Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie

You know what I love about a skillet chocolate chip cookie, other than its large size? I like it because it’s easy to make—no dropping dough, no standing over a counter waiting to bake one sheet after another. Nope. Just one large pan in one shot.

Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie

But the best part of this skillet chocolate chip cookie, or any skillet cookie for that matter, is having it a la mode, Baby!

If you follow me on Twitter, then you know I declared, “Skinny is out. Rich and decadence is in, eat-up!” Well lets just agree that is the new trend going into the holiday season, okay.

Yes, can you believe it—I’m already gearing up for the holidays. September 1st marks the beginning of high-baking season in my home, so expect lots of stuff that will test the stretch-y fibers of your jeggings.

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Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie

Yield: Makes one 12 inch cookie


  • 1 ¾ cups unbleached all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 14 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • 3 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 ¼ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips



Heat oven to 375 degrees. Adjust oven rack to middle position. Lightly butter pan.

  1. Whisk together flour and baking soda; set aside.
  2. Heat 10 tablespoons of butter in a skillet over medium heat until melted about 2 minutes. Continue stirring for another 1-3 minutes until brown and nutty in aroma. Remove from heat. Pour heated butter through a sieve into a heat proof bowl. Stir in remaining butter until completely melted.Add all three sugars, salt and vanilla to bowl with butter and whisk until fully combined. Add egg and egg yolk, whisk until mixture is smooth and no sugar lumps remains, for about 30 seconds.
  3. Let mixture stand for 3 minutes then whisk for another 30 seconds.
  4. Repeat step four 2 more times until mixture is thick and shiny.
  5. Stir in flour until combined. Stir in chocolate chips until combined.
  6. Press cookie dough mixture into pan. Bake for about 15-17 minutes or until golden brown and still puffy.

A few notes:

  • To make the skillet chocolate chip cookie as you see in the first picture, I used a 12 inch Lodge cast iron skillet. To make these skillet chocolate chip cookies like the second picture (as individual servings), use 4 inch pie pans.
  • The recipe is adapted from Cook's Illustrated's Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie. It's not quite as chewy in the pans, but they are killer straight out of the oven and hot and served a la mode
  • I should also mention they are well worth making in the drop form as well. Click here the original recipe adaptation of that drop form.

Adpated from: Cooks Illustrated 2009 Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie

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27 Responses to “Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie”

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — September 5, 2012 @ 7:08 am

    Skillet cookies can do no wrong. Nor can the Cooks Illustrated Recipe. Love it and it’s my go-to cookie base recipe.

    And as bloggers, thinking ahead is good. Xmas baking in Sept, pumpkin in July, yep, I can relate :)


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    Cherine — September 5, 2012 @ 10:44 am

    Gorgeous cookies!


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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — September 5, 2012 @ 11:14 am

    This looks so freaking fabulous! YUM!


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    DessertForTwo — September 5, 2012 @ 11:51 am

    I love when you trend-set ;) Skinny is way out!


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    Jenny @ BAKE — September 5, 2012 @ 11:56 am

    those little skillet cookies are so sweet! What a brilliant dessert!


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    Brian @ A Thought For Food — September 5, 2012 @ 1:00 pm

    Yup… I can see the pros of a skillet cookie :-) Looks so freakin’ good… with melting ice cream all over it.


  7. #
    Maria — September 5, 2012 @ 1:35 pm

    One of my favorite desserts!


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    Stephanie — September 5, 2012 @ 1:40 pm

    Yay for autumn season! It’s my favorite! ^_^

    And those 4 inch mini skillet cookies are too adorable!


  9. #
    Ashley — September 5, 2012 @ 2:16 pm

    Everything is better cooked or baked in a skillet. I really need to try this out!


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    Laura — September 5, 2012 @ 2:24 pm

    Now I’m craving cookies for breakfast! Yum! I’ve never tried a skillet cookie & perhaps I’ll have to try one soon.


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    Katherine @ eggton — September 5, 2012 @ 4:15 pm

    Man, these photographs are real stunners!

    Naomi, can you tell me about your wood background? I am toying with going to Home Depot and antiquing some wood or just continuing to look for some cool wood like this at antique stores. Thoughts?


  12. #
    Trish — September 5, 2012 @ 5:55 pm

    um……. YUM! OK, my “jeggings” will have to stretch a bit. :)


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    Lindsay @ The Live-In Kitchen — September 5, 2012 @ 6:04 pm

    I’ve been dying for a 12 inch skillet cookie recipe! Most are smaller. The recipe calls for adding “all three sugars,” is this a typo or is there something missing from the ingredient list?


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    Eileen — September 5, 2012 @ 6:08 pm

    This was one of my ideal desserts as a kid! Who doesn’t want the biggest cookie imaginable?


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    Mary @ Bake Break! — September 5, 2012 @ 6:14 pm

    Hahaha I love your comment about my jeggings being stretched. Not that I own any jeggings… but you get the point :)

    I’m 100% on board with skillet cookies – one of my favorite things to throw together!!


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    Karen — September 5, 2012 @ 6:18 pm

    I think that your hubby should start bringing some of your creations into the office for his co-workers on a more regular basis. Just sayin. ;) I enjoy your blog tremendously! Thank you for sharing all of your decadent ideas in such a visually appealing and entertaining format.


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    Jessie — September 5, 2012 @ 11:54 pm

    That Cooks Illustrated chocolate chip cookie recipe is my favorite! Cooking it in a skillet and serving it a la mode sounds like a great way to fancy up an already perfect cookie. Thanks! Love your pics.


  18. #
    Kiran @ — September 6, 2012 @ 3:00 am

    I’m totally for skillet cookies! And the phrase on jeggings totally killed me! Lol!


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    Ann P. — September 7, 2012 @ 6:22 am

    I can get behind this cookie 100%. It’s a humongous chocolate chip cookie!! What could get any better? Anyway, I think one of these would be perfect to take to the theaters in my purse, you know, as movie munchie material. Is that weird? :)


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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — September 7, 2012 @ 7:49 pm

    I have to admit, I can be a lazy baker sometimes and a one pan cookie is just my kind of recipe!


  21. #
    Alana — September 16, 2012 @ 6:04 pm

    Is pouring the butter through a sieve necessary?


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    Sue {munchkin munchies} — October 21, 2012 @ 9:38 pm

    Love skillet cookies, and I really love the individual ones! I had never thought of that. Your photos just draw me in:)


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    Shiloh Barkley — January 30, 2013 @ 10:30 pm

    What’s the third sugar? You never answered Lindsey’s question.


  24. #
    Aruna — May 8, 2014 @ 11:41 am

    So yummy, will definitely give a try


  25. #
    Megan — May 16, 2014 @ 6:35 am

    Hello. Thanks for sharing this mouth watering recipe. I just woke up and before going to work saw this :). Can’t wait to make this.
    Just one question. On step “4” you said repeat step four. Do you mean to repeat step three?



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