Cast Iron Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie

This Cast Iron Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie is sure to create plenty of smiles!  After all, how often do you get to eat a cookie with a fork?

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Cast Iron Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie

There are a few things in life that are guaranteed to create instant excitement.  Winning the lottery is one of them.  Taking a much-needed vacation is another.  And chocolate chip cookies is right up there, too.  Sure, the first two are pretty obvious…but think about it.  When have you ever walked into a room and seen a big tray of chocolate chip cookies…and then been sad about it?  Similarly, when have you ever walked into a room with a tray of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies and had everyone ignore you?  Yeah, that just doesn’t happen!  And what’s better than a chocolate chip cookie?  Well, a gigantic chocolate chip cookie of course!  This Cast Iron Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie is whimsical, fun, and quite delicious!

Aside from the fact that I’m baking a 12″ round chocolate chip cookie, my favorite part of this recipe is how easy it is.  Not that shaping cookie dough into balls is all that hard, but you can skip that step!  Yup, just dump all that cookie dough straight into a cast iron skillet.  Easy and delicious?  Now that’s my kind of recipe!

Cast Iron Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie

I know everyone probably has their favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe stashed away someplace safe.  (I actually have 2 or 3 favorite recipes when it comes to chocolate chip cookies!)  This version is actually based on a cookie that my younger sister created a number of years ago.  

She came to visit us when we lived in Atlanta, and she walked in the door with this huge bag of the most amazing looking cookies I’d ever seen.  I thought for sure they were from a bakery in Nashville, but nope…she made them.  I joked that those cookies should be called Kitchen Sink Cookies since they had everything under the sun in them.  Chocolate chips?  Yup.  Coconut flakes?  Got that.  Nuts?  Of course.  Oats?  Got that, too.  And to finish them off, they had a sprinkle of sea salt across the top.  Woah!  

Someday I’ll get around to posting those Kitchen Sink Cookies, but this Cast Iron Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie should help you make it until then.

Cast Iron Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie

Cast Iron Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie

This Cast Iron Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie is sure to create plenty of smiles!  After all, how often do you get to eat a cookie with a fork?
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 194kcal


  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter softened
  • 4 Tbsp vegetable shortening
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 3.4 oz package vanilla instant pudding mix (~5 Tbsp)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup + 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 Tbsp baking soda
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup 6 oz semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2/3 cup 4 oz milk chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup pecans coarsely chopped (optional)


  • In the bowl of a countertop mixer with the paddle attached, add the butter and shortening. Cream together on medium speed for 2 minutes, or until well combined.
  • Add brown sugar and granulated sugar and mix on medium speed for 1 minute, or until well combined.
  • Add egg, pudding mix, and vanilla and mix on low speed until fully absorbed.
  • Add the flour, baking soda, cornstarch, and salt. Mix on low speed until well combined.
  • Add the chocolate chips and pecans (optional) and mix on low speed until combined.
  • Press the dough evenly into a large (12”) cast iron pan. Bake at 350° for 32-35 minutes or until the edges of the cookie just begin to turn brown. Remove cast iron pan from oven and let cool before slicing.

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  1. I like the look of the skillet chocolate cookies but I can’t get 5he ingredience in England can you make it easier for us. What is vegetable shortning and, vanilla pudding mix? Thank you Mrs Joyce Gillett

    1. Hey Joyce! Thanks for asking about the ingredients in England. Vegetable shortening is a solid fat somewhat similar to lard. I like to use half-shortening and half-butter in my cookies as it gives the cookie a great texture versus all butter. It looks like there is the UK equivalent is a brand called Trex. Are you familiar with that one?

      Also, pudding mix is a powdered mix that turns into a custard-style dessert when mixed with milk. It looks like Tesco sells a brand called Osem Instant Vanilla Pudding mix. Or you could try making your own version of the mix. Here is a great post on it:

      Hope this helps!!

    2. Hi David thanks for reply, I shall make them now, my husband is celiac do you have any recipes for celiacs. I am very pleased with the recipe for the vanila pudding mix you sent..Joyce

      1. Oh, and I just remembered that Christi over at has been posting some really great gluten-free recipes lately, too. (This Gluten-Free Cinnamon Roll comes to mind: I suggest scrolling through some of her recipes…she has a mix of gluten-free and non-gluten-free in there. I believe her daughter has to eat gluten-free, so she’s been experimenting with all sorts of fun gluten-free recipes. Hope this helps!

  2. I have to agree chocolate chip cookies are not quite as exciting as winning the lottery. But hopefully you get to experience them a whole lot more in your lifetime. I’ve done a large cookie in a pie pan awhile ago, but it was before I started using pudding in my chocolate chip cookies. I’m interested to try it again since I see you have pudding mix in your recipe. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Don’t you love using pudding in your cookies, Laura! I feel like it makes a huge difference. And I would take winning the lotto any day, but I’d happily settle for a 12″ chocolate chip cookie, too. 🙂

  3. Chocolate chip cookies and I are really good friends. Anytime I want them they are there ready to make my tummy happy 😀 This looks really good. Once my daughter see this she will want to make them immediately.

  4. OK man, I love that in the picture you took from above the skillet cookie looks exactly like Pac-Man ready to eat pac-dots (btw it was the best game ever.) You did it on purpose right?

    1. Haha…of course I took the picture thinking about Pac-Man! I mean Pac-Man guides my decisions on a daily basis! Must. eat. dots. Ghosts. are. bad.

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