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Mini Skillet Cookie

Is there anything better than a mini skillet cookie? A cookie made extra decadent and delicious by baking it in a personal sized skillet. These can be made ultra customized, and with absolutely any combination of things you like. Get ready to indulge! 

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A mini skillet cookie with spoons on the left side and chocolate chips on the right.

What is a mini skillet cookie? 

A mini skillet cookie is a cookie baked inside of a small cast iron skillet. Think of those elaborate desserts you get at restaurants where they bake a cookie fresh in a big pan and put ice cream, whipped cream and all other kinds of things on top. This is just the tiny version, perfect for yourself or sharing with another person. 

Where can I get a mini skillet? 

You can actually find them online for a pretty decent price now. Last year I took a look around for a small skillet and all of the ones I found seemed unreasonably expensive. If I had these options last year I probably would have bought a higher quality one. However, I was obsessed with the dessert pan sets that come out in stores over the holidays. I think last year was the first time I actually noticed they were there.

You can get a tiny skillet (granted, they’re pretty shallow but they still work great), and a mix for either brownies or cookies, this year I even saw doughnuts! I’ve seen them at stores like Walmart and Marshall’s but it seems like they’re pretty common during this time. These make great gifts but if you want one for yourself you can make the first one with the mix and make the following ones with this recipe.

What kind of cookie should I make? 

Absolutely any cookie you want! There’s no reason why your favourite cookie recipe wouldn’t work in the skillet version. Of course chocolate chip might be the best option, but if you disagree I won’t hold it against you. Here we’re making a chocolate chip cookie, but if you’re reading this at the end of the year and want to make something holiday themed you have so many options. Sugar cookie, ginger molasses, snickerdoodle, chocolate orange, chai, any holiday cookie would be wonderful. 

What you need:

To make a chocolate chip cookie in our mini skillet you will need: 

  • butter
  • brown sugar
  • white sugar
  • eggs
  • vanilla extract
  • all-purpose flour
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • chocolate chips 
  • a mini skillet pan 

How to make a mini skillet cookie

Making a mini skillet cookie is just like making a regular cookie, but we’re baking it a little differently. Start by making your cookie dough. Melt your butter on the stove or in small increments in the microwave, then add it to a bowl with both sugars. Mix either by hand or with a mixer until well combined. Add your egg and vanilla, mix again until combined. Next, add your flour, mix until just combined, then add the chocolate chips and mix again. 

Raw cookie dough in the pan before being baked.

Add about 3-4 scoops of dough to your skillet and flatten to spread out. You want to leave some room around the edges for spreading. Make sure you don’t overfill your skillet or the cookie will overflow and pieces will drop to the bottom of your oven. If you’re worried about this happening, you can place a pan in the oven on the rack underneath the skillet. You can choose to chill your dough before or after adding it to the skillet, but either way, chill for at least 30 minutes.

If you’re only making one mini skillet cookie, you can scoop out the rest of your dough into balls and keep it for the next time you want to make one. Or just for anytime you want some cookies. You can keep the dough in the fridge for a few days or keep it in a freezer safe container or bag and keep it frozen for up to 6 months. 

Preheat the oven to 350℉. When the oven is ready add your skillet to the middle rack. Bake for around 20 minutes depending on the size of your skillet. You’ll see that the edges will cook faster than the inside so make sure you don’t take it out prematurely. The cookie is ready when the edges are golden brown and the middle is slightly soft but not wet or runny. You should be able to feel how the inside is cooking by carefully touching the centre of the cookie or feeling it with a spoon. It will set up a little more as it cools down. 

Tips for making a mini skillet cookie

Don’t overfill your skillet

If you put too much dough in the skillet, the cookie will start to expand over the edges as it spreads and pieces will fall into your oven. They could start to burn and even set off your smoke alarm. You want to leave a few centimetres of space around the edge so that the cookie has some breathing room. You can also put a baking sheet on the bottom rack of the oven to catch any possible fallout. 

Give enough time to cool and set 

Leaving your cookie to sit and cool is an important part of the process. Since the edges cook a lot faster than the inside, you not only want to make sure that the inside is cooked before taking it out of the oven, you also want to give it time to set up. Giving the cookie ample time to cool will help to achieve optimum cookie goodness! 

Freeze extra dough 

For this mini skillet cookie, I made half of my regular chocolate chip recipe. Since you can’t really half an egg, I like to just stop at half and save the extra dough for another time. You can use this extra dough for more skillets or for just regular cookies. Keep it in the freezer and bring it out any time you’re feeling like a fresh cookie! 

What can I put on my mini skillet cookie? 

SO MANY THINGS! Dressing it up can be even more fun than making the cookie in the first place. First thoughts are definitely whipped cream or ice cream, or both! If you’re looking for an ice cream, may I suggest my Christmas Cookie Ice Cream for even more holiday cookie deliciousness. You could also add spreads or drizzles, like peanut butter or nutella. Maybe even a fruit syrup or melted chocolate. You could really deck it out if you wanted to! Of course, you don’t have to and you could always just have it as is right out of the oven. All ways sound absolutely delicious for a mini skillet cookie!   

Mini Skillet Cookie

Is there anything better than a mini skillet cookie? A cookie made extra decadent and delicious by baking it in a personal sized skillet. These can be made ultra customized, and with absolutely any combination of things you like. Get ready to indulge! 
Prep Time45 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time1 hour 5 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate chip cookie, mini skillet cookie, skillet cookie
Servings: 4 mini skillets
Author: Gianna

Ingredients

  • 6 tbsp dark brown sugar
  • 6 tbsp white sugar
  • ½ cup unsalted butter melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Make the dough by adding both sugars and butter to a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer. Mix together until well combined.
  • Add egg and vanilla, mix again.
  • Add all purpose flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix gently until just combined.
  • Add chocolate chips and mix one last time.
  • Grease skillet generously with butter.
  • Add 3-4 scoops of cookie dough into the centre of the skillet. Flatten with the back of a spoon and spread out until close to the edge but not touching. Leave a few centimetres around the edge for spreading room.
  • Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes. If you do not want to make more than one skillet, you can scoop the rest of the dough into balls and chill that as well.
  • Preheat the oven to 350℉. When the oven is ready, put the skillet on the middle rack. Bake for around 20 minutes, the middle of the cookie will still be slightly soft and will set up more while cooling.
  • Let skillet cool for 5-10 minutes before eating. Enjoy!

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