Learn how to make your own warm, gooey Pizookie completely from scratch so you can enjoy your own without ever stepping foot in a restaurant! This super easy skillet chocolate chip cookie bakes for just 30 minutes and makes enough to share. Recipe includes a how-to video!
Pizookie, AKA the Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie of Your Dreams
Introducing my take on the pizookie, AKA the best skillet chocolate chip cookie recipe you’ll ever try. If you’ve ever been to a BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse, then you already know the satisfaction of dipping your spoon into this soft, molten cookie/pizza hybrid (if you ask me though, I think its more closely aligned to an extra thick chocolate chip cookie than a dessert pizza, but I digress…🙃).
My pizooke recipe is easy to make and takes just half an hour in the oven. Flavor-wise, its perfectly gooey and rich with obvious brown butter and brown sugar overtones. Like any good chocolate chip cookie, the pizookie is studded with chocolate chunks that are still melty (since it’s eaten warm!) and tastes absolutely divine when topped with a few scoops of vanilla ice cream and hot fudge sauce.
While this recipe certainly makes enough to share, the beauty of making pizookie at home is that no one will know if you eat the whole thing yourself!
Let’s get to it!
What You Need
You’re just a few simple ingredients away from a homemade skillet chocolate chip cookie. Here’s what you need!
- Butter. To really take this pizzokie to the next level, I decided to first brown the butter, which adds an absolutely incredible richness and unparalleled flavor. If you aren’t familiar with this process, check out my post on how to brown butter for some pointers.
- Sugar. I use both brown sugar and granulated sugar for that classic cookie flavor. For the brown sugar, you can use either light or dark, or a combination of the two!
- Egg + egg yolk. We’ll add an extra egg yolk for a super soft, chewy cookie texture.
- Vanilla. Use your homemade vanilla extract if you have some!
- Flour. All-purpose flour works fine for this recipe.
- Salt. To balance out the sweetness of this pizookie, we’ll add just a little salt. Plain table salt is fine!
- Chocolate. I prefer to use a chopped semisweet or dark chocolate baking bar, but chocolate chips will work too.
- Vanilla ice cream. This is optional, but I can’t think of a better pairing than a gooey chocolate chip cookie and vanilla ice cream!
SAM’S TIP: This pizookie is meant to be eaten warm not long after it’s made. My favorite way to serve it is with with ice cream and chocolate or caramel sauce, but it’s also great as-is, too!
Remember, this is just an overview of the ingredients I used and why. For the full recipe please scroll down to the bottom of the post!
How to Make a Pizookie
- Cook your butter over medium heat until it’s melted. Once melted, begin stirring constantly until your butter is browned. Immediately remove your pan from the heat and stir for a few seconds more. Set aside to cool.
- Add the sugar, egg, egg yolk, and vanilla to your cooled melted butter. Stir well to combine.
- Combine the dry ingredients in a separate bowl, then gradually add them to your wet ingredients. Stir everything together until cohesive and combined.
- Add your chocolate, then smooth the dough down into your skillet. Bake at 350F for 28-30 minutes. Let your pizookie cool for 10-15 minutes before serving warm with ice cream.
SAM’S TIP: I like to brown my butter in a cast iron skillet and then use that same skillet to make the dough and bake the pizookie. If you don’t have one, just brown your butter in a regular skillet then bake the pizookie in a 9.5 or 10” pie plate. A springform pan would also work!
Frequently Asked Questions
Pizookies get their name from being what many believe is a pizza and cookie hybrid. As I mentioned above, I think they’re more like an extra thick chocolate chip cookie than an actual dessert pizza.
While it’s best served fresh, pizookie leftovers can be warmed in the oven (if it’s still in its skillet/baking dish) or individual servings heated up in a microwave will work fine too!
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Let’s bake together! I’ll be walking you through all the steps in my written recipe and video below! If you try this recipe, be sure to tag me on Instagram, and you can also find me on YouTube and Facebook
- ¾ cup unsalted butter (170g)
- ¾ cup light brown sugar firmly packed (150g) Or a blend of light and dark brown sugar
- ⅔ cup granulated sugar (135g)
- 1 large egg
- 1 large egg yolk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour (250g)
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ¾ teaspoon table salt
- 6 oz coarsely chopped semisweet or dark chocolate or 1 heaping cup chocolate chips (170g)
- Vanilla ice cream for serving
To Brown the Butter:
- Place butter in skillet (if baking in a cast iron skillet you can brown the butter directly in the same skillet you’ll be baking in) and cook over medium heat until butter is melted.
- Once melted, continue to cook while constantly stirring as butter sizzles and pops. Once butter begins to brown (you’ll see golden brown flecks forming and floating in the pan) immediately remove from heat. Continue to stir for several seconds, then allow butter to cool (in the pan) for 30 minutes before proceeding.
Making the Pizookie
- While butter cools, preheat oven to 350F (175C).
- Once butter is no longer warm to the touch, add sugars, egg, egg yolk, and vanilla extract and stir well to combine.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt, then gradually stir into the butter mixture until dough is cohesive and completely combined (dough can seem a bit dry and crumbly, so be gradual with adding the flour and stir until it comes together).
- Stir in chocolate and flatten the surface of the cookie with a spatula or the back of a spoon.
- Transfer to 350F (175C) preheated oven and bake for 28-30 minutes or until cookie is baked through.
- Allow to cool for 10-15 minutes before topping with ice cream and serving still warm. Enjoy!
Baking dishI like to brown the butter and mix the dough together all in the same 9” cast iron skillet. However, if you do not have one you can instead bake the pizookie in a 9.5” or 10” pie plate instead. Note that the bake time will likely be longer than indicated, especially if using a glass pie plate. Use the toothpick test to check for doneness and look for the edges to be beginning to turn golden brown.
Nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered an estimate only. Actual nutritional content will vary based upon brands used, measuring methods, cooking method, portion sizes, and more.