Well guys, I finally did it……I’ve got a quick, easy recipe for you with ingredients you most likely already have in your kitchen! Funny thing is this recipe was actually a little tougher for me to develop than I thought it would be. Limiting the ingredients and techniques I could use proved to be quite the challenge. With every round and tweak I made the cookie still tasted flat to me. Usually, I would brown the butter or add in something like non-fat dried milk powder or whole wheat pastry flour to give the cookie some more depth. Buuuuuut I promised this recipe would be crazy, super easy so I restrained myself and ended up discovering a secret ingredient that I might not have thought of before.
Turns out a tablespoon of maple syrup was all my skillet cookie needed. I was getting a bit desperate to be honest and kept scouring my fridge and pantry for something that would give the cookie that little extra oomph it needed. That’s when I saw the maple syrup and it was exactly what I needed. Something sweet, but robust and something that would blend in with the other ingredients while still providing the depth the skillet cookie so desperately needed. And best of all…….it’s something you guys probably already have (or can at least swing by the grocery store and buy easily)!
My favorite part about this skillet cookie is the texture. It has a crackly crust reminiscent of blondies, a dense, chewy middle and gorgeous crispy, lacy edges. So really, it has something for everyone to love. The other amazing thing about this recipe is how quick it comes together. I’m talking crazy fast. Like from start to finish under 30 minutes and only about 5 minutes of that is actual work time. And it’s one of those recipes that you don’t have to wait a long time for it to cool. Mostly because it’s soooooooo good warm, straight out of the oven. Especially when topped with ice cream!
So if you’re looking for a fast, easy dessert and one that happens to be insanely delicious as well – then this is the skillet cookie for you! And feel free to add whatever kind of mix-ins you like. My favorite is salted dark chocolate (somewhere in the 72 – 88% range), but it would be awesome with toasted nuts, peanut butter chips, or even some chopped up candy. So get creative and let me know what you come up with!
Quick and Easy Skillet Cookie
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: one 10-inch skillet cookie 1x
- 1 cup salted butter, melted
- 1 ¼ cup firmly packed brown sugar (light or dark will work….but I prefer dark)
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 large egg yolk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 ½ cups of mix-ins – I usually do coarsely chopped salted dark chocolate, but feel free to throw in some nuts, sprinkles, candy or whatever else you’re feeling that day!
Preheat the oven to 375°F. Lightly butter a 10-inch skillet and set aside.
In a large bowl, add the melted butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar and whisk until everything comes together.
Add in the egg and egg yolk and whisk vigorously until the eggs are well incorporated. Then whisk in the vanilla extract, maple syrup, baking soda, and salt.
Add in the flour and mix until it is just partially incorporated. Then add in your mix-ins and stir until the dough just comes together.
Spoon the dough into your prepared skillet and spread into a relatively even layer. Bake for 19 – 22 minutes or until the edges are set, but the middle still looks slightly underdone.
Place on a wire rack and let cool for a few minutes (or however long you can wait). Then slap on some ice cream, break out the spoons, and dig in!
This can also be made as individual or smaller skillet cookies. For a 6-inch skillet or smaller drop the time to about 15 minutes.