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Salty Dark and Milk Chocolate Skillet Cookie

February 16, 2024

Let’s cut right to the chase—why make a dozen tiny cookies when you could just make one, honking-huge, buttery, chocolate chip-filled skillet cookie?


Salty Dark and Milk Chocolate Skillet Cookie in a cast iron pan with ice cream

What’s The Best Thing You Can Make With Your Cast Iron Skillet? Oh, We Are SO VERY Glad You Asked.

Look, there’s nothing wrong with a great grilled cheese. And who doesn’t love scrambled eggs? But when it comes to true greatness, as far as we’re concerned, this skillet chocolate chip cookie recipe is far and away the best thing you could ever hope to make with your trusty cast-iron skillet. It’s absolutely packed to the brim with chocolate—both milk chocolate AND dark chocolate, please and thank you—and it’s buttery, dough-y, and kissed with just a sprinkle of salt to balance out all that sweetness. It’s utter perfection—a skillet cookie lovers dream.

ingredients for Salty Dark and Milk Chocolate Skillet Cookie butter and vanilla
6 eggs in a pink ceramic cartoon and one egg cracked in a small bowl

An Easy Homemade Skillet Cookie Dough

To make the best skillet cookie EVER, we called on a few basic, classic chocolate chip cookie ingredients. Well, really we should say chocolate chunk cookie ingredients, because we strongly feel that a chocolate chunk is vastly superior to a chocolate chip. Yeah, it means you’ve got to do a little chopping, but chocolate chopping usually leads to a bit of chocolate snacking, which is always a good thing. Anyway, we’d bet good money that you’ve already got a lot of these ingredients on-hand. And if not, they’re easy to get your hands on. Here’s everything you’ll need to make a killer skillet cookie:

  • Unsalted butter. You know that it’s always best to bake with unsalted butter, right? That way you can control the salt in your baked goods! We love to add a pinch of salt to cookie dough, but different brands of salted butter can contain different amounts of salt, so it’s best to start with unsalted butter and add the salt in measurable increments.
  • Sugar—both white and brown.
  • Egg
  • Vanilla
  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Milk chocolate
  • Dark chocolate
flour, brown sugar
chopped up dark chocolate on a cutting board

How to Make a Skillet Cookie

Making a skillet cookie is arguably even easier than making a batch of regular old chocolate chip cookies—just mix up the batter and press it all into a single pan. Bake and slice! Here’s how we do it:

  1. Chop up milk chocolate bars and dark chocolate bars. Try not to eat all of the chocolate—save some for the skillet!
  2. Make cookie dough! Just like you would for a normal cookie. Cream the butter and sugar, mix in the eggs and vanilla, then stir in the dry ingredients.
  3. Stir in both chocolates.
  4. Press dough into a greased cast-iron skillet.
  5. Bake! About 20 minutes.
  6. Gobble! You made a giant cookie! Yay!
Chocolate chip Cookie dough in a cast iron skillet
freshly baked chocolate chip skillet cookie in a pink cast iron skillet

How to Serve a Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie

It tastes like a cookie, but cuts like a cake. Therefore, it obviously must be served cream! There’s nothing wrong with eating a skillet cookie on its own, but we subscribe to the “more is more when it comes to dessert” philosophy, and so we say top that baby with a big scoop of good-quality vanilla ice cream! Oh, and a little sprinkle of fine sea salt, too. YEAH WE WENT THERE.

freshly baked chocolate chip skillet cookie in a pink cast iron skillet with ice cream
Salty Dark and Milk Chocolate Skillet Cookie in a cast iron pan with ice cream

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Salty Dark and Milk Chocolate Skillet Cookie

  • Serves: 4
  • Prep Time:  15 min
  • Cook Time:  20 min
  • Calories: 785


  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 ounces milk chocolate, finely chopped, plus more for serving
  • ½ cup dark chocolate, chunks
  • Vanilla ice cream, for serving
  • Maldon salt, for serving


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F, with a rack in the center position.

  2. In a large bowl combine the melted butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar. Mix in the egg and vanilla extract, until fully combined.

  3. Add the flour, baking soda, and salt to the bowl. Stir until a dough forms and no dry bits remain. Stir in both the milk chocolate and the dark chocolate chunks.

  4. Press the dough into a lightly greased 10-inch cast iron skillet.

  5. Bake until the center is set, but still a bit gooey, about 18-20 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool slightly.

  6. Top with ice cream, flakey salt, and finely chopped chocolate.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories785
  • Protein9 g
  • Carbohydrates97 g
  • Total Fat40 g
  • Dietary Fiber3 g
  • Cholesterol124 mg
  • sodium619 mg
  • Total Sugars62 g

Salty Dark and Milk Chocolate Skillet Cookie

Questions & Reviews

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  • Donna

    Do you use light or dark brown sugar?

    we usually use light but either should work!

  • Anne

    Can semi-sweet and bittersweet chocolate chips be substituted for the milk and dark chocolate bars?

    Absolutely! Hope you enjoy!

  • A

    Can the dough be made in advance and refrigerated?

    Sure! Just let it come to room temp before baking or else it will change the bake time. Hope you enjoy!

  • Shanique

    Looks DIVINE! I love skillet cookies. I've always ordered them in resturants but I've never tried to make one at home. Definitely a recipe to add to the to try list!

    Ooooh, now you HAVE to try this at home!!

  • Sharon

    This recipe came out great! First time visitor to this blog and I’m delighted to find a dessert recipe with no greater than one cup of sugar and one stick of butter. Wouldn’t even know the difference though!

    Thanks Sharon, we are so happy you loved it!

  • K.

    This is scrumptious and easy!! Bake as directed…even though it may look a little doughy when you take it out. This is a great addition to a friends and/or family dinner. 5 stars!

    Thanks K, so glad you loved it!

  • Jenn

    wow, wow, wow. This was indulgent and perfect.

    Thank you Jenn! Glad you enjoyed it!