Grab your cast iron skillets, it’s time to bake up a truly decadent Sea Salt Chocolate Chunk Skillet Cookie. Ready in just a few minutes, this Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie recipe is perfect for all ages.
Sea Salt Chocolate Chunk Skillet Cookie
Made with brown butter and chunks of your favorite chocolate bar, this easy recipe can be made with ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen.
Add a little pizazz to your cookie by topping it with a generous amount of sea salt. Adding sea salt bumps up the flavor of the chocolate and also gives a sweet and salty flavor to the dish. I love adding sea salt to mine along with a massive scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
If you have been following my most recent recipes on my blog, then you are no stranger to the use of brown butter in my recipes. I really can’t stress enough how amazing your desserts or any dishes can be amplified by just adding this 1 step.
Browning your butter allows for more flavor without having to add more spices that could throw off the whole flavor of the dish.
How to make Brown Butter
If you already know how to brown butter then skip this section of my post, if you have never done it before keep reading.
New to making browned butter, no problem!
- To brown your butter, start by simply add the cold butter to a room temperature medium saucepan. On medium heat let the butter melt completely while stirring often, this helps prevent the butter from burning.
- As the butter cooks it will start to turn a nutmeg brown color, this is the color that lets you know it’s done. You will also start to notice a foamy top to the butter that smells amazing.
- Once you notice the foamy top and see the bottom of the butter turning into that nice nutmeg brown color. Remove from heat immediately and then set aside to cool.
- That’s it, you did it, you officially made brown butter! Now add this secret ingredient to other recipes to help enhance the flavor of your favorite desserts.
Common Skillet Cookie Questions
If you are new to making skillet cookies, no worries! I have some answers to the most common skillet cookie questions on the web. If you have anymore questions I did not address, please feel free to drop them in the comments section.
Do I need to use a cast-iron skillet?
In short yes! This is a skillet cookie recipe so it calls for a 5″ cast iron skillet. I would not suggest you try this in any dish other than a cast iron skillet. Cast iron skillets are known for how they can evenly cookie any dish.
Not only that, but they are so easy to clean when you’re done, it really does make for an easy dessert option.
Do I need to use brown butter?
I highly recommend using brown butter in this recipe. It really brings out the wonderful flavors that make this feel like you are in a bakery. However, if you prefer to not use brown butter, simply melt the butter in the microwave or on the stovetop before adding it to the mix.
What is the difference between a cookie and a skillet cookie?
A regular cookie is typically small and uses slightly different ingredients. With a skillet cookie, you are allowing the skillet to do all the work to yield a much larger cookie.
Do I have to use dark chocolate in this recipe?
No, but I highly recommend you try it! It adds a wonderful depth of flavor that makes this cookie recipe sing! Dark chocolate is used in the BJ’s restaurant pizookie that inspired this recipe. So I like to make sure I include it in my skillet cookies, even though the kids ask that theirs only have milk chocolate.
While the butter is browning, grab all of your ingredients and set them out on the counter. As the browned butter cools in a heat-safe bowl start to measure out and dump your sugars into a large mixing bowl.
Just before the browned butter starts to cool to about room temperature. Add it to the sugars and then mix using a hand mixer (or stand mixer). The heat from the browned butter helps melt the sugars and blends them together easier.
What should I use for the Chocolate Chunks?
The chocolate you use in this Dark Chocolate Skillet Cookie recipe is completely up to you. I personally like to use a mix of dark chocolate and milk chocolate.
The best way to prepare this recipe is to use a baker’s dark chocolate bar. Or any dark chocolate bar from your favorite brand.
Using a sharp knife cut the chocolate bar into medium-large sized chunks, you don’t have to be fancy with this. The point is to make each size unique and to just aim to get nice sized chunks.
What cast iron pans do I use?
For my recipe, I used (4) 5″ mini cast iron pans that I recently purchased from a local Home Goods Store. I have not tried this recipe in any larger-sized cast iron pan yet so cooking times for that are pending.
However, if you do find yourself using a 9″ or larger cast iron pan please make sure you add extra cooking time. As well as making sure the cookie dough is spread evenly throughout the entire skillet.
Toppings For Skillet Cookies
Toppings are dealers’ choice, for my Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Skillet Cookie recipe. However, if I was going to suggest something I would suggest adding a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream and sea salt.
A heaping amount of caramel drizzle and even more chocolate always steals the show for my kids. The possibilities for toppings are really endless with this, almost everything goes with it, including strawberries!
More Skillet Cookie Recipes
- This easy Skillet Sugar Cookie recipe includes ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen. Made with browned butter and baked in 5 inch cast iron skillets. This copycat BJ’s Brewhouse recipe is full of flavor and perfect for sharing.
- A super easy-to-make and even more fun to enjoy. Try this Easy Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie from Finding Debra today.
- 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, browned and put at room temp
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 large egg room temp
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoon milk
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon fine salt
- 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
- 1/2 Cup chopped Dark Chocolate
- Sea Salt for Garnishing
- Preheat oven to 350 Degrees. Coat 4 - 5inch cast iron skillets in butter, set aside.
- In a small saucepan brown, the butter *see helpful instructions in the blog post above*. Once browned set aside in a heat-safe bowl to let cool to almost room temperature.
- in a large mixing bowl combine the dark brown sugar, light brown sugar, and granulated sugar with the browned butter. Using a hand mixer blend until well combined. It should resemble what wet sand looks like.
- Add the eggs and vanilla extract, mix until a creamy consistency for about 1 minute.
- Sift in baking soda, flour, and salt. mix until dough is well combined. Add chocolate chunks and chocolate chips and stir together using a wooden spoon or spatula.
- Divide the dough into 4 equal parts and then transfer to the prepped skillets from earlier. Push down using a spatula to create an even flat cookie in the skillet.
- Bake at 350 degrees for about 20-22 minutes. Remove the cookie from the oven when it starts to turn a golden brown color.
- It may appear to be undercooked, however, pull it from the oven and set it on a cooling rack. The cookie will continue to cook and settle in the pan.
- When skillet has cooled for about 4-5 minutes top with sea salt, your favorite ice cream, chocolate chunks, and serve! Enjoy!
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1019Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 116mgSodium: 920mgCarbohydrates: 185gFiber: 5gSugar: 119gProtein: 15g