Recipes can be like family treasures. A little piece of your history, made by someone you loved and passed down from each generation.  The stories and memories attached to them as important as the list of ingredients. In my family, that recipe is my Grandma Berndt’s chocolate chip cookie recipe.

It is the bar to which all other chocolate chip cookie recipes are held to.  Whenever someone would talk about trying a new cookie recipe the conversation would start with, “I tried this new cookie recipe, it’s not quite as good as Grandma Berndt’s, but…”

Her cookies were such a coveted treat among my dad and uncles that she often gave them buckets of them as Christmas presents. Gallon ice cream buckets full of cookies with a red bow on top.  Watching them get those buckets you would have thought they’d won the lottery.

Yep, they were that good.

So, whenever I try a new chocolate chip cookie recipe Grandma comes to mind.  Although this recipe isn’t quite like hers (being in a skillet and all). I have to say it’s pretty delicious, especially served warm, straight out of the oven, maybe a scoop of ice cream on top…

Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie

adapted from Martha Stewart Living

2 cups Whole Wheat Pastry Flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup Earth Balance margarine or butter, softened

1/2 cup sugar

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

1 egg or equivalent with Ener-G egg replacement

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups mixed milk and semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt;  set aside.  In the bowl of an electric mixer cream butter and sugars until mixture is light and fluffy.  Add egg (or replacer) and vanilla;  mix until fully incorporated.  Add flour mixture, and beat until just combined.  Add chocolate chips.

Transfer dough to 10 inch ovenproof skillet and press to flatten, covering bottom of pan.  Bake until edges are brown and top is golden, 40-45 minutes.  Don’t overbake;  it will continue to cook a few minutes out of the oven.  Cool for 15-20 minutes before serving.

What recipes are your family treasures?  What are their stories?  I’d love to hear about them!





17 Responses to Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie

  1. Family recipes are a wonderful way to connect to previous generations. My family has a trifle-type dish that has been passed down from my great grandma. I remember my mom giving me the recipe with the words, “Use instant pudding in this recipe and your great grandma will haunt you for the rest of your life.” I was five, so it was a little scary. No, I wasn’t really that young, but every time I make the pudding for it from scratch I think of my mom, grandma, and great-grandma all standing by the stove, stirring the pudding the same way that I am.

  2. Alison says:

    I agree Nicole. Love the story of your great grandma’s trifle recipe. And I’ll bet making the pudding from scratch tastes better than instant pudding EVER could. :)

  3. My grandmother use to always make Aebelskivers which are like round Danish pancake balls. You need a special cast-iron pan to make them. I have one. I like to make them for special occasions. One such occasion is her birthday – she died so it’s one way that I can remember her and teach my children about just how awesome she is!

    I like the idea of baking a cookie in a frying pan. I’m going to have to bookmark this one!

  4. Laurel says:

    Now I need to go buy myself a skillet! I’d love for you to submit this to the M&T Spotlight at

  5. This looks delicious! It almost reminds me of a dessert I had in a restaurant once. Now I need to get myself a skillet!

  6. bentley says:

    motivation to buy a skillet!

  7. tpdval says:

    Thanks for the inspiration! I saw your recipe this afternoon and decided to make it with the kids this evening. I posted my experience with the recipe on my blog – I left mine in for 35 minutes – and it over baked, I think I should have taken it out after 30. Thanks so much for the wonderful recipe, we had a lot of fun making it!

    • Alison says:

      I’m glad you had fun! It’s always good when you can make something in the kitchen with your kids.

  8. These look delicious! Just looking through your blog and your photos are GORGEOUS! Beautiful, beautiful use of light. Fabulous job.

  9. P.S. – Just saw you are a pro photog. :) That explains it. But I still have to wonder, do you have a roof???? I’m so in love with all the light in your kitchen!!!

    • Alison says:

      Thanks so much Christi! Yes, I have a roof. :) I have a lot of natural light in my kitchen from windows and doors, plus white cabinets that make for great reflectors. It is one of my favorite places in our house.

  10. DIVINE! Tried this once before but you’re motivating me to make it again!

    Great blog; happy I found you!

    Mary xo
    Delightful Bitefuls

  11. Tessa says:

    Is there anything better than a giant chocolate chip cookie? I think not! My family unfortunately doesn’t really have any recipes. I plan on creating my own family recipes :)

  12. Stacy says:

    This looks amazing! Do you know if you could substitute the whole wheat pastry flour for all purpose? Unfortunately, I don’t have much access to whole wheat pastry flour in Senegal…

    • Alison says:

      Stacy–You can swap all purpose for the pastry flour and use the same measurements.

  13. anne says:

    I have made this recipes several times now and it is a favorite!! Thanks for sharing!!!

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