This gooey, chewy, skillet chocolate chip cookie pizookie is made with browned butter and lots of chocolate! Serve it warm with scoops of vanilla ice cream for the classic pizookie experience. With chewy edges, and a gooey center, this skillet cookie is a dream come true!

Are you a chocolate chip cookie lover too? We have so many cookie recipes on our site; but I suggest you try these chocolate chip cookie bars, oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, double chocolate chip cookies, and our Crumbl chocolate chip cookies (a perfect copycat recipe).

A chocolate chip cookie baked in a large cast iron skillet, against a dark brown background.

Why This Recipe Works

  • We brown the butter prior to adding the additional ingredients. Browned butter adds a rich, nutty and caramel-like flavor to the cookies that elevates the flavor on so many levels!
  • All of the mixing and baking is done in one pan (the skillet) meaning there’s less clean up and dishes to do at the end.
  • This pizookie recipe uses chocolate chips and bittersweet chocolate chunks to add variety and more chocolaty goodness throughout.
  • This homemade pizookie is made in a 12 inch cast iron skillet, making it big enough for a family to share.
  • You can eat this skillet chocolate chip cookie with a spoon or slice it and serve it on individual plates.
Two spoons scooping up skillet chocolate chip cookie that has been topped with vanilla ice cream.

Ingredients

Ingredients used to make a brown butter chocolate chip skillet cookie, or a pizookie.
  • Butter: We need butter to keep our cookie tasting nice and rich but we are going to go one step further and actually brown our butter to enhance the flavors and richness. 
  • Sugars: We want a combination of brown sugar and white granulated sugar to make sure that our cookie is sweet, chewy, and has a wonderful crust.
  • Chocolate: Using a combination of semi-sweet chocolate chips and chunks of bittersweet chocolate we can have a great variety of chocolate flavors in every bite. You can use milk chocolate or a combination of milk and semi-sweet, if preferred.

Step-By-Step Instructions

  1. Brown your butter in a 12-inch cast-iron skillet over medium heat. As the butter melts it will turn foamy and have a nice amber color and nutty aroma to it, make sure to stir frequently while it browns, once browned, remove from heat. Stir in the brown sugar and granulated sugar until smooth.
  1. Let the butter and sugar mixture cool down to room temperature for 15 minutes, this will help to keep from scrambling the eggs when we add them.
  2. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F.
  3. Once the cast iron has cooled, add in the eggs and vanilla extract. Then add in the salt, baking soda, and flour. Mix to combine.
  1. Stir in chocolate chips and chocolate chunks (including the shavings from the chocolate chunks). Spread the dough into an even layer at the bottom of the skillet.
An unbaked pizookie (skillet chocolate chip cookie) in a cast iron skillet against a textured white background.
  1. Bake for 26-32 minutes until edges are lightly golden and the center still looks slightly gooey. Do not overbake. Remove from oven and let cool 5-10 minutes before cutting and serving. Or top with a few scoops of vanilla ice cream and dig in. Enjoy!
A pizookie in a skillet on a white background.

Expert Tips

If you’re in a pinch and you don’t have time to brown the butter, or you simply don’t want to, you can forgo this step: simply melt the butter (without browning) and continue with the recipe as written.

Let the butter and sugar mixture cool down for about 15 minutes before adding the eggs. You can speed up this process by placing the skillet on a hot pad in the fridge. The sugar mixture should still be warm to the touch, but not hot.

Use high quality chocolate for your chocolate chips and bittersweet chocolate. I personally prefer Ghirardelli brand chocolate chips and chocolate bar.

If you prefer a sweeter chocolate, use milk chocolate chips or a combination of milk chocolate and semi-sweet chocolate chips in the cookie.

You can use a 10 inch skillet, the bake time will need to be longer as the cookie will be much thicker.

Storing

Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature. Leftovers will last for 3-4 days.

Freezing: Just like any other cookie recipe, you can freeze the baked cookie if you don’t finish it all. I suggest removing it from the cast iron skillet and storing it in a freezer-safe container or bag for up to 3 months.

FAQs

What is a pizookie?

A pizookie is a name given to cast iron baked cookies. These cookies can be personal-sized or larger depending on the size of cast iron used. These cookies have set edges, soft centers and are served with a large scoop of ice cream on top of it.

Where does the name pizookie come from?

Pizookie combines the two words “pizza” and “cookie.” As you can guess, a pizookie is a cookie baked in a pizza pan sized skillet.

Do I have to brown the butter for my cookies?

Nope. This is an optional step that I highly recommend as it makes the flavor of the cookies that much more incredible but you can simply use melted butter instead if desired.

Can I make a pizookie without a skillet?

Sure! Follow the recipe as written but rather than making it in a skillet you can mix the ingredients in a pot then transfer the cookie dough to a large cake pan that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Or you can mix the ingredients in a large bowl (off the stove) and transfer to a pan (10-12 inches in diameter) and bake.

Slightly melty vanilla ice cream scooped on top of a large skillet chocolate chip cookie (pizcokie) with two spoons stuck in the center.

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Two spoons scooping up skillet chocolate chip cookie that has been topped with vanilla ice cream.
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Pizookie

This gooey, chewy, skillet chocolate chip cookie is made with browned butter and lots of chocolate! Serve it warm with scoops of vanilla ice cream for the classic pizookie experience.
Prep Time: 25 mins
Cook Time: 28 mins
Total Time: 53 mins
Servings: 6

Ingredients
 

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar - packed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs - at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups + 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 oz bittersweet chocolate - cut into chunks
  • vanilla ice cream for serving

Instructions
 

  • Note: you will be mixing everything directly in the skillet.
  • In a 12-inch cast iron skillet over medium heat, brown the butter. The butter will melt, then turn foamy, and have an amber color and nutty aroma. Make sure to stir the butter frequently while it is browning. Once butter has browned, remove from heat and stir in the brown sugar and granulated sugar until smooth. I use a wooden spoon for this part. 
  • Let the butter and sugar mixture cool at room temperature for 15 minutes. You don’t want to add the eggs into the hot mixture because it will scramble them. 
  • Preheat the oven to 325°F. 
  • Once slightly cooled down, stir in the eggs and vanilla extract. Add the salt, baking soda, and flour and mix to combine. Stir in the chocolate chips, chocolate chunks and the shavings from cutting the chunks. Spread the dough into an even layer on the bottom of the skillet. 
  • Bake for 26-32 minutes (mine baked 28 mins). The edges will be lightly golden. The center will be slightly gooey still, but don’t worry that’s how it’s supposed to be! Don’t overbake it. Remove from the oven and let cool for 5-10 minutes before cutting and serving. Or you can top with a few scoops of vanilla ice cream straight into the skillet and give everyone a spoon and enjoy!

Notes

Chocolate
  • If you prefer a sweeter chocolate, use milk chocolate chips or a combination of milk chocolate and semi-sweet chocolate chips in the cookie.
  • Use high quality chocolate for your chocolate chips and bittersweet chocolate. I personally prefer Ghirardelli brand chocolate chips and chocolate bar.
Skillet size: can bake in a 10 inch skillet as well, will need a slightly longer bake time as the dough will be thicker.
Butter: you don’t have to brown the butter, just adds a nutty flavor to the finished cookie. If you want to forgo browning, simply melt the butter in the skillet and once melted continue with the recipe.
Let the butter and sugar mixture cool down for about 15 minutes before adding the eggs. You can speed up this process by placing the skillet on a hot pad in the fridge. The sugar mixture should still be warm to the touch, but not hot.
Storing
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature. Leftovers will last for 3-4 days.
  • Freezing: Just like any other cookie recipe, you can freeze the baked cookie if you don’t finish it all. I suggest removing it from the cast iron skillet and storing it in a freezer-safe container or bag for up to 3 months.

Nutrition

Calories: 1024kcal (51%)Carbohydrates: 136g (45%)Protein: 13g (26%)Fat: 48g (74%)Saturated Fat: 29g (145%)Trans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 138mg (46%)Sodium: 780mg (33%)Potassium: 391mg (11%)Fiber: 5g (20%)Sugar: 67g (74%)Vitamin A: 1044IU (21%)Calcium: 85mg (9%)Iron: 7mg (39%)
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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