Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Pan Cookie

Well, it’s actually a brown butter peanut butter chocolate chip pan cookie all made in one pan but I thought that title was a little too verbose. Plus I made this with my friend Lily, which makes it all the more awesome.

A decadent browned butter peanut butter chocolate chip pan cookie all made in one pan! Can't get easier (and tastier!) than this.

Because I produce desserts on a weekly basis, I should not have a favorite. But I do, and this is it. The internet is currently undergoing a dessert frenzy. And when part of the dessert frenzy showcased The Skillet Cookie, I was game;  I like desserts requiring minimal steps when ease does not compromise taste. And what could be simpler than a cookie made and baked in the same pan?

A decadent browned butter peanut butter chocolate chip pan cookie all made in one pan! Can't get easier (and tastier!) than this.

Because I was already using a heatproof dish, I decided to brown the butter because it 1. The smell is addictive 2. It tastes SO good 3. Why not?

I decided to go with a classic peanut flavor – that’s probably the only cookie that I really enjoy using brown butter for. In addition, I threw in chocolate and oats too, because oats add a nice chew – and chocolate really doesn’t need an explanation.

1. When making this particular cookie, use a pan that can be placed in the oven-  WITHOUT rubber handles. I would suggest a skillet, but I don’t actually own one – I used a standard non-stick pan (which may not be the best idea but it worked fine for me).

2. Wrap the handles in tin foil to prevent it from overheating.

A decadent browned butter peanut butter chocolate chip pan cookie all made in one pan! Can't get easier (and tastier!) than this.

3. If you’re doing the one-bowl method like I did, use a spatula/wooden spoon to mix because you don’t want to scratch the pan, especially if it’s nonstick. Otherwise, preparing the mixture in a separate bowl and then spreading it into a reasonably sized dish (such as an 8 inch round cake tin) is perfectly fine too.

4. Serve it warm when the chocolate is still gooey with coffee ice cream. I’m biased.

I made this video with my friend Lily who gave me the recipe for her AMAZING banana bread – because baking is a thousand times better when you have someone to do it with you. Thanks, Lily! As always, I loved baking with you.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Pan Cookie

A brown butter peanut butter chocolate chip pan cookie all made in one pan.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (115 g) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup (100 g) sugar - I suggest Demerara or brown
  • 1/2 cup (125 g) peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup (125 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (45 g) quick cooking oats
  • 3/4 cup (125 g) chocolate chunks that you've chopped yourself! (or if you're lazy, chips)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F or 180 C.
  2. In an 8 inch by diameter oven safe pan or skillet, add your butter.
  3. Brown the butter by cooking it over medium low heat for about 5 minutes or until it develops a light amber color and brown specks begin to appear on the surface. Do not stir, simply swirl the pan.
  4. Let the butter cool COMPLETELY, about 30 minutes. Very important! In the meantime, you can remove the foam that has formed on top of the browned butter- this is optional 🙂
  5. To the pan, add the sugar and mix using a rubber spatula or wooden spoon until smooth. If you do not want to follow the one bowl method, pour the browned butter into a bowl and follow same procedure.
  6. Add the peanut butter, egg and vanilla and continue to mix.
  7. Add the baking soda, salt and flour. The mixture will form a thick dough.
  8. Fold in the oats and chocolate chunks. When they are evenly distributed through out the mixture, flatten it with the spoon or your hands until it coats the entirety of the pan. I also like to dab the surface of the cookie with a paper towel to remove any grease on the top.
  9. Cover the handle of the pan with tin foil to prevent it from burning or overheating and bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  10. Cool slightly, then serve warm with some ice cream. It tastes great chilled too.

A decadent browned butter peanut butter chocolate chip pan cookie all made in one pan! Can't get easier (and tastier!) than this.