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A Giant Skillet Cookie for When a Bunch of Cookies Won't Cut It

April 24, 2018

What’s better than a warm batch of cookies fresh from the oven? A giant cookie warm and gooey from the skillet.

See what we mean? Photo by Ty Mecham

Baking cookies in a skillet or pan somehow makes a classic crowd-pleaser even more universal: The edges get crisp and crunchy, while chewy fans can still enjoy the soft center. And—spoiler alert—they’re just as easy to make. All you need is a bowl and a nonstick pan (or if you’re cooking without nonstick, line the bottom with parchment paper).

In her newest book, Cookies in a Pan, author and food stylist Sabrina Fauda-Rôle outlines the steps: First, mix the dry ingredients together while you melt butter on very low heat. Once melted, take the pan away from the heat and add your egg and whisk before placing it back on the burner.

Next, add your dry ingredients while stirring with a whisk until the texture is nice and even. The cookie will, er, cook for about 10 minutes over low heat. And we mean really low—it’s pretty dang easy to burn your cookie’s bottom. When you’re adding your toppings, make sure to press the them into the dough, then cover and cook for five more minutes. After a 15-minute cool-down, enjoy a slice... or the whole skillet. We won't judge if you don't share.

Which do you prefer—lots of little cookies or one big one?

See what other Food52 readers are saying.

  • FrugalCat
  • BakerBren
  • Kaitlin Bray
    Kaitlin Bray
Katie is a food writer and editor who loves cheesy puns and cheesy cheese.


FrugalCat May 31, 2019
I used walnuts instead of almonds. It was fantastic and I really liked the wedge shaped pieces way of serving it.
BakerBren April 24, 2018
This is an interesting technique I'll have to try. Usually, I make cookie dough a day ahead the standard way in a mixing bowl then press it into a skillet when I'm ready for cookies. After I cook pizzas in my wood fired oven, I add the skillets off to the side and let them cook in the cooling oven while we eat pizza. Fresh dessert is ready from the oven! For those of you reading this with WFOs, I highly recommend it.
Kaitlin B. April 24, 2018
I want your life! Nothing beats pizza and cookies for dinner in my book.
BakerBren April 24, 2018
Thanks for the vote of confidence, Kaitlin! If you want pizza and cookies and you find yourself in central WA state for some reason, look me up.