This pizookie recipe is a showstopper! Pizza-sized cookies are the best kind of chocolate chip cookie because they have a crispy outer layer and a soft, goey center, creating the perfect texture! They’re incredibly easy to make and share, you just need a skillet! The process, and the clean up, is incredibly simple.
What is a pizookie?
A pizookie is a pizza-sized cookie! As the name suggests its an extra large cookie designed to be baked in a skillet. What I love the most about them is the way the shared dessert brings people together around the dinner table!
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- Irresistible texture. Pizookies have a unique texture with a crispy edge and a soft, gooey center, providing a delightful contrast that’s hard to resist!
- Easy to make. Skillet chocolate chip cookies are a breeze to make since they require just one skillet, eliminating the need for multiple baking sheets and reducing cleanup.
- Experiment with flavors. Pizookies can be customized with a variety of flavors such as chocolate chips, nuts, or even added caramel, marshmallows, or fruit, allowing you to create your own favorite combinations.
- Fun presentation. Serving warm pizookies directly from their pans adds a charming and rustic touch, perfect for sharing with family and friends for a cozy and memorable dessert experience. Top them with some homemade vanilla or chocolate ice cream for some added sweetness.
- All-purpose flour. Provides structure and helps bind the ingredients together.
- Coconut oil (or vegan butter). Adds moisture and richness to the cookie dough, creating a tender and flavorful texture.
- Brown sugar. Enhances the sweetness and contributes to the soft and chewy texture of the cookie.
- Plant-based milk (such as almond or soy milk). Adds moisture and helps bind the pizookie batter.
- Vanilla extract. Infuses the cookie with a pleasant aroma and enhances the overall flavor.
- Baking powder. Acts as a leavening agent, helping the cookie rise and become light and fluffy.
- Salt. Balances the sweetness and enhances the overall flavor of the cookie. You can optionally sprinkle a pinch of rock salt on top of the cookie, instead of mixing it into the batter, for added presentation.
- Chocolate chips or chunks. Provides delicious bursts of chocolatey goodness throughout the cookie.
How to make a pizookie
Step 1 – Prepare the dry ingredients. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt until well combined.
Step 2 – Prepare the wet ingredients. In a separate bowl, whisk together the melted coconut oil (or vegan butter) and brown sugar until smooth and well incorporated. Stir in the plant-based milk and vanilla extract to the wet ingredients. Whisk until just combined.
Step 3 – Mix the cookie batter. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, stirring until just combined. Be careful not to overmix. Fold in the vegan chocolate chips or chunks, distributing them evenly throughout the dough.
Step 4 – Bake in a skillet. Transfer the cookie dough to a well-seasoned or oven-safe skillet, cast iron works best, and spread it out evenly using a spatula. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with a few crumbs (the cookie will continue to firm up as it cools).
Step 5 – Serve! Remove from the oven and let the skillet cookie cool for a few minutes before serving. You can enjoy it warm directly from the skillet. Garnish with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for added presentation and sweetness.
Tips to make the best recipe
- Use the right skillet. Choose a well-seasoned cast iron skillet or an oven-safe skillet to ensure even baking and prevent sticking. A properly seasoned skillet will also add a nice crust to the edges of the cookie.
- Don’t overmix the dough. Mix the ingredients until just combined. Overmixing can result in a tougher texture.
- Adjust the baking time. Keep a close eye on the pizookie while baking, as the baking time may vary depending on your oven and skillet size. The edges should be golden brown, and the center should be set but still slightly soft. Remember that the cookie will continue to firm up as it cools.
- Customize with flavor variations. While chocolate chunks are a classic addition, feel free to get creative with your toppings. You can add white chocolate chips, chopped nuts, shredded coconut, dried fruits, or even a drizzle of vegan caramel sauce or hot fudge sauce for extra flavor and texture.
To store: If you prefer to keep the cookie in the skillet, cover it tightly with foil or plastic wrap, and store leftovers at room temperature for up to 2-3 days. If you need to keep the cookie for up to a week, you can place it in an airtight container and refrigerate.
To freeze: For longer-term storage, you can also freeze the pizookie. Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil, then place it in a freezer-safe bag or container for 2-3 months.
- Cast iron skillet. Every kitchen needs one of these. They create the perfect cripsy edges for a range of dishes, but especially for pizookies!
More dessert recipes to try
- The Ultimate Baked Vegan Cheesecake (Nut-Free)
- Super Moist Vegan Carrot Cake
- Vegan Raspberry White Chocolate Cake
Frequently asked questions
A pizookie is a dessert that combines elements of pizza and cookies, consisting of a freshly baked cookie “crust” in a skillet, topped with vanilla ice cream while warm.
Yes, you can use a different type of oil such as canola oil or vegetable oil as a substitute for coconut oil. Similarly, you can use a different brand or type of vegan butter as long as it is suitable for baking.
Yes, you can use a gluten-free flour blend as a substitute for all-purpose flour. Keep in mind that the texture and flavor may vary slightly, so consider using a gluten-free flour specifically designed for baking.
Yes, you can experiment with other sweeteners like coconut sugar or maple syrup. However, keep in mind that this may affect the texture and taste of the cookie. Adjust the amount of liquid accordingly when substituting for granulated sugar.
If you don’t have an oven-safe skillet, you can use a round cake pan or a baking dish instead. Ensure that the pan or dish is well-greased and keep an eye on the baking time, as it may vary slightly.
- Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt until well combined.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the melted coconut oil (or vegan butter) and brown sugar until smooth and well incorporated. Add the plant-based milk and vanilla extract to the mix, and whisk until just combined.
- Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, stirring until just combined. Be careful not to overmix. Fold in the vegan chocolate chips or chunks, distributing them evenly throughout the dough.
- Transfer the cookie dough to a well-seasoned or oven-safe skillet, cast iron works best, and spread it out evenly using a spatula. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with a few crumbs (the cookie will continue to firm up as it cools).
- Remove from the oven and let the skillet cookie cool for a few minutes before serving. You can enjoy it warm directly from the skillet. Garnish with some ice cream for added presentation and sweetness