As much as we love to see what our favorite foodies make when they want to “wow” their guests, you know what even more interesting? Learning what dishes they whip up when they’re at home on an average weeknight. Our series, My Go-To Meal, asks chefs and foodies we love to spill the recipes they have on constant rotation. Next up, Sarah Crawford shares an incredible recipe for a double chocolate skillet cookie for nights when all you want for dinner is something sweet.
You know those evenings when you’re staring into the fridge, nothing is calling your name, and all you can think about is eating chocolate for dinner? This chocolate skillet cookie recipe was made for those nights. And luckily, Sarah Crawford is here to show us how to make the magic ourselves.
Between the stellar classic recipes from Broma Bakery (the cinnamon rolls and chocolate chip muffins have been regulars in my kitchen) and her captivatingly hilarious yet informative TikTok’s, Sarah has long been a must-follow on my feeds. In fact, I learned much of my own approach to food styling and understanding the artistry of food from Sarah herself. Her approach to recipes and ability to give people the confidence to explore their own stories and narratives through the camera lens is as refreshing as it is fun.
One quick scroll through her feed and you’ll find a post illustrating how different types of sugars can affect your chocolate chip cookies, beautiful imagery that transports you to the most peaceful kitchen, and a video of her dressed as Guy Fieri while making more cookies (not gonna lie — that last one had me cracking up for hours). Sarah has endless inspiration and culinary guidance to offer, but it’s that balance between thoughtful teaching moments, solidly-tested recipes, and pure fun that keeps me coming back for more.
As a loyal “Bromie,” I was excited to chat with Sarah about this recipe and get the inside scoop on how to elevate cookies for dinner while getting a few other baking tips and tricks.
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How did you develop this chocolate skillet cookie recipe? What are the flavors you wanted to draw upon?
For this recipe, I wanted to call on the same delicious flavors of my double chocolate cookie, but in a skillet. Remarkably, almost all cookie recipes work brilliantly in skillets, as they’re able to get crispy on the edges while staying gooey in the middle!
When it comes to chocolate desserts, I love adding vanilla extract and espresso powder. Both work to enhance the flavors of the chocolate, imparting a lovely richness and depth.
What makes this recipe your go-to?
This double chocolate skillet cookie is so easy to make, pretty forgiving (you don’t have to measure as accurately as, say, French macarons), and who doesn’t love chocolate ?! One thing I love about this recipe is that you can mix everything together in one bowl. In my opinion, that’s the best type of baking.
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Is there a kitchen tool that’ll help bakers perfect this recipe themselves?
Yes, I always make my cookies in a KitchenAid Stand Mixer. Fun fact, my KitchenAid was my first-ever big purchase for my blog way back in 2011. It’s definitely something you save up for, but it’s every baker’s dream appliance and will last for decades.
What are your must-have kitchen tools?
I love my trusty Staub Fry Pan. It’s perfect for skillet cookies, but also for smash burgers, game-day dips, pan-fried chicken, and pancakes. I’d also consider a silicone spatula a must for any baker, as well as a good set of measuring cups (these have beautiful Acacia wood handles!).
What stand-out ingredients make this recipe special?
While I don’t feel like you ever need to splurge on something like sugar, I do find that high-quality cocoa powder makes all the difference in my chocolate recipes. My go-to is Rodelle Gourmet Baking Cocoa. It has a higher fat content and a really rich flavor. I’ve never found another cocoa powder that comes close!
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Are there any ingredient swaps we can make?
To make these cookies gluten-free, you can swap out all-purpose flour for a gluten-free 1: 1 baking flour, such as Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour.
What baking hacks do you have up your sleeve that we should all know about?
In general, I never trust the baking times of recipes because everyone’s oven is so different. As a rule of thumb, whatever the recipe’s bake time, set your timer for 20% less time. To test for doneness, insert a knife into the center of the bake. If it comes out clean or almost clean, you’re done!
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What do you love most about creating recipes that people will make in their own kitchen?
To me, the best part of developing recipes is hearing the stories of when other people make your recipes. Our cakes have made it to someone’s graduation party, our best chocolate chip cookies have been someone’s perfect late-night snack, and our brownies were the perfect weekend activity for a mom and her sugar-obsessed kids. It feels so good to know that something I created has brought just a little bit of happiness to someone else’s day.
What other Broma Bakery recipes do readers need to try?
If you make one thing from the blog, it has to be our Best Chocolate Chip Cookies. They’re one of the most popular recipes to date, and for good reason! I’m also a huge fan of the Homemade Cinnamon Rolls, Classic Blueberry Muffins, and Nutella Brownies.
Keep scrolling to get Sarah’s * amazing * Double Chocolate Skillet Cookie recipe!
Follow Sarah on Instagram and TikTok for more beautiful (and delicious) baking inspo. In addition to creating the most crave-worthy recipes, Sarah runs an online food photography school. Her newest course gives participants a deep-dive into growing your social media presence. Learn more here and use code CAMILLESTYLES at checkout for 20% off.