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Salted Chocolate Chunk Cookies

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Salted Chocolate Chunk Cookies are a sweet and salty simple treat. Perfect for tucking into your work lunchbox and for summertime treats around the pool too.

A couple of weeks ago I decided to rekindle my relationship with Rachael Ray. And by relationship, I mean watching her daytime talk show on NBC. Although I’m not much of a TV watcher, I’ve always enjoyed watching cooking shows – especially Rachael’s. She’s definitely a talker, but I adore her relatable personality and easy to follow recipes.

Since I loathe watching live TV almost as much I loathe cleaning toilets, I DVR the show and watch it while I’m baking or cooking dinner. I’ve been reminded that Rachael is, at her core, passionate about food – and that kind of passion makes you want to get into the kitchen and whip up something.

Salted Chocolate Chunk Cookies are a sweet and salty simple treat. Absolutely delicious!

If you’ve ever tuned into one of her shows, you’re probably aware of the fact that she’s not much of a baker. So when she was raving about Grant’s Chocolate Chip Cookies, I had to print the recipe up immediately. First of all, I love anything sweet that is also salty, but ground oatmeal in the recipe also piqued my interest. I imagined the addition of ground oatmeal could create one heck of a cookie and texture, and that it did. The additional sprinkling of salt makes them absolutely exceptional.

Typically I bake very early in the morning before everyone is awake, or while Elle is taking her afternoon nap. But when I made these cookies, she was in the kitchen helping me every step of the way. From whisking together the dry ingredients and cracking eggs, to scooping out balls of dough – my little babe was so incredibly involved throughout the entire process.

Salted Chocolate Chunk Cookies are a sweet and salty simple treat. They're sure to be your new favorite recipe!

If you follow me on Instagram, you may remember seeing a photo my little cutie pouring flour into a bowl. She’s been walking around the house with her own mixing bowls and whisk, creating imaginary cookie dough to feed Elmo and Cookie Monster ever since – which is pretty stinkin’ cute!

This recipe will forever bring back those memories for me, which makes it even sweeter. But aside from all that, this is a really good cookie. The kind of cookie you imagine when you’ve got a hankering for one.

Try my method for how to freeze cookie dough with this recipe and you’ll even be able to bake them up any time!

Make them right now – and DVR Rachael for later! Trust me – you’ll enjoy that perky cook.

Looking for more chocolate chip cookie recipes? Be sure to try these Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies and these Chocolate Chip Graham Cracker Cookies! Chocolate chip cookies for the win!

Salted Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Salted Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Yield: about 36 cookies
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 14 minutes
Total Time: 34 minutes

Salted Chocolate Chunk Cookies are a sweet and salty simple treat. Perfect for tucking into your work lunchbox and for summertime treats around the pool too.


  • 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 1/4 cups (2 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chunks or chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a food processor, pulse the oats until they become the texture of coarse flour.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the oats, flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat the butter on medium speed for one minute. Add in the sugars and continue mixing for an additional 5-6 minutes. Mixture will become light and fluffy.
  5. Reduce speed to low and add in eggs; mixing until combined. Add in vanilla and beat on medium speed for an additional minute. Reduce speed to low and gradually add in the dry ingredients until they are fully incorporated. Turn the speed back up to medium and mix for 1-2 minutes. Use a wooded spoon to stir in chocolate chunks.
  6. Use a medium cookie scoop (about 1 1/2 tablespoons) to scoop dough onto prepared baking sheets. Bake in preheated oven for 12-14 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove cookies from oven and place pan on a cooking rack. Sprinkle each cookie with a bit of sea salt and allow cookies to cool completely.
Nutrition Information
Yield 36 Serving Size 1 cookie
Amount Per Serving Calories 170Total Fat 5gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 11mgSodium 144mgCarbohydrates 32gFiber 1gSugar 20gProtein 2g

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Thursday 3rd of October 2019

This cookies are awesome!!! I make them all the time and with King Arthur gluten free flour too.


Sunday 6th of October 2019

So happy to hear you enjoyed the cookies, Melissa! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your feedback! -Jamie


Wednesday 9th of November 2016

This is the best recipe for chocolate chip cookies I have ever followed,  thank you, simply amazing 


Wednesday 16th of November 2016

I'm so glad you like them!


Sunday 1st of May 2016

How much is a stick of butter please.


Sunday 1st of May 2016

Hi, Nat! A stick of butter is 8 tablespoons, 113 grams, and 1/4 pound. I hope this helps!


Tuesday 30th of June 2015

These are amazing! They will replace the recipe I've used for years. The ground oats plus the sea salt sprinkle make a world of difference in flavor. So glad you shared this with us. I added pecans, too, and that made them even more spectacular. Oh, I only used the brown sugar and it worked out fine. I, too, was wondering if that white sugar was left our purposely, but from comments, I see it wasn't. Just wanted to share that it tasted fine without white sugar.


Wednesday 1st of July 2015

Maria- Thanks so much - pecans sound like an incredible addition. Glad they tasted good without the granulated sugar - so glad a reader caught that error for me! Have a great day. :) -Jamie

David Seagraves

Saturday 27th of June 2015

In my opinion, there is not too many sweats that can beat the flavor of a chocolate chip cookie. The fact that this recipe has both salt and an oat combination together has really peaked my interested. Plus I am curious what adding 2 teaspoons of vanilla, and only adding brown sugar will do to the overall taste profile. Thank you for posting this unique recipe. Can't wait to try these out.

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