The Best Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie

If you have never tried a chocolate chip cookie baked in a cast iron skillet with those crisp edges and deliciously gooey center, then you are truly missing out! Skillet cookies have become one of my favorite ways to bake cookie dough, whether it’s a Reese’s peanut butter skillet cookie, Snickers skillet cookie or this indulgent chocolate chip skillet cookie, they never disappoint! Baking up a skillet cookie for a quick treat when you have guests coming over, or just want something sweet to snack on, is easier than making a batch of individual cookies and tastes even better than regular cookies because of its crisp edges and gooey center. Be sure to scroll below the recipe card to see step by step photos and additional notes on making this chocolate chip skillet cookie.

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The best chocolate chip skillet cookie

The Best Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie

marilynpeight
This simple chocolate chip skillet cookie recipe is the perfect treat for chocolate chip cookie lovers and tastes heavenly when fresh out of the oven, topped with a scoop of ice cream, or served with a glass of milk!
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 10

Equipment

  • 12 inch cast iron skillet (linked below)
  • Mixing bowl (linked below)
  • Stainless steel measuring cups (linked below)
  • Spatula (linked below)

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup salted butter softened
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar packed
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour *see note
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups chocolate chips divided

Instructions
 

Preheat oven to 350:

  • Cream softened butter and the sugars together until well combined and smooth. Add the beaten eggs and vanilla, then whisk to combine. Add 2 1/2 cups flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Mix well to incorporate the dry ingredients, then do a roll test: roll the cookie dough into a ball between your palms and if the dough is too sticky to roll, add another 1/4 cup of flour, or just enough so that you can roll the cookie dough into a ball without it sticking to your palms.
  • Fold 1 3/4 cups of chocolate chips into the cookie dough, reserving 1/4 cup for later. Using a spatula, spread the cookie dough evenly into a 12-14 inch cast iron skillet, lightly greased with butter. (See note if you wish to use a 10 inch skillet).
  • Bake the skillet cookie in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the edges are golden and the center is set. If you wish to keep the center of the skillet cookie more gooey, remove the skillet cookie from the oven as soon as a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a moist crumb. Top the warm skillet cookie with the remaining chocolate chips (optional), then serve with milk or ice cream while still warm. Enjoy! Storage notes below.

Notes

You may need more or less flour. Add just enough flour to be able to roll the dough into a ball without it sticking to your palms. 
If you wish to use a 10 inch cast iron skillet, you will only need half a batch of cookie dough. If you wish to make a full batch of cookie dough, instead of doing the math to divide it in half, you can freeze the extra cookie dough for later or even shape the dough into individual cookies and bake them on a separate baking sheet. 
Additional notes and step by step photos below. 
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Equipment needed for this delicious chocolate chip skillet cookie:

  • 12 inch cast iron skillet You will need a 12 or 14 inch cast iron skillet for baking this chocolate chip skillet cookie. If using a 14 inch cast iron skillet, the skillet cookie will be a little thinner and may also bake faster than if baked in a 12 inch cast iron skillet.
  • Mixing bowl My preference is to use stainless steel mixing bowls for mixing up cookie dough and more. I like how sturdy and durable my stainless steel mixing bowls are, plus they are dishwasher friendly.
  • Measuring cups Measuring cups are needed to measure out the ingredients needed to make the chocolate chip cookie dough.
  • Spatula A spatula is useful to have for mixing up the cookie dough, as well as for spreading the dough out into the skillet.

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Ingredients needed for this chocolate chip skillet cookie: Butter, flour, eggs, granulated sugar, chocolate chips, baking powder, salt, baking powder, brown sugar and vanilla extract.

Note on ingredients:

For the best tasting skillet cookie, be sure to use fresh ingredients, especially fresh baking soda and baking powder that has not been sitting in a cupboard for more than 6 months. The fresher the rising agents, the better the texture of the chocolate chip skillet cookie will be. If using store bought white eggs, you may not need to use the full amount of flour. When in doubt, be sure to do the roll test as directed in the recipe card.

Step 1: Cream softened butter and the sugars together in a large mixing bowl until well combined and smooth. Add the beaten eggs and vanilla, then whisk to combine. Add 2 1/2 cups flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Mix well to incorporate the dry ingredients, then do a roll test: roll the cookie dough into a ball between your palms and if the dough is too sticky to roll, add another 1/4 cup of flour, or just enough so that you can roll the cookie dough into a ball without it sticking to your palms.

Step 2: Fold 1 3/4 cups of chocolate chips into the cookie dough, reserving 1/4 cup for later. Using a spatula, spread the cookie dough evenly into a 12-14 inch cast iron skillet, lightly greased with butter.

What can I use if I do not have a 12 inch cast iron skillet?

I actually only have a 10 inch cast iron skillet myself, so normally I would make half a batch of this chocolate chip cookie dough to bake in my ten inch cast iron skillet. You can freeze extra cookie dough for later, or even shape the extra dough into individual cookies and bake them on a baking sheet. If you do not have any cast iron skillets, you can use any oven safe skillet, but the edges will not be as crisp as the skillet cookie that has been baked in a cast iron skillet.

Chocolate chip skillet cookie (the best)

Step 3: Bake the skillet cookie in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the edges are golden and the center is set. If you wish to keep the center of the skillet cookie more gooey, remove the skillet cookie from the oven as soon as a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a moist crumb. Top the warm skillet cookie with the remaining chocolate chips (optional).

Step 3 continued: Serve the skillet cookie while still warm and top with a scoop of ice cream (cookie dough or vanilla are our favorite ice cream flavors to pair with this chocolate chip skillet cookie), you can also serve the skillet cookie with a glass of milk for a less sweet option.

Storage options (if you happen to be blessed with leftovers):

You can store the leftover skillet cookie slices in an airtight container, or tightly wrapped, at room temperature for 3-5 days. You can also freeze any leftover skillet cookie for up to 3 months in an airtight container.

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