Monday, June 3, 2013

Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie

This is the EASIEST QUICKEST cookie ever. It's so very easy. It's a little crisp on the edges but chewy on the inside. I love that it makes one skillet, that's it. Not dozens and dozens. I don't mind freezing dough for later, but then the temptation is there to bake them up in my little toaster oven. Too much, too tempting. Sure the skillet is one big ol' cookie but it's gone faster than say 5 dozen cookies. Another thing about this is all I have to wash is a spatula and the skillet. I admit that fact alone pretty much promoted it to best cookie ever status like real quick.
Since this is a MAniC MoNdAy post, you can find the original post HERE on Give Peas A Chance. I also cut and pasted the recipe below.
You do need to use a scale, but this is perfect for children learning weights :)

Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie
350 degrees 13-18 minutes
1 stick/8 tablespoons unsalted butter
3-3/4 ounces (108 grams) granulated sugar
3-3/4 ounces (108 grams) brown sugar
6-1/2 ounces (184 grams) All purpose flour
1 egg
1 tablespoon vanilla, I didn't weigh this. Just pour it in.
pinch kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
6 ounces (170 grams) chocolate, chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place a well seasoned 11 inch cast iron skillet on the stove over medium high heat, add cold butter. Let the butter melt, moving it around to coat the entire skillet and sides. Turn the heat off. Let the butter cool for a bit, so the egg doesn't scramble when you add it.
Add the sugars and vanilla to the butter. Mix well until butter is incorporated. Mix in the egg.
Stir in the flour, soda and salt. Make sure you scrape the sides and bottom of the skillet so there is not dry flour there. Stir in chocolate.
Place in the oven for 15-20 minutes until the edge are golden brown.

Variations
Almond extract, dried cherries, pistachios, white chocolate chips.
Orange zest, dark chocolate pieces.
Macadamia nuts, white chocolate chips.
Add chopped pecans, walnuts, or other nuts to the original.
Add 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder for a puffier/cake like cookie

I finally took some measurements of this- rough measurements, not exact
it's about
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 1/4 cup of flour

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