Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Protein Cookies

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When I first started developing the FitHackr cookie recipes, chocolate chip was my go to test subject. It’s such a classic cookie and one I knew we needed to get right. After all the iterating with our cookie mix, and experience gained with baking times and techniques, I was excited to finally write up a formal version of this recipe.

There are absolutely amazing and I would have no trouble eating this entire batch of 9 in a single sitting. Luckily for me, I was forced to practice restraint at least until their photoshoot was done.

Take a look at the inside of these things. The caramel color from the molasses, all the little bits of melted chocolate, and that soft, crumbly texture. 🤤

If you’re a chocolate chip cookie fan, then I can guarantee you’ll fall in love with these. And like all of our cookies here at FitHackr, you can go ahead and eat them for an entire meal without blowing your diet.

So let’s get on to actually making these things…


Start by mixing together the wet ingredients (butter, vanilla, and apple sauce) in a bowl with an electric mixer.

protein chocolate chip cookie dough wet ingredients

For best results you want everything to be at room temperature. If you just pulled your applesauce out of the fridge, hit it with some microwaves for 5-10 seconds, until it’s 75-80°F. If you overshoot that temp, just add a little more cold applesauce to bring it down into range.

If you don’t pay attention to any of this, your cookies will probably still turn out alright, but don’t blast me in the comments if they don’t… that’s on you.

Once you’ve mixed those wet ingredients together, add the FitHackr Cookie Protein to the bowl and mix until smooth and creamy.

protein chocolate chip cookie dough being mixed

Add the FitHackr Cookie Flour and chocolate chips, then mix with a spoon until combined. Now toss it in the fridge for at least 30 minutes for best results. This allows for the dough to come together and for the flour to fully hydrate.

You can also go ahead and preheat the oven to 350°F

protein chocolate chip cookie dough

Once your dough has chilled, place a piece of parchment on a cookie sheet, spray it with some oil, and scoop ~2 Tablespoon balls of dough. Place pieces of chopped dark chocolate on each cookie.

protein chocolate chip cookie dough balls

Throw them in the oven for 5-7 minutes…

You’ll notice when you pull them out of the oven at this point, that they have spread a lot. And not in the most predicable ways. So this is our chance to fix ’em up.

Removing them from the oven also allows them to collapse, as a cookie should. These cookies, being low in fat yet high in moisture, can have a tendency to puff up. If they puff up too much and set, they will be more like a cake cookie than a cookie cookie.

We’re looking for them to be baked just enough on the outside so we can shape them without destroying them. Use a spoon, canning jar lid, circular cup, or (my favorite) biscuit cutter to pull in the edges, creating nicely rounded, blunt edged, cookies.

If you try to shape them and wet dough keep pulling away from the edges, they aren’t ready yet. Don’t worry though, you haven’t caused any harm. Throw them back in the oven for 2 minutes and try again.

Once you’ve successfully whipped them into shape, hit them with some flaked sea salt, then give them a final bake for another 5-7 minutes.

In all the cookies I’ve baked, even using an oven thermometer, there is always a slight variance in baking times. Luckily though, it’s hard to really mess up unless you over bake them.

You’ll know they’re ready to come out when you can smell their aroma coming from the oven and the edges are just starting to brown. For chocolate chip cookies, we do want a little browning on the edges.

Once you pull them out, give them another shaping (it will be easier this time), and throw a little more sea salt on top (if that’s your thing).

Leave them on the cookie sheet for at least 5 minutes. Then lift one off and assess doneness. If it’s not to your liking, throw them back in for ~2 more minutes, then repeat the cooling and checking process. If they look good, transfer to a wire cooling rack.

protein chocolate chip cookies on wire rack

You can dig in now, or if you like them a little more dense, let them cool completely. The more they cool, the denser they will be. If you like them extra dense and chewy, chill them in the fridge.

protein chocolate chip cookies and milk
protein chocolate chip cookies

Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Protein Cookies

These chocolate chip cookies are perfectly moist and chewy while still delivering balanced macros and plenty of protein. The sea salt flakes and chunks of dark chocolate on top add a little extra flair to make them next level.

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