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.
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.
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.
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.
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.