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Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookies

Baking chocolate chip cookies is great and all, but sometimes I just want to bake them all at once… and not do the several different batches thing and mess up multiple cookie sheets, etc. The solution: spread the dough in a cast iron skillet and bake the whole darn thing in the oven: Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookies

The best part? You then have an excuse to eat a large slice (just like PIE), warm out of the oven with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.

I made a mad-discovery the other day (aka… this stuff is like crack and I will never be without it in my baking cupboard ever, ever again!). I found Vanilla Bean Paste at William’s Sonoma. You can also order it on Amazon. It’s like a million vanilla beans at once scraped into a jar and formed into a concentrated vanilla paste. You can use it in place of vanilla spoon for spoon, and it adds so much more flavor than regular ol’ vanilla that you just won’t believe it. I suppose that means I’m recommending it. Totally.

All that skillet needs is a little dusting of nonstick spray.  Then you can mash the cookie dough right on in there.

It bakes up just like a giant, thick chocolate chip cookie.  The bad part is… you put this pan on the table and just dig in with a spoon.  It’s a little too easy and irresistible to eat.

Out of the oven, it’s ooey and gooey and perfect.  Wait a little while and you’ll be able to slice it into perfect slices.  But don’t wait too long since that ooey-  gooey thing is the best part.  Vanilla ice cream on top is an absolute must.  It’ll feel like you’re eating a chocolate chip cookie sundae of the best sort.  Can you imagine hot fudge drizzled on top too?  Oh dear.

And why am I doing this to you in almost-bikini-season?  Because I know you love chocolate chip cookies as much as I do, that’s why.

Yield: 8 good-sized slices

Prep Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 25 min

Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookies


8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated white sugar
1 large egg
1 tablespoon vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
1 cup Gold Medal® All Purpose Flour
1/2 cup oats
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
1 to 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
vanilla ice cream, optional


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9 or 10-inch cast iron skillet with nonstick spray.

2. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to combine the butter with the sugars until creamy and light, 2 to 3 minutes. Mix in the egg and vanilla.

3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until combined. Stir in the chocolate chips- 1 cup for a regular amount and 1 1/2 cups if you're a mega- chocolate chip lover.

4. Scrape the cookie dough into the prepared skillet and pat it into an even layer (damp hands or hands sprayed with cooking spray helps with this). Bake 25 minutes, or until cookie dough is set. Remove from the oven and let the cookies cool for at least 20 minutes. Cut and serve warm, or wait to cut later. Serve slices topped with vanilla ice cream, if desired.


47 Responses to “Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookies”

  1. postedJun 7, 2012 3:59 AM

    I will happily add vanilla bean paste to anything, it’s one of my favourite ingredients. This looks wonderfully dangerous!

  2. postedJun 7, 2012 4:50 AM

    Gotta love a giant cookie like this!! Yum!

  3. postedJun 7, 2012 5:07 AM

    In my face now…. please and thanks!

  4. postedJun 7, 2012 5:57 AM

    I would love to be spooning this into my mouth right now! Oh, and I love the idea of vanilla bean paste!

  5. postedJun 7, 2012 6:07 AM

    My favorite dessert!

  6. postedJun 7, 2012 6:43 AM

    Oh my word that looks insanely delicious!

  7. postedJun 7, 2012 7:27 AM

    What a fantastic idea!!! I love to bake cookies but don’t look forward to the multiple cookie sheets.

    I’ve been using vanilla bean paste for awhile but my reason is to avoid the alcohol.

  8. postedJun 7, 2012 7:36 AM

    It doesn’t get any better than “ooey and gooey.”

    Thanks for sharing!!

  9. postedJun 7, 2012 7:58 AM

    Definitely a must try. I bet this would be great warm with french vanilla ice cream on top.

  10. postedJun 7, 2012 8:00 AM


  11. postedJun 7, 2012 8:11 AM
    Emilie @ Emilie's Enjoyables

    oo I need to find that vanilla bean paste asap!!

  12. postedJun 7, 2012 8:13 AM

    I’ll have to look into the vanilla paste. Thanks!

  13. postedJun 7, 2012 8:20 AM

    That Vanilla Bean Paste by N.M. is GREAT stuff. So fabulous. It’s a splurge but so worth it. Sounds like the same could be said for that skillet cookie. They are all the rage lately; I need to jump on this train!

  14. postedJun 7, 2012 9:29 AM

    I’d never heard of vanilla bean paste until recently, either! It’s amazing in rice pudding. This is such a delicious recipe. When I was younger I was obsessed with cookie cakes and this brings me back!

  15. postedJun 7, 2012 12:23 PM

    Why have I never made my chocolate chip cookie this way?!?! It looks like heaven 🙂 friday night desert, HERE I COME

  16. postedJun 7, 2012 12:28 PM

    I love skillet cookies. This looks amazingly rich!

  17. postedJun 7, 2012 2:17 PM

    I’d eat that all my myself!

  18. postedJun 7, 2012 2:20 PM
    Lauren aka Giddy99

    THANKS! I made one of these during lunch (simple, fast and with “standard” ingredients that I have on hand). My husband is going to swoon when he sees this! 🙂

  19. postedJun 7, 2012 8:50 PM

    I’ve never made a skillet cookie….Mmm!

  20. postedJun 7, 2012 9:59 PM

    you’re makin’ my mouth water again! those look delicious! thanks for sharing!

  21. postedJun 7, 2012 11:37 PM

    Why am I reading about this before bedtime? Now all I’m going to be dreaming about is Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookies!

  22. postedJun 8, 2012 4:29 AM

    Yum! I never had a skillet cookie. I bet my Husband would fall in love with this dish!!! Maybe id he’s nice to me, I”ll make it? Great recipe!!!

  23. postedJun 8, 2012 6:04 AM

    I do love chocolate chip cookies. Bathing suit season or not. I also have the vanilla bean paste, and it’s great! Now I want a cookie pie.

  24. postedJun 8, 2012 6:34 AM

    Adding vanilla bean paste to my next order from Amazon after reading this!

  25. postedJun 8, 2012 10:18 AM

    Wow it’s a cookie pie. Looks really beautiful with vanilla ice cream dipping down! Is vanilla bean paste expensive?

  26. postedJun 8, 2012 3:03 PM
    FACS Teacher

    Yep, vanilla bean paste is the bombdiggity.
    Lasts a long time too.

  27. postedJun 8, 2012 3:17 PM
    Tammy Wannemacher

    Looks amazing! I’ve had these in restaurants and I’m so thrilled to be able to try at home. One question, though–the oats. Quick Cooking? Steel cut? Which type of oats works best in this recipe? Or can I just use whatever’s in my pantry?

  28. postedJun 8, 2012 5:28 PM

    Yes please! Ahh and then ice cream to top it off! Oh yes!

  29. postedJun 9, 2012 8:10 AM

    I love skillet cookies with ice cream and caramel sauce SO much!

  30. postedJun 9, 2012 6:52 PM

    I love vanilla bean paste!! I am very selective about what I use it in, though. I need to get more!

  31. postedJun 10, 2012 6:58 AM

    I really need to get my hands on some of that vanilla paste. These skillet cookies look so gooey and utterly irresistible.

  32. postedJun 10, 2012 9:08 AM

    I need that vanilla paste too! And man, this skillet cookie is to die for. I just love that this eliminates all the baking work. Yay for no more scooping!

  33. postedJun 11, 2012 7:54 AM

    Bikini Season is overrated anyway! These look amazing!

  34. postedJun 11, 2012 8:33 AM

    Love this – especially with that ice cream on top!!

  35. postedJun 11, 2012 8:54 AM

    Lori, that looks amazing! Seriously. Thinking of pulling out my skillet right now!

  36. postedJun 12, 2012 7:43 AM

    Addicting chocolate photograph!! This looks amazing! Reminds me of a similar recipe my Mom made when i was a kid! Can’t wait to try this vanilla bean paste. 🙂

  37. postedJun 12, 2012 7:52 AM

    I made the skillet chocolate chip cookies this past weekend and they were awesome! Chewy, with crunchy edges and almost caramel like flavor. I recently bought vanilla bean paste for a recipe and it is all I use now in place of plain old vanilla extract. I think it adds a lot to any recipe I use it in.

  38. postedJun 14, 2012 2:41 AM

    It’s 4AM here and after reading this recipe, I think I’m going to get up and make it!

  39. postedJun 16, 2012 2:23 PM

    Made this for my dad for an early Father’s Day celebration, and it was a huge hit! Everyone scraped their plates clean. I definitely recommend serving with vanilla ice cream, since the cookie is so rich.

  40. postedJul 16, 2012 3:06 AM

    I am adding this to my list of to-do’s! My kids are always asking to bake with me, and this one looks like a great way to make cookies together without having take all afternoon!

  41. postedSep 9, 2012 6:34 PM

    I just made this baby today. It’s yummy! Probably next time I will cut the brown sugar (become 1/3 cup) and the salt. Other than that, it’s ooeey goooeey cookie!

  42. postedOct 3, 2012 6:33 AM

    This looks amazing!!!!! Definitely will try it out 🙂

  43. postedMar 29, 2014 10:41 AM

    Would it make any difference if I use a regular 9″ baking pan?

    • postedMar 31, 2014 8:10 AM

      You can try!

  44. postedJul 31, 2014 11:40 AM

    These look rich but don’t see why they came out looking like brownies and not chocolate chip cookies with a light brown color since the chocolate chips are not melted and mixed into the batter before baking.
    The before baking photo doesn’t match the final cookie.

    • postedJul 31, 2014 4:08 PM

      well, they’re baked! The finished product just turns kind of golden brown.

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