laugh, like, a lot. I shook my head. I wished their mothers could see them. And then I just felt old.

4. Yesterday I took the ice cube tray out of the freezer, used up all the ice and then did something I never do: I filled it up with water and returned it back to the freezer. Ahhh…adulthood!

But then I ate three slices of lemon tart for dinner while standing in my kitchen. And I was doing so well…

Cookies. Let’s talk about cookies that belong in your arsenal.

This is a famous chocolate chip cookie recipe.

Maybe the most famous, next to Alton’s Brown and Nestle’s.

I’ve tried all three of these recipes and Alton Brown’s used to be my favorite. Nestle’s is cool, but not as awesome.

But Jacques Torres’s recipe is just perfect.

I added whole wheat pastry flour in the mix to give it a touch of nuttiness. I dig it.

And I added a tad bit more salt than what the original recipe called for, but for the most part this recipe is flawless.

It needs no revamp. It needs no makeover.

It’s the chocolate chip cookie we should all be making for Santa a.k.a. ourselves.

Salty Dark Chocolate Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

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2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 2/3 cup bread flour
1 1/4 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp sea salt
1 1/4 cups unsalted butter
1 1/4 cup light brown sugar
1 cup, plus 2 tablespoons, granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons natural vanilla extract
16 ounces chopped dark chocolate (at least 60% cacao content)
Sea salt for garnish

1. Sift whole wheat pastry flour, bread flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt into a bowl. Set aside.

2. Using a mixer fitted with paddle attachment, cream butter and sugars together until very light, about 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla. Reduce speed to low, add dry ingredients and mix until just combined, 5 to 10 seconds. Drop chocolate pieces in and incorporate them without breaking them. Press plastic wrap against dough and refrigerate for 24 hours. Dough may be used in batches, and can be refrigerated for up to 72 hours.

3. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.

4. Scoop 6 2-ounce mounds of dough (the size of a golf balls) onto baking sheet, making sure to turn horizontally any chocolate pieces that are poking up; it will make for a more attractive cookie. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt and bake until golden brown but still soft, 15 to 18 minutes. Transfer sheet to a wire rack for 10 minutes, then slip cookies onto another rack to cool a bit more. Repeat with remaining dough, or reserve dough, refrigerated, for baking remaining batches the next day. Eat them .

Yields 18 Cookies; Recipe tweaked from Jacques Torres

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  • Reply Margherita December 7, 2012 at 1:53 am

    Haha! The real cue that you’re an adult it’s definitely the ice cube tray.There’s no denying that…the moment you take it out of the freezer, fill it with water and put it back, that’s when you know that you have – unmistakably – grown up.

    • Reply Adrianna December 7, 2012 at 10:39 am


  • Reply this is lemonade December 7, 2012 at 2:49 am

    You garnish your cookies with salt, that’s the real giveaway that you’re an adult πŸ™‚ Very sophisticated cookies, so classic and moorish looking. Lemon tart for dinner one day, cookies the next…ahhhh still a young adult, me too πŸ˜‰

  • Reply thecitygourmand December 7, 2012 at 3:37 am

    The whole wheat probably offsets about one chocolate chip….doh!

  • Reply Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) December 7, 2012 at 3:40 am

    These look delicious! Salt is such a powerful ingredient, it always amazes me what it can transform food into (or not into–if its not in it).

    I love your list! I have to say, I haven’t reached the point where I buy my own Christmas tree, but I have those same thoughts when I see similar girls out! Can’t promise that I’ll fill the ice tray though. I swear I never realized how useful an ice maker was until I didn’t have one!

  • Reply Blog is the New Black December 7, 2012 at 4:54 am

    Love adding salt to cookies- sounds amazing!

  • Reply Megan December 7, 2012 at 5:08 am

    I’m pretty sure we’re about the same age, and you are not alone! Last year was my first year of making an effort with a normal sized tree (I had a very mini one the year before that). Although I still decorate it like when I was a kid with multi-colour lights and ornaments as random as can be. (For instance: I love your owl ornaments – I want!

    I was actually stranded in London at the last minute this year and couldn’t go home to Florida, so had to make Thanksgiving all by myself. That was the REAL test of being a grown up! (Of course, I don’t have a proper table, so we had to eat around a coffee table with plates in our laps, baby steps.) I made your cauliflower and brussels sprouts gratin, it was a huge hit:

    And yes, I always shake my head at scantily clad teenagers. Especially because here in London they are often dressed like that in freezing weather. It’s insane!

    • Reply Adrianna December 7, 2012 at 10:38 am

      HAHA! Those Star Wars ornaments just made my morning. THANKS! And so glad that recipe worked out for you. I love that one! YOU COOL.

      • Reply Megan December 11, 2012 at 5:08 am

        Thanks: Update, I totally found an owl ornament similar to yours. I also found one that is way too big and fluffy for my tree, but I’m forcing him on there anyway. I have to stop myself there, though. My bestie is obsessed with owls and her house is turning into an owlery (is that a real thing or just from Harry Potter?) Anyway, it’s hard not to just buy everything you see that fits a theme!

  • Reply Kate December 7, 2012 at 5:12 am

    These cookies look great! Could they be made with margarine instead of butter? I’m a butter-lover myself, but I’m baking for a friend who can’t handle it and prefers margarine.

    • Reply Adrianna December 7, 2012 at 10:36 am

      Oh I never bake with margarine so I’m not totally positive, but I did a little online research and margarine should work as a swap-in just fine. Good luck!

  • Reply Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar December 7, 2012 at 5:37 am

    Mmm lots of goodness packed in these!

  • Reply DessertForTwo December 7, 2012 at 6:17 am

    Once you’ve realized you’re a grownup, is there any way to reverse it? I’m struggling with this lol

    • Reply Adrianna December 7, 2012 at 10:26 am

      Me too me too. Pretty sure there is. Just eat cake for dinner.

  • Reply brandi December 7, 2012 at 6:19 am

    I always feel like such an adult when I refill the soap dispensers. every time!

    i could eat all of these cookies. i love huge chocolate chunks like that.

  • Reply Mandie @ Oh So Decadent December 7, 2012 at 7:06 am

    These cookies look phenom! And Jacques Torres could make anything taste good, so I’m sure these cookies not only look amazing, but taste just as wonderful!

  • Reply Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough December 7, 2012 at 7:08 am

    I want to nestle in right next to these cookies from now until Christmas.

    Also, I totally agree with the ice cube tray thing! Except I do that, but then I put the empty water jug back in the fridge. #cantstopwontstop

    • Reply Adrianna December 7, 2012 at 10:25 am

      Ha. The brita container always goes in empty!

  • Reply loryn December 7, 2012 at 7:35 am

    great post!! making these over the weekend, for sure. Where can I get some of those beautiful boards of yours?

    • Reply Adrianna December 7, 2012 at 10:24 am

      I got these at Michael’s! Super cheap, too.

  • Reply christin December 7, 2012 at 7:45 am

    you’re killing me. seriously you are.

  • Reply cindy December 7, 2012 at 7:48 am

    in my opinion, one can never have too many chocolate chip cookie recipes in the arsenal.

  • Reply Tiffany D. December 7, 2012 at 8:50 am

    I picked my Christmas color palette this year too! I definintely felt very grown up. πŸ™‚

    • Reply Adrianna December 7, 2012 at 10:24 am

      Who do we think we are?!

  • Reply Daniella December 7, 2012 at 9:21 am

    Lemon tart for dinner doesn’t sound that grown up to me πŸ™‚

  • Reply pooja December 7, 2012 at 10:18 am

    You are speaking to me directly i think: whole wheat flour, dark chocolate? Sounds like the most delicious thing EVER! Sometimes I still have a hard time believing I am an adult even though I have two little girls…thank you for the awesome recipe! I can’t wait to try it….

  • Reply Lori @ RecipeGirl December 7, 2012 at 10:26 am

    hahaha, you crack me up. Those young girls with their hooker outfits… I don’t quite get that. Anyway, love your cookie re-vamp. Yum!

  • Reply [email protected] Kitchen December 7, 2012 at 10:27 am

    I can’t wait to make these. I love anything with salt and chocolate.

  • Reply Monica December 7, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Your cookies look lovely! I love the idea of using WW pastry flour. I’ve been experimenting with that and I think it’d work so well with the heft of these cookies. I have to give this recipe another spin. I tried it a while back and liked it but it wasn’t life-changing (as far as a cookie can be). : ) I didn’t use large enough chunks of chocolate though – maybe that was the thing. I love David Lebovitz’s chocolate chip cookie recipe also.

  • Reply jaime December 7, 2012 at 10:40 am

    you had me at salty dark choc… yum!

  • Reply Liz December 7, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Funny what qualifications for adulthood we’ve established for ourselves…


    When I like raw tomatoes, then I’ll know I’ve finally grown up.

    It may never happen.

    Or at least that’s what I’m hoping.

  • Reply Chloe Moon December 7, 2012 at 10:53 am

    I’ve always been a sweets girl…not a salty girl. This looks so delicious…this might be the next cookie I try! =)

    Ergo – Blog

  • Reply Shelby December 7, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Do I have to use bread flour? What is the difference? I have reg whole wheat flour and pastry flour in my cabinet, and don’t want to buy another flour bag unless necessary. lemme know !!

    • Reply Adrianna December 7, 2012 at 10:58 am

      What makes this recipe special is the different flours playing off of each other. Bread flour has more protein than all-purpose (around 14%), while pastry flour has a protein amount of 8-9%. It’s the heft from the bread flour paired with the low-protein that gives you a hardy yet tender cookie. I haven’t tried this recipe with all-purpose, but it should work out just fine. If I were you (and didn’t want to go to the store), I’d put the whole wheat flour in place of the bread flour and put the pastry flour in place of the WW pastry flour. Good luck!

      • Reply Adrianna December 7, 2012 at 11:00 am

        Oh and would love to know how it turns out! I love to hear baking experiments. x

        • Reply Shelby December 8, 2012 at 10:15 am

          thanks for the info! i will let ya know how it goes πŸ™‚

  • Reply Brooke (The Flour Sack) December 7, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Incredible. Making these asap!

  • Reply Megan @ Cioccolato Etc. December 7, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    I’m still quite young (only 20!), but I’ve had flashes of the adult feeling, especially since I moved into an apartment by myself this September!

    The best adult moment for me would be taking out the recycling when it’s full, instead of letting it pile up next to the recycling box for another week or two. Or that I did all my Christmas shopping before Dec. 1st!

    I have yet to plan out meals ahead of time, though. It always ends up with me looking through the fridge at 6pm, wondering what I can make with the meager groceries my fridge. I will always have loads of butter, milk, and eggs in the fridge for baking, but not so much of anything else…

  • Reply Little Kitchie December 7, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    sound INcredible!

    your Christmas color palette is GORG. so so pretty! and you cracked me up about the lemon tart… we’ve all been there!

  • Reply Katie @ Blonde Ambition December 7, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    These look so good! I need to get my hands on some WW pastry flour. Regular whole wheat just doesn’t cut it!

  • Reply Annalise December 7, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    You are speaking my cookie language, must try these asap! Oh, and the beginning of your post made me smile. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Liz @ Tip Top Shape December 7, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Oh my goodness these look good. I want some cookies now!

  • Reply Jayne December 7, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Your socks in that picture! Priceless. There’s still some child in you. πŸ™‚ I want to make this tonight. Like really. Tonight. Printing recipe now!!

  • Reply Erica @ Abbie and Erica's Adventures December 8, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    These sounds amazing! I’ve been hooked on chocolaty/salty combos for some time. Beautiful blog by the way!

  • Reply Julia December 8, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    These cookies look amazing! I love dark chocolate so that is a great idea!

  • Reply Sarah December 8, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Cookies at christmas are what makes you a real adult. Making cookies. Distributing cookies. Not eating all of your mom’s cookies, but eating most of your own cookies. It’s a complex situation.

  • Reply Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking December 9, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Cake for dinner is so adult! I don’t know a single kid that could pull that one off. I am for sure adding these to my holiday cookie arsenal!

  • Reply Cass @foodmyfriend December 9, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    LOL I do all of those things. I’ve been old for a while now though. I’m only 23 but I am far more sensible than any person should be. Your cookies look amazing and is that hot gooey choc chips in the centre? I want them for breakfast!

  • Reply Whitney @ The Newlywed Chefs December 9, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    I’ve searched and searched for a good whole wheat chocolate chip cookie recipe. This one looks fabulous! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  • Reply Itzy December 10, 2012 at 4:01 am

    Oh!, no! you have modified your feeds and now it’s not possible to fully read your post on Reader.. πŸ™
    I really like your blog and for me it’s easier to flip trhough my favorite blogs using reader….
    Oh, well……

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  • Reply Christina @ The Beautiful Balance December 10, 2012 at 11:44 am

    You can never have too many chocolate chip cookie recipes and these little pillowy dough balls will be added to my collection.

    Regardless of age or how you feel, you are pretty fabulous πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen December 10, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    I figured out I was an adult when I spend more time cleaning up after other people than myself.

    I’ve made this recipe before (not your exact version) and I agree that it’s the best! I’ll have to try your changes….

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    *cookie monster voice* Cookies!!! I can feel the fatness creep in as I see my future self inhaling half a batch of these before my guests even arrive. Ah well, ’tis the season!

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  • Reply Rayna December 12, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    These look perfect! I am always looking for another good chocolate chip cookie recipe and this seems like a clear winner {dark chocolate & sea salt are perfect together}. Once I get some down time from the holidays and school I’m making a batch of these cookies!

  • Reply Holli Anne December 14, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    I am new to your blog, and so first I should just say hi to you all! And secondly, those cookies look AMAZING. I’m going to pin them for a chocolate chip cookie kind of day in the future.

  • Reply idebenone January 9, 2013 at 11:11 am

    This delicious recipe for Jacques Torres’s secret chocolate chip cookies is one of Martha’s all-time favorites.

  • Reply Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run January 9, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    Making these tonight. Hope regular whole wheat flour will work… and adding some big coconut flakes, mmm!

    • Reply Adrianna January 9, 2013 at 2:00 pm

      Should work out just great!

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    These are SO good. I just made them and promptly ate two, merely as a taste test, of course.

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  • Reply Sebra March 25, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    I am making these right now. Can’t wait to try them! Do you have to refrigerate the dough?

    • Reply Adrianna March 25, 2013 at 1:45 pm

      I would at least wait 4 hours. BUT if you want just scoop out one cookie and bake it. I do that all the time because I’m impatient. πŸ™‚

  • Reply RustySue April 6, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Really want to try these today, as my husband is obsessed with Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt, and we tried a batch of cookies a couple weeks ago, and they turned out flatter than pancakes. (We live close to Denver so I am sure the altitude and not cooling the dough were the culprits). My question to you is, may I use just regular wheat flour as I do not have wheat pastry flour on hand? Super excited to read the rest of your blog.

    • Reply RustySue April 6, 2013 at 12:36 pm

      Never mind, just saw Hillary’s comment.

  • Reply Tenny September 18, 2013 at 8:01 am

    Hi, Adrianna. I’m wondering if the brown sugar measurement is for packed brown sugar. Someone might have already asked but I didn’t see it discussed below. Please let me know. Thank you so much. (I just bought a 5lb bag of whole wheat flour for another recipe so I’m thrilled to be able to make this w/everything I know have in my pantry.)

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