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Double Chocolate Skillet Cookie

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Grab some spoons and dig in – this warm and fudgy skillet cookie will delight kids and adults alike.

A skillet cookie is just what it sounds like: a giant warm cookie baked in a cast iron or nonstick pan. Sometimes it’s called a pizookie, or cookie in the shape of a pizza. Skillet cookies are typically made from chocolate chip cookie dough, but this fudgy version is almost brownie-like. You can whip up the batter in 15 minutes in a single bowl, pop it in the oven, and 35 minutes later you’ll have a fun dessert that will delight all ages. To serve, plunk a few scoops of ice cream in the center, set the skillet on the table, hand out spoons, and dig in. Warm from the oven, the cookie will be soft and gooey in the center and crisp on the edges. If you’d like it firmer, you’ll need to let it cool a bit longer — about 45 minutes — but it’s hard wait that long!

Feel free to play with the recipe. You can swap the semisweet chocolate chips with milk chocolate chips or chocolate chunks, toss in a handful of pecans, walnuts, toffee chips, or peanut butter chips, or add a teaspoon of espresso powder along with flour for a more intense chocolate flavor. A cast iron pan is ideal for a skillet cookie and makes the nicest presentation. The recipe is loosely adapted from Martha Stewart.

What You’ll Need To Make Double Chocolate Skillet Cookie

skillet cookie ingredients

Step-by-Step Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350°F and set an oven rack in the middle position. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or beaters, beat the butter and sugar on medium speed for 3 minutes, or until light and fluffy.

beating butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy

Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as necessary. Add the eggs and vanilla.

adding the eggs and vanilla to the batterBeat for 1 minute more. Scrape down the bowl, then add the baking soda and salt.

adding the baking soda and salt to the batter Beat briefly until evenly combined, then add the flour and cocoa powder.

adding the flour and cocoa powder Beat on low speed until evenly combined. Reserve 1/4 cup of the chocolate chips and add the rest to the batter.

adding in the chocolate chips

Mix on low speed until the chocolate chips are evenly distributed throughout the dough, then transfer the batter to an ungreased 10-inch cast iron or ovenproof nonstick skillet; smooth the top with a spatula and sprinkle the reserved chocolate chips over top.

double chocolate skillet cookie ready to bakeBake until puffy and set, about 35 minutes.

baked skillet cookie cooling on rackLet cool for 15 to 20 minutes, then cut into wedges and serve with ice cream. Alternatively, top the skillet cookie with a few scoops of ice cream and set it on the table with spoons for everyone to dig in. Cover leftovers with aluminum foil and store at room temperature for up to 3 days.

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Double Chocolate Skillet Cookie

Grab some spoons and dig in – this warm and fudgy skillet cookie will delight kids and adults alike.

Servings: 10 to 12
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 35 Minutes
Total Time: 50 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 1½ (¾ cup) sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 1½ cups (packed) light-brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled-off with knife
  • ¼ cup Dutch-process cocoa powder, sifted
  • 1½ cups semisweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and set an oven rack in the middle position.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or beaters, beat the butter and sugar on medium speed for 3 minutes, or until light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as necessary. Add the eggs and vanilla, and beat for 2 minutes more. Scrape down the bowl. Add the baking soda and salt and beat briefly until evenly combined. Add the flour and cocoa powder and beat on low speed until evenly combined. Reserve ¼ cup of the chocolate chips and add the rest to the batter. Mix on low speed until the chocolate chips are evenly distributed throughout the dough.
  3. Transfer the batter to an ungreased 10-inch cast iron or ovenproof nonstick skillet (see note); smooth the top with a spatula and sprinkle the reserved chocolate chips over top. Bake until puffy and set, about 35 minutes. Let cool for 15 to 20 minutes, then cut into wedges and serve with ice cream. Alternatively, top the skillet cookie with a few scoops of ice cream and set it on the table with spoons for everyone to dig in. Cover leftovers with aluminum foil and store at room temperature for up to 3 days.
  4. Note: If you don’t have a 10-inch cast iron skillet, an oven-safe nonstick skillet will work too, but be careful not to scratch the surface when slicing/serving. You could also use a stainless steel pan lined with parchment paper.

Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (12 servings)
  • Calories: 454
  • Fat: 25g
  • Saturated fat: 15g
  • Carbohydrates: 58g
  • Sugar: 39g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 5g
  • Sodium: 238mg
  • Cholesterol: 77mg

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Comments

  • Will this work in a 12 inch skillet? That is the size I have.

    • — Randi on November 20, 2022
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    • Hi Randi, It will be too thin. You could use a 9-inch square baking pan if you have one.

      • — Jenn on November 20, 2022
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  • Fantastic skillet cookie! The flavor is super chocolatey without being overwhelmingly dark, and it has such a great texture. Thanks!

    • — Annabelle on October 17, 2022
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  • This skillet cookie is amazing! Since I don’t have cast iron I baked in my 11 inch pampered chef stoneware baking dish for 30 minutes. It looked exactly like yours. Just curious should it be molten in the center? Hard to tell when it’s done in the center.
    Chris

    • — Chris on October 14, 2022
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    • Hi Chris, so glad you enjoyed it! While the center of the cookie may be a little gooey, the intention is for it to be cooked through. (It would be fine, though, if you took it out a little earlier so that it did have a molten center.)

      • — Jenn on October 18, 2022
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  • Oh my, You are my go-to gal for all things food. Never have I had a bad experience with your recipes. The spice blends are terrific. I made your turkey chili, spoon bread and skillet chocolate chip cookie and threw in a salad just a few nights ago and my guests raved. One of the men at the table exclaimed, “That was just perfect!”You got all the credit. I adapted nothing! Thank you for sharing your immense talent. I must have a book or two of yours! Thank you.

    • — Carol on October 7, 2022
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  • I am so glad I found you as my family has no idea how I stepped up my cooking recipes. You are amazing and the hot chocolate cookie was the best thing we ever had! I just moved and do not have a mixer and it came out perfectly just by mixing it with a spatula. Thank you for making me an All Star in the kitchen! Lisa

    • — Lisa B on October 5, 2022
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  • hello there looks so good. Is there a way to make it gluten free? Thanks

    • — Lin on October 4, 2022
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    • Hi Lin, I haven’t made this with gluten-free flour, so I can’t say for sure. (Oftentimes, readers will comment that they’ve adapted my baked goods to be gluten-free, but because this recipe is really new, no one has mentioned that they’ve tried it yet.) If you want to give it a try I know a lot of readers have great luck with Cup4Cup and King Arthur’s all-purpose gluten-free flours. Please LMK how it turns out if you try it!

      • — Jenn on October 4, 2022
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      • Thanks Jenn I will let you know if I get to make it with the flour you suggested, Thanks for your reply

        • — Lin on October 4, 2022
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  • Absolutely delicious and perfect in every way!! A new family favorite!!

    • — Stephanie on October 3, 2022
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    • Made this skillet cookie for a couple’s dinner….WOWs!, and OMG! all around. It was so good, that it was gone before I had a chance to sit down and try…. guess I will just have to make it again (and eat it all myself 😉

      • — Jill Cooper on October 19, 2022
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  • Had all the ingredients in the pantry so whipped it up for a cozy dessert. My kids devoured it. Yum!!

    • — Elsie on October 3, 2022
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  • Jenn, just two of us, can I make half a recipe and what size pan?
    Thanks, Carol

    • — Carol J Winkelman on October 3, 2022
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    • Sure Carol, I think you could get away with halving the recipe. I’d bake it in an 8-inch square dish (it won’t be a skillet cookie but will still be good). The cook time should be a bit shorter so keep a close eye on it. I’d love to hear how it turns out!

      • — Jenn on October 5, 2022
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      • I love making skillet cookies as gifts. I sometimes struggle to get them out of my enameled cast iron pan. One chocolate chip will always stick and brea. Any tips? I was thinking of lining the bottom with baking paper or tin foil

        • — Kay on November 2, 2022
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        • Yes, Kay, I’d recommend lining the bottom of the pan with parchment. Hope your recipients enjoy it!

          • — Jenn on November 8, 2022
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  • Made this yesterday and kept it in the refrigerator until baking. Worked great! Delicious with vanilla ice cream.

    • — Amy Wollins on October 3, 2022
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  • Hi Jenn, I have only have a 12” cast iron skillet. Should I reduce the cooking time? 😊

    • — Lisa C on October 3, 2022
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    • Hi Lisa, Yes, I would start checking at 25 minutes. Please LMK how it turns out. 🙂

      • — Jenn on October 3, 2022
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      • It turned out delicious!

        • — Lisa C on October 6, 2022
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        • So glad to hear it — thanks for reporting back!

          • — Jenn on October 6, 2022
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  • Sounds like a great recipe, but I wonder if one can also add raisins and either pecans or walnuts? I have made this sort of thing before and put it in a large round pizza pan using a chocolate chip recipe.

    • — Estelle Chisholm on October 2, 2022
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    • Hi Estelle, I think you could definitely add nuts or dried fruit. Please LMK how it turns out if you try it.

      • — Jenn on October 3, 2022
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  • Hi Jenn, love all your recipes! This one looks delish. Can I mix up the dough in advance, refrigerate, and bake later in the day?

    • — Judy on October 2, 2022
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    • So glad you enjoy the recipes, Judy! Yes, it’s fine to make the cookie dough ahead. Please LMK how it turns out!

      • — Jenn on October 2, 2022
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