Thursday, April 3, 2008

Cast Iron Skillet Cookies

I'm covered up in 10-hour work days. Not too happy about it, either. I'm not much of a "yes" girl. I'm really not an office girl. Desks and stapler-picker-outers and fat files and people in windowless rooms make me really, really nervous.

Nope. Not an office girl. What I am is a fast-talking, no-crap-taking, push me too far and I'll go home and bake skillet cookies girl. And my kind? We don't sit well in offices with normal people. Which is why I'm going crazy.

And why I'm baking skillet cookies. I like them because they, just like me, don't fit the mold. I mean, you bake them in a cast iron skillet. And for that reason, these cookies and I get each other.

Cast Iron Skillet Cookies

2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 tablespoon heavy cream (or milk, half and half...)
lots of chocolate chips
(I use semi-sweet, milk, and dark chocolate)

1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
2. In bowl, stir together flour, baking soda and salt
3. In separate bowl, mix butter and sugars until light and creamed together
4. Add egg, vanilla, and cream and stir to incorporate
5. Combine with flour mixture until well mixed
6. Stir in chocolate chips
7. Press lightly into cast iron skillet
8. Bake about 35-40 minutes or until edges are golden
Don't overbake! Cookies will continue to cook in skillet.

This, so you know, is my FAVORITE thing to make when it needs to look like I put forth effort but really... didn't. And the butter, cream and different kinds of chocolate? That's what makes it perfect. My birthday's in a few days and I plan to make these (with Turkish walnuts and espresso powder added) to serve topped with coffee-flavored ice cream. Yum.

Hope you get a chance to try these soon. If you do, let me know what you think. (And before someone asks, no - I don't know what would happen if you bake these in, say, a glass dish. Because for me the beauty is baking them up in cast iron. I'm not an office person, after all, and we don't like all the conventional, expected methods.)
Just sayin'. munch munch munch

(Additional thought: as long as you use a well-seasoned skillet, this baby will plop right out onto a plate. Decorate with icing, sprinkles, etc., and you have yourself an easy cookie cake.)


Harbor Hon said...

Brin, I totally feel what you're saying. Being in one of those windowless rooms, and inside a cube, is what my job entails. Always hated it, but it pays my bills. The powers that be want to move us into even smaller windowless spaces next month. Wonder how long it will take me to freak out! Just waiting for retirement.
Carolyn xxoo

Gracie G. said...

I think I'm trying this right now!

Looks so good!
thanks. :)

Betty said...

This recipe will certainly be tried at our house! It looks so delicious and I love odd looking cookies! Thanks, Brin!
I so get you about office work of any kind no matter what the office looks like..relaxing with a cookie like this is definetly necessary after a day stuck in paperwork.
I can only say I sure appreciate retirement...

Anonymous said...

These will most definitely be made once we have settled into our new home. The babies (2 and 3...not so much of the baby sort anymore I guess) LOVE to help me make cookies and cakes. I think these will work so much better than the typical way of making cookies.

redeemed diva said...

Can't wait to try it! Good luck with climbing on top of that mountain of paperwork--that first pic made it look like you'll finish the cookie before the paperwork! Just the same, thanks for printing the recipe. Will try it soon.

Anonymous said...

Hey, crappy office girl :), LOL! at least you have that big, nummy cookie...mmmm. Have a wonderful day and thanks for sharing the recipe, I can't wait to try it out!

Have a wonderful day!
You make me laugh :)

Anonymous said...

was wondering what I would make for dinner tonight. I have worked since I was 15 and have never worked a full time or desk job. now my college son, who had to declare a major yesterday has said he doesn`t want to sit at a desk all day. guess its in the genes.

Anonymous said...

Boy, do I understand you!! I walked away from a successful Real Estate job, notice I said job because my life was waiting for their mom to wake up & smell the coffee. This recipe will be tried tonight. Made by Shelby and her Mama, who smelled the coffee.

Rebecca said...

Oh, now this is a recipe just for me. What fun! Skillet cookies! Looks like the perfect stress therapy. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Signed, a crappy office girl very soon to break out of her mold! :)

Anonymous said...

Hey Brin, these look fantastic. My cast iron skillet is at my other house. Across the country. Shoot. WEll, I'll save it for June when we'll be back there for the summer.

Wait. I thought you traipsed around the countryside in dumpy, dusty towns. WHY are they making you sit at a desk in a dark office now? Yuck. I don't blame you for rebelling.

You are a free spirit. You need to start your BandB. I know I'd stop by on one of our many jaunts across the US. TX IS in the middle. :o) LOL!

Happy weekend,

Cindy said...

Happy Birthday early. Mine is the 18th and I'm going to bake this cookie for ME. What size skillet should one use!

Gracie G. said...

it worked out great...a big hit with everyone! I think your cookie recipe is my new favorite!

I had to try it twice though because the first time I used it I dropped the whole egg in the kitchen aid while it was on and kinda swirled eggshells around in it...oops! So I tried it again without dropping the egg and it was awesome!

Thanks for sharing. Hope you finish your paperwork soon! And happy birthday. :)

Anonymous said...

Ooh, skillet baking. My late grandmother had an old-family-recipe that was baked in a skillet. That recipe has disappeared and re-appeared time and time again... oh, the mystery of it... And the recipe was quite wonderful, too...

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Oh, a must try!



Anonymous said...

So enjoy your blog!
Good cookies ~ I didn't have chocolate chips so I used butterscotch & vanilla chips and I don't have a cast iron skillet so I used my Pampered Chef skillet that's oven proof. Didn't matter! They turned out great & were a hit! Thanks for sharing!! Blessings, Patricia

Sara Warren said...

This sounds really fun and really good! I saved the recipe to my computer for later... when I have access to a cast iron skillet...

Terri Steffes said...

Now this is a recipe! I haven't been around much because my daughter got married last weekend and I have been so busy with the details of that that I have not been over to check on YOU. However, today I feel like you have done just fine without me! ;) Ashley has a new cast iron skillet.. after we break it in we will have to do this recipe!

Vee said...

Thank you for the recipe. It came out perfectly and impressed folks. That's the important thing, right? ;>

Linnee said...

Lordy, those look yummy! Next time I make chocolate chip cookies... I'm going to dump them in my cast iron skillet, too! Yum! :)

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Oh Yummy with a capital Y! I love this idea and I'm so glad Vee told us to come over for a look! This recipe looks so nice and easy and I love my cast iron skillets so I love having anohter use for them. I make cornbread in mine all the time too.

You ahve a great blog and it was fun to look around it.



Cottage At Dove Canyon said...

What a great idea - these cookies look fabulous!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the great recipe, I tried it today, I had to change the flour to gluten free flours, it turned out excellent and looks just like yours, I know my family will love them, they like anything with Chocolate Chips!!! AA

BunnyKissd said...

What a fabulous recipe! We made it last night with minor adjustments and everyone loved it! So I've blogged about it today and included a link back! ^-^

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