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Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie

This Homemade Skillet Cookie is a big chocolate chip cookie made with browned butter and dark brown sugar. It has a deep caramel flavor AND is loaded with both chocolate chips and chopped chocolate! An extra chocolaty, gooey giant cookie best topped with ice cream and eaten right out of the pan!

Make sure to try my Skillet Smores Cookie and my Chocolate Hazelnut Skillet Cookie as well!

When A Cookie Meets A Deep Dish Pizza!

Have you ever heard of a skillet cookie? Essentially it’s just a chocolate chip cookie baked in a large cast iron skillet, a lot like a deep dish pizza!

What’s so great about this giant cookie is that it’s INTENDED to be eaten right out of the skillet it was baked in. It’s a fantastic dessert to serve at casual get togethers…where everyone is ok with double dipping.

OR you can absolutely let it cool all the way and slice it into wedges! If you have that kid of self control, I commend you!

This Homemade Skillet Cookie Recipe is THE BEST! Let Me Tell You Why…

Ok, I love a skillet cookie…the gooey centers, the excuse to eat it right out of the pan…but THIS recipe is by far the best ever. Here’s why:

  1. Browned Butter. If you have ever browned butter and added it to a recipe, you’ll understand my reasoning. Browning the butter deepens the flavor, giving it an almost nutty aroma. The milk fats become golden brown and just like searing meats or any other foods, the brown bits is where the flavor is! Butter is the same way. Making cookie with browned butter is really a way to set your cookies apart from the rest.
  2. Dark Brown Sugar. I use ALL dark brown sugar in this recipe because I LOVE the caramel flavor it gives the cookie dough. You certainly can use light brown sugar in its place, or even a combo of brown and granulated…it will still be good! But I just love the rich flavor of the dark brown sugar.
  3. Chocolate Chips AND Chopped Chocolate. Using different textures of chocolate isn’t necessary, but I love doing it in this recipe, as the chopped chocolate melts into the batter creating pools of melted chocolate throughout, while the chips are more traditional. You have a little of both, and I think it’s simply perfect!

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How To Make a Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie

This recipe is really easy, requiring only 2 tools with NO MIXER REQUIRED. But being able to do every step in the skillet is a huge bonus!

I’ve been asked before if you need 2 cast iron skillets in your kitchen…one for savory dishes and one for sweet. People worry that the cast iron can absorb flavors, and no one wants a cookie that tastes like garlic! So sure, you can absolutely have 2. Luckily they are inexpensive. BUT with that said, I have 1 skillet and have never had any flavor issues!

What Ingredients Do You Need?

  • Butter. I use salted because I love the salty balance mixed with the sweetness of the sugar and chocolate. You can certainly use unsalted if you prefer! I do add kosher salt to the cookie dough as well, so if you use unsalted, increase that to 1 teaspoon. AND I sometimes add flaked sea salt on top of the cookie for a little extra saltiness. I love doing this, but it’s totally your call.
  • Dark Brown Sugar. I talked about this a little in the section above, but yes you can use light brown sugar as well OR a combo. I just like the depth of flavor the dark sugar adds!
  • Eggs. 2 large!
  • Vanilla Extract. I add vanilla to almost all my cookie recipes and this is no exception.
  • Baking Powder/Baking Soda/Kosher Salt. I use a combination of both in this recipe, as I do in my Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe. You want the right amount of rise…not too much!
  • All Purpose Flour. No fancy flours in this recipe!
  • Chocolate Chips and Chopped Chocolate. I talked about why I use a combination of chocolate in the above section, but yes you can absolutely use only chocolate chips if that is what you have on-hand.
skillet cookie topped with ice cream

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Pizookie topped with melted ice cream in a skillet

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie

  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: serves 12 1x
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Stove Top and Oven
  • Cuisine: Dessert

Description

This cookie baked in a skillet, like a deep dish pizza! It’s buttery, chocolaty and gooey in the middle. Top it with ice cream and eat it right out of the pan!!


Ingredients

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  • 1 cup salted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups dark brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup chopped semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • optional garnish – flaked sea salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  2. Let the butter in a 10- inch cast iron skillet over medium-low heat. Once melted, continue cooking until butter comes to a boil. Once boiling, stir continuously until the butter is golden brown.
  3. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the sugar until as combined as possible. Mixture will separate slightly, this is ok. Allow to cool for 10 minutes.
  4. When mixture is slightly cooled, stir in eggs, one at a time, until combined. Then stir in the vanilla, baking powder, baking soda, and salt until smooth.
  5. Mix in flour until combined and no lumps remain.
  6. Finally stir in chopped chocolate and chocolate chips, working quickly so the chopped chocolate doesn’t melt.
  7. Bake for 30-35 minutes until the edges are set and a toothpick inserted 1- inch from the edge comes out clean.
  8. Allow to cool for 20 minutes and then top with ice cream and enjoy!
  9. Can be eaten warm or at room temperature with a spot right out of the skillet!

Notes

If you have any left, store airtight at room temperature. If you would like to serve this individually, allow the cookie to cool in the skillet completely and slice into wedges and serve.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 472
  • Sugar: 42.9 g
  • Sodium: 291.8 mg
  • Fat: 24.3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 61.5 g
  • Protein: 5.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 71.7 mg

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14 comments on “Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie”

  1. I just made this for a little birthday gathering and it was perfect! I used a seasoned 9″ cast iron skillet and saved a couple tbs of dough for a smaller side cookie. Everyone thought it was perfect and not too sweet – I thought it could use a little more chocolate (: Altogether the texture of the cookie was ideal (crunchy/crisp edges, gooey middle) and was a hit with vanilla ice cream

  2. Vanessa Cazares Ramos

    If i cook it in an 8 inch skillet, will i have extra dough? and should i adjust cooking time? It’s going to be my first time using the skillet so how could i “season” it well?

    1. You can just make it a little thicker 🙂 The beauty of a pizookie is that can be as thick as you want it to be, and if it doesn’t cook all the way in the middle just means it will be extra gooey! And since you haven’t ever used your skillet before you can go through the process of seasoning it. There are tons of resources online for doing that, but simply what you will do is coat it with a light oil (use a paper towel to do this) and bake the pan at 350 for an hour. Turn the oven off and let it cool completely in the oven. You can do this a few times or just once, but note that even after the initial seasoning you might experience sticking…don’t get frustrated.. the more you use it the better it will be. MIne is now one of my most loved pieces of cookware!

  3. I made the Pizookie as directed, and loved the flavor and everything about it, except the butter/brown sugar on the bottom made it so difficult to get it out of my cast iron pan. Did I miss something? It hardened up like a rock.

    Lorraine

    1. Sounds like your skillet might not be seasoned enough. My cast iron skillet is well seasoned (old with tons of use lol) so I have never had an issue with sticking BUT the way to work around it would be to brown the butter and mix the cookie dough in a separate bowl and then grease your skillet first before adding the dough 🙂 Hope this helps!

      1. Hi – in this modification to avoid the butter mixture hardening in the pan, do you also melt the sugar with the butter THEN pour into dough in separate bowl? Then once greased, repour everything back in the pan?

        1. Melt the butter first and then mix the sugar in. Prepare the dough completely in a separate bowl and add it to the skillet at the end, using it just as a baking vessel 🙂

  4. This was so yummy!! I made it in a 12” cast iron skillet and cooked it less time. Delicious with ice cream!!

  5. After reading this I had to make it. Turned out AWESOME! Sooo good served up warm. Very good & will become a favorite. Thanks for sharing!

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