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Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie

Welcome to the ultimate skillet chocolate chip cookie. This easy skillet cookie boasts crispy edges and a chewy center, thanks to your cast iron pan.

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Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie

We’re a team of cookie fiends around here. We gawk at all the cookies, bake them, and eat them at every opportunity. Sometimes we share.

Our go-to cookies are these Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies, which are unparalleled due to browned butter. When kids want to bake, we rely on our favorite Forever Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies. And for gatherings, these party-perfect One-Bowl Cookie Bars are a no brainer.

For the [many] situations that call on a giant cookie that can easily be dressed up or down: say hello to this skillet chocolate chip cookie. It’s crispy around the edges and delightfully chewy in the center. All courtesy of your humble cast iron pan.

Serve your skillet cookie in neat slices adorned with stabilized whipped cream, or just grab a spoon and dig in with your loved ones. There’s really no wrong way to do this.

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The Cast Iron Skillet Is Your Bake Friend

You may be familiar with the cast iron skillet’s prowess at making Pan Grilled Pork Chops taste like they came from a restaurant. The same cast iron pan is just as adept at baking as it is at cooking.

The cast iron skillet is an incredibly versatile baking vessel; it’s the tool that creates irresistibly crisp edges for our Sweet Honey Cornbread. Cast iron also helps our Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie gain a golden crisp crust, while maintaining a chewy soft center.

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Benefits of Baking with Cast Iron

  • It holds heat much better than other types of bakeware and once preheated, it heats evenly so all the edges are equally browned.
  • It actually improves in performance with more use; as you continue to use your cast iron pan and care for it, it develops a natural nonstick surface (patina) and allows you to release food easily without sticking. You get the benefits of a nonstick surface — all naturally.
  • It’s the most sturdy kitchen tool you may ever own. A hardy cast iron skillet more than pays for itself, as it can last a lifetime and beyond.
  • A gentle wash and dry after every use is all it takes to care for your cast iron. Some pans, such as Lodge cast irons (it’s what we use) come pre-seasoned, so there’s no need to worry about pre-seasoning your pan.
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Variations for Your Skillet Cookie

  • If you love an extra crispy crust on the bottom and edges of your cookie, place cast iron skillet in the preheating oven as you make the dough. Carefully remove hot skillet when ready to transfer the dough, and proceed with recipe as written.
  • For neat slices, wait until baked cookie is set and cooled to room temperature before slicing (if you don’t care about clean-looking slices, go ahead and dig in while it’s warm.)
  • To dress up your skillet cookie for a birthday or to resemble a cookie cake, pipe your favorite frosting around the edges of cooled cookie. Add sprinkles.
  • Feel free to use white chocolate chips, roughly chopped peanut butter cups, M&M’s, or pretzel pieces to your cookie dough.
  • For the ultimate decadent treat, serve a warm slice of baked cookie with vanilla ice cream on top, drizzled with hot chocolate fudge sauce or warm caramel sauce.

Try Our 3-Ingredient Shortbread Cookies, Too:

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Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie

5 from 11 ratings
Welcome to the ultimate skillet chocolate chip cookie. This easy skillet cookie boasts crispy edges and a chewy center, thanks to your cast iron pan.
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Servings: 12

Ingredients  

  • 1 cup 2 sticks butter, softened to room temp
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp table salt, fine
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs + 1 egg yolk, room temp
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • Optional: stabilized whipped cream or vanilla ice cream for serving

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F, with rack on lower middle position. Spray a 12-inch cast iron skillet with spray oil of your choice.
  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside. In a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, mix butter with both sugars on medium-high speed, scraping sides of bowl and the paddle a couple of times. Add eggs and vanilla extract; mixing on medium speed another minute, 
  • Gradually add flour mixture and mix on low speed just until cookie dough forms. Scrape down sides of bowl and paddle. Stir in the chocolate chips by hand. 
  • Use rubber spatula to fully scrape dough into cast iron skillet, evening out the edges. Bake about 30 minutes or until edges are browned and top looks puffy. 
  • Let cookie cool pan 15 minutes before slicing into it. If decorating with stabilized whipped cream or any other frosting/sprinkles, allow cookie cool completely first, 

Notes

If you slice into cookie while it's warm, slices may not come out as neatly as it would when cookie has set and cooled to room temp.
For extra crispy bottom/edges, preheat your cast iron skillet in oven while you make the dough. Transfer dough into hot skillet and bake as instructed. Take care not to burn yourself on the hot handle!
If using a 10-inch cast iron skillet, you may need to increase bake time by a bit. Cookie will come out a bit thicker than 12-inch pan would.
To freeze leftovers, cut into desired slices and place in airtight container for up to several weeks. 
Feel free to see original article for variations and options. If you enjoyed this recipe, please come back and give it a rating ♡

Nutrition

Calories: 487kcal | Carbohydrates: 61.5g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 26.9g | Saturated Fat: 16.5g | Cholesterol: 71.7mg | Sodium: 67.7mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 50g
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Method: Bake

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18 comments

    • Rebecca
    • 5 stars

    If I don’t have a cast iron skillet, can I use one of my heavy metal skillets?
    Thank you!

      • chewoutloud

      Yes, that will work 🙂 ENJOY, I think you’ll love this!

    • Nancy Davis
    • 5 stars

    Just what I was looking for!! Can’t wait to try this recipe for my husband and daughter’s birthdays.!!

    • Aline
    • 5 stars

    Omg yes! I have all the ingredients to make this! Can’t wait! Looks perfect!

    • Connie
    • 5 stars

    Isn’t it amazing that with all the chocolate chip cookies out there: crispy, chewy, cake-like, etc., there’s always one that can match what you’re looking for. And this skillet cookie is probably is THE most indulgent one out of all of them!

      • chewoutloud

      Thanks so much, Connie! Glad you like this giant cookie 🙂

    • LaKita
    • 5 stars

    This chocolate chip cookie looks amazing! Plus it is a winner in my book being made in a cast iron skillet, love it!!

    • Amanda
    • 5 stars

    This cookie skillet was fabulous! The texture of the cookie was just perfect, and I love the presentation with the ice cream scoop on top.

      • chewoutloud

      Yay! Awesome that it turned out perfectly for you! 🙂 🙂

    • LINDSEY PINE
    • 5 stars

    This looks exactly like the pizookies at BJ’s restaurant! Literally one of my fave desserts ever and great for sharing!

      • chewoutloud

      OMG, yes… the pizookies! I had forgotten about those from back in my California days…so good 🙂

    • Kushigalu
    • 5 stars

    This skillet veesion looks fantastic. I will soon try this recipe. Yum!

    • Jacqui DeBono
    • 5 stars

    This is a great one to make for our movie nights with the kids. Added bonus – we can eat it straight out of the skillet and save time on the washing up!

      • chewoutloud

      Yes!! 🙂

    • Jen
    • 5 stars

    What a great tip on preheating the pan for extra crispy edges. Absolutely perfect!

      • chewoutloud

      Glad you liked this, Jen! 🙂

    • veenaazmanov
    • 5 stars

    Perfect with my cup of Tea or my sweet Tooth Cravings. This looks super delicious.

      • chewoutloud

      Thank you!

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