Monday, February 15, 2016

Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie

 Here's an easy recipe that you can quickly throw together when you're in the mood for something sweet. I made this one afternoon, simply because I was bored. I felt like trying something new, but didn't feel like going to the store, or doing anything that was too involved. (TBH, there are some days when I really feel like diving head first into an all day cooking project, but this was definitely not one of those days). This is a Martha Stewart recipe and it's exactly what I was looking for. It only takes a couple minutes to mix up the few basic ingredients, then you spread the batter into your skillet, and boom, it's in the oven and making the whole house smell heavenly. It's perfect with a nice tall glass of ice cold milk after school or while watching TV.
Sometimes the simplest things really are the best, dontcha think?

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
1/3 cup packed dark-brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips 
 Preheat oven to 350ºF. 
In a large bowl, combine butter and sugars. Stir in egg and vanilla. Stir in flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir in chips. Transfer to a 10-inch cast-iron skillet; smooth top. Bake until cookie is golden brown and just set in the center, 18 to 20 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes. 
This cookie turns out very gooey. I wanted it to be a little more chewy than gooey, so I baked mine for a minute or two longer. Turned out perfectly!
Vary this recipe just as you'd vary any regular chocolate chip cookies! Instead of chocolate chips, add nuts or M&Ms or toffee bits or white chips or chocolate chunks or any combination you like!
I know I always say "more is more", but when it comes to chocolate chip cookies, I like to taste the cookie just as much as I like the chocolate chips. So I usually don't add more chips than the recipe says. WHAT??? Yes, I know, I know, it's crazy. Stop judging me.

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