Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

In the world of baked goods, there are dozens of recipes for chocolate chip cookies, and we don't think you can go wrong with most. However, if you want to up your chocolate chip cookie game exponentially, you should try this skillet chocolate chip cookie. You mix the dough as you would a regular cookie, but instead of baking multiple cookies on a baking sheet, you cook one giant cookie inside of a cast-iron skillet. Yes, this is what dreams are made of. The result leaves you with a light brown cookie crust on top and gooey, chocolatey batter in the center. It's like a cookie pie, but better.

Recipe developer Jennine Bryant came up with this wonderful recipe that is sure to hit the spot. "I love how gooey and fudgy the cookie is in the centre. It's an amazing mix of perfect cookie crisp on the edges and the top, and warm cookie dough goodness in the middle," she raves. When asked if it's easy for a beginner, Bryant said, "yes, I would say so. I love how easy this recipe is to do, just add everything to one bowl and give it a mix, then put it in the skillet pan and in the oven," she adds. "It's a very forgiving recipe." Keep reading to find out how to make this dish that is sure to please. 

Gather the ingredients to make a skillet chocolate chip cookie

For this recipe, you will need many items that you would use in traditional chocolate chip cookie recipes. Go ahead and take inventory of what you already have in your pantry and then head to the grocery store. Start with some unsalted butter, and then be sure to grab some packed brown sugar. You will also need granulated sugar and a few eggs — including one for yolk. When you move to the baking aisle, pick up vanilla extract, all-purpose flour, baking soda, and baking powder. You will also need some salt and chocolate chips.

Preheat the oven and grease the skillet

Now that you've finished your grocery shopping, return home and begin the prep work. Start by walking over to your oven and turning the temperature to 350 F. That way, it has time to get hot while you prep the rest of the cookie. Preheating is key as it ensures the cookie with cook evenly at the right temperature. If you don't preheat and put the cookie in, it could ruin it. 

Then, take out a cast-iron skillet. Bryant recommends using a nine to 10-inch cast iron skillet pan and greasing it with a little bit of butter or oil. If you'd like to use smaller skillets, you can! "Yes, you could definitely portion the cookie dough out and make individual skillets! That would be such a great dinner party dessert — I love those mini skillets and really want to get some myself!" Bryant shares. 

Start mixing the dough

This recipe is easy if you have a stand mixer at your disposal. This helps mix the batter perfectly, something that is tougher to do by hand. Grab the stand mixer and place it in a safe spot on the counter. Then, toss in the melted butter, brown sugar, and white sugar. Mix them together until well-combined. This shouldn't take very long at all. The next thing you will need to add is the eggs and vanilla extract. Remix the dough until all the ingredients are thoroughly combined. 

Add the dry ingredients

There are still a few more things that you need to add to the batter, so don't stop just yet. Go ahead and add the flour, baking soda, and baking powder. At this time, you can also toss in the salt. You probably know that salt is pretty common in cookies if you bake a lot. Continue mixing everything in the stand mixer until well-combined. Now, your batter should look nice and fluffy and more like cookie dough since you've added the bulk of the ingredients to the mix. But there's just one more thing you will need to add in the next step. 

Fold in the chocolate chips and bake the cookie

The last thing you need to add to the batter is chocolate chips. What cookie recipe is complete without them? Gently fold the chips into the cookie dough and mix by hand to combine. This ensures that the chocolate chips won't break apart.

Pour the dough into the prepared skillet pan and make sure to spread the dough out evenly. Then, pop the cookie skillet into the oven and bake for 40 minutes. When it finishes baking, the top should be golden brown, but the center should still be gooey.

Cool and enjoy

Take the cookie skillet out of the oven and let it cool for about 20 minutes before serving to your guests. "For those who aren't great ice cream fans, a hearty dollop of whipped cream would also work well. I reckon amaretto-flavored cream would be great and would make a delicious taste pairing. Or some mascarpone for a slightly less sweet topping, drizzled with dark chocolate," Bryant says. "Fruit like strawberries or banana would be great too. Banana slices, cream and a drizzle of peanut butter would be my idea of heaven!" Are you drooling yet? 

Leftover tips

You may not have leftovers, but if you do, we have you covered! "Skillet cookies are definitely best served fresh and warm, but we always end up with leftovers here. The cookie should be left to cool completely, then either wrapped well in foil or put into an airtight box," Bryant shares. "If it had any ice cream on top it should definitely be stored in the fridge and used within a day or two, otherwise it can be kept like normal cookies would — at room temperature and best eaten within a few days. I recommend reheating a portion in the microwave for 15-30 seconds so that it's lovely and warm through before eating." We hope you love this sweet treat! 

Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
5 from 39 ratings
This skillet chocolate chip cookie recipe gives you a light brown cookie crust on top and gooey, chocolatey batter in the center.
Prep Time
10
minutes
Cook Time
40
minutes
Servings
8
Servings
skillet cookie in pan
Total time: 50 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 ¼ cups unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 ¼ cup brown sugar, packed
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 medium eggs + 1 egg yolk, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Prepare a 9- to 10-inch cast iron skillet pan by greasing it with a little butter or oil.
  2. In a stand mixer, mix together the melted butter with the brown sugar and the white sugar.
  3. Add the eggs and the vanilla extract, then mix again until the ingredients are thoroughly combined.
  4. Add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt to the stand mixer and slowly mix together until the ingredients are just combined.
  5. Gently fold the chocolate chips into the cookie dough and then move the dough to the prepared skillet pan, making sure that it is evenly spread out.
  6. Bake the skillet cookie for 40 minutes, until the top is golden brown and the inside is still gooey.
  7. Allow the skillet cookie to cool down for 20 minutes before serving. Serve with a generous helping of vanilla ice cream.
Nutrition
Calories per Serving 889
Total Fat 43.4 g
Saturated Fat 26.7 g
Trans Fat 1.3 g
Cholesterol 125.6 mg
Total Carbohydrates 116.5 g
Dietary Fiber 2.8 g
Total Sugars 77.1 g
Sodium 452.4 mg
Protein 9.2 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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