The idea for these cookies came about like this: I was talking to our friend Steve on the phone, while we each were enjoying a cocktail.
“So, I made something crazy good this week,” Steve said.
“Oh yeah, what was it?” I asked.
“Chocolate chip cookies with seasoned salt,” he said.
“Oh, my God. That sounds amazing!” I said.
Then we talked about Mad Men* for about a half an hour.
And when Jedd and I threw a party in our new place, Steve brought the cookies along with homemade chocolate ice cream.
Needless to say he was very popular.
I loved the cookies and wanted to try to make them myself.
But I spaced making them, until I needed to replenish our supply of homemade seasoned salt.
So, with a fresh batch of savory and spicy salt on hand, I threw together a batch of these cookies.
Good Golly Miss Molly. You have to try these.
Chocolate Chip Cookies with Seasoned Salt
Yields about 2 dozen.
2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
2 sticks unsalted room temperature butter
½ cup granulated sugar
1 cup dark brown sugar
3 teaspoons homemade seasoned salt, divided
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
2 organic eggs
2 cups dark chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Place the flour and baking soda in the bowl of a standing mixer, fitted with a paddle attachment. Mix on low to combine. Add the butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, 2 teaspoons of the seasoned salt, vanilla and eggs.
Mix on low until combined, and add the chocolate chips. Once the chocolate chips are incorporated, turn the mixer off.
Drop the dough by the tablespoon onto a large rimmed cookie sheet, leaving about 2 inches of space between the dough.
Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until cooked through, but still soft in the middle. (They will firm up as they cool.) Place on cooling rack, and sprinkle with remaining seasoned salt.
Store cookies in an airtight container for up to a week.
(Photo by Launie Kettler)
*Mad Men Spoilers: How great an ending was that? Love, loved, loved it. I’ve been shipping Peggy and Stan for a while, so I actually yelped when he walked into her office.