There are few things more delicious than a chocolate chip cookie, warm from the oven, chewy and decadent with oozing chocolate. And while nothing will replace a traditional chocolate chip cookie, a skillet cookie… specifically, a Dark Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie will come very close.
We had our first chocolate chip skillet cookie some years ago at Sunriver Lodge. It was the middle of winter, snow layered the open fields surrounding the Deschutes River. The sun was just setting behind Mt. Bachelor. A perfect, snowy day. One for the memory books. Sitting next to a roaring fire in an immense fireplace, we’d just finished a succulent meal as only Sunriver can provide. And for dessert, they served individual size cast iron chocolate chip skillet cookies, fresh from the oven with a dollop of vanilla ice cream and drizzled with chocolate sauce. My then ten-year-old son was in heaven — and he never forgot that dessert.
When I began making these easy yet decadent treats at home — my son called them Chocolate Chip Pies. So to the world, they are a skillet cookie — to us, they are pies.
But whatever you call them, skillet cookies are incredibly easy, 1 batch cookies fun for the whole family to either dig in with a spoon or cut into wedges.
The difference with a skillet cookie versus a traditional cookie is the tall sides of the skillet create a crust that leaves the outer edges crisp. By cutting back slightly on the butter from our traditional chocolate chip cookie, it allows that crust to develop while baking through the center, leaving it moist, chewy and delicious.
As a bonus, it’s quicker than making a batch of chocolate chip cookies. While the skillet cookie will bake a bit longer, you’ll make one batch instead of three — and bake it only once. Plus, there’s just something thrilling about a skillet cookie with ice cream on top!
This recipe calls for a 10-inch cast iron skillet, although if you want to make an individual size skillet cookie, portion the batter accordingly and reduce the baking time.
Easy Dark Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie
3/4 cup butter (12 tablespoons) softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg plus 1 yolk
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips, divided
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add brown sugar, vanilla and egg and egg yolk. Thoroughly combine.
Whisk together dry ingredients: flour, salt, and baking soda. Add to the butter mixture and combine. Then add 1 cup dark chocolate chips to the batter.
Transfer the dough to a unbuttered or ungreased 10-inch cast iron skillet and press into an even layer with a spatula. Sprinkle the top with remaining 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips.
Bake in a 375-degree oven until the cookie is golden brown and the edges are set — 25 to 30 minutes. Allow skillet cookie to cool before cutting into wedges, about 30 minutes.