I was recently browsing Pioneer Woman’s blog (which I adore) and came across a recipe for a One-Pan Dark Chocolate Chunk Skillet Cookie. The recipe seemed relatively simple and since I was baking after a long day at work, simple sounded delightful. I’m not big on traditional chocolate chip cookies, however, the thought of making one giant cookie in my Grandma’s cast iron skillet made me feel happy. I believe that a cast iron skillet from the 1950s can do no wrong. They are well-seasoned, clean easily, and anything you make in them tastes good. I also do not believe that the skillets they make nowadays hold a candle to the ones from when my mother was a child. Below is my take on this recipe (I really didn’t change anything except that I didn’t put ice cream on top).
- 1 stick butter
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 whole egg
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate (I recommend Ghirardelli baking bars) cut into chunks
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
- Melt butter in an 8-inch cast iron skillet set over medium-low heat
- Stir in sugars and vanilla and remove from heat. Let rest until pan is warm, but no longer very hot, about 5 minutes
- Crack an egg onto the butter and sugar mixture, and use a fork to whisk it into the mixture
- Place flour, baking soda, and salt on top, and very carefully stir into the mixture until smooth and well-mixed
- Stir in chocolate chunks
- Place in the oven for 15-25 minutes (22 did the trick for mine) or until starting to turn golden on the top and around the edges, but still soft in the center
This came out super-moist in the middle, and nice and crunchy on the edges. I recommend letting it cool for at least half an hour before digging in. Everything about this recipe is easy from start to finish. Barely any ingredients, easy to combine, and easy to clean-up. This is a fantastic recipe to give a try after working all day, or when your in-laws are stopping by and your significant other didn’t tell you until an hour before.
As always, check out the two blogs mentioned above. I always give credit where credit is due.