Who could resist a soft and warm Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie? This Pizookie can be made in a cast-iron skillet or a simple cake pan for a deep-dish treat. It’s a decadent dessert that will have you savoring every last gooey bite. Grab a spoon and dig in!
A few years ago we used to live by a restaurant, BJ’s, that served the BEST skillet cookies, AKA Pizookies. They had so many different variations available and served each one with a huge scoop of vanilla ice cream.
No joke, every time we ate there we’d come home wit 3 Pizookies to-go. Maybe it wasn’t the healthiest thing ever, but it sure was delicious!
We’ve since moved across the country to where a BJ’s is no longer near us, but that doesn’t mean we still can’t get our pizookie fix with our very own homemade version!
What is a Pizookie?
So what does Pizookie stand for? It’s a “pizza cookie”, essentially cookie dough baked in a deep-dish pizza pan. There are a few names this decadent dessert goes by, such as pizookie, skillet cookie, deep dish cookie pie… whatever you want to call it, it’s definitely a step up from a typical chocolate chip cookie! (Which I would never pass up either btw. 😉 )
Homemade Skillet Cookie
This pizookie is the bomb. The soft-baked center, golden brown outer, and gooey chocolate chips scattered throughout make this skillet cookie all the more pleasing. It’s also vegan since we’re using applesauce to give it a nice soft and chewy texture (I promise you can’t taste a hint of apple either!).
The recipe makes two deep dish chocolate chip cookies in a 8″ pan or 4 smaller sized pizookies in a 5″ skillet. Feel free to half this recipe if you aren’t making for a lot of people or just want a serving for one or two.
How to Make a homemade Pizookie:
Before we begin, you will need either a cast-iron skillet or a small pizookie pan. I use and like this one from Amazon. You can also use a deep-dish circular cake pan if you don’t have a skillet.
Now that you’ve got your skillet or pan, we can start making the pizookie!
Step 1: Make the dough
- To make the dough, whisk flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
- Cream together the butter and sugars. Add in the vanilla extract and cream until the mixture is smooth.
- Add half of the applesauce and beat well. Add the remaining applesauce and beat again until all ingredients are evenly incorporated.
- Gradually combine the dry ingredients to the wet. Stir in water and fold in chocolate chips.
- Chill the dough for at least 20 minutes in the freezer or 1 hour in the refrigerator. The harder it is to scoop out the dough, the better!
Step 2: Bake
- Scoop the cookie dough into a cast-iron skillet or a greased cake pan. If using a small cast-iron skillet, bake for 8-10 minutes or, if using a cake pan, bake for 16-20 minutes at 375 degrees F.
Step 3: Assemble the Pizookie
Top it with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of chocolate syrup and serve!
As mentioned, I’ve tested this recipe in both a cast-iron skillet and a cake pan. Opt for a cake pan if you want more of a deep-dish cookie, or a skillet for a sloped cookie that’s great for holding ice cream. Both turn out really well!
Just look at that inside… *heart eyes*. Isn’t it beautiful in all of it’s soft-baked, crumble glory?
My favorite part is when the ice cream melts and the cookie becomes extra soft and gooey. Yummm. 🙂
Can I freeze the dough?
Yes! This cookie dough freezes really well. I actually prefer using the dough the next day, but I know how hard it is to wait a whole 24 hours to use cookie dough. You can make the dough ahead and store it in a freezer-friendly container for up to 1 month. When you’re ready to bake cookies, it can go straight from the freezer to the skillet or pan. No baking adjustments needed!
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Pizookie Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie
- 1 1/4 Cup Flour
- 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1/2 Cup Butter (1 stick softened, can sub for vegan butter)
- 1/3 Cup Granulated Sugar
- 1/3 Cup Brown Sugar (can sub for coconut sugar)
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1/4 Cup Unsweetened Applesauce
- 1 Cup Chocolate Chips
- 1 tsp Water
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a cake pan if using. If using a cast-iron skillet do not grease.
- Whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
- In a separate bowl, cream together the softened butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla extract until creamy. Beat in half of the applesauce. Beat in the remaining applesauce until all the ingredients are evenly incorporated.
- Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet. Stir in water and fold in chocolate chips. Chill the dough for at least 1 hour in the refrigerator, or 20 minutes in the freezer.
- Scoop the chilled dough into a cake pan or a cast-iron skillet. If using a cast-iron skillet, bake for 8-10 minutes. If using a cake pan, bake for 16-20 minutes.
- This recipe is made for two deep dish cookies in an 8″ cake pan or four smaller pizookies in a 5″ cast iron skillet.
- If you don’t have applesauce on hand and aren’t making vegan, you can substitute for 2 eggs.
- Baking time may depend on the oven and the type of pan you use. Just make sure the center is done and thoroughly baked before consuming.
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