Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Oatmeal Skillet Cookie

I’ve been wanting to make a skillet cookie for oh, about 3 years, and finally did it.

And boy, did I do it. This goes down as one of the best cookies I’ve ever made.

It’s definitely the biggest cookie I’ve ever made. Ten and one-quarter inches in diameter and about 2 inches thick.

But bigger doesn’t always mean better when it comes to taste.

I’ve made cookies from various cookbooks that were big but they didn’t wow me. Fine but nothing earth-shattering. The skillet cookie, however, knocked my socks off.

I couldn’t decide if I wanted to break in my Le Creuset Enameled Cast-Iron 10-1/4-Inch Skillet with a chocolate chip cookie, a peanut butter cookie, or an oatmeal cookie. I love all three and when each is done perfectly in their own right, they each have respective selling points that can’t be beat.

If you don’t have a cast iron skillet, you can bake this cookie in an oven-safe skillet or in a 9-by-9-inch square baking pan. Don’t use a 9-inch round cake pan because it will likely be too small and the bottom of your oven may be wearing cookie dough.

Since I couldn’t decide which type of cookie to make, I made a 3-in-1-cookie. Necessity is the mother of invention.

The bulk of the cookie dough is largely that of an oatmeal cookie, with all its texture-filled chewy glory. I made the dough by hand, using melted butter, and stirred in the brown sugar, flour, and oats. I didn’t use any granulated sugar because exclusively using brown sugar keeps cookies softer, which is what I wanted. I also wanted to avoid dirtying my mixer and I succeeded.

After mixing up the oatmeal cookie dough and pressing just shy of three-quarters of it into the base of the skillet, I mixed up the Elixir of the Gods, also known as one can of sweetened condensed milk and one half cup of creamy peanut butter that are stirred together. I poured the glistening, tan, creamy sauce over the oatmeal dough.

I normally don’t do pour shots because frankly it’s challenging to steady a 5 pound camera and lens setup in one hand and pour with the other, while not missing the action, and obtaining an image that’s remotely in focus. Evidently though I became inspired in the presence of cookie dough, sweetened condensed milk, and peanut butter. I was tempted to save a little and pour it into my coffee but didn’t. Next time.

After the tan flood, I turned the oatmeal-peanut butter cookie into a chocolate chip cookie by adding one cup of semi-sweet morsels on top of the floodwaters.

Then, I took the reserved portion of the dough, a little over one-cup’s worth, and dropped it by the tablespoon over the top of the chocolate chip-laced flood. While baking, the oatmeal dough meshes with the creamy mixture, and forms a smooth wall, which was especially satisfying to puncture with my fork, knowing the sweet creaminess that awaited beneath.

If you like chewy edges, this cookie has your name on it. It has 32.185 inches of them to be exact.

Circumference = Pi x Diameter

32.185″ = 3.14 x 10.25″

Determining the amount of chewy cookie edge is the only redeeming value of 9th grade math class. Math finally clicked for me. It just took cookies and twenty years time later.

After eating my way around the cookie, I ate my way right into the middle, which is my panacea. The soft, warm, squishy, gooey, happy place that my dreams are made of. Scott can have all the crispy edge he wants, but give me the barely done, super gooey, melty, middle.

While baking, the peanut butter and the sweetened condensed milk mixture thickens slightly and the creaminess of the sweetened condensed milk is intensified, and it takes on a caramel-cream quality. Combined with the slightly salty nature of the peanut butter, the soupy mixture is a creamy, caramely, hot wonderful mess. And of course, warm and melted chocolate chips make everything that’s good just that much better.

Both texturally-speaking and from a flavor perspective, I couldn’t ask for more. My three favorite kinds of cookies in one, complete with chewiness, density, and creaminess. Dense walls of oatmeal cookie hunks, a smooth peanut butter and milky caramel center, and the satisfying quality of melted chocolate woven throughout each bite of this jumbo cookie pie makes it a new favorite.

Although it was best hot and fresh from the oven, the leftovers weren’t too shabby. What we didn’t eat immediately, I slid out of the skillet onto a cutting board (and the whole thing released like a charm) and I chopped it into two-inch bar-sized pieces, and stored them in an airtight container, which we happily nibbled on over the next few days. Scott had me warm up his leftovers in the microwave and add ice cream. Somebody had their thinking cap on.

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Oatmeal Skillet Cookie - 3 fave cookies combined into 1 giant cookie! So easy & ready in 25 minutes. Pop it in before dinner & enjoy!

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Oatmeal Skillet Cookie

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: Makes one 10 1/4-inch skillet cookie


1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted

3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed

1 large egg

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt, optional and to taste

1 1/2 cups old-fashioned whole rolled oats (not quick cook or instant)

one 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

ice cream, optional


Preheat oven to 350F, spray oven-safe skillet with cooking spray (mine is a Le Creuset enameled cast iron and I sprayed liberally with Pam for Baking and it released like a charm; if skillet is well-seasoned cast iron, you may wish to butter or grease it slightly; set skillet aside. Alternatively, cookie may be baked in a 9-by-9 inch square baking pan that has been lined with foil or sprayed with cooking spray; do not use a 9-inch circular pie dish because it will be too shallow.

In a large microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter, about 1 minute on high power (you may microwave butter to a browned-butter state, which makes this cookie especially delicious, by cooking butter for about 3 to 4 minutes; watch it closely so it doesn't burn. See browning butter in the microwave tips.

To the melted butter, add sugar, egg, vanilla, and whisk or stir vigorously to combine, for about 1 minute, slightly fluffing up the batter. Add the flour, baking soda, salt, and stir until just incorporated. Add the oats and stir to combine. Pour slightly less than three-quarters of the dough into the skillet, reserving about 1 1/4 cups (just eyeball it) to be crumbled on at the end; set skillet and large mixing bowl with reserved dough aside.

In a small bowl, combine sweetened condensed milk and peanut butter and stir until smooth. Pour mixture over the dough in the skillet. Evenly sprinkle the chocolate chips over the top. Drop tablespoon-sized chunks of the reserved dough into the skillet, dispersing then as uniformly as possible over the surface, which forms the crumble topping.

Bake for about 25 minutes, or until edges begin to barely crisp up and most of the top surface of the cookie has set. The center may not be completely set; this is okay because cookie will continue to cook in the skillet after it's been pulled from the oven, noting that there is a fairly significant carryover cooking effect with cast iron; so don't overbake in the oven because cookie is meant to be very gooey. Cookie may be served immediately; optionally serve it with ice cream. Cookie is best eaten fresh from the oven but due to its size, extra cookie may be sliced and stored in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, reheating gently in the microwave before serving leftovers if desired.


Related Recipes:

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies – Similar in flavor to the skillet cookie, uses melted butter so no mixer is required, and one of my top 3 favorite cookies on my site, tied with the cookies below

Peanut Butter Oatmeal White Chocolate Chip Cookies – Probably favorite cookie on my site and it can be made with semi-sweet chocolate if you’re not into white chocolate. More than any other cookie recipe on my site, people write saying they loved these

Coconut Peanut Butter Magic Cake Bars – These bars use the ‘flood’ technique like I did with the skillet cookie. A can of sweetened condensed milk and peanut butter is mixed and poured over a cake crust, and it’s all topped with white and dark chocolate chips and coconut. My favorite dessert bar on my site, tied with this one, which also use a flooding technique

Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookies with Peanut Butter Cups & M&M’s – Baked in a whoopie pie pan, they turned out like little mini pies, with overhanging rimmed edges that are especially chewy and dense

Double Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups and Ice Cream – These cookies were baked in muffin tins and then topped with ice cream

Do you have a large oven-safe skillet, cast iron or otherwise? What do you bake in it?

Please link up your favorite recipes using a skillet, from egg frittata to cornbread to cookies.

 Do you have a favorite cookie recipe that is just, The Best?

Whether chocolate chip, peanut butter, molasses, sugar, or a family recipe that turns out perfectly every time and is always a hit, I’d love to hear about it. We all have that one cookie that whenever we make them, people always want the recipe. I love those kinds of tried and true cookie recipes.

Links welcome and appreciated. Have a great week!


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  3. I’m afraid I wouldn’t be able to stop

  4. ohhhhhhmyygosh averie. you’ve outdone yourself. this is pretty much everything i love all neatly baked in a {beautiful blue} skillet! ahhhh. i need this in my life.

    “Determining the amount of chewy cookie edge is the only redeeming value of 9th grade math class. Math finally clicked for me. It just took cookies and twenty years time later.” – haha, isn’t it amazing what a delicious cookie can do to us?? It makes us smarter! ;)

  5. Woah Averie, this looks incredible!

  6. Oh my! It looks so delish! I could totally eat a piece of that :)

  7. I’m seriously tempted to make this today! I’m sending a package to my BIL and I already made him LOADS of muffins and planned on just making granola today. But how amazing does this look? I may have to use my le creuset for the first time in the oven!

  8. Woah. This is on my list for the next time I want to make an indulgent treat for the husband. This seriously looks incredible. It actually reminds me of the Pizzookie dessert we had on our first dinner date so maybe I’ll make it for our anniversary. :-)

    • This definitely has pizzookie qualities but it’s gooey-er and less dry/less true ‘cookie’ just because of the melted PB/sweet cond milk and I think is a pizookie improvement. I just didn’t want to bake up a dry rock in the cast iron and took steps to ensure I didn’t :)

  9. Ahhh, I’ve been wanting to try a skillet cookie forever! OK, well not really forever, but you know what I mean. I love that you combined three awesome cookies into one! I’m totally making one of these for Thanksgiving or Christmas!

    • That is a perfect time to make one…when there’s lots of people standing around that can wolf down a 10″ cookie warm from the oven. It’s a perfect party-cookie b/c it’s easy to make, makes a ton, and is best eaten right then and there with a crowd standing around the kitchen.

  10. That is one impressive looking cookie pie!!! I have a skillet that has been begging for a cookie to be baked in it too…you have inspired me to try it out now!!!

  11. lol! Did you happen to read my post from Friday about getting my first cast iron pan and not knowing what to cook first?!? Forget cornbread!!! Holy cow that looks delicious!

  12. What a fabulous looking treat! I think the center is where I’d go first ;-)

  13. Oh heavens this looks too freaking delicious! I’m dying!

  14. Averie, You’ve outdone yourself! This looks wonderful! I am going to have to try to make a skillet cookie with that gooey center.

  15. Skillet cookies are my favorite ever! There is something about having one large cookie and not 12 little ones!

  16. Math and cookies. This is my kind of post!

    These cookies will definitely be in my version of heaven.

  17. This is one reason not to simply mainline peanut butter with a spoon.

  18. Hey girl! I came over to print out the bundt cake recipe and saw this COOKIE! It looks amazing and I love your pretty blue skillet. These cookies are truly a party cookie. I brought in one of these to a party at Zoe’s school and got plenty of Ohhh’s and Ahhh’s. Kids get a kick out of seeing a huge cookie. Skillet cookies remind me of those mall cookie shops they had around when we were kids.

    Ok, I will email you of photo of the finished bundt cake later!
    Jackie :)

    • Glad you’re already hard at work cake-making at 630am! Life of a busy mama, right! It starts EARLY! And that’s right, I remember seeing your skillet cookie. I so want to make this for Skylar’s bday or events but the school has a no-sugar, no-desserts rule. Seriously the kids are allowed to bring in fruit cups, trail mix, or air-popped popcorn for bdays and events. It’s a blessing and a curse…I wish they could have a little fun :) They’re kids!

  19. Ohhhhhhh myyyyyyy wooooooooord.

  20. A big cookie pie–looks incredible with that gooey surprise inside!!!! I’ve only made cornbread in my cast iron skillet. I think it’s time to bake a dessert in it. Hope your bread making went well–I bet your kitchen smelled sooo good. I love the smell of freshly baked bread, and cookies, and cakes….!

  21. I have to say that looks like the best cookie every made in the word…freaking genius to make it in the skillet! I am going to do that next time we back for sure…if I was at home I would print this recipe right away!

  22. The pouring shot totally melted me. I NEED this cookie! Now! :)

  23. OMG, you KILLED the pour-shot! Totally gorgeous. And this cookie is amazeballs. I don’t know why I’ve never made a gigantic skillet cookie before but I’m definitely going to start. And never stop eating them.

  24. Holy flipping deliciousness

  25. Oh my dear lord… That is one heavenly dessert! Or breakfast, let’s be honest.

  26. Holy. Wow. This is amazing Averie!!!!

  27. What a beautiful skillet cookie!

  28. So funny, I’ve been thinking the same thing for the past 3 weeks! Think I may have to make one this weekend, and just hand everyone who comes over to watch football a spoon as they walk in the door!

  29. I have been meaning to get a cast iron skillet and this recipe is the perfect reason to get one. I don’ think I can go another day without making this chocolate chip peanut butter oatmeal cookie. It looks to die for!

  30. Oh yes! I just happen to have a cast iron skillet just that size! Yours may be a bit prettier, however! :-)

    That looks like the best dessert ever – SERIOUSLY. True comfort food at its finest! I love that you combined all 3 cookies into one, because, how could you choose between those? And that Scott added some ice cream the next day…what else are leftovers for?! ;-)

    • Michele it was totally the best cookie I’ve made in ages…and b/c I know how you like those two bar recipes of mine with the flood technique, you would love this. Same concept and I was thinking of you when I was flooding it…thinking you and boys would love this. Two teenage boys and friends need to be around when you make this. It’s not a single-girl’s dessert :)

  31. Looove this.

    That skillet is just so lovely, and that ooozing skillet cookie is pretty easy on the eyes as well… ooey and gooey, just like we like it! :)

    • Girl it was SO BIG to photograph. Normally I shoot with my 50 mm f/1.2 and also my 24-70mm for tighter in shots. Anyway though, so I am standing on a chair, then I am standing on the TABLE to get the whole thing in the frame. What a monster! In the best possible way :)

  32. I haven’t had a skillet cookie in so long but clearly I need to change that asap! This looks so delish!

  33. I LOOOOVE Skillet Cookies!! I bet this was so yummy-good! How can it not be? PB, Chocolate, Oatmeal… oh, yes, I’ll have it all!

  34. Oh my god! My mouth literally started watering as I scrolled down the page. This is certainly my new favorite food blog, and this cookie…! I don’t even know what to say, except your description is pretty much perfect (do you write for a living?) and I’m completely envious of your photos.

    Also, so glad I finally have a cast iron skillet, because this cookie NEEDS to be in my life :)

    • I don’t write for a living other than write my blog, which is my living. I made a decision about 6 mos ago to start talking about the food like a food writer would and glad you like it. I know for some, it’s probably a bit much, but glad you like it and my blog!

  35. this looks SO decadent! the skillet cookie brings back memories of the pub down the street from the house where I grew up – it was their signature dessert, and they knew us so well that they always brought us one for free! No matter how full I was from dinner, I always found room for a warm, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate chip cookie :-)

  36. wow, this is massive and like my dream come true :)

  37. I’m speechless…….it’s just heavenly :)

  38. Oh my Averie! I’ve never made a skillet cookie before because I don’t have a cast iron skillet – when I say my kitchen is SMALL, I mean… it’s small! Hardly room for anythinggggg – I keep sugar and flour in my coat closet lol! I digress. This skillet cookie is gorgeous! I love skillet cookies, but have only ever had them in restaurants – never made in the goodness of my own home. Look at all of those melty chocolate chips! While you KNOW I’m an oatmeal/peanut butter fanatic, it was those melty chocolate chips that grabbed my attention! The nearly undone center, full of goo, melted chocolate, and soft dough… I think I would be in heaven. I like Scott’s thinking… pass me the cold melty creamy ice cream. :) I don’t think I’d be able to stop breaking and spooning off little pieces of this glorious monster!

    Beautiful pour shot too – I agree, those are hard! Even with a tripod, I have trouble. Yours looks perfect though – I even said to myself scrolling through.. Averie doesn’t usually do those! Came out wonderfully my dear. I’m in awe of this recipe!

    • You too with the spices and dry goods in the coat closets? ME TOO! I have pots and pans in the kitchen and bulk items I dont need much in various hall closets and there’s a closet for my water heater in my living room, I have random wood planks and photography stuff jimmy’ed in there. It’s a hot mess. Thank god we don’t actually need too many coats in San Diego :)

      This recipe is every.single.thing that I know you would love. I was thinking of you the entire time I was making it. Chewy oats, all brown sugar, sweet ‘n gooey PB + sweet cond milk, then the choc chips, girl, it’s SO EASY. And b/c it’s okay that it spreads, don’t need to chill any dough and can use melted butter. Easiest cookie ever :)

  39. I love skillet cookies! I eat those all the time at Oregano’s Restaurant. Thanks for reminding that I can make those at home, too. :) Beautiful photos.

  40. OH MY.. this cookie looks like heaven!

  41. So, since it’s one big cookie, it’s all for me, right?

  42. I remember you wondering what you would do with the skillet you bought…. well there ya go! Mine is caked with a bit too much bacon grease to make a cookie in it at this point ;)

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  44. Wait, 3 years? Are you crazy! Why did it take you so long. Skillet cookies are heaven. This one looks like it doesnt disappoint.

  45. Never tried a skillet cookie, but this looks amazing! Very decadent and simple!

  46. Dam I need this, and i need it now! I think I could eat the whole skillet topped with ice cream! Yummy!!

  47. I need that right now- looks amazing!

  48. Looks amazing! I reckon I could eat about 100 of them.

  49. This looks absurdly delicious. I cant wait to try it…I have the same Blue LeCruset skillet, but I have yet to try the cookie in it. So, that might go on the agenda for tomorrow!!!
    So far, I found it makes AMAZING fruit cumbles because you can cook down fresh berries with sugar on the stove top add in a little cornstarch and then throw the crumble on top, pop it in the oven and in 30 mins have a rockstar dessert with ONE pan to clean!

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