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Skillet Brookie Is the Gooey, Chewy Dessert Fusion You Need to Try — Easy 30-Minute Recipe

Plus, the best type of skillet to use for easy cleanup

I like to consider myself a certified chocoholic. That is, I can’t say no to a rich, fudgy brownie or a warm, chewy cookie. I’ve also had my fair share of brookies, aka “brownie cookies,” which remain one of my favorite dessert combos. But sometimes, even the remixes need an upgrade. So when I learned about a skillet brookie, I had to try it. Imagine a giant, warm cookie but with fudgy brownie chunks throughout. This 30-minute recipe is the perfect “lazy” dessert you don’t have to portion out or bake in batches. And I’m also sharing the best skillet to use and how to make the perfect batters. So here’s how to make a party-perfect skillet brookie.

What is a skillet brookie?

Brookies get their name from the combination as brownies and cookies in one delicious dessert. And while you can make individual-sized treats, they’re even better baked in a skillet. The brownie batter typically forms the base, cradling pockets for the cookie dough (made slightly thicker to prevent it from melting). The edges develop a slight crispness during baking, while the inside remains gooey. Watch this TikTok to see the results.

Love these desserts on their own? Try this Microwave Brownie and Air Fryer Chocolate Chip Cookies!

The best type of skillet to use

Baking in a skillet offers several advantages over traditional baking pans, including an even heat distribution, minimal cleanup as well as rustic appeal. A cast-iron skillet is the ideal choice. Known for retaining heat evenly, it helps with that perfect texture you want. Additionally, cast-iron skillets are oven-safe, and when seasoned, they offer a naturally non-stick surface. But if you don’t have a cast-iron, any oven-safe nonstick pan works.

Related: Culinary Pro: The Best Way to Season a Cast Iron Skillet + The Mistake Most People Make

Baking secrets for the perfect skillet brookie

ingredients on table to make a skillet brookie, including butter, flour and chocolate chips
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Here are the top tricks for making the best skillet brookie:

1. Don’t over-mix

Both the brownie batter and cookie dough benefit from minimal mixing. Over-mixing can lead to a tough brownie and dense cookie dough.

2. Prep your skillet

Preheat your skillet with a little butter over medium heat for a few minutes before adding the batter. This ensures even cooking from the bottom up.

3. Check for doneness

A toothpick inserted into the center of the brownie portion should come out with moist crumbs, indicating a gooey center. The cookie dough on top may still be slightly soft but should set around the edges. Once done, let your skillet brookie rest for 15-20 minutes.

Tasty skillet brookie recipe

This easy recipe from Café Delites did not disappoint. It’s fudgy on the inside and crispy on the outside. Plus, you don’t need to marble the dough. You can also you a 9-inch baking pan if you don’t have a skillet.

Chocolate Chip Skillet Brookie

skillet brookie with slice cut out in pan after baking
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Ingredients:

Brownie batter

  • ⅓ cup butter, melted
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • ⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour

Cookie dough

  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • ⅔ cup all-purpose flour
  • ⅛ tsp. baking soda
  • Pinch salt
  • ⅓ cup dark/semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided

Directions:

  • Active Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 16 servings
  1. Heat the oven to 350°F. Then, lightly grease a 9-inch cast iron skillet with non-stick spray; line the base with parchment (or baking) paper; set aside.
  2. For the brownie batter: In a medium-sized bowl, whisk the butter and sugars together until the sugar dissolves. Add the cocoa powder, whisking until dissolved and smooth. Then, beat in the egg and vanilla until well incorporated (about a minute). Fold the flour and salt through until the better is smooth and thick.
  3. For The cookie dough: In a separate medium-sized bowl, beat the butter and sugars together until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla, beating until smooth. Add in the flour, baking soda and salt, folding the dry ingredients through. Fold in half of the chocolate chips; set aside.
  4. Pour the brownie batter into the skillet and spread out evenly with a spatula. Scoop the cookie dough into the brownie batter; sprinkle with the remaining chocolate chips and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the cookie is golden and the edges are set and pulling away from the sides of the pan.
  5. Allow to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, then serve hot.

Storage tips

Leftover skillet brookie can be sliced and stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days or in the fridge for up to 4 days. Reheat slices in the microwave for a few seconds until slightly warmed through or pop them back in a preheated oven at 350°F.

How to top your skillet brookie

Who says you have to stop at just the brookie? After all, dessert enthusiasts would say it looks a little plain by itself. Try these toppings ideas to take your skillet brookie to the next level.

1. Classic ice cream & chocolate sauce

A timeless combination that complements the warm, gooey brookie perfectly. I personally recommend vanilla, but you can use your favorite flavor.

2. Whipped cream & fresh berries

A light and refreshing option that adds a touch of sweetness and also tartness.

3. Salted caramel sauce & toasted pecans

For a sophisticated twist, drizzle with salted caramel sauce as well as a sprinkle with toasted pecans.


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