Chinese 5-Spice Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie

Chinese 5-Spice Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie

I’ve been doing a lot of baking in my cast iron skillet. I just find it easier. Sure, there’s nothing like spending an afternoon dropping tablespoons of cookie dough onto a baking sheet and watching them rise and brown into discs of milk-dunking-love but I don’t have time for that. However, I always want cookies and can find room in my day for eating them, especially if the time between mixing and eating brilliant gooeyness is half the amount. After ridding the house of the halloween candy that was haunting my late night reality TV hours, I need a sweet nibble now and then throughout the week. This skillet cookie fits the bill.

It also fits my husband’s bill who is known to stash bags of store-bought cookies in the far corners of my kitchen’s far corner cabinets. (Notice I take ownership of the kitchen. That’s because after living here as long as myself, my sweet darling still doesn’t know where to put all the clean items found in the dish washer. What is that about?!) If you’ve never made a cookie in a skillet you need to try it. The helpings of thick wedges require a plate, unlike eating a cookie over the sink, and, therefore, you feel like you’ve consumed something more substantial. In other words, you won’t mindlessly eat three cookies thus over indulging. At least that’s what I tell myself. But the real selling point of this dessert is the Chinese 5-Spice. I know the baking world on Instagram is in a tizzy about sprinkling sea salt on their chocolate cookies (and, by all means, go ahead and do this too) but using the spice gives the pillowy cookie a blend of sweet and savoury flavour. Chinese 5-Spice features star anise, pepper, cloves, coriander and cinnamon so when paired with chocolate you have a rich blend of warm flavours. And, lets be honest, if you make this recipe you also have a big, honking gooey cookie in a skillet. So, need we say more?

Skillet Cookie

Photo by Maya Visnyei

Chinese 5-Spice Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil (you can also use butter)
  • 1 1/2 cups spelt flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp Chinese 5 spice
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Method

Preheat your oven to 350.

In a 8-inch oven proof skillet, add your coconut oil and place it in the oven to melt. Remove skillet and pour out the melted oil into a glass measuring cup, leaving behind enough to grease your pan; set aside to cool.

In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, soda, Chinese 5-spice and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg and then add the sugars and extract. Stir until blended. Add the coconut oil and mix until blended. Pour the sugar mixture into the flour and mix until combined. Fold in chocolate chips.

Scrape batter into prepared skillet making sure it is evenly distributed. Bake cookie for 18 to 20 minutes or until outer edges are browned and puffed. Let cool in the skillet. Serve in skillet or turn out; cut into wedges.

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