If thick and chewy chocolate chip cookies are your thing, then you’ll love these smoked sea salt, pistachio and chocolate chip cookies! The smoked sea salt and pistachios are a fun addition to make them a little extra fancy.

Thick and Chewy Smoked Sea Salt, Pistachio, and Chocolate Chunk Cookies

We could debate the pros and cons of thick and chewiness for many many things in life,

but cookies are not one of them.

Thick and Chewy Smoked Sea Salt, Pistachio, and Chocolate Chunk Cookies

And that is absolutely positively because there is no argument here.

The thicker and chewier, the better, especially when it comes to chocolate chip cookies.

Thick and Chewy Smoked Sea Salt, Pistachio, and Chocolate Chunk Cookies

So then the great dilemma in life is not the debate of crispy v. chewy, but really just involves trying to find the biggest, best, thickest, chewiest cookie recipe out there.

Lay your weary heads to rest, guys.

I’VE. FOUND. IT.

Thick and Chewy Smoked Sea Salt, Pistachio, and Chocolate Chunk Cookies

No surprise, it comes by way of the genius of Milk Bar’s Christina Tosi, but unlike most of her other recipes, it is the epitome of uncomplication.

It requires one bowl. One wooden spoon. And totally normal, run of the mill ingredients.

You will not need to spend your life’s savings shopping for gianduja chocolate or feuilletine on Amazon.

You will not need to wait 24 hours for your cookie dough to chill overnight.

HECK, you will not even need to wait for butter to soften!

And yet the cookies will still be thick, big as your face, chewy as all get-out, perfection.

Thick and Chewy Smoked Sea Salt, Pistachio, and Chocolate Chunk Cookies

I’ve made these, oh, ten thousand times in their most simplest form and they are fantastic.

Really. No sprucing up needed.

And yet, I had a carton of pistachios eyeing me from the corner of my cabinets and a jar of smoked sea salt languishing in the back of my pantry and WHO CAN ARGUE WITH THOSE TWO, especially when they’re begging you to make your favorite cookies at this very second.

It would certainly have required a much stronger woman than I not to make these, and someone with the self restraint of steel not to devour as many as I have in the past 48 hours. Personally, I’m just patting myself on the back since they’ve lasted this long, which has truly not been an easy feat.

Thick and Chewy Smoked Sea Salt, Pistachio, and Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Thick and Chewy Smoked Sea Salt, Pistachio, and Chocolate Chunk Cookies
 
If thick and chewy chocolate chip cookies are your thing, then you'll love these smoked sea salt, pistachio and chocolate chip cookies! The smoked sea salt and pistachios are a fun addition to make them a little extra fancy.
Yield: 12 cookies
Ingredients
  • ½ lb butter, melted and still warm
  • ¾ cup packed dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1¾ cups flour
  • 2 tbsp malted milk powder
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp smoked sea salt
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • 1 (12 oz) bag semisweet chocolate chunks
  • 1 cup pistachios, coarsely chopped
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 375F.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the butter, brown sugar, and regular sugar with a wooden spoon until well combined, about 1 minute. Add in the egg and vanilla, and stir until well combined, about 1 minute. Stir in the flour, milk powder, salt, baking powder, and baking soda, mixing until just combined. Mix in the chocolate chips and pistachios, stirring until evenly distributed.
  3. Using a ? cup measure, scoop the dough onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, leaving about 2-3 inches between cookies. I was able to fit about 6 cookies on a regular cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown. Let cool completely on the pan before eating.

 

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18 Responses to Thick and Chewy Smoked Sea Salt, Pistachio, and Chocolate Chunk Cookies

  1. CakePants says:

    Oh gosh, I don’t even have to wait for butter to warm to room temperature?!? This recipe sounds magical (and the photos are of course, utterly droolworthy). I’m super excited that this recipe is straightforward…I’d never even heard of feuilletine, so I had to look it up 😛

  2. Kate says:

    You can keep your thin, crisp cookies. Thick and chewy is the way to go!

  3. Okay, I clearly need to try this cookie!

  4. I love baking with pistachios! These are some perfect looking cookies!

  5. I am not arguing at all. My mouth is totally open awaiting this.

  6. Julia says:

    Aaaagh you say things like “thick and chewy” and I’m HOOKED! Mega fan of pistachios over here…and chocolate…and virtually anything thick, chewy, and/or gooey. I’m digging the hassle-free recipe and my premeditated addiction to these gorg cookies!

  7. I love this flavor combination. Especially since I have pistachios, chocolate chunks and smoked sea salt in my pantry. Even better I can use melted butter. Yay!

  8. omg just the name alone makes me want to scarf down the whole batch!

  9. SallyBR says:

    Shoots… I don’t have malted milk powder – to be honest I don’t think I’ve ever looked for it… I hope my grocery store carries it, these sound like pretty amazing cookies… and I love pistachios

  10. These cookies are gorgeous-the perfect marrying of textures!!!

  11. That’s it. YOU WIN COOKIES. I mean, chocolate and pistachios? YES!

  12. Mandy says:

    The recipe only yields 12 cookies? Is this accurate? Thanks!

    • joanne says:

      Yes, but they are HUGE cookies! I use 1/3 cup scoop to scoop them. If you want to make smaller cookies, you totally could but I would decrease the baking time to 8-10 minutes.

  13. Faith says:

    These sound wonderful! Glad you mentioned 1/3 cup scoop in reply to a comment because in my browser it has a question mark in the recipe instead of the fraction.

  14. Laurel says:

    I’ve never heard of malted milk powder. What section would I find it in the grocery store? Does this add flavor to the cookies? Thanks

  15. Karen says:

    Hello! These cookies look delicious! I want to make them soon but I was wondering if the amount of butter is accurate–1/2 lb? That is two cubes or one cup to only a little over 1 cup of flour. Should it rather be 1:2 cup which is one cube? Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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