For my son’s birthday, he did not want a cake this year. Instead, he wanted to replicate the cowboy cookie that we loved during our Montana Dude Ranch Vacation. On the menu there it is called a cowboy cookie, but it is more well known as a Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie or Pizookie.
What you need to make a Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie
- Cast Iron Skillet
- Chocolate Chips
How do you Season a Cast Iron Skillet
Sometimes you can find preseasoned cast iron skillets but this is a process you should know anyway since you often need to season skillets over and over again. This is a necessary step if you are buying a brand new cast iron skillet for this recipe.
- 1. Wash Be sure to use soapy warm water and wash the cast iron skillet. Do not allow it to soak, as that is very bad for a cast iron skillet.
- 2. Dry Make sure the skillet is nice and dry before getting to the next step of the seasoning process.
- 3. Rub a thin layer of vegetable oil inside the pan. I first used a brush then lightly spread the vegetable oil around with a paper towel
- 4. Bake The best way to secure that non-stick base on your new skillet is by baking it in a 350° F oven for an hour.
- Repeat– Some sources suggest doing this at least one more time. You will want to repeat this process every once in a while when you feel you no longer have a non-stick surface.
How to make a Pizookie
There is really no difference in the recipe of a pizookie and traditional chocolate chip cookies.
I love making cookie bars because you can make only one pan of the cookie dough and there is no switching out cookie sheets and different sized cookies cooking at different rates.
Can I make the skillet cookie batter Ahead of time?
Since our evening was filled with kids activities, I made the cookie dough ahead of time. Simply cover the dough and place in fridge until you are ready to start baking. Take the batter out while you are preheating the oven.
Evenly spread your cookie dough into the seasoned skillet and bake.
Some people will let it cool completely and then slice and serve. Not at the Long house. We first added a few scoops of ice cream to the warm cookie.
Then drizzled well poured some hot fudge on top of the ice cream
We did not stop there, I mean why would we leave our Pizookie without some sprinkles too. It was a birthday after all.
Candles topped the skillet cookie and then the kids dug into the cookie.
I do not even have any nice sliced cookies for a presentation shot. After a full meal of steak and mashed potatoes, my kids had no trouble polishing this cast iron chocolate cookie recipe off in no time.
Now that I have a cast iron pan, this will not be the last cast iron cookie I make.
Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie Recipe
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
- 2/3 cup dark brown sugar
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
- Vanilla ice cream, for serving
- Hot Fudge, For Serving
- Heat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Using a mixer, cream the butter until light and fluffy. Gradually add the brown sugar and granulated sugar and continue creaming until once again light and fluffy. Add the egg and beat until combined. Add the vanilla and the salt. Beat until combined.
- In a medium bowl, sift the baking soda into the flour, and then gently beat into into the dough mixture, taking care not to overwork. Add the chocolate chips and stir to combine.
- Press the dough into a 10-inch seasoned cast iron skillet, flattening the top into an even layer. Bake until the center is just set, about 20 minutes.
- Let the cookie cool for 10 minutes, then serve warm with vanilla ice cream and hot fudge if desired
You can make the cookie dough earlier in the day and bake when ready.
Nutrition InformationYield 8 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 574Total Fat 28gSaturated Fat 16gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 10gCholesterol 61mgSodium 261mgCarbohydrates 82gFiber 4gSugar 56gProtein 6g