This Texas-sized skillet cookie is chewy, delicious and full of sweet & savory flavors that will make your mouth water! The combination of oats, chocolate chips, pecans and brown butter is unmatchable, and it’s so easy to make! Get the full recipe in this post.
Brown Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Pecan Cookie
Everyone loves a warm, delicious, and chewy cookie! They’re one of the most popular desserts out there, and why wouldn’t they be? There are so many amazing cookie recipes to choose from: classic chocolate chip, sweet sugar, snickerdoodle, and one of our personal favorites… oatmeal with chocolate chips and pecans.
There’s just something special in the combination of old-fashioned oats, chocolate and pecans, but what makes our recipe EXTRA special is the addition of brown butter. This simple added ingredient gives the cookie a warm depth of flavor that’s reminiscent of a Werther’s caramel. Talk about yummy!
To take this cookie flavor even deeper, we bake ours on the pellet grill. This gives the cookie a hint of smokiness that is the best complement to an already incredible flavor combo! This giant cookie really is the perfect dessert!
A Texas-Sized Skillet Cookie
We’ve already established that cookies are awesome. But what’s better than regular sized cookie? A Texas-sized cookie! And that’s what we decided to create!
Over the past few years, skillet-sized cookies have become more popular, with restaurants like BJ’s Brewery and their famous pizookie recipe (it’s like a cookie pizza) entering the scene.
We love using our cast-iron skillets whenever we have the opportunity, so when we set out to try this recipe on the grill, we decided to go big or go home! And the Texas-sized skillet cookie was a huge success!
Ingredients for Easy Skillet Cookie on the Grill
These are simple ingredients you might already have in your kitchen. If not, you can pick them up at your favorite grocery store. You’ll find a full recipe card with measurements at the bottom of this post but here’s a quick look at what you’re going to need.
- Salted or unsalted butter, browned and cooled
- Brown sugar
- Vanilla extract
- All purpose flour
- Baking soda
- Old-fashioned oats
- Semisweet chocolate chips (or chocolate chunks)
- Chopped pecans
Now let’s get cookie-n!
How to Make an Easy Skillet Cookie on the Grill
Preheat pellet grill to 375 degrees.
Lightly grease a 7-8 inch cast-iron skillet with butter (use separate butter for this, not from the recipe measurements).
In a small pan, brown the butter on the stovetop over medium heat. Do NOT let it come to a boil. The butter will foam, then turn golden brown. Immediately remove it from heat once the color changes.
Pour browned melted butter into a separate bowl and set aside to cool to as close to room temperature as possible.
In a large bowl, combine the brown sugar and brown butter (after it cools) and beat at medium speed with a hand mixer or stand mixer until blended well.
Add in the whole egg, egg yolk and vanilla extract and beat until all wet ingredients are mixed well.
Add in the dry ingredients (baking soda, flour and salt) and mix well.
Add in the oats and mix well to combine them evenly.
Add the chocolate chips and pecans. Fold them in with a spoon until well blended.
Refrigerate the cookie dough for at least 30 minutes to one hour.
Spread the cookie dough into the greased skillet evenly.
Place the skillet on the smoker and close the lid.
Bake for 30 minutes at 375 degrees.
Remove from the grill and let sit for 10 minutes. It’s okay if the cookie isn’t quite done as it will continue to cook in the cast iron.
Cut into slices and serve warm with vanilla ice cream.
What to Expect from this Recipe
This giant skillet cookie was a huge hit with the whole family! It was thick & chewy, sweet & salty and full of flavor in every bite! The pellet grill added a hint of smoky flavor to the cookie, which was the perfect complement to the other ingredients.
This cookie would be a perfect dessert to serve at your next party or family gathering. It feeds multiple people, whether you slice it individually or just grab some spoons and eat it right out of the skillet!
Serve it warm with some vanilla ice cream (we recommend two scoops of ice cream), and it’s sure to be a crowd pleaser! It’s one of our favorite desserts!
Make it Your Own
We love this recipe just as it is, but here are some ideas for how to make it your own next time!
Raisins instead of nuts: I know, I know… this is a touchy subject. Not everyone is a fan of raisins in their oatmeal cookies, but if you are, you can easily switch out the pecans for raisins.
Make it a sundae: Turn your cookie into a delicious sundae by topping with ice cream and other yummy toppings! Some of our favorites are: caramel sauce, hot fudge, chocolate syrup and whipped cream!
Traditional recipe: If you prefer a more traditional chocolate chip skillet cookie recipe, feel free to use whatever recipe you like! You can smoke pretty much any cookie recipe in a cookie skillet on the pellet grill to give it that added smoky flavor. Cooking times may vary.
Questions People are Asking
Can I cook this skillet cookie in the oven?
Absolutely! If you don’t have a smoker, or just prefer to cook this skillet cookie in the oven, that’s perfectly fine. We recommend cooking it at 350 degrees for approximately 30 minutes, then checking it for doneness prior to removing. Bake time may vary, depending on the oven. The edges should be golden brown, but the middle should still be soft.
Can I make small, individual cookies with this same recipe?
For sure! Just use a 1-inch cookie scoop to spoon the dough into uneven balls and place them on a non-stick cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 8 minutes or until the cookies have slightly crispy edges that are light golden-brown. Make sure to not overcook them as they will continue baking on the cookie sheet once removed from the oven.
How do I store leftover cookies?
Store any leftover cookies in an airtight container, plastic wrap or aluminum foil to keep them fresh. Serve within 4-5 days.
What to Serve with this Easy Skillet Cookie
If you’re looking for some great recipes to serve along with this cast iron skillet cookie, here are some suggestions.
Nothing complements a Texas-sized cookie better than a Texas-sized burger, and our World’s Best Butter Burger is just that! It’s thick, juicy and full of buttery goodness. You will love it!
These Baked Onion Rings from South Your Mouth would be a great side dish! You could even try baking them on the pellet grill for an added smokiness that would be oh so good!
If you’re looking for a delicious appetizer to serve at your next party or family dinner, try this Southern Bacon and Cheddar Dip from Miz Helen’s Country Cottage. It’s simple and savory!
This Cast-Iron Peach Dump Cake on the Grill is another delicious dessert option that would pair perfectly with the brown butter & oatmeal skillet cookie for your next gathering. It’s so yummy and so easy to make!
Thanks for Stopping By!
That’s it for this post, friends! We sure hope you enjoy this easy skillet cookie recipe. This dessert is already a family favorite!
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About the Man Behind the Grill
Zach Morrow was born and raised in Texas and has always had a passion for great barbecue. He’s at home behind the grill and loves to feed his friends and family home-cooked favorites as often as he can. He especially loves trying new things and is excited to produce recipes like this one for Backyard Texas Grill.
- ¾ cup unsalted butter, browned and cooled
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 egg plus 1 egg yolk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 ⅓ cups all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup old-fashioned oats
- ¾ cup chocolate chips
- ¾ cup chopped pecans
1. Preheat pellet grill to 375 degrees.
2. Lightly grease your cast iron skillet with butter.
3. In a small pan, brown butter on the stovetop over medium heat. Do NOT let it come to a boil. Butter will foam, then turn brown. Immediately remove from heat once color changes.
4. Pour browned butter into a separate bowl and set aside to cool.
5. In a large mixing bowl, combine the brown sugar and brown butter, beat until mixed well.
6. Add in the egg, egg yolk and vanilla extract and beat until mixed well.
7. Add in the baking soda, flour and salt and mix well.
8. Add in the oats and mix well to combine them.
9. Add the chocolate chips and pecans. Fold them in with a spoon until well blended.
10. Refrigerate the cookie dough for at least 30 minutes to one hour.
11. Spread the dough into the skillet evenly.
12. Place the skillet on the smoker and close the lid.
13. Cook for 30 minutes @ 375 degrees.
14. Remove from the grill and let sit for 10 minutes. It’s okay if the cookie isn’t quite done as it will continue to cook in the cast iron.
15. Cut into slices and serve with vanilla ice cream.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 521Total Fat: 32gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 92mgSodium: 232mgCarbohydrates: 57gFiber: 4gSugar: 32gProtein: 6g