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Mini Cast Iron Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe (Half Baked Cookies)

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Half Baked Cookies or Mini Cast Iron Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookies are THE BEST and easiest dessert EVER! Crispy edges, gooey chocolate chip cookie caramel-like centers, served piping hot with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, slowly melting on top, we drizzle them with hot fudge sauce and caramel sauce.

Grab a spoon and dig into these little mini skillet cookies of luscious warm, gooey chocolate chip cookies — such an amazing easy dessert.

If you are a CCC fan, you will love our many versions of chocolate chip cookies; try my classic High Altitude Chocolate Chip Cookies, Crumbl Chocolate Chip Cookies, Giant Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Half baked cookie square image of cookie in mini cast iron skillet with vanilla ice cream, caramel sauce and chocolate sprinkles.

Why you will love Half Baked Cookies

  • We call them Half Bakes, because Half Baked Chocolate Chip Cookie or Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie is a mouthful and the only thing you want a mouthful of are these – Half Bakes! Many people call these Pizookies, kind of a pizza cookie if you will!
  • I’m not even sure I can fully describe the mouth-watering, chewygooey, soft, creamy sensation that takes place in your mouth when you pop a bite of this warm out of the oven cookie smothered in melting vanilla ice cream in your mouth. 
  • They are the most requested dessert in our house, and for good reason they are our favorite dessert! I keep cookie dough balls in the freezer just for this purpose! Using these mini cast iron skillets, they are the perfect size for individual cookies.
Mini Cast Iron Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe with dough pressed into mini skillets on cookie sheet.

Simple Ingredients

The full recipe and instructions are at the end of this post in a printable recipe card.

  • Butter | I always use salted butter, use a high quality butter for the best results, no butter blends please. If using unsalted butter, add additional ¼ teaspoon salt.
  • Granulated Sugar | I use organic cane sugar in my baking, requiring a little longer in the creaming process with the butter, white sugar may be used too
  • Brown Sugar | Light brown is what I use, but if you want a more molasses flavor, try dark brown sugar
  • Eggs | You will want to use a large egg in baking, best if brought to room temperature
  • Vanilla extract | Use the best you can afford
  • All-purpose Flour | I like using organic, unbleached all-purpose flour for these cookies
  • Baking Soda & Kosher Salt
  • Chocolate Chips | I typically use 3 types of chocolate chips; semi-sweet chocolate chips, chocolate chunks and mini chocolate chips.
Half baked skillet cookie on plate with ice cream and caramel sauce.

Well, ya gotta start with the BEST Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie dough, make up a batch or a double batch!

Bake off a dozen or so regular cookie, then using a cookie scoop make cookie dough balls and freeze for Half Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies later! See all of my cookie dough tips and tricks here!

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  • If making a mini skillet chocolate chip cookie, then you will need small cast iron skillets, I found the cast iron pan on sale at Hobby Lobby, I used 3.5 inch skillet, but you can use smaller or larger and share them!
  • Ramekin or other 4-6 ounce oven safe bowl.
Scoops of chocolate chip cookie dough on parchment lined backing sheet.

How to Make Mini Skillet Cookie Recipe

Preheat your oven to 350° F.

In the bowl of a stand mixture, cream butter and sugars. Add eggs, one at a time, then vanilla, scraping sides. Mix together the dry ingredients in a large bowl, then add slowly add to wet ingredients with mixer on low. Stir in chocolate chips.

If using Pyrex custard cup or ramekin spray the cup with baking spray before adding your cookie dough. For mini cast iron skillets, if you are worried they’ll stick, spray or rub with a little oil or melted butter – DO NOT USE Pam or other non-stick sprays, this will gum up their natural non-stick, seasoned finish.

Press 2 medium sized dough balls into baking cup or 1 large dough ball. If frozen, allow to thaw for 20 minutes, then press down into pan or cup.

Place skillet/ramekin cookies on cookie sheet on middle rack of oven. Baking time from 10-15 minutes — we like ours with a soft center, a super gooey cookie, so we bake less time.

Remove ice cream and place on counter to thaw slightly while cookies are baking. Or even better, pre-scoop ice cream and place on a wax paper lined small baking pan, returning to freezer until ready to use. You may want to consider making your own ice cream, try my old fashioned chocolate ice cream or vanilla bean ice cream.

Half Baked Cookies should be just set on the edges and getting golden brown; they might look “set” in the center, but take out before they are cooked through. 

Bake to your preference, ours are HALF BAKED – hence the name!

Scooping vanilla ice cream into lined pan and prefreezing for easier serving for half baked cookies.

My boy’s friends know what these are and they are often requested when they come over, which is why I try and keep frozen chocolate chip cookie dough in my freezer. Great for non-cake lovers birthdays as well!

Spoon placing a scoop of vanilla ice cream onto top of skillet chocolate chip cookie.

Fresh Tips

  • Once baked to your preference, carefully remove from oven (glass cups or ramekins tend to slide around).
  • If using a ramekin, carefully using hot pads, place the ramekin in a larger bowl, just makes it easier to eat.
  • Place scoop of ice cream on top of the hot cookie, the melting ice cream mixed with the “half-bakedness” of the cookie is beyond words, drizzle with your favorite dessert sauce for the perfect dessert.
Mini Skillet chocolate chip cookie with vanilla ice cream scoop on top.

More ways to enjoy your Half Baked Cookie

  • Drizzle on your favorite sauce; I used Bourbon Caramel Vanilla Sauce, or try Chewy Hot Fudge or Chocolate Ganache, can you spell R.I.C.H. – oh wait, I just did!
  • In my ever so humble (do it) opinion, you should sprinkle some flaky sea salt on the cookie or on top of ice cream toppings; not a lot, just enough to get teensy little bursts of sweet and salty
  • Sprinkles are always fun and festive! I really like these all natural milk chocolate sprinkles or multi-colored sprinkles.
  • Serve on a plate with a napkin under to help grab while you are devouring this astonishing dessert and remember — HALF BAKED COOKIE! 
  • Be sure to provide ample napkins for the drool fest everyone will experience – if you LOVED them please give the recipe a 5 star rating and comment below!
Sprinkled half baked cookie with chocolate jimmies.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can You Eat Half Baked Cookies?

Yes! In fact most of the time I prefer underbaked or half baked cookies! If you are worried about the cookies they spend enough time in the oven to kill most bacteria, plus with our ultra pasteurized eggs they are safe to eat anyway!

Can I use a large skillet and make a giant cookie?

Absolutely, use a 12″ oven safe skillet (this is my favorite cast-iron skillet) and press the entire batch of cookie dough into the skillet. Bake at 350 degrees F for 20-25 minutes. It will be a warm, soft, big cookie to feed a crowd!

What about using store bought cookie dough balls?

Of course you may, whether you use your favorite homemade cookie dough, or want to purchase store bought cookie dough you will use the same ratio, about 2 medium cookie dough balls per mini skillet.

Spooning on some thick caramel syrup over the top of the mini cast iron skillet chocolate chip cookie.

Variations

  • Chop up peanut butter cups and sprinkle on top of the warm cookie, in fact, even better, make up a batch of Moose Tracks Ice cream!
  • Make up a batch of M&M Chocoalte Chip Cookies and use those instead for a bright and festive skillet cookie.
  • How about a peanut butter skillet cookie? Try these flourless peanut butter cookies from my friend Sheila.
Mini Cast iron skillet chocolate chip cookie half baked recipe with ice cream and caramel syrup on top.

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13 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    We’re all about these individual skillet cookies, and my kids have requested them three times since we had them… two days ago. We’ll definitely be baking this goodness again!

  2. 5 stars
    I made these mini skillet cookies before my granddaughter came over and she loved having her own skillet! We set out the toppings and I think she needed another skillet just for those lol!

  3. What? This is one of those things that I didn’t realize I needed in my life, but now…can’t live without! And I have the mini-skillets too! I’m telling you, it is kismet!