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Cast-Iron Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time14 mins
Total Time29 mins
Course: Dessert
Servings: 8 wedges
Author: Pam - Adapted from America's Test Kitchen


  • 8 tbsp unsalted butter divided
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


  • Adjust the oven rack to the upper-middle position and preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • Melt 6 tablespoons of butter in a 10-inch cast-iron skillet over medium heat.
  • Cook, stirring often, until the butter is dark golden brown, has a nutty aroma, and bubbling subsides, about 4-5 minutes; transfer to a large mixing bowl.
  • Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter into the hot butter and stir until completely melted.
  • Whisk the brown sugar, white sugar, vanilla extract, and salt into the melted butter until smooth.
  • Whisk in egg until smooth, about 30 seconds.
  • Let the mixture sit for 3 minutes then whisk for 30 seconds.
  • Repeat the process two more times, until the mixture is thick, smooth, and shiny.
    Important - don't skip this step!
  • Combine the flour and baking soda together until well combined.
  • Gradually add the flour mixture into the butter mixture until just combined, about 1 minute.
  • Stir in the chocolate chips, making sure no flour pockets remain.
  • Wipe the skillet clean with a towel.
  • Transfer dough to the now-empty skillet and press into an even layer with a spatula.
  • Place into the oven and bake for 14-16 minutes, rotating the skillet halfway through the baking time, or until the edges are golden brown and set.
  • Remove from the oven and place skillet directly on a cooling rack to cool for 30 minutes.
  • Slice cookie into wedges and serve with ice cream, if desired. Enjoy.