Are you looking for the ultimate Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe? Experience the perfect blend of sweet and savory with these delicious cookies, featuring rich chocolate chips and a hint of sea salt, for a taste that’s truly unforgettable.

Perfect cookies with crisp edges and thyme sitting on a table with ribbon.

Searching for the Best Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe?

Are you here for the ultimate recipe for Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies? You’ve come to the right place! This recipe for Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies isn’t a typical overly sweet cookie recipe. It blends the richness of dark chocolate chips with the unique twist of thyme and the distinct flavor of large flakes of sea salt.

This distinctive combination sets these apart as the best cookies, offering a gourmet experience that balances sweet, savory, and aromatic flavors, making it our go-to recipe for the holidays. If you’re looking for a unique version of homemade chocolate chip cookies that’s a bit more mature, this is it.

Stack of salted chocolate chip cookies with dark chocolate chunks.


Give classic chocolate chip cookies a complete overhaul with some easy swaps.

  • All-purpose Flour
  • Baking soda
  • Kosher salt – its important to use kosher salt for the flavor in these cookies, not traditional table salt.
  • Fresh thyme (literally the most time-consuming part of this recipe is peeling those little leaves from the stems)
  • Unsalted butter – at room temperature
  • Granulated sugar
  • Dark brown sugar
  • Bourbon – you could use vanilla extract but we love the subtle flavor of bourbon in these
  • Eggs
  • Dark chocolate chunks – or chips
  • Flaky Sea salt

If you love walnuts in your cookies, feel free to add toasted walnuts that have been finely chopped to the mix when you add dark chocolate chips.

How to Make these salted chocolate chip cookies

This cookie recipe is just like any classic cookie.

Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F and lining two baking sheets with foil or parchment paper.

Whisk the flour, baking soda, salt, and thyme in a large bowl.

In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream the butter until smooth. Add in the white sugar and dark brown sugar and mix to combine. Then, using a rubber spatula, scrape down the sides of the bowl and the mixing paddle attachment. Add in the eggs and mix again, scraping down the sides and the bottom of the bowl to make sure everything is incorporated. Add the bourbon and mix one more time.

Then, working in batches, mix in the dry ingredients a little at a time until they are fully incorporated. The dough should come together. At this point, you could cover the cookie dough with plastic wrap and let it sit in the fridge overnight or freeze it to bake later.

To prevent flour going everywhere, I drape a clean dishtowl over my mixer when adding the flour in. That way when the mixer starts, and poofs of flour are contained minimizing clean up.

– Pro Tip

Add in the chocolate chips and mix just once more to incorporate. Then, using a small cookie scoop or teaspoon, drop the cookie dough onto the prepared cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Sprinkle of sea salt over the top of the cookie, pressing gently with your fingers.

Slide the baking sheets into the oven and bake for 9-11 minutes, until the bottoms are golden brown and the tops are set for a chewy center. Add an extra minute if you like crispy edges.

Let the cookies sit on the sheet for another 2 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cook completely. Repeat the process until the dough is all gone.

The thyme flavor is mild right out of the oven, but who can resist a warm chocolate chip cookie? The next day, the thyme starts to pop in every bite.

Chewy chocolate chip cookies stacked with thyme sprigs and a ribbon.

How to remove thyme leaves from the stems.

Removing thyme leaves from the stem is a straightforward process. Hold the top of the stem with one hand, then gently slide the fingers of your other hand down the stem, against the direction of the leaves, stripping them off. This works best when the thyme is fresh as the leaves come off more easily. For woody or dried stems, you might need to pick the leaves off individually. This method quickly separates the leaves from the stem, leaving you with the flavorful thyme leaves for your cooking, just be sure to discard the stems.


Once cooled, store the cookies in an airtight container or resealable bag. We love old-fashioned cookie tins, which we find on sale at the dollar store around the holidays. They also make perfect gift boxes if you’re baking cookies in batches for Christmas or the holidays.

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Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies with Thyme

Indulge in the unique combination of sweet and savory with our Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe, featuring rich dark chocolate chips and a hint of aromatic thyme. Perfect for dessert or a special treat, these cookies offer a gourmet twist on a classic favorite.
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Author: Kita
45 minutes
Serves: 24


  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tbs fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 cup butter - softened
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp bourbon
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cup dark chocolate chunks - or chips
  • ½ tsp sea salt - coarsely ground


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, kosher salt, and thyme leaves. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream butter and sugars together. Add bourbon, scrape down sides and mix again.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, scraping down sides as needed.
  • In three batches, combine the flour mixture until combined after each addition.
  • Remove bowl from mixer and fold in the chocolate chunks.
  • Using a small ice cream scoop or two spoons, scoop out tablespoon size portions of cookie dough onto sheets about 2 inches apart from each other.
  • Sprinkle with sea salt.
  • Bake 9-11 minutes until golden brown.
  • Cool on for 5 minutes on sheet before transferring and cooling completely on a wire rack.


We find that the flavor of the thyme get’s better on day 2 with these cookies. 
Feel free to substitute vanilla extract for the bourbon if desired. 


Serving: 1g | Calories: 248kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 252mg | Potassium: 128mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 285IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional informations provided as a courtesy and is only an approximatation. Values will changes based on ingredients used.

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Chewy chocolate chip cookies with thyme sprigs and a ribbon.


  1. Aw, kinda neat to see that no matter what happens, the geese know what to do. Hmm – so do you with these cookies!

  2. Thyme and chocolate …. that sounds really nice! Thyme’s one of my favorite all round herb. I would never have thought of using them in a choc chip cookie. I’ve used rosemary in some cookies but dunno why I’ve never thought of thyme … duh me. I so need to make these!

  3. Our geese stick here year-round so we get to know them pretty well, remembering the couples or those that have lost a partner. I enjoy them (even with the land mines), but every once in a while their 3am squabbling gets a little loud for me. 🙂

    I’ve not thought to put thyme in cookies before, but I like the sound of it. I bet they tasted as delicious as they look.

  4. What an exciting combination! The pictures are so stunning, too 🙂

  5. Kita, these sound scrumptious. I love the savory/salt combination. Definitely trying these!

  6. This is so creative! I am so curious as to what these taste like, I love trying new things that are adventurous. Especially when it is a cookie, hehe 😉

  7. I would love to taste these cookies! The flavors pairing sounds very intriguing. Thank you for sharing! Your pics are stunning, btw!

  8. How intriguing! These sound really delightful, I am trying to envision the flavor combination 🙂

  9. I am definitely south enough to have winter bird guests. The geese fly through, honking, looking mighty strange with palm trees behind them. It’s the same with the cardinals. All they need are sunglasses and Bermuda shorts to finish the ludicrous picture.

    Just came from KimBee’s site…you did a fabulous job.

  10. I love salty sweet combos. I bet the thyme brings this to a whole new level of deliciousness. Great post!

  11. Ooh, thyme in cookies. I’ve never thought to put it into a dessert. Great idea!

  12. I think I read somewhere that geese will only fly as far south as they need to to find open water. So if your ponds and lakes aren’t frozen, the geese are staying! Anyways…. these cookies sound good 🙂

  13. You are not alone in those type of thoughts! I would have never thought to put thyme in chocolate chip cookies…I bet it gives it a terrific, peppery bite!

  14. Such a unique cookie! I’m going to have to make these because I’m so curious about how they taste! I love this idea!

  15. I wish I saw geese ever. And never had tried thyme in a cookie but imagining it in my head seems quite intriguing.

  16. I saw your photo for these cookies on Tasteologie and they jumped off the page… positively beautiful! Not a combo I would have thought of, but one that really makes me want to try.
    I hope your little goose friends are OK, we have some ducks like that around here and I always worry about them too!

  17. I love incorporating herbs and spices into baked goods, it adds so much depth! I’ll have to try this combo soon, it must be amazing.

  18. Love this recipe – looks really delicious! Gorgeous photos too!

  19. What an awesome flavor combo! I’ve never thought to put thyme in cookies. And I make about 6 dozen cookies a week.

    You’re definitely not alone. I just about rolled my truck this morning swerving to avoid a squirrel who decided to play chicken with me.

  20. Made these tonight and they were extremely delicious. The sweet / savory / subtle saltiness combo is fantastic. The thyme adds a very unique and distinct flavor, but not overwhelming or unfortunate; just right.Thanks so much for this recipe!

    1. Nothing is more awesome to a food blogger then when people actually try their recipes. I’m glad you enjoyed these. I found that I enjoyed the flavors more on day two when everyone had a chance to mingle.

  21. I love the way these taste. The thyme is a little bit spicy, but it combines really well with the taste of the chocolate and salt.

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