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Mini Skillet Cookies, melty chocolate chip goodness

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These mini skillet cookies are what you want for dessert tonight.

Or at least they’re what I want for dessert tonight.

They’re like the simple, warm, melty, gooey chocolate chip skillet cookies that you find at so many restaurants, usually topped with a scoop of ice cream.

Brown sugar, granulated sugar, softened butter in mixing bowls

But these ones are better than what you’ll find at the average restaurant, where they’re usually pulling mass-produced pucks of cookie dough from the freezer.

And I’ll totally admit that those are still pretty good!

But these are rich with brown sugar to keep them soft and bring in molasses notes to the flavor.

Bowls of wet ingredients, dry ingredients, and chocolate chips for cookie dough

They have an extra splash of vanilla extract to give them extra depth of flavor.

And best of all, they have a generous amount of bittersweet chocolate.

While these will be good with whatever chocolate chips you have hanging around the house, they’ll be even better if you splurge a little on the chocolate. It’s a place where you can taste the difference.

I like Guittard and Ghirardelli for widely distributed chocolate chips, feves, and choppable chocolate bars.

(If you have extra chocolate leftover, you can always make these oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, these amazing blondies, or these chocolate butterscotch chip cookies.)

Six scoops of chocolate chip cookie dough on a baking sheet

The thing that really makes these skillet cookies sing, though, is the flaky sea salt that gets sprinkled on top.

It gives them an extra salty edge to cut through the sweetness and keep you diving back into the warm skillet for another bite of gooey cookie.

Two cast iron skillets with chocolate chip cookie dough on a baking sheet

There’s another great trick with these.

If you portion the dough, you can bake one or two of them right now, and stick the rest in the freezer so you can have a skillet cookie again tomorrow (or next week or whenever the craving hits).

Two mini chocolate chip skillet cookies topped with vanilla ice cream

Then you just need to make sure there’s enough ice cream left to top them.


Yield: 6-8 skillet cookies

Mini Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookies

Mini Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookies

These skillet cookies are rich with brown sugar, an extra splash of vanilla, and studded with chunks of bittersweet chocolate. You can use chocolate chips or chop your own for little flecks of chocolate spread throughout the dough.

The tops are sprinkled with flaky sea salt before they go into the oven to give them a salty edge to cut through the sweetness.

It's worth noting that there are two common sizes of mini cast iron skillets. These are shown in 5-inch skillets. This makes six skillet cookies of that size.

You can also make them in 3.5-inch cast iron skillets. In that case, divide the dough into 8 portions and proceed as directed.

You can make these all at once if you have enough skillets, but you can also bake one or two of them and portion and freeze the dough to bake later.

To bake from frozen, add an additional 2 minutes to the bake time. (Don't thaw first.)

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, dark or light
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup chopped bittersweet chocolate or chocolate chips
  • flaky sea salt, for topping


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray 1–6 5-inch cast iron skillets (depending on how many cookies you want to bake) with nonstick spray and place on a baking sheet.
  2. Add the softened butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar to a large mixing bowl and stir until combined.
  3. Add the egg and vanilla to the butter mixture and stir again until combined.
  4. Add the flour, baking soda, and kosher salt to a separate mixing bowl and whisk together.
  5. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until just incorporated.
  6. Add the chocolate and stir until distributed throughout the dough.
  7. Divide the dough into six portions, approximately 1/4 cup each.
  8. Add one dough portion to each skillet (freeze any you are not baking right now for later). Sprinkle the top of the dough with flaky sea salt.
  9. Bake until the edges look wrinkly and the top is a deep golden brown, about 15-17 minutes. Let cool for about 10 minutes before serving, preferably with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 351Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 46mgSodium: 302mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 3gSugar: 22gProtein: 5g

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Friday 1st of December 2023

This recipe is so delicious. Would it work to make them as regular cookies without a skillet?

Evelyn Percival

Tuesday 7th of February 2023

can you put the mixture and the fridge and eat the rest another day

Mary Kasprzak

Friday 3rd of March 2023


LeAnn Grimm

Thursday 2nd of September 2021

How else can I say this other than that this is the absolutely best cookie I’ve ever eaten! Seriously- so good. I froze and saved extras to have whenever I need a delicious crisp warm gooey chocolate chip cookie…which was tonight. ❤️ Definitely saving and using many times in the future. Thanks-


Monday 2nd of August 2021

If you freeze the dough, do you need to thaw it in the fridge overnight before you cook it or can you just add it to the skillet and cook it longer? If just add to the skillet frozen, how much longer do you cook it? Thx : )

Mary Kasprzak

Saturday 7th of August 2021

No need to thaw, just add a few minutes to the bake time. Keep an eye on it, the precise time will vary depending on skillet size, your particular oven, and how gooey you want the middle.

Nart at Cooking with Nart

Monday 14th of September 2020

These look so good! Think I'm gonna try the recipe this weekend!

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