Skillet Cookie

Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 4 servings

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This Skillet Cookie is a giant, melty chocolate chip cookie baked in a cast iron skillet! Pile on the ice cream and dig in!

pizookie in small black cast iron skillet with grey towel on marble background

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An easy dessert that is totally customizable, you can make it with homemade or store bought cookie dough, and top it off with whatever chocolate or mix ins you want.

If warm, melty chocolate is the way to your heart (like it is to mine), you’ll love my other gooey chocolate desserts like my Grandma’s Hot Fudge Sundae CakeMocha Chocolate Mug CakeFlourless Chocolate Lava Cakes.

What is a skillet cookie?

If you came here because you’re wondering what on Earth a skillet cookie is, get ready! Because things this glorious and delicious don’t happen every day 😉

A skillet cookie is simply one great big chocolate chip cookie baked in a cast iron skillet.

With this skillet cookie, the center is going to be a little gooey, while the edges are crispy, so it’s great for eating right out of the pan while it’s still warm.

skillet cookie with ice cream scoops on grey marble background

Pile on a few scoops of vanilla ice cream, get a few spoons and let the family gather around.

I can’t think of a better way to end a long day! I might not even share 😉

How to make a skillet cookie?

  1. You will start by making a basic chocolate chip cookie dough — I’ve based this skillet cookie recipe off of my Mom’s Chocolate Chip Cookies — if you’re really in a hurry and don’t want to bother, you can easily swap out your favorite store bought brand and no one will know!
  2. Mix it up: If you want, substitute the regular chocolate chips for chopped bars or other flavors of baking chips! Use up that leftover Halloween, or Christmas, or Easter chocolate in the best way!
  3. Lightly grease a medium cast iron skillet (this would also be amazing in 4-6 mini skillets so everyone could have their own!) and spread the cookie dough evenly in the pan.
  4. Bake until the edges are starting to look golden and crispy and the center looks baked, but not overly brown. We’re going for a soft center, but we don’t want to be eating raw cookie dough.
  5. Remove from the oven and let cool for 10-20 minutes, depending on how hot you like your desserts and how quickly you want your ice cream to melt. If I’m making this for my kids, I’ll leave them out for 30 minutes before serving — the cast iron retains heat well so they are still warm even after sitting out.
  6. Top with ice cream and dig in! This is a dessert best enjoyed right away, but if you have leftovers you can store in an airtight container and microwave to enjoy another night (or, just save some of the cookie dough to make fresh the next night!).

Can I make a skillet cookie without a cast iron pan?


You can make this skillet cookie in an 8-9″ round pan, or an 8-9″ pie plate, or in 4-6 small ramekins to serve individually.

pizookie overhead with two ice cream scoops and spoon digging in

The edges may not get quite as crispy as they would if you bake a skillet cookie in cast iron, but it will still be amazing!

Variations on this skillet cookie:

  • Try adding in chopped peanut butter cups and Reese’s pieces for a chocolate peanut butter cookie — you could even drizzle with warmed peanut butter before serving!
  • Stir in some chopped Andes mints, After Eights, or Junior mints along with the chocolate chips and serve with mint chocolate chip ice cream.
  • Swap the chocolate chips for white chocolate chips and add in chopped macadamia nuts.
  • And really, any flavor combo your mind can dream up!
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Skillet Cookie

5 from 2 votes
This skillet cookie is a giant, melty chocolate chip cookie baked in a cast iron skillet! Pile on the ice cream and dig in!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Servings 4 servings
Calories 419.22cal


  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¾ cup + 2 tablespoons all purpose flour fluffed and levelled
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup chocolate chips or chunks


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a 6-8″ cast iron skillet.
  • In a medium bowl, beat butter and sugars together with an electric mixer until creamed, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Add in egg and vanilla, mixing to incorporate.
  • Add flour, salt, baking soda and mix on low until completely combined.
  • Stir in chocolate and spread evenly into prepared skillet (feel free to throw some extra chocolate chunks on top!).
  • Bake at 350 degrees F for 20-22 minutes or until edges are crispy and center is just set (if using a 6 inch pan, you may need up to 25 minutes bake time, if you're using individual skillets or ramekins, you may only need 12-15).
  • Let cool slightly before topping with ice cream and serving.


No electric mixer? *I have updated this recipe from the original to make it even gooey-er, with more chocolate and a chewier texture. Originally this recipe used melted butter and was stirred together with a spoon. I have had better results with room temperature butter, but you can easily melt the butter if you don’t have an electric mixer. 
Ingredients and Substitutions:
  • Flour: you can use all whole wheat flour to make this a whole grain, high-fibre treat. You can also use an all purpose gluten-free baking flour or gluten-free oat flour (ideally it should be weighed — use 113 grams)
  • Chocolate chips: feel free to swap with another flavor of chips or use chopped chocolate. ¾ cup is a lot of chocolate — if you prefer less melty chocolate in your skillet cookie, reduce to ½ cup.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 419.22cal | Carbohydrates: 59.48g | Protein: 5.01g | Fat: 18.04g | Saturated Fat: 10.92g | Cholesterol: 74.8mg | Sodium: 250.76mg | Potassium: 58.55mg | Fiber: 1.24g | Sugar: 40.13g | Vitamin A: 464.34IU | Calcium: 50.59mg | Iron: 1.66mg
Keywords pizookie, skillet cookie

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My name is Ashley Fehr and I love creating easy meals my family loves. I also like to do things my way, which means improvising and breaking the rules when necessary. Here you will find creative twists on old favorites and some of my favorite family recipes, passed down from generations!

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  1. Summer says

    Do you know how much cookie dough this is good for? I want to make it and sent my husband to get cookie dough. He brought back the biggest log they had, of course. It’s just the two of us and we won’t eat all that. I don’t wanna add the dough to my skillet without knowing how thick it should be.

  2. Reagan Ray says

    Does it have to be in a cast iron? I have a little glass skillet that I think is about the same size… will the material of the pan make a difference?

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