You might think there’s nothing better than a fresh chocolate chip cookie. But you may be surprised.
If warm, gooey cookies loaded with melting pools of chocolate that come straight from the oven make your heart skip a beat, then you will enjoy this hot cookie dough.
This deep dish cookie comes straight from the oven, with puddles of melted chocolate, a soft and gooey center, and delightfully crispy edges.
This cookie can be cooled and sliced, but I prefer to serve it fresh and hot with a scoop of ice cream, just digging straight in with a spoon. (Or two spoons if I decide to share.)
Words cannot describe how delicious or how easy this recipe is. You’ll just have to try it for yourself. So read on to make a delicious hot cookie dough for yourself!
Easier Than Making Cookies
Cookies are not hard to make at all, but hot cookie dough is super easy.
Pressing dough into the skillet without any portioning or shaping is the simple beauty of this recipe. Plus, it is more fun and looks really attractive.
Which Skillet to Use
I opted for a cast iron skillet, but there are other options.
Traditionally, cast iron skillets are used for oven baking, for sweet and savory dishes. These skillets are safe because the entire skillet is made out of the metal, meaning no part will melt (unless you were to put the skillet in a volcano).
Stainless steel skillets are another great type of cookware you can use. The only thing to look out for is the handle. The skillet is safe to use only if the handle is also made from the stainless steel. Wooden, or plastic handles are not safe to use in the oven.
Similarly, copper skillets can be used, but be sure to check the manufacturer’s directions to be sure it can withstand higher temperatures.
And, contrary to popular belief, some non-stick skillets are oven-safe, as long as the temperature stays below 400-450 Fahrenheit (but check the manufacturer anyway just to be safe). This means, you bake with them, but it is best not to broil with them. Broiling can damage the skillet’s nonstick coating.
How to Serve Hot Cookie Dough
You can serve the cookie dough hot, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top (or even a cool banana) and dig in with spoons. This is my favorite way.
But you can serve the cookie cold if you want. Simply let it cool completely and enjoy. It may take some time for this, however, because cast iron skillets tend to be very hot and need time to cool down.
What Else Can Be Added?
As this is a pretty simple and basic cookie dough recipe, you can enrich it easily with some additional ingredients.
For those who enjoy complex flavors, you may add some spice. I personally love cinnamon and apple pie spice mixtures. Also, if you want some crunchiness, you can add chopped nuts, such as chopped pecans, almonds, hazelnuts, or walnuts.
Chocolate Chips Vs Chocolate Bars
When you look at these, who would say there is a difference? We usually think both are just chocolate, but in a different shape. Truth to be told, these are made with chocolate, but have different properties.
1. Chocolate Chips
These small teardrop shaped pieces of chocolate are specially designed for baking. The standard chocolate chip is a semi-sweet baking chocolate, or dark chocolate without any dairy.
The basic chocolate chip has a relatively high sugar and cacao solid content which allows the chips to keep their shape during the baking. In addition, the chocolate chips have stabilizers in them, that prevent them from melting at the high heat.
It’s a good choice in general, but it’s not what I chose here.
2. Chocolate Bars
Chocolate chunks made by chopping up the chocolate are different from the chocolate chips. If you want to have chocolate oozing through the dessert, I recommend that you use chopped chocolate.
This is the reason why I used a chopped up bar for this recipe. I really wanted to saturate the cookie dough with puddles of chocolate and make it gooey.
Make sure you do not chop chocolate very fine, however, because it will really melt in the cookie dough. Instead, chop the chocolate a bit roughly, so you will have chocolate puddles as well as the shape of the chopped chocolate on top of the cookie.
How To Make This Hot Cookie Dough Recipe
Preheat oven to 350 Fahrenheit.
Place butter in a cast iron skillet. Set the skillet over the stove to melt the butter. Continue cooking until golden-brown.
Place the browned butter in a bowl. Pour golden-brown sugar over the butter and beat until smooth.
Add egg and vanilla.
Add flour and baking powder. Stir until the dough just comes together.
Fold in half the chopped chocolate. Transfer the cookie dough into the skillet. Top with remaining chocolate.
Bake for 20-22 minutes or until the edges are brown.
Serve cookie warm.
- ½ cup butter, softened
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 ¾ cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 cup chopped chocolate
- 1 pinch of salt
- Preheat oven to 350 Fahrenheit.
- Brown the butter: Place butter in a cast iron skillet. Set the skillet over the stove to melt the butter. Continue cooking until golden-brown.
- Place the browned butter in a bowl. Pour golden-brown sugar over the butter and beat until smooth.
- Add egg and vanilla.
- Add flour and baking powder. Stir until the dough just comes together.
- Fold in half the chopped chocolate. Transfer the cookie dough into the skillet. Top with remaining chocolate.
- Bake for 20-22 minutes or until the edges are brown.
- Serve cookie warm.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 411Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 59mgSodium: 201mgCarbohydrates: 56gFiber: 1gSugar: 33gProtein: 5g