I'm excited to finally be sharing this Chocolate Chip Cookie Skillet with you today! I love a good cookie skillet dessert, especially the chocolate chip cookie kind. This dessert can be whipped up quickly and bakes up into the delicious, gooey dream that's perfect for sharing with someone special. Or, of course, just to enjoy for yourself 😉
recipe trial and error
Over the years of my baking journey I've tried countless cookie skillet recipes. And pretty much all of them failed 😣. So disappointing. Failure sucks all in itself but it sucks even more when you really are hoping to enjoy a delicious dessert at the end of your experiment. Some where too cakey, some didn't have that distinct chocolate chip cookie flavor, some didn't bake at all, others overflowed. You get the point.
Luckily once you get through all the bad one you truly appreciate the right one. This particular recipe is easy to put together, tastes like a chocolate chip cookie, has the texture of a chocolate chip cookie and is the perfect skillet cookie size. This recipe calls for a 6 inch cast iron skillet so you can easily split this with 2 or 3 people. My husband and I destroyed it in about 2 minutes but that's just how we get down.
suggestions to enhance a chocolate chip cookie skillet
I highly, HIGHLY recommend that when you pull this bad boy out of the oven that you immediately sprinkle the top with flaked sea salt (coarse salt will work too). A simple garnish like this makes a huge difference in flavor. You will taste it when you dive into it. It cuts the richness/sweetness so perfectly. If you don't have sea salt on hand don't worry, this recipe is still perfect as is but if you've got sea salt on hand, do it!
As with any good cookie skillet you can convert it into the cookie sundae of your dreams. This is the perfect chocolate chip cookie skillet to top with your favorite ice cream (I did coffee ice cream - so good), add hot fudge, maybe some caramel, candy pieces, cookie crumbs, whipped cream. You get where I'm going with this!
Let's talk chocolate. I used semi sweet chocolate chips because it's a classic and it's what I already had. But I think dark chocolate, milk chocolate or even a combination of chocolate would be great in this. My point - make the cookie skillet your own. Have fun with it and enjoy.
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
- ¼ cup sugar
- ⅓ dark brown sugar
- 1 large egg yolk
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ½ cup all purpose flour
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup semi sweet chocolate chips
- coarse or flaked sea salt for garnish optional
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. You will need a 6 inch cast iron skillet for this recipe.
- In a mixing bowl combine the melted butter and both sugars. Use a large spoon to mix the ingredients together until combined. Add in the egg yolk and vanilla extract, continue to stir everything together. Add in the flour, baking soda & salt. Mix together so that a cookie dough forms. Cookie dough will be dark, slightly wet and a little on the thinner side. Fold in the chocolate chips. Transfer the cookie dough to the cast iron skillet and spread the dough out so it evenly covers the bottom of the skillet.
- Bake in the oven for 18 to 22 minutes. When cookie skillet is done, remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 to 10 minutes. Sprinkle flaked sea salt on top if desired. Top with your favorite flavor of ice cream, hot fudge, whipped cream, etc. Serve immediately.