Salted Chocolate Cookies

I started writing this post a week ago, pretty much to the minute, and then, as so often happens, got distracted by life (including, but not limited to, a rather epic communal hangover after a night of karaoke in Greenwich Village, some pretty bad jetlag and a very long trip to the US embassy).

Last week though, I was sat in my company’s office in New York City. If I angled my head slightly, I could see the Chrysler building from my desk.  My morning commute had involved coming up out of the subway at the foot of the Empire State Building and walking up Fifth Avenue, stopping off at one of the many, many Starbucks en route to grab some breakfast and a green tea lemonade.

I’ve always wanted to live in New York City.  From the moment of my first visit, in February 1996, I was enthralled. I remember sitting in the back of a yellow cab as we drove from the airport to Manhattan and thinking that New York was absolutely exactly how I thought it would be, but somehow better than anything I could have possibly imagined. The more I got to know the city, the more it captivated me.

There have been plenty of times when I could have moved to the city. At one point, when I was a teenager, it looked like we might have to relocate for my father’s work. I researched university options and, a few years later, thought about going to law school in New York. If I wanted it, I could probably pursue a transfer with my company.  I’ve never quite had the courage to make that leap though and how, I think it’s probably unlikely that I ever will. I have too many ties to my life in London to feel like I can just pick up my life and start again somewhere else and I’m in awe of those people who are brave enough to do just that.

Salted Chocolate Cookies 1

Salted Chocolate Cookies 2

That said, I find myself in the slightly surreal (and exhausting) position of most likely working in my favourite place for the next couple of months. There will be a bit of back and forth and many flights across the Atlantic (hurrah for air miles!) but I’m hoping to get a bit of downtime to actually experience life in the city – from a well-deserved happy hour after work on Friday and weekend trips to neighbouring states to, hopefully, getting to meet/catch up with some of the lovely friends I’ve made through this blog.  I’m feeling pretty lucky right now.

During the afore-mentioned trip to Starbucks last week, I was tempted by one of their giant flourless chocolate cookies. I managed to resist partly because my consumption of Mega M&M’s was slightly out of control but mainly because I knew there was a batch of this undoubtedly far superior flourless salted dark chocolate cookie dough sitting in my freezer in London, just waiting to be popped into the oven.

 These cookies are primarily chocolate and, for that reason, you should definitely use your favourite chocolate for these. I’m a Lindt 70% girl myself. The original recipe calls for chocolate chips and walnuts which you can add(and would be delicious) but there is something so decadent about just having a pure chocolate-y cookie. On the day they’re baked, they have a crisp, shiny shell. Over the next couple of days, they mellow into what is clearly more akin to a brownie than a cookie. Either way, they’re pretty darn good.

Salted Chocolate Cookies 3

flourless salted dark chocolate cookies {gluten free}

Yield: About 20 small-ish cookies

I guess these are more like a brownie than a cookie really; they certainly have a more brownie like texture after a day or two. For that reason, they lend themselves well to the inclusion of chocolate chips and/or chopped nuts, as in the original recipe. That said, I do like the hit of bitter/salty/sweet you get with them in this form. It's probably worth tasting the mixture as you go along a) because cookie dough is the best and b) so that you can work out how much salt you prefer - the recipe as written was just right for me.


  • 200g (8oz) dark chocolate (70% cocoa)
  • 60g (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 120g (2/3 cup) dark brown sugar
  • 20g (just under 3 tablespoons) cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon espresso powder (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt plus extra for sprinkling if you feel like it.


  1. In a bowl set over a pan of simmering water, gently melt together the chocolate and butter until smooth and set aside to cool slight. In a separate bowl, beat together the eggs and sugar until thick and creamy and then fold in the melted chocolate. Finally, fold in the cocoa powder, baking powder, espresso powder and salt.
  2. Chill the dough for about an hour and then preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Line a baking tray with non-stick paper or a silicon mat.
  3. Scoop tablespoons of the dough onto the prepared baking trays and gently flatten. Scatter sea salt over the top if you like and bake for about 10 - 12 minutes until firm and shiny. Allow to set a little before transferring to a wire rack to cool.

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61 Responses to "flourless salted dark chocolate cookies {gluten free}"
  1. 1. Wishing NY were closer to TN so bad
    2. Living in NY for a few months! And not in winter!! Dreamy.
    3. THESE COOKIES — must make. MUST.

  2. Amanda Paa says:

    Gah, these cookies! And just chocolate on chocolate, perfect. I hope your travels over the next few months go well. I’m sure it’s hard being away from home so much, but fun to temporarily live in NYC instead of having to make the commitment to move there. I’ve been once, but not for long enough to really experience it. I need to make it back.

  3. cynthia says:

    Oh MAN. These look freaking amazing. I justtt made a batch of GF cookies last week to mail off to a friend and now I wish I’d made these instead!!! It’s going on my list for sure. And boo to many cross-Atlantic flights (oy) but YES YES YES TO NY!!! I’m so sooo excited and hope we can meet up and eat things and fill my heart with giddy happiness. :)

  4. Oh wow, these cookies look SO amazing. And how neat that you’re getting to work in NY – what an amazing experience that must be!

  5. Skye says:

    The only thing better than dark chocolate is salted dark chocolate. Am obsessed with salted chocolate.
    London will miss you while you’re in NY :)
    Funnily enough I’m going to be there for a few days next month – am so looking forward to it. I love NY too!

  6. Your new living situation should wonderful, best of luck! Also, those cookies=WHOA!

  7. Michelle says:

    Kathryn! These cookies look amazing! This is definitely going on my list of things to make.

    As for your musings about moving to NYC, I have the exact same thoughts… but about moving to London! I’ve wanted to live there for a long time since some of my best friends live there and I just love the city so, so much. Like you, there have been plenty of opportunities for me to take the plunge and move, but I just feel so tied to my life in the US. Every year, it gets harder and harder imagining doing so, but I’m hoping that the opportunity for me to do so hasn’t passed yet…

  8. Ashlae says:

    I’m so happy you’re kinda/sorta fulfilling your dream of living in the city without the whole having to pick up and leave one’s former life behind. It’s my dream to live in NYC one day, too, but only for a year or so because I think I’d lose my sanity if I stayed any longer. These cookies look absolutely delicious and I must try them. Fingers crossed flax eggs are a suitable substitute. XX

  9. Life is always an adventure, right? As it were, I’m going to be in London on the exact weekend you’re away (I’m there the weekend of FBC, but for totally different reasons) so we’ll have to plan a catch up another time? In the mean time?! These cookies! Amazing.

  10. Rachel says:

    I think you feel the same way about New York as I do about Los Angeles. I want to move back, desperately, but like you I have my family and friends here in London and the UK.

  11. I hope you’re going to have an amazing time working in NY! Enjoy the city, all the challenges you’re likely to encounter, all the people you’re going to meet, and adventures that lie ahead of you. On another note, these cookies look beyond amazing. I would love to enjoy these along with a glass of cold milk.

  12. Lindsey says:

    yay to nyc! i’m so glad you’re here while the weather has warmed and it’s all spring-y and festive. i’m glad you’ll be able to get some downtime to explore a bit, there are so many lovely places in the surrounding areas -be it westchester county or the shoreline of long island.

    and these cookies! i used to be obsessed with a bakery growing up that always made chocolate puddle cookies, and these look just like them! i wonder if coconut oil would hold up in place of butter – sometimes i find it a bit runny : / cheers, kathryn! and here’s to meeting soon! xo

  13. Ouuuu these look amazing. Will definitely have to make them.

  14. katherinea says:

    They are just cooling.
    I don’t usually bother scraping the bowl, but this is basically chocolate mousse with not much air, so exception made.

  15. stephanie says:

    how wonderful to live and work in NYC, even just for a bit! i too, have often dreamed of living there, but like you, i feel like i have too many ties to home.

    these cookies look absolutely marvelous! how can you go wrong with just chocolate, eggs, sugar and butter? i bet they’re melt in your mouth deliciousness!

  16. Erika says:

    How wonderful it is to experience the greatness of NYC. I’ve had to go a few times for work and each time seems like the first. Sort of magical.. i must try these cookies, they look incredible.

  17. These look so perfectly chewy and yummy. Maaaaan oh man, these look GOOD!

  18. amy says:

    Mmm, I adore this sort of chocolate cookie! I’ve made them before as more of a meringue (no butter): leftover egg whites, powdered sugar (castor to you), cocoa powder, & pecans. But adding butter so they’re more brownie-ish? Yes please! Will definitely have to give these a go at some point.
    And enjoy NY for all of us who wish we could live there but can’t. I’m also toying with the idea of law school there once the significant other is done with his schooling.

  19. Tieghan says:

    Oh man, these cookies!! They look almost too good to eat. Almost! :) Loving all the chocolate!!

    And New York! So exciting, I have always wanted to go there and visit. Enjoy it! :)

  20. Yay for New York!!!!!!! :D :) And these flourless cookies LOOK delicious!!! I would love to end all my meals with this deliciousness.

  21. Wow, those cookie look great! Perfect little chocolate treats… :)
    And New York? How great is that, travelling from one great city to another… Puh, enjoy!

  22. I love New York too. What an amazing opportunity you have to spend a little more time there – enjoy it! Meanwhile I’d love to sit down with a cup of hot chocolate and three of these cookies!

  23. These cookies aren’t messing around – super chocolaty all the way! Love the crinkly tops.
    NY sounds amazing, if quite a major upheaval in your every day life – looking forward to you coming back and telling us more about it! x

  24. mehrunnisa says:

    you just inspired some weekend baking! enjoy the city that never sleeps. i’ve only ever been once and that too for only forty eight hours. it definitely wasn’t enough. i need to make it happen sooner rather than later. looking forward to hearing about your adventures. x

  25. Medeja says:

    These cookies look so tempting and so good!

  26. Jenny @ BAKE says:

    What an incredible place to be working! I am sure that having a deadline on your time there will make you appreciate it so much more than if you were there permanently. I loved my trip to New York and I cannot wait to go back there. These cookies look absolutely incredible, just the right size for an afternoon snack.

  27. Erin says:

    Hope you have a lovely time in NYC! Sometimes I think it would be nice to move somewhere new, but I always come back to my family and my home and how much it means to me. Just have a few months in a new place sounds ideal though!
    Also these cookies just look like heaven.

  28. Alanna says:

    Goodness, these cookies look like GF chocolate perfection. Gorgeous. But you should move to SF instead. ;-)

  29. These look amazing. I love your cookie recipes!

  30. I visited New York years ago and walked and walked and walked around that city … and loved every second. I have been hankering after going again ever since then I think. What a great experience you are about to have! All the coming and going sounds a little unsettling but I say lap it up and take all those wonderful side-opportunities you will have while there.
    As for the cookies, they sound fantastic. Flourless-type chocolaty things are my very favourite. They are just so rich and splodgy and decadent … in a good way!

  31. Joyti says:

    I’ve actually never been to NYC. I have, however, always wanted to live in SF, I grew up in the suburbs 20 minutes away but I adore my home city :)

    The cookie look incredible, really fudgy and good.

  32. Gorgeous, love how rich and fudgy these look!

  33. It does take a lot of bravery to move across an ocean and start a new life. Enjoy these two months and treat yourself to giant M&Ms as often as you can ;)

  34. I’m so happy you will be around this summer and we must get together! I’ve always wanted to move to the west coast but also don’t think I could really make that big move. At least that is what travel / vacations can be for. And I’m willing to bet that your cookies are many, many times better than Starbucks.

  35. I am so glad that you are enjoying states!! I have always loved London on the other hand! Wish I could stay there for few weeks!

  36. katherinea says:

    Well, they secured the praise of my drinking buddies on Thursday.
    And tiny sad tale: when I type ‘londonb’ into my browser, you are not the first thing to come up. Instead I get London Bridge departures. A useful, but far less pleasing website.

  37. That’s awesome that you get the opportunity to work in NYC! You seem like a total NYC girl to me. I’m happy to visit for a few days, but living there? That kind of terrifies me. ;) Too many people for me!

    And these cookies look SO so good! I’m always down for anything almost purely chocolate.

  38. Magda says:

    I have never been to the US but I have always wanted to visit NYC. I think it’s all the Woody Allen movies I’ve seen for the past 15 years or so :) I’m slightly envious of you right now, as you can understand.

    Being an expat (from Athens, Greece I moved to The Hague, Netherlands) I can say that it’s not easy leaving your country, your friends, your family, but I have never regretted it for a single moment. Living in a different country (or countries) than your country of origin it’s an experience that changes you for ever; broadens your mind, your soul, the way you see others and life in general. At least it’s been that way for me. I’d say, if you can, do it! Follow your dreams and make the move.

    Your cookies sound and look amazing and I will give them a try when I get the chance. They’re right up my alley!

  39. Melanie says:

    OK, so mine didn’t turn out as beautiful as yours, but these taste incredible! They really are like the perfect bite of brownie in a cookie. I used Ghirardelli 60% cacao chocolate chips with Hershey’s special dark cocoa powder, and they turned out great. Also, if you chase a bite of cookie with some milk, it all mixes into a caramel/burnt sugar flavor in your mouth like magic! The sea salt brings all the flavors together and finishes it off perfectly. Thanks!

  40. I just had dark chocolate chip cookies last night and was thinking of making a batch today. I love this recipe and will be trying it for sure! They looks so yummy!

  41. These cookie-brownie hybrids look absolutely delicious. And I love that they are flourless (which makes them fudgier) and the sprinkle of additional salt on top (which makes them sublime). Enjoy your time in NYC!

  42. Joanne says:

    Let me know when/if you have some free time! I’d love to eat food together! I live on the Upper East Side but will meet you anywhere. :)

    And if you want to do some blog baking in my kitchen, you are more than welcome! Especially if I get to eat the results. I mean, these cookies?! Fab-o-lous. With a capital F.

  43. Kris says:

    These are now on my list of delicious things to bake, like all of your creations. :) If you are going to be in this neck of the woods for a few months, we should plan a visit!! There’s room at my place if you want to venture north to Toronto for a long weekend. :)

  44. I’m so excited to follow your NYC adventures Kathryn!

  45. All chocolate?!? A MUST TRY SOON!

  46. These cookies look so good! Chocolate!

  47. What an amazing opportunity! Needless to say, NY is my most favourite place in the world. These cookies sound pretty good too ;) If you are still around in August I’ll be there for a day!

  48. Kathryn! So making them this weekend! Or whenever I have the time! :) And how cool is it that you get to work in NY for a few months! I’ve never been there, but I imagine bright lights, big city, central park, so sex and the city! Enjoy your stint there!

  49. Penny says:

    I just found my new favorite food/recipe source!!!

  50. Kristina says:

    Can I use a cookie cutter with this batter? If not, can you recommend another one of your recipes to use with one? I am looking for a decadent chocolate cookie for some serious chocolate lovers that will lend to shaping. Thank you xx

  51. katherinea says:

    Made these for my wheat free former housemate Katy (and Lee) and she was very excited by them. They are indeed like a brownie in cookie for in the softness. Although mine didn’t crackle like yours, maybe I didn’t chill them long or cold enough; no fridge room so I shoved them on the balcony.

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