A deep dish chocolate chip cookie, baked in a skillet and doubly flavored with brown butter – known currently by the fun name “Pizookie” aka Pizza Cookie…
With the heat just getting on to me, baking is definitely not a favorite activity for me to do. Lighting up the oven makes the kitchen become a furnace and I end up loosing my mood to actually eat what I baked. However, when Valli’s declaration post for the Blogging Marathon #123 came up, my sight got stuck on her theme “Kid’s Delight – Cookies”.
My girls love cookies. All the cookies that I have baked barring a few ones that called as “adult cookies”, like this one and this one, all of them have disappeared the same day when they were baked, in fact within hours. They always complain that I don’t bake a lot of cookies, as much as I do for cakes, and they are right. Even though cookies sound easy, I feel they are a lot of work, especially if they involve freezing or shaping. If you are wondering whether I am making an excuse, then maybe I am… Hehe…
I decided to choose the theme so that I could correct the skewed representation of the girls’ favorite sweet treat and add three more to the equation. Since there are so many cookie recipes I would love to try, I zeroed down to three that I had ingredients available at home to make. However, today’s recipe was picked up from my drafts. Ever since my sister got me the Lodge pan and I let it rest till it was used to make the Brownie Pie, the next plan was making a skillet cookie, at a time when I would have someone to share it with. 😉
A skillet cookie is nothing but cookie dough, usually chocolate chip, spread onto a skillet and baked till done. It is cookie baking made easier, just like a cake! Hehe… They go with variety names now, especially being called as “pizzookie”, since it can be baked in a pizza pan by making it flat, and then toppings added to it as wanted. You can use your basic cookie dough recipe and bake it in a skillet.
I have been always wanting to bake something with brown butter after making this granola, but somehow never got around it. Making brown butter is a job in itself and I would always be in a hurry. But when I decided on baking the skillet cookie to share with my cousin who was staying with us, I had enough time to wait for the butter to brown. If you don’t have the time, you may use regular melted butter, but the caramelized flavor that brown butter adds is a totally different level. So I would always say to use it.
There is always a debate on whether softened or melted butter for chocolate chip cookies. It is said that it is better softened for better shaped cookies, however since this one goes into a skillet, the shape isn’t a concern. 😉 Once the brown butter is done, everything else comes by very soon. What else, you don’t even need to wait for the cookie to cool. It starts to harden in 5 minutes and then off you can have it warm, by flipping in some ice cream and chocolate sauce, like we did. If you want to make it a little more sinful, then before baking, you can do a thin layer of Nutella or Biscoff in the middle, to make it a stuffed skillet cookie. Since it is a little difficult to stop while eating, always make when you have at least somebody to share. 😉
Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie
- 120 gm butter
- 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 large eggs room temperature
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 100 gm chocolate chips or chocolate chunks
- Crushed sea salt for topping
- Melt the butter in a saucepan on slow flame. Keep melting till the color of the butter changes from yellow to a light brown shade. There will be dark grits at the bottom. Switch off and allow to cool. Strain.
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Grease an 8 inch cast iron skillet and set aside.
- Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda along with the salt and set aside.
- Beat the eggs and sugars till fluffy. Add the melted butter and vanilla essence and beat.
- Now add the dry ingredients and the chocolate chips and fold in till well combined.
- Spread out on the prepared skillet. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes till the top looks settled.
- Cool slightly and enjoy with a big scoop of ice cream and chocolate sauce.