These chocolate chip cookie crisps are definitely—and defiantly—NOT the sweet, buttery, gooey chocolate chip cookies your mom pulled from the oven when you were a wee one. These cookie crispies are an undeniably more sophisticated rendering of what’s commonly conceived as a cookie with a vastly less sweet taste that’s almost reminiscent of homemade animal crackers.

That is, if animal crackers were so fortunate as to have a swirl of melted dark chocolate and a sprinkling of sea salt. As for the texture, these chocolate crisps are crunchy and crackerlike, making the not-so-sweet sweets eminently noshable as well as dunkable. Hey, adults gotta have some fun, too.–David Leite

Chocolate Crisps FAQs

Can I make these cookie crispies gluten-free?

Yes! Our testers did have success using all-purpose gluten-free flour in this recipe. You will need to add an extra 2 tablespoons of flour to the dough.

What’s the best type of chocolate to use for these cookies?

Use a chocolate that you enjoy. If you prefer a sweeter cookie, go with milk chocolate, and if you prefer more of a classic chocolate chip cookie flavor, try the semi-sweet. If you are a dark chocolate lover or prefer a lightly sweetened cookie, use dark or bittersweet chocolate.

Squares of chocolate chip crisps on a sheet of parchment paper.

Chocolate Chip Crisps

4.75 / 4 votes
These chocolate chip crisps are a dunkable, snackable treat have the crispness of a cracker, and taste like a cookie.
David Leite
Servings125 crisps
Calories17 kcal
Prep Time50 minutes
Cook Time1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time2 hours 20 minutes


  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose white flour, plus more as needed
  • 7 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • Scant 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup water, at room temperature, plus more as needed
  • 1/3 cup mild vegetable oil, plus more for the parchment paper
  • 6 ounces semisweet, bittersweet, or milk chocolate, chopped fairly finely (about 1 cup)
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (176°C) and adjust the oven rack to the middle position. Have ready 2 baking sheets. Slick 4 large sheets of parchment paper with a little oil.
  • In a large bowl, stir together the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, and table salt until combined, mashing any sugar lumps with the back of the spoon.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the vanilla and water. Still whisking, slowly add the oil to the vanilla mixture until combined. Immediately stir the vanilla mixture and the chocolate into the dry ingredients and mix just until incorporated. If the dough seems crumbly, gradually mix in just enough additional water, a teaspoon at a time, until it holds together sufficiently to be rolled out. Conversely, if the dough seems too soft, stir in up to 2 tablespoons additional flour.
  • In a small bowl, combine the coarse sea salt and granulated sugar.
  • Divide the dough in half. Place each portion between 2 sheets of oil-slicked parchment, grab a rolling pin, and roll each portion into a thin 12-inch square, cutting and patching the edges of the dough if necessary to make the sides fairly even.
  • Remove the top sheet of parchment from each square and sprinkle the top of the dough evenly with up to 1/4 of the salt-sugar mixture.
  • Replace the parchment paper and gently roll each square just enough so the salt and sugar sticks to the dough. Flip each square upside down, remove the top parchment paper from each square, and repeat with the remaining salt-sugar mixture, rolling again.

    ☞ TESTER TIP: These crisps have a salty sweet thing happening. If you prefer more sweet to salty, don’t use all the salt-sugar mixture.

  • Remove the top sheets of parchment. Using a pizza cutter, pastry wheel, or large knife, cut each sheet of dough lengthwise and crosswise into 8 equal strips to form a grid of 1 1/2-inch crisps with uneven edges around the edges. (Try not to cut through the underlying parchment.) Slide the parchment and dough onto the baking sheets, leaving any uneven edges in place.
  • Bake 1 baking sheet at a time on the middle rack for 15 to 18 minutes, until the dough is set but not firm in the center. Place the sheet on a wire rack to cool. Repeat with the remaining sheet of dough. If the crisps have baked together, slice them through again to separate.
  • Reduce the oven temperature to 225°F (107°C).
  • Trim the uneven dough edges from the crisps, nibbling them or saving them for dunking into coffee or sprinkling on ice cream. Separate the squares and spread them on a couple baking sheets lined with fresh parchment paper.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, flipping the crisps once halfway through. Turn off the oven and let the crisps sit in the oven for 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Remove the crisps from the oven and place on the counter and let cool to room temperature. (You can store these in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks or freeze for up to 2 months.)
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Serving: 1 crispCalories: 17 kcalCarbohydrates: 3 gProtein: 1 gFat: 1 gSaturated Fat: 1 gMonounsaturated Fat: 1 gSodium: 19 mgFiber: 1 gSugar: 1 g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Recipe © 2012 Nancy Baggett. Photo © 2012 Diane Cu and Todd Porter. All rights reserved.

Recipe Testers’ Reviews

Rarely do you find a recipe that delivers on its headnotes great results with very little effort. The chocolate crisps were delicious—thin, crunchy, and full of barely sweet chocolate.

The first batch of these chocolate chip cookie crisps came out of the oven and was instantly pounced upon. Everyone, from parent to child, loved them.

I was certainly intrigued by this different spin on the chocolate chip cookie. Although I usually prefer chewy cookies, I couldn’t stop nibbling on these chocolate chip cookie crisps fresh out of the oven. I really liked the subtle use of sugar.

The next time I make this recipe I’d use Maldon salt or fleur de sel as a finish instead of kosher salt, as the next day the cookies tasted too salty.

What a fun little treat! I loved making these cookie crispies. The dough came together with ease. These are crispy and chocolatey with a hint of salt at times. They’re not overly sweet.

I used my pastry cutter to make fine lines and it worked beautifully. These would be fun to make with children and they freeze very well. Have fun with this one!

Absolutely fantastic chocolate chip cookie crisps—not too sweet, just perfect.

I must admit, this recipe was a challenge for the non-baker that I am. Make sure to read and reread the instructions prior to starting if you, like me, feel easily overwhelmed with any baking project. Thankfully I had the help of both my daughters.

I used GF all-purpose flour so I did have to use 2 extra tablespoons, as usual when making any recipe GF. After dividing the dough and placing it on the parchment paper, it’s smart to have someone hold the paper down so that you can easily roll the dough. Also, we kept on turning it 90° to make the intended square.

As soon as I removed them the first time from the oven I decided to use the pizza cutter again to divide the squares while the dough was still warm. The end result? Fantastic.

These chocolate chip cookie crisps were very tasty.

They were a bit difficult to work with as the dough didn’t hold together very well. I ended up adding additional water in small splashes from my fingers. I enjoyed the edge pieces more than those from the middle of the batch, which makes me think I should’ve cooked them a little longer. I’d also double the amount of salt and sugar sprinkled on the outside to give them a little more flavor.

About David Leite

I count myself lucky to have received three James Beard Awards for my writing as well as for Leite’s Culinaria. My work has also appeared in The New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Saveur, Bon Appétit, Gourmet, Food & Wine, Yankee, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, and more.

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  1. I want to try this recipe, but I only have 2 baking sheets. As I understand the directions I will need 4 baking sheets, right? Thanks

  2. These sound very addicting and I am looking forward to making these. My comment is probably more of a general comment or question for all recipes. I always prefer metric measurements, but I do not really care to measure salt, baking powder or other ingredients usually measured with teaspoons in grams instead. Not sure if the conversion program could be tweaked so those measurements remain in their original form.
    Inge Kohl

    1. Thanks for your comment, Inge. For baking recipes, our standard is to include a weight for anything 1 tablespoon or more, and anything smaller than that we leave as a teaspoon measurement. For savory types of recipes, we generally only include the weight if something has a volume of 1/4 cup or more. It would be a little more effort to toggle back and forth, but the teaspoon/tablespoon measurement is always listed under the US measurement side.