A Cast Iron Chocolate Chip Cookie of Pure Happiness

David Dial | Spiced Blog

A cast iron chocolate chip cookie is the sort of thing that pleases a crowd. And imagine the ooohs and aahs when you bring it to the table, ready to slice, straight from the skillet!

Cast Iron Chocolate Chip Cookie Photo

Sure, you’ve made chocolate chip cookies before. You’ve probably made them many times in many different ways. After all, I’d guess that there are more recipes for chocolate chip cookies out there than for any other dessert. But have you ever made a chocolate chip cookie in a cast iron skillet?

Yup, a Cast Iron Chocolate Chip Cookie. It’s one huge cookie baked in a skillet, and it’s delicious! The skillet makes the bottom and sides of the cookie wonderfully crunchy, but the center of the cookie stays thick and chewy. That’s pretty much the definition of a perfect cookie if you ask me!

Everyone has a favorite cookie recipe that has been passed down through the family. My all-time favorite cookie recipe was actually invented by my little sister. (And to think that she is the same sister who once tried to charge me 25¢ to see her troll doll collection.)

Cast Iron Chocolate Chip Cookie Picture

I like to call her cookie the Kitchen Sink Cookie because it literally has a bit of everything thrown into it. I simplified the recipe a bit for this Cast Iron Chocolate Chip Cookie as I wanted a classic cookie. I did add chopped pecans in mine because, well, nuts make everything better! (The pecans are optional, so feel free to omit them if you’d like.)

Because this cookie comes out of the pan as one huge piece, it would be great to serve slices of cookie topped with vanilla ice cream for dessert. (How many times have you eaten a chocolate chip cookie with a fork before?)

And the best part of this skillet cookie? There’s no scooping required! Yup, just mix up the dough and dump it all straight into the skillet. How easy is that?

Cast Iron Chocolate Chip Cookie Image

The only hard part about this entire recipe is waiting for the cookie to cool before taking it out of the pan. The smell of a freshly baked chocolate chip cookie is so tempting that I may or may not have gone straight into the middle of this cookie with a fork before. But I admit nothing!

We love chocolate chip cookies here on Food Fanatic. Don't miss Ashton's copycat Mrs. Fields Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe or Aimee's Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe either!

    12 Servings

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable shortening
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar, plus 2 tablespoons
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar, plus 2 tablespoons
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 package vanilla pudding mix, approximately 5 tablespoons
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, plus 2 tablespoons
  • 1/2 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2/3 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup pecans, coarsely chopped (optional)

Directions

  1. In the bowl of a countertop mixer with the paddle attached, add the butter and shortening. Cream together on medium speed for 2 minutes, or until well combined.
  2. Add brown sugar and granulated sugar and mix on medium speed for 1 minute, or until well combined.
  3. Add egg, pudding mix, and vanilla and mix on low speed until fully absorbed.
  4. Add the flour, baking soda, cornstarch, and salt. Mix on low speed until well combined.
  5. Add the chocolate chips and pecans (optional) and mix on low speed until combined.
  6. Press the dough evenly into a large (12”) cast iron pan. Bake at 350° for 32-35 minutes or until the edges of the cookie just begin to turn brown. Remove cast iron pan from oven and let cool before slicing.

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    I can't wait to try this with my niece and nephews! The cast iron is definitely a nice touch.