Skip making a whole batch of chocolate chip cookies and instead make this warm, gooey Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie that's perfect for up to 4 people! Made in a 6.5 inch cast iron skillet, it's nutty, aromatic flavors from the browned butter and rye flour paired with semi-sweet chocolate chips, make this quick and easy treat absolute perfection!
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Let's Talk About the Recipe!
This brown butter chocolate chip skillet cookie, adapted from King Arthur Baking rye chocolate chip cookies recipe, is the latest addition to my recipe box!
It's made using one medium-size mixing bowl (with a few other helpful tools) and baked in a 6.5 inch cast iron skillet.
The star ingredients in this chocolate chip cookie skillet are the melted brown butter and rye flour, both lending a really nice nutty flavor and chewy texture with each bite. I do, however, include substitutions below if you would prefer to just make a classic or gluten free chocolate chip cookie skillet.
When baked, the cookie has a nice golden brown crispy shell with a slightly under baked, chocolate chip gooey inside. You can even sprinkle on a little sea salt flakes, if you would like!
It's a quick and easy dessert that tastes fantastic and doesn't make a huge mess of the kitchen. Plus it's perfect for up to 4 people—or you can always just make it for you! Enjoy!
What Ingredients Will I Need?
- Unsalted Butter. This gets melted into a beautiful nutty flavored brown butter.
- The Sugars. Both the light brown and granulated sugars lend themselves to a nice balance of a part crispy, part chewy skillet cookie.
- Baking Soda & Salt. Both use just ⅛ teaspoons each. If you don't have a ⅛ teaspoon in your stash of measurement tools, you can take a pinch of each with your fingers.
- Vanilla Extract. I love the flavor it brings to this recipe.
- Egg Yolk. Just one. And you can save the egg white for your breakfast the next day or for another recipe!
- Rye Flour. Partners with the brown butter for a little more nutty flavor and chewy texture. I used King Arthur Baking Medium Organic Rye Flour.
- Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips. I went with the Ghirardelli's Grand Chocolate Chips which are much bigger than the typical size chocolate chips.
Variations / Substitutions
All-Purpose Flour. To make this a regular chocolate chip cookie skillet, you can easily swap out the rye flour for the same amount of all-purpose flour.
Gluten-Free Flour. If you would like to make this gluten-free, I recommend using the 1:1 gluten free flours that are available right now.
Unsalted Butter. You can skip browning the butter if you would rather have this as a regular chocolate chip cookie. You will still need to melt it before adding it to the cookie dough mixture.
Chocolate Chips. I used Ghirardelli's Grand Chocolate Chips, but you can easily swap those out for regular size semi-sweet chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips, or chunks of chocolate.
Nuts. While not used in this recipe, you can add some pecans, walnuts, or almonds to your cookie skillet! Reduce the amount of chocolate chips from ½ cup to ¼ cup and add in ¼ cup of your favorite nuts.
I did not test this with any other butter substitutes like plant butter, egg substitutes, or any sugar free options.
Below are the necessary baking tools you'll need to make this chocolate chip cookie skillet!
I didn't test this recipe using any other type of baking pan.
Small Saucepan. This is for browning the butter which is only ¼ cup, so a 1 quart size saucepan will work perfectly here. See my tips below for browning the butter!
If you plan to just melt the butter and skip the browning part, you don't need to use this. Just melt the butter in the microwave!
Small Glass Bowl. You'll need a small glass or heat-proof bowl for pouring the melted butter into after you're done browning it. I just used one of my small Pyrex bowls I use for prepping ingredients. Use whatever you have on hand, just don't leave it in the saucepan!
Medium-Size Mixing Bowl. The only bowl you'll need to bring it all together! Well, that and the small one I just mentioned above for the butter.
Whisks & Spatulas. I like to use either a silicone whisk or spatula for browning the butter. For mixing all of the ingredients together, I start with a whisk for the dry part and then switch to a spatula to finish the rest.
How to this Make Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie
This is a brief overview on how to make this skillet brown butter chocolate chip cookie recipe. For the full detailed recipe, scroll down to the recipe card.
Brown the butter. Use a small saucepan and either a silicone whisk or spatula. And make sure you stay with the butter the whole time. This can quickly go from browned to burnt if you're not paying attention.
Mix the dry ingredients. This includes your light brown sugar, granulated sugar, baking soda, and salt. The rye flour gets added in at the very end.
Add in the wet ingredients. This is the brown butter, egg yolk, and vanilla extract. Your cookie batter at this stage should be soft and gritty looking—kind of like a thick sugar scrub. And it should be a warm golden or amber color.
Stir in the rye flour. It's best to use a spatula here. You'll mix it together until you don't see any of the flour left.
Fold in the chocolate chips. Again, use your spatula. If you want to add any additional chocolate chips to the top, you can do this now or wait until right after it's done baking. Optionally, now would be the time you sprinkle on some sea salt flakes.
Bake for 20-22 minutes at 350ºF. Your brown butter chocolate chip skillet cookie will be puffy and come about right up to the top of the skillet. It might have a slightly caved in center too. The color should be a nice medium golden brown.
Let it sit for 10-15 minutes, then enjoy!
Brown Butter Tips
Use a light colored or stainless steel pan. The first time I tried to brown butter I had used a dark non-stick coated saucepan, making it really difficult to see when the butter had actually browned. Using a light colored or stainless steel pan will help tremendously!
Continually stir. For the best results, continually stir the butter as it melts and then begins to brown.
Brown bits are good. Don't discard them. They help give the brown butter that nice nutty flavor!
Pour into a glass when done. Don't leave the brown butter sitting in the saucepan. Pour it into a small glass or heat proof bowl until it's needed in the recipe.
For more helpful tips on how to brown butter, check out my Single Layer Carrot Cake that's paired with a wonderful brown butter cinnamon cream cheese frosting!
Chocolate Chip Cookie Skillet FAQs
For this recipe, I used a 6.5 inch cast iron skillet. Mine is from Lodge, but you can use any brand you wish!
Yes. Substitute it for the same amount listed for the rye flour.
Absolutely, but you will still need to melt the butter before adding it to the cookie dough.
The cookie will be puffy and come right up to the edge of the skillet. It might even have a slight dip to the center of it as well. The over color should be medium golden brown.
The outside should be a medium golden brown crispy outside with a slightly under baked inside. If you prefer an even softer cookie, you can reduce the amount of flour to ½ cup.
Keep it stored in an airtight container in your refrigerator. I like to add mine to some eggs I make for breakfast the next day.
I didn't test this in any other pan, but you could try a 6 inch cake pan. You could also try making this chocolate chip skillet cookie in mini cast iron skillets.
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Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Skillet CookieAuthor:
- ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted and browned
- ¼ cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- ⅛ teaspoon baking soda
- ⅛ teaspoon or pinch of salt
- 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 large egg yolk
- ½ cup medium organic rye flour
- ½ cup chocolate chips
- Adjust your oven rack to the 2nd level position (just above center) and preheat your oven to 350°F. Lightly spray a 6.5 inch cast iron skillet with a flour-based baking spray. Set to the side.
- In a small-size (light colored highly recommended) saucepan melt the unsalted butter over medium heat. Continue to stir as the butter begins to bubble and foam, then subsides. This is the water evaporating from the butter. Continue to heat until the butter turns a light color brown and has a nutty aromatic flavor with brown bits at the bottom of the saucepan. From start to finish this step will take roughly 5-6 minutes. Immediately remove the browned butter from the heat and pour into a small glass bowl. Set to the side.
- In a medium-size mixing bowl, whisk together the light brown sugar, granulated sugar, baking soda, and salt.
- Add in the brown butter, egg yolk, and vanilla extract. Mix together until fully incorporated. Your cookie dough at this stage should be soft and gritty looking—kind of like a thick sugar scrub. And it should be a warm golden or amber color.
- Stir in the rye flour until just combined and you no longer see any flour left in the cookie dough. Fold in the chocolate chips.
- Press the cookie dough into the prepared 6.5 inch skillet and bake for 20-22 minutes at 350ºF. The top will be a medium golden brown and puffy, coming up to the sides. Top with any additional chocolate chips, if desired.