Hot Cookie Dough Recipe (Just Like Pizza Hut!)

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If you have yet to have the pleasure of trying a hot cookie dough recipe, you’re missing out on something really amazing. Of course, most people are familiar with the ooey-gooey deliciousness of Pizza Hut cookie dough, but did you know that you can make your own rendition of hot cookie dough at home? It’s true! This hot cookie dough recipe is the perfect treat. Crispy outer edges and a deliciously luscious center will have you coming back for more! But enough of the talk about what makes hot cookie dough so great. Let’s dive in for the information you need to make it come to life right within your own kitchen!

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Hot Cookie Dough Recipe (just Like Pizza Hut!)

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Hot Cookie Dough Recipe

Looking for a hot cookie dough recipe for two (or three or four)? Making hot cookie dough is easy to recreate at home.

  • Author: Anna
  • Cook Time: 32 minutes
  • Total Time: 32 minutes
  • Yield: 1 big cookie 1x
  • Category: dessert
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

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  • 2 sticks salted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cups light brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Equipment

  • Cast iron pan/skillet
  • Wooden spoon or rubber spatula
  • Two mixing bowls
  • White sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Butter
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla extract
  • Flour
  • Baking powder

Instructions

  1. Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. While the oven is heating, cream together your butter, granulated sugar, and packed light brown sugar. Mix until well incorporated, and the mixture looks fluffy and light in color.
  3. Once mixed, add in your egg and vanilla extract. Stir to mix.
  4. Sift your flour into a separate bowl. Add to it your salt and baking powder.
  5. Pour your dry flour mixture into the wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Be very careful not to overmix.
  6. Lastly, take your chocolate chips and gently fold them in using a wooden spoon or rubber spatula.
  7. Butter or oil a cast iron skillet (preferably one that is 8 inches) for easy release of the hot cookie dough.
  8. Press your cookie dough into the skillet, leaving about 75% of the pan full from the bottom up.
  9. Place your skillet cookie in the oven and bake for about 32 minutes or until the edges are slightly brown. The resulting cookie dough will have a soft center.
  10. Allow your hot cookie dough to cool slightly, and then cut into portions.

Notes

  • Serve with a dollop of ice cream or freshly whipped cream along with a few extra chocolate chips.
  • You can freeze this hot cookie dough to warm it for later. The cookie dough keeps in the freezer for up to 3 months at best quality.

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As previously mentioned, hot cookie dough has always been a decadent treat, but it became even more trendy when Pizza Hut dropped its own version of the melty sensation.

Since then, the fans have been raving about the dessert and have been searching to make their own version at home. But is this possible?

It is! In essence, hot cookie dough is a basic cookie dough recipe baked in a pan to achieve a unique texture and flavor that’ll keep you craving. This deep dish cookie is also often referred to as a “skillet cookie” as it is traditionally cooked in a cast iron skillet or cast iron pan.

Don’t have one of those? A traditional round cake pan is likely to perform just as well, although you may have to tweak the cooking times a bit, depending on the material of your pan.

Note: Glass, cast iron, and non-stick all perform differently in terms of cooking. Some will cook food faster, and others will cook slower. The recipes mentioned in this post will use a cast iron skillet, but if you choose to use a cake pan or other type of pan, you may need to adjust the cooking time slightly.

As wonderful as Pizza hut cookie dough is, it isn’t hard to make. Again, the hot cookie dough recipe used is basically just a basic cookie dough recipe. With this in mind, I’m ready to reveal my take on this classic and decadent skillet cookie that features a soft center with enticingly crunchy edges.

Before we get started, let’s round up a list of equipment you’ll need, along with the ingredients. You’ll likely have most of these ingredients on hand. However, you may have to hike it to the store to grab a few if you don’t. The ingredients and equipment you’ll need to make delicious hot cookie dough include:

  • Cast iron pan (or cast iron skillet)
  • Wooden spoon or rubber spatula
  • Two mixing bowls
  • White sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Butter
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla extract
  • Flour
  • Baking powder

Most of these ingredients can be easily swapped out for others if you have dietary restrictions or follow a vegan or plant-based diet. Still, you can expect a change in texture, taste, and cooking time depending on what type of swap you make.

The following are some great ways to swap the previously mentioned ingredients for others more suitable for burying diets:

  • Sugar: Sugar alternative (white and/or brown)
  • Butter: Vegan butter or coconut oil
  • Eggs: Use 1 tablespoon of vinegar / 1 teaspoon of baking soda as an egg replacement
  • Vanilla extract: Omit if desired but replace with the same amount of milk (or water)
  • Flour: Be careful when swapping flour. Not all flours perform alike. If using gluten-free, opt to use flours marked as 1:1 substitutes to make measuring easy. Never substitute coconut flour or almond flour for all-purpose flour at a 1:1 ratio. The consistency will be way off!
  • Baking powder: If you don’t have any baking powder on hand, combining baking soda and vinegar will work as a fantastic substitute.
Hot Cookie Dough Recipe

Looking for a hot cookie dough recipe for two (or three or four)? Making hot cookie dough is easy to recreate at home. Let’s get to it.

Ingredients

  • 2 sticks salted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cups light brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. While the oven is heating, cream together your butter, granulated sugar, and packed light brown sugar. Mix until well incorporated, and the mixture looks fluffy and light in color.
  3. Once mixed, add in your egg and vanilla extract. Stir to mix.
  4. Sift your flour into a separate bowl. Add to it your salt and baking powder.
  5. Pour your dry flour mixture into the wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Be very careful not to overmix.
  6. Lastly, take your chocolate chips and gently fold them in using a wooden spoon or rubber spatula.
  7. Butter or oil a cast iron skillet (preferably one that is 8 inches) for easy release of the hot cookie dough.
  8. Press your cookie dough into the skillet, leaving about 75% of the pan full from the bottom up.
  9. Place your skillet cookie in the oven and bake for about 32 minutes or until the edges are slightly brown. The resulting cookie dough will have a soft center.
  10. Allow your hot cookie dough to cool slightly, and then cut into portions. Serve with a dollop of ice cream or freshly whipped cream along with a few extra chocolate chips.

Alternatively, you can freeze this hot cookie dough to warm it for later. The cookie dough keeps in the freezer for up to 3 months at best quality.

Once you’ve got your hot cookie dough baked up, you may be looking for ways to use it. Of course, the most traditional way is to simply devour the whole thing in one sitting with little to no regard for any and everything else.

But that’d be rude.

Instead, it is far better, and tastier, to come up with delicious ways to enjoy your deep dish cookie in a variety of ways. Check out the following serving suggestions when serving hot cookie dough.

Add a Dollop of Ice Cream

Ice cream tends to make everything better, and adding it to the top of a warm cookie can be insanely comforting. Simply place your portion of your cut cookie dough in a bowl, use an ice cream scoop to dip up one (or two or three) scoops of ice cream, and add it to the top of your cookie. Voila!

Here is another great dessert recipe that combines ice cream and chocolate chips – Baked Alaska

Hot Cookie Dough Recipe

Make That Chocolate Ice Cream

Most people grab for basic vanilla ice cream when topping items like cookies, but I’d encourage you to go a little wild and give chocolate ice cream a try. Doing so can give your cookie an even chocolatier taste, so if that’s your thing, I recommend giving this more unconventional topper a try.

Warm Chocolate Drizzle

Adding hot chocolate drizzle can add even more warmth to your cookie and can also give it a “stickier” top that can help other yummy additions, like marshmallows, stick. Go crazy with as much decadent chocolate drizzle as you wish. You can whip the drizzle up fresh or use a store-bought brand instead.

Freshly Whipped Cream

Adding a bit of whipped cream is similar to adding ice cream, but has a whole different mouthfeel that is sure to satisfy. Like chocolate drizzle, this is another topper that’s great for helping other fun toppings to adhere to your hot cookie dough. So, go ahead. Experiment! There are a ton of ideas to come up with. 

Vanilla Icing

Vanilla icing isn’t only for cake. It can also be used to top any kind of skillet cookie dough and tastes particularly delicious atop chocolate chip cookie dough. Add to this a few rainbow sprinkles, and you’ll have a treat that’s as fun to look at as it is to eat!

Powdered Sugar

This one may be a little less popular, but if you ever find your cookie dough to be a bit too bland for your liking, you can add additional sugar in an inconspicuous way by topping it with powdered sugar.

Want to mix it up a bit and make a white chocolate hot cookie dough instead? I don’t blame you!

To pull this off, simply use the basic recipe above and substitute your traditional chocolate chips with white chocolate ones instead.

Additionally, you can add 1/2 cup of macadamia nuts to further boost the flavor of the cookie.

As you can see, hot cookie dough like the Pizza Hut skillet cookie is easy enough to whip up at home. Dare I say that it might even taste better! With only a few simple ingredients, you can pull together a decadently delicious hot cookie dough treat in as little as 30 minutes or less.

Another deep dish meal that’s savory is, of course, pizza. Learn about Detroit Style Pizza vs Chicago on my blog!

FAQs

What happens when you put cookie dough in a frying pan?

If you put regular cookie dough in a pan and attempt to fry it, you won’t likely be pleased with the results. This will only end up in cookie dough that is seemingly done (if not completely charred) on the bottom, and raw up top.

If, however, you place the cookie dough in a cast iron skillet and bake it as directed above, you may be pleasantly surprised at the result. Still, not all cookie dough recipes turn out great in a cast iron skillet, so it’s always best to use a hot cookie dough recipe rather than a traditional cookie recipe when attempting to make a skillet cookie.

What is hot cookie dough?

Opinions are split as to what hot cookie dough actually is. As explained before, hot cookie dough is often thought to be reminiscent of a skillet cookie, or may even present as a cookie in its traditional form. Still others think of hot cookie dough as being quite literally cookie dough that has been warmed up, and thus, the term is up for debate.

For the purposes of this article, hot cookie dough is a cookie in a skillet that has the crispy edges of a traditional cookie but the gooey deliciousness of raw(ish) cookie dough in the center.

Is it okay to eat cookie dough that isn’t cooked?

Remember never to consume raw cookie dough that contains raw flour and eggs. Thankfully, plenty of edible cookie dough recipes (funfetti cookie dough, anyone?) are out there to help you get your fix without getting sick!

By Anna

Anna Brooks, the voice behind CooksDream.com, is a seasoned writer and editor with an insatiable love for food. While not a professional chef, her culinary adventures and unique insights have captivated readers for years. Anna believes in the transformative power of food, stating it "feeds the soul." Dive into her writings for a mix of inspiration, entertainment, and culinary wisdom. Author Pinterest Facebook Twitter Instagram YouTube Tumblr Reddit Quora

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