Look at those faces. So happy. Four kids, three adults, not one of them crying. Not even a little. Would you like to make your friends and family feel this happy? If only — oh, wait! What’s that in the middle of the table with seven spoons about to plunge into it? Good call. It’s a skillet cookie. A whole damn batch of your favorite drop cookies baked together in one skillet and then, if you’re smart, topped with a pint of your favorite ice cream.
The skillet cookie is no original idea of mine. I learned about it here and have deployed it for various crowds more times than I should probably admit over the past year. Once I even served it to an adults-only crowd, and nobody was like, “No thanks, this is wildly inappropriate.” I always offer bowls in case anyone wants to quietly remove their own portion from the germ pool, but to date no one has taken me up on the offer.
So, cool. We’ve established that the skillet cookie is a thing to be proliferated for the good of humanity. But that part is obvious. Here’s where the new twist comes in. What if we take our enabling to the next level for the holidays with the gift of a skillet cookie starter set? It seems only fair. And it’s easy! Here’s all you need:
A skillet. (I mean, really.) Depending on the life stage/kitchen state of the recipient and your budget, you could go a few ways with this. For about $35, there’s the always wonderful Lodge 12-inch cast iron skillet, which should be in every kitchen. It will get a ton of use and will last a lifetime and then some. (At the risk of plunging you into an existential crisis, have you seen how many of these things show up at estate sales? They’re positively immortal.) This would be a great option for anyone who doesn’t have one already.
Or let’s say you’re some wealthy grandma with a dedicated cook on your list and $315 to burn in a beautiful, enameled cherry-red flame. Then how about this Le Creuset 5-quart braiser? (I own both of these beauties and use them regularly, in case you were curious.)
A third option, one I strongly support but can’t really help you with, is to find a local maker or seller of pretty things that are about 12 inches in diameter and can spend half an hour in the oven at 375°F. This is a great plan if your gift recipient already has all the kitchen basics, or if you don’t know what they have.
Next, you need a cookie recipe or 50. Print your family’s favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe on a pretty piece of card stock, or include the excellent cookie book Chewy Gooey Crispy Crunchy by Alice Medrich.
Then, if you’re a real class act, you might buy the dry ingredients for one of the recipes and wrap them all up in the skillet. Up to you, but it’s a nice touch.
And that’s it! Merry merry, cookie cookie. See you soon.
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