Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookies

Skillet chocolate chip cookies are easy to make in an oven, on the grill or over a campfire. It is a deliciously easy way to enjoy chocolate chip cookies outdoors or anytime.



The idea for this recipe came from an experience I had at a local chain restaurant one evening. After eating a great main course, they asked if we wanted dessert. I said I would like to see the menu and low and behold, there it was a skillet chocolate chip cookie. The restaurant served the cookie hot out of the oven with ice cream and it was absolutely fantastic. Because the cookie was so delicious, I knew that I had to recreate it and I wanted to try making this cookie in the great outdoors.




The cast iron pan they served the cookie in that day was only about a 6 inch round pan. This was perfect for one or two servings. Because I don’t have a pan that small, I opted to make this recipe with one large skillet. Using a larger skillet meant I had to cut out the cookies like a pie piece. This worked great and I serve it with ice cream. Dipping the cookie slices in milk worked great with the cookie pie slices.



How to Bake

Skillet chocolate chip cookies are easy to do in an oven, which makes the whole baking process really simple. No matter if you are baking indoors or out, a cast iron skillet works the best. When baking the cookie outdoors, I recommend a cast iron lid for the skillet to set the coals on. A Dutch oven lid stand works really well for getting the skillet off the ground to fit coals under it. Try to prepare more coals than the chart below calls for just in case they are needed. When baking on a grill, have the indirect heat high enough to bake the cookie on top and bottom. It can be difficult to get the bottom done and it may be necessary to use some direct heat

Getting The Right Temperature

You can find my handy chart for cooking with coals in my book Damn Fine Dishesfound on page 42. This chart gives you an approximation of the number of coals you will need on the bottom and top of your Dutch oven. You can find some of the most popular Dutch oven sizes listed in this chart. This will show the correct temperature for baking the cookies.  You can also read all the great reviews for Damn Fine Dishes here.

Damn Fine Dishes website has a new feature called the Dutch Oven Chart. This chart lets you enter in a Dutch oven size, the temperature intended to cook at and the cooking type you intend to do. Now just click the submit button, and you are given the number of coals you need for both the top and bottom. I hope you find this feature helpful. Please let me know what you think of the Dutch oven chart and how I can improve it.


Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookies

This recipe is a great way to make chocolate chips cookies indoors or outdoors. Simple and delicious, this dessert looks as good as it tastes.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 718 kcal
Author Barbara Tidwell


  • 1 1/4 c firmly packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 stick Crisco butter flavor sticks or 3/4 c. butter flavor shortening
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 3/4 c all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tbsp heaping unsweetened powdered cocoa mix
  • 3/4 c ghirardelli semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F., preheat grill to 350 degrees F. or prepare coals if making in a Dutch oven. You will need about 22 coals total.

  2. Combine brown sugar, shortening, milk, and vanilla in a large bowl. Beat at medium speed of electric mixer until the mixture is light and fluffy.

  3. Add egg to creamed mixture and beat for a few minutes more until incorporated.

  4. Combine flour, salt, baking soda and cocoa mix into a separate bowl and mix the dry ingredients. Slowly mix into creamed mixture until blended.

  5. Stir in chocolate chips.

  6. Using a 10-inch skillet, press the cookie down until it stretches out to the side of the skillet.

  7. Bake at 350 degrees F. for about 25 to 30 minutes. Use 15 coals on top and 7 on the bottom if cooking with coals in a Dutch oven. Let cool for 15 minutes before serving. Serve with vanilla ice cream while the cookie is still warm.