Create an impressive looking and delicious dessert by baking chocolate chip cookie dough in a cast iron skillet. You can serve the hot cookie right in the skillet and top it with ice cream to make a special treat for any occasion. While baking a cookie with cast iron might sound complicated, it actually takes less time than creating a batch of small cookies, and the natural nonstick surface of your cast iron pan means you don’t need to use any grease to prevent the cookie from sticking.
Things You'll Need
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees so it will be hot when you begin baking your cookie.
Combine one cup and two tbsp. white flour, 1/4-tsp. baking soda and 1/2-tsp. salt in a small mixing bowl.
Cream together 1/2-cup softened butter, 1/4-cup brown sugar and 1/2-cup white sugar in a large mixing bowl.
Add one egg and one tsp. vanilla to the large mixing bowl and stir everything together. The batter will be very thin at this point.
Stir the dry ingredients from the small bowl into the large mixing bowl slowly. Keep mixing until the cookie dough has a uniform color and consistency.
Fold 1-1/2-cups chocolate chips into the cookie dough. You can also fold in 1/2-cup chopped nuts if desired.
Transfer the cookie dough to a 10-inch cast iron skillet. Press down the cookie dough gently to pack it into the pan.
Place the cast iron skillet inside the hot oven and bake for approximately 20 to 25 minutes or until the edges of the cookie are golden brown.
Remove the cast iron pan from the oven with a potholder and place it on a trivet for approximately 15 to 20 minutes. The center of the cookie may still appear slightly raw when you first remove it from the oven, but the hot pan will continue to bake during the cooling time.
Serve the giant cast iron skillet cookie with a few scoops of ice cream or cut it into wedges to make individual servings.
You can substitute your favorite cookie recipe in place of the chocolate chip cookie recipe used in this article. Watch the cookie carefully as it bakes to avoid overcooking, because the baking time may be different in a cast iron pan.
If foods stick to your cast iron skillet, it probably is not seasoned correctly. Rub vegetable oil into your pan with a paper towel and place it upside down in a preheated 350 degree oven for one hour. Turn off the oven and let the pan cool completely before you remove it. The pan is now seasoned and ready to use.
References and Resources"The Victory Cookbook"; Ruth Berolzheimer; 1944
University of Missouri Extension: Choose Cast-Iron Cookware