Monday, February 13, 2012

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookies


Let’s steep in these words for a moment here: whole wheat. chocolate chip. skillet. cookies. And now a deep sigh ... how can you not instantly love this one? I’ve had Heidi Swanson’s recipe for Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookies tucked away to try, and this past week emerged as the time to make it. I am happy that I did!


I am drawn to anything with whole wheat flour – I love its wholesome, hearty flavor and texture - and when paired with chocolate it’s always a winning combination. Plus, patting the dough into my cast iron skillet and baking it couldn’t have been quicker or easier. For the cookie, I used a combination of dark and milk chopped chocolate plus bourbon vanilla, and before baking I sprinkled the top with coarse sea salt.


When I pulled the skillet out of the oven, I inhaled the aromas of chocolate and vanilla – pure baked goodness. I let it cool, and when I couldn’t stand waiting any longer I cut a thick wedge. Crisp edges, dense, soft interior, gooey chocolate ... these were my thoughts as I nibbled contentedly. The sea salt added a little crunch and balanced the sweetness out nicely.


You need nothing more than a napkin to enjoy - my sons were happy to dive in to this perfect after-school treat. As it cooled, it firmed up so if you’d like to have the softer texture I recommend serving it warm.


Over the weekend, I sipped steaming cups of tea (and a couple hot toddies that did the trick for my cold) while savoring little bites of the skillet cookie. Dangerous to have sitting on the kitchen counter! My boys helped me out and polished off the remainder in sundae form with strawberry ice cream and chocolate sauce.

Bake up a pan when you’re in the mood for a cozy, satisfying sweet.

16 comments:

  1. This looks wonderful, the pictures and your description is so vivid I can almost taste it. I must try this.

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    1. Thank you, Suzanne! I hope you enjoy it - I think you will. :)

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  2. Dangerous indeed! It looks fantastic and the addition of some of your bourbon vanilla is genius!

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    1. Thanks, Mairi - you can't go wrong with one of Heidi's recipes.

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  3. Oh my! I'm afraid if I made this my boys wouldn't get ANY of it!! Mmmmm...

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    1. Fortunately, my boys came home soon after the skillet came out of the oven and they dove it...could have been a different story if I'd baked it earlier in the day! :)

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  4. I've still got an hour and a half until lunch and I am dying for a piece of this!

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    1. I wish I could drop of a slice for you, Lauren!

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  5. These look so good...I'm going to have to give them a try!

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  6. Ohhhhh my!!! This looks amazing. I love that it's whole wheat too.

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    1. Thanks, Katherine! Including whole wheat flour makes it such a satisfying treat.

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  7. Seriously Hannah, this is mouthwatering!I could have never imagined that you could make this in a skillet!I want a bite right now :)

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    1. Thank you, Soni - I love the versatility of a skillet and how appealing it makes food look.

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  8. Mm, this sounds so addicting! ^^ So comfy and cozy too - would love to knit something and drink bunches of tea while baking these.

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    1. I like your thinking, AikoVenus! Knitting and tea would be lovely accompaniments.

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