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Smoked Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies

by  Tracey Augustine on April 22, 2016
Smoked Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies

Smoking is an old technique but has become a fad over the past couple of years.  I’ve seen chefs use wood chip smoking, cold smoking and smoking “guns” to infuse a whisper of smoke flavor into savory and sweets such as mousse and cupcakes.  Smoked salt is an easy alternative to get the great flavor of smoking without spending the time and effort it takes to set-up smokers.  The salts are made with real smoked wood like oak, applewood, hickory and alderwood.

Since I love sweet and salty combinations here is a chocolate chip cookie to discover what I’m raving about!

Yields 24 cookies

INGREDIENTS

2 cups + 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
9 ounces unsalted butter, softened
1¾ cups dark brown sugar
¾ cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup smoked almonds, roughly chopped
smoked sea salt, for sprinkling


PREPARATION

1. Pre-heat over to 350F.

2. Sift together the flour and baking soda in a large bowl. Set aside.

3.  In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugars on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes.

4.  In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs and the vanilla. Add half of the flour to the batter and mix until just combined. Add all of the egg mixture, mixing until combined, and then the remaining flour. Mix until combined, about a minute.

5.  Add the chocolate chips to the mixture, 1 cup at a time, mixing for 30 seconds after each addition. Add the almonds, mixing until combined. Transfer the batter to a large bowl, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour.

6. Using a 1½ tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop the dough into heaping scoops onto parchment-lined baking sheets, leaving about 1-inch between each cookie. Sprinkle with the smoked salt. Bake for 10 minutes and then let the cookies cool on the pans for 10 minutes before removing to a rack to cool completely.

Tracey Augustine

Tracey Augustine

Tracey Augustine is the Founder and Executive Chef of Cashmere Bites, a business and culinary studio in Los Angeles offering cooking classes, private parties, wine tasting dinners, catering and culinary tours. full bio

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