If I had to choose between a cake, sweet bread, or cookie for dessert, I’ll always choose a cake or sweet bread. I don’t normally crave cookies when I want something sweet. This is very much changing right now with all the pictures of Christmas cookies swarming the internet. Starting December 1st, fellow food bloggers started sharing their favorite Christmas cookie and so I decided to join in on the fun and be a part of the #virtualcookieparty! To combine my love for pastries with my cookie craving, I went a different route and made a skillet cookie. Imagine a large cookie with a warm gooey center and crisp edges and that’s what you get with this southern butter pecan skillet cookie. Top it with ice cream and get ready to loosen that belt.
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What makes this butter pecan cookie different than all the other butter pecan cookie recipes? Firstly, there’s brown butter, because all great things start with brown butter. Secondly, there’s caramel swirled into the cookie batter. And lastly, the cookie is baked in a skillet making it a giant skillet cookie! Ready to get started?
Brown butter is possibly one of my favorite things. Even the smell of browning butter is intoxicating. Heating butter evaporates the water content, concentrating the flavor and leaving you with a nutty butter. So good. After the butter has browned, chill it until it becomes more solid but not completely. We’re going to cream it with sugar so you want it to still be soft.
Why even bother chilling the butter? By creaming the fat with the sugar, you get a more cakey cookie. If you add the sugar directly to the warm butter, the cookie will be denser.
While the butter is chilling, toast the pecans in the oven until golden brown. Chop the pecans into small pieces and toss them in cinnamon to give them extra flavor.
If you don’t have a stand mixer, you can easily prepare the butter pecan skillet cookie with a hand mixer or with your sheer strength (just kidding, it’s very easy to mix by hand). Spread the cookie batter into a cast-iron pan or oven-safe pan and swirl in that caramel sauce. The batter is thick so use a paring knife to help swirl the caramel.
Bake the skillet cookie for 25-35 minutes or until golden brown. The center will still be a little gooey but that’s okay! You want a little gooey and besides, the cookie will continue cooking as it rests for 10 minutes.
No skillet cookie is complete with ice cream. Put a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream on top of the cookie, drizzle on more caramel if you dare, and grab a spoon. Maybe two spoons if you want to share.
Now this southern butter pecan skillet cookie is what I’m talking about. It’s sweet, it’s nutty, it’s warm, it’s delicious.
If you’re ready for more holiday cookie inspiration, check out these other fellow amazing food bloggers!
Cosette’s Kitchen Tahini Pinwheel Cookies
Kathryn Pauline’s Sesame Blossom Cookies
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Tawnie Graham’s (Krolls_Korner) White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies
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Rylee Foer (About to Sprout) Spiced Honey Cardamom Cookies with Orange Glaze
Gina Fontana (Healthy Little Vittles) Cookie Dough Stuffed Dates
Christine Ma (Cherry on My Sundae) Southern Butter Pecan Skillet Cookie
Alexa Blay’s (Key To My Lime) Gluten Free Vegan Sugar Cookies for Cutouts
Tamara Giebel (The Herbalist & The Carnivore) Chocolate Espresso Dipped Hazelnut Lace Cookies
Ashley Cuoco’s (ashcuoco) Stamped Citrus Shortbread
Mike Johnson’s (MikeBakesNYC) Chocolate Peppermint Macarons
Elizabeth Waterson (ConfessionsOfABakingQueen) Viennese Whirls
Erin Kowal’s (Down to a Simmer) Date Drop Cookies
Lily Morello (lilybubbletea) Holiday Fuel Cookies
Kathleen Culver, The Floured Table Triple Ginger Molasses Cookies
Taylor Carson (Crust and Confections PNW) Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies
Kimberlee Ho (kickassbaker) White Chocolate Peppermint Ice Cream Sandwiches
Cindy Feingold (saltandserenity) Chocolate Dipped Mint sandwich Cookies
Tamara, Tina, Tara (ThreeTeasKitchen) https://threeteaskitchen.com/lawzena/
Jean Choi’s (whatgreatgrandmaate) Cranberry Pistachio Paleo Chocolate Cookies
Tristin Rieken’s (onearmedmama) Gingerbread Crinkle Cookies
Kathryn (wornslapout) Rocky Road Chocolate Bark
Taylor (allpurposeflourchild) Mulling Spice and Orange Marmalade Thumbprint Cookies
Dana (olivemeetscoconut) Cranberry Orange Halaweh Cookies
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Kristine Hinterkopf (TheEarnestBaker) Smoked Sea Salt and Bourbon Cowboy Cookies
Anita (cookonawhim) Cranberry and Rosemary Tassies
Casey Colodny (TheMindfulHapa) Paleo Soft Ginger Cookies
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