Sunday, March 6, 2011

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookies

So the husband has worked out this deal with a co-worker: said co-worker supplies us with fresh eggs from his hens every week and in return I send baked goods.

The only problem is those hens are pretty prolific egg layers. I’m having a hard time keeping up. When Eric brought home two dozen eggs, I started scrambling (pun intended) for a recipe.

I didn’t scramble long though, since everyone loves chocolate chip cookies.

Really, how could you not? Especially these...

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookies
adapted from the Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe in Good to the Grain by Kim Boyce via 101 Cookbooks' interpretation 

There are a million ways to make a chocolate chip cookie and I’m steadily working my way toward trying all of them. I really liked this recipe because not only is baking the cookies in a skillet a quick and easy trick, I also love slicing pie-like wedges of cookie. For some reason this just tickled me. Per the name, these cookies are made using whole wheat flour in lieu of all-purpose white flour. Now, I usually wrinkle my nose at attempts to healthify (yes, I know that’s not really a word) treats but in this case it really works. The whole wheat flour just gives the cookies a slightly nutty, more complex flavor. They aren't overly healthy though, as these cookies do not skimp on butter. It’s just an irrefutable truth that you cannot make a tasty chocolate chip cookie with a nice texture without loading on the butter. Sad but true. So I’d just rather eat less of a really good cookie. These cookies break my rule, though- they’re so good it’s hard to eat less!

3 c (13.5 oz/380 g) whole-wheat flour
1 1/2 t baking powder
1 t baking soda
1 1/4 t fine grain sea salt
2 sticks (8 oz/225 g) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces, plus more for buttering pan
1 c (5 oz /140 g) dark brown sugar
1 cup / 7 oz/200 g sugar
2 large eggs
2 t pure vanilla extract
8 oz (225 g) bittersweet chocolate, roughly chopped into 1/4- and 1/2-inch pieces or use chocolate chips like I did

1. Preheat the oven to 350° Fahrenheit with a rack centered in the middle. Butter a 12 inch ovenproof skillet that is at least 2 inches deep. Sift the dry ingredients into a large bowl.
2. In another large bowl add the butter and the sugars and mix until blended. Mixing can be done by hand with a wooden spoon or using a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment set on low speed. If using a mixer be sure to have a spatula on hand to scrape down the sides of the bowl between additions. Add the eggs in one at a time and mix until combined. Then add the vanilla. Add in the sifted flour mixture and mix until just combined, about 30 seconds if using a mixer set on low speed. 
3. Add most of the chocolate to the batter but reserve a small amount for sprinkling on top. Mix in the chocolate until evenly dispersed. Scrape the batter out of the bowl and into the skillet and use your hands to press it into the skillet to form an even layer. Sprinkle the reserved chocolate over the top and press it into the dough lightly.
4. Bake for 30-40 minutes until the cookie is golden brown around the edge and the center feels set when lightly poked with a finger. Remove from oven and allow to sit on a rack until cool before slicing the cookies. Cut in wedges to serve.


  1. Chocolate chip goodness in a skillet. Great idea!

  2. o m g shelley. wow! I love skillet cookies ....I just ordered that book, cannot wait to try these....yours look so good, wish I had one now!

  3. I think the wedge-shaped cookie is perfect for holding a scoop of vanilla ice cream! Whole wheat flour really does work well in chocolate chip cookies. I need to pull out my cast-iron skillet and bake one of these.

  4. Thanks ladies- after trying this recipe, I can't wait to get my hands on the book.

  5. Yum! I think whole wheat chocolate chips are magical - I won't make mine any other way. And to put in in a skillet - I can only imagine how decadent and delicious this must be.

  6. Does the fact that you used whole wheat increase the nutrition value of these luscious chocolate chip treats? Teasing!

    You could make a beautiful spinach narcissus, like we did recently, with a dozen eggs. Truly it would look like a bed of daffodils in springtime. Then for the second dozen, have chocolate chip cookies. If you had a tasty pinot noir to go with it, nothing could be better.

  7. I wish I had someone to give me fresh eggs!! I constantly have to ask friends and family what they would like next to be baked and it would be amazing to swap eggs for all my sweet treats. You lucky duck.

  8. Shelly your chocolate chips skillet cookie is mouthwatering...SO SO tempting...the pictures are awesome. Hope you have a wonderful week ahead :-)

  9. I only make cookies around the holidays when I have plenty of time to go through the whole process. Even drop cookies have to be well, dropped. These however make it so easy that I think I may very well be inspired to make cookies just because, maybe even, gasp, on a weeknight!

  10. @Stevie- I wish I were as inventive as you. I'm sure i'll probably just make a bunch of fritatas. Not exactly inspired, huh?

    @Natanya- I completely understand the week night prohibition as I'm not usually in the mood to whip up dessert Mon-Fri. either. But these skillet cookies really are too easy.

  11. It is taking every ounce of will power I have to stay out of the kitchen. I really want to make these but can't because of my diet. Darn! You have, however, been bookmarked. I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

  12. I need a deal like that! We are going through way too many eggs every week!
    Never tried this skillet cookie... Looks very inviting :)

  13. I can't resist, it looks so yummy

  14. I want to buy a skillet just so I can make these. What could be more decadent that a giant freaking cookie??? OMG, I am dying.
    *kisses* HH
    p.s. Hope you've entered my contest daaaaahling, there is a shiny Amazon gift card to be won with your name on it :D

  15. I'm with heavenly housewife - I need to buy a skillet now, just so I can make these. They look deliciously chewy. Can't i just make them in a pan and pretend it's a skillet? ;-)

  16. This looks so good! I love that it's in a skillet and that it's whole wheat. Makes me hungry!