Dark Chocolate Cookies with Espresso Salt

These cookies are what little cookies want to be when they grow up. They taste like part molten chocolate cake, part chocolate covered peanuts, and part heaven. They are made of special ingredients that are really just sophisticated versions of their simpler cousins: Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter. Dark Hot Chocolate blend. Dark chocolate chips. Espresso Salt.

When I got the espresso salt from Christina’s Spice and Specialty Foods last weekend, I knew I wanted to use it in a sweet treat. I researched some recipes and asked for advice. Victoria from The District Chocoholic suggested Salted Chocolate Shortbread Cookies, and  Shannon from Tri to Cook suggested Salted Caramel Sauce. Both recipes sound luscious so I will definitely try them someday, but for my first experiment with espresso salt, I wanted to go with something that I’m already very familiar with: no-flour chocolate and peanut butter cookies.

My Miracle Cookies were the inspiration. I wanted a rich cookie with a sprinkle of sea salt on top. Then I remembered my Orange-White Chocolate version and decided to add dark chocolate chips in the mix. I wanted a rich, decadent cookie and thought about my favorite hot chocolate drink at L.A Burdick, so I decided to use a few tablespoons of their shaved chocolate too.

Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter is my favorite PB of all time

dark hot chocolate blend made with shaved chocolate

the special topping: espresso salt

Look at that batter and tell me how you can resist it

So sexy: Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies with Espresso Salt

In spite of it’s fancy sounding name, these cookies are very, very simple to make (just like Miracle Cookies and No Flour Orange Peanut Butter White Chocolate Chip Cookies). And don’t expect a healthy version – this has a lot of sugar and a lot of chocolate, and it is all worth it.

These are the ingredients I used (makes 2 dozen cookies):

1 cup Peanut Butter & Co. Dark Chocolate Dreams (you can substitute Justin’s Chocolate Peanut Butter or any other brand you want, but I am loyal to this)
1 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup dark chocolate chips (I used Ghirardelli 60% cacao semi-sweet chocolate chips)
3 tablespoons dark chocolate cocoa powder or hot chocolate blend (I used LA Burdick Dark Hot Chocolate)
2 teaspoons espresso salt

Preheat the oven to 350. Combine all the ingredients in a big mixing bowl. Make 2-inch rounds and place evenly on a cookie sheet, then flatten the top of each cookie gently. Sprinkle the espresso salt on top. Bake for 15 minutes. Let the cookies cool and prepare to swoon.

Each cookie is a little crumbly, and when you eat it straight out of the oven (after impatiently waiting a few minutes for it to cool a little), the dark chocolate chips melt so seductively and play off the peanut butter base. The espresso salt sprinkled on top has a mild coffee flavor, and cuts the richness of all the dark chocolate. It is good, so good, that you rush through dinner so you can get to this cookie for dessert. Or you hate your lunch a little bit, because it ends with grapes, and not this. Or even though you just made these cookies, you’re already dreaming of the next time you bake them again…

I’m telling you little cookies, this is what you want to be when you grow up.


28 Responses to “Dark Chocolate Cookies with Espresso Salt”

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    Lauren at KeepItSweet posted November 21, 2010 at 11:21 am

    these sound so amazing! i must get some of that espresso salt

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    Megan posted November 21, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    These look amazing! I don’t think it’s possible to go wrong with chocolate, peanut butter, espresso, and salt flavors. They sound decadent and definitely like grownup cookies.

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    Michelle posted November 21, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    These cookies look dreamy! You’re totally right…these are grown-up cookies!

  4. #
    Melanie posted November 21, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    These look amazing! I wish I had the ingredients, I want them now :)

  5. #
    Liz @ Blog is the NEw Black posted November 21, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    These look so great. What a winning combo! ;)

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    Victoria (District Chocoholic) posted November 21, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    These are totally healthy. Peanut butter instead of butter. I’m sold.

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    Zoe @ Simply Seasonal posted November 21, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    That’s what I want to be when I grow up too, little cookies!! Hehe :) I must try these.

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    MelissaNibbles posted November 21, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    Wow. You make these sound delicious and sinful! YUM!

  9. #
    Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun posted November 21, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    Oh holy heavens you know just how to capture my attention. And tastebuds.

  10. #
    christina posted November 21, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    NOT FAIR!! i want these cookies SO bad.

  11. #
    Hannah posted November 21, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    Oh dear holy handbucket, these are comprised of some of my favouriterest flavours in the world, and I think I just died with longing. Chocolate, peanut butter, coffee, salt…. can you please come to Australia and be me cookie chef? :D

    And please bring that PB&Co pb with you. I miss that stuff so much!

  12. #
    Baking Serendipity posted November 22, 2010 at 12:02 am

    I’ve never seen espesso salt before, but if it’s in these cookies it must be good! They look fantastic :)

  13. #
    Erin posted November 22, 2010 at 11:59 am

    These sound part salty, part sweet, and 100% delicious! I’m definitely going to make these!!

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    Lindsay @ The Ketchup Diaries posted November 22, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    Oh.my.heavens. These sound LEGIT. I love any excuse to use Dark Chocolate Dreams :smile:

    P.S. Can I meet you soon? We’re so close!

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    Rachel Blumenthal posted November 23, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    These look delicious. I’m totally going to do a cookie recipe round-up soon on BostonFoodBloggers.com, and these will most definitely be there :) I adore fancy salts – I’ve been going crazy with ghost chili sea salt, which tastes amazing on brownies and ice cream!

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    Damaris @Kitchen Corners posted November 23, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    I’m so glad I found your blog. I’ve been searching for a good chocolate cookie recipe with salt. Savory and sweet go so well together.

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    blackbookkitchendiaries posted November 24, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    this looks so amaizing!!… thanks for sharing this..i cant wait to try it out. yummy:)

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    Dana posted November 26, 2010 at 12:19 am

    I love cookies that have a sprinkle of sea salt on them… such a great way to bring out all the flavors. These sound so rich and delicious!!

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    nicole @ Making Good Choices posted November 28, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Wow, these look like they just melt in your mouth. yummmm…

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    Lea @ Healthy Coconut posted November 29, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    Hmmm…I have lavender salt, I wonder if it will work with this recipe. BUT I should really get myself espresso salt, every chocoholic needs one right?

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    Evan @swEEts posted November 29, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    I have to try and find this espresso salt! These cookies sound absolutely divine.

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    chocolate freckles posted December 6, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    Wow … I am a chocolate junky as well!! Those cookies look great!

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    Elina (Healthy and Sane) posted January 2, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    I made these for NYE and everyone enjoyed them (I even omitted the white sugar and slightly less of brown). Still plenty sweet :)

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      Bianca Garcia posted January 3, 2011 at 5:52 pm

      Hi Elina, that’s great, I love these cookies! I think next time I will omit the white sugar too :)

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    Marcie posted November 16, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    Dark chocolate dreams and espresso salt! Your combinations are golden Bianx! Wish you were here to give me cooking and baking lessons! In fact, I think I will use your recipes to teach myself to cook and bake now that I have a lot of spare time! :)


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