For those days when all you need is a cookie in the form of a pizza... I give you the Pizookie!
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A Pizookie, for those of you who haven’t yet gotten to enjoy the most important development in baking since birthday cake, is a giant cookie in the shape of a pizza. It's best served straight out of the skillet with 4-5 forks for you and your friends so everyone can go to town. You can also eat it on your own, something I may or may not have done on more than one occasion.
- Unsalted Butter
- Dark Brown Sugar
- Vanilla Extract
- All Purpose Flour
- Baking Powder & Baking Soda
- Kosher Salt
- Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
- Vanilla Ice Cream
How to Make a Pizookie at Home
It's very simple - cookie dough, a skillet, and some ice cream. But in order to make the best Pizookie I suggest using my fav chocolate chip cookie recipe and voila! Game time.
Take your cookie dough (pre bought or homemade) and transfer to a skillet, spread evenly and bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 22-24 min. (Full directions down below). Top with ice cream and you are set.
Variations & Substitutions
Feel free to get creative and use any cookie recipe here. These are some other cookie recipes you can use to get creative with:
- Lemon White Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Giant M&M Cookies
- Snickerdoodle Cookies
- Truffled Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Dad’s Kitchen Sink Cookies
- Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies
- The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Double Chocolate Chip Caramel Cookies
Tips & Tricks
Have you ever thrown a dinner party and just did not have the time to make dessert? Have you ever craved something sweet after dinner on a Wednesday but did not feel like taking the time to bake something off and deal with the messy dishes?
If so, this tip is about to be a game changer. The concept is simple. The next time you are making cookies, make an extra batch of cookie dough and freeze it. I always have a batch of cookie dough sitting in my freezer ready to go. This way, you can easily thaw the frozen cookie dough and bake off a batch of cookies without the mess, or MAKE A PIZOOKIE without all the dishes of making the cookie dough, something I have been known to do from time to time.
What is a Pizookie?
Imagine a mega chocolate chip cookie baked in a cast iron skillet and then served with ice cream on top. Pizza + Cookie = Pizookie.
Where did the Pizookie come from?
As a child growing up in Tucson there was a restaurant called Oreganos we used to always go to that claimed to be the inventor of the pizza cookie! Technically they did not call it a Pizookie. BJ's Restaurant and Bar I believe came up with the name Pizookie and has made it famous through their restaurant chain nationwide.
How to serve a Pizookie?
It's best served straight out of the skillet with 4-5 forks for you and your friends so everyone can go to town. You can also eat it on your own, something I may or may not have done on more than one occasion.
Tools Used to Make This
What you’ll need:
- ½ cup butter
- 1 cup dark brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- ⅛ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Vanilla Ice Cream
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a microwave safe bowl melt the butter and transfer into a mixing bowl.
- Add the brown sugar and whisk to combine. Add the vanilla and egg and continue to whisk until totally incorporated.
- Add the flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda to the wet ingredients and mix until fully combined. Add the chocolate chips and mix to combine.
- Spray a medium sized skillet with baking spray. Transfer the batter into the skillet and spread it evenly. Bake for 22-24 minutes until just still slightly gooey in the middle and golden around the edges. Remove from the oven and let rest for a few minutes before topping with scoops of ice cream and serving.
- The next time you are making cookies, make an extra batch of cookie dough and freeze it. This way you can easily thaw the frozen cookie dough and make a Pizookie without all the dishes.
Photo by Matt Armendariz / Food Styling by Adam Pearson / Recipe from What’s Gaby Cooking
Could I use a round cake pan instead of a skillet?
YUM! I doubled the recipe and added 8 minutes of extra cook time for my 12 inch cast iron skillet. I made this for my husbands birthday in lieu of a cake and honestly four of us scarfed this down in minutes. Printed the recipe and adding it to my stash! Thanks Gaby.
Where I grew up back in the 1980-90's there was a Cheddar's restaurant who served their version, called a Cookie Monster. It was a slightly smaller portion served in individual skillets and it was everyone's favorite! SO good and so easy!!
How long to bake if using a skillet to make a pizookie??
Can I make ahead and when done with dinner pop n oven. And do I keep out on counter until I pop in oven
yes! keep it on the counter
Perfect for Valentine's WEEK!!!!
Ours didn’t taste very good, we noticed there wasn’t any sugar after we baked and looked at the recipe
forgetting the sugar would really alter the taste
My cast iron is 12”. Should I 1 & 1/2 times the recipe? Bake time?? Thx
you could 1 1/2 the recipe for sure. Bake time - I'd increase by 10 minutes max but keep your eyes on it