This Ooey-Gooey S’Mores Dessert Just Might Be the Best Use of a Cast Iron Skillet You’ve Ever Seen
Just when you think you’ve seen it all, the internet hands you a S’mores Pizookie. And by you, I mean me. But maybe also you? Either way, this decadent, truly epic skillet dessert is unlike anything I’ve ever encountered. And it just may be the ultimate sweet treat for s’mores fans, skillet cookie fans, or anyone looking for an out-of-the-box baking adventure.
I encountered the S’mores Pizookie on @handletheheat‘s account — a baking Insta account run by baker, recipe developer, and cookbook author Tessa Arias. It takes a lot to stop me mid-scroll these days, but I’m not exaggerating when I say I came to a screeching halt and immediately double-tapped the photo. Arias’ post is a carousel of images, starting with the just-baked, still-warm pizookie. Tap through, and you’ll get process shots of how to make the pizookie.
But before we go any further (and don’t worry, we will), I’ve got to explain what a pizookie is. A pizookie is a cross between a pizza and a cookie, made popular by the chain restaurant BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse. Pizookies are made with cookie dough, and traditionally baked in a deep dish pizza pan, hence the name (Pizza + Cookie = Pizookie!). A proper pizookie is just the right amount of ooey-gooey — thanks to a slightly underbaked center — and it acts as the perfect blank canvas for creative flavor combos.
Which brings us back to Tessa Arias and the pizookie at hand. A S’mores Pizookie is, according to Arias, “chocolate chip cookie dough stuffed with marshmallow, Hershey’s chocolate, and graham cracker bits.” The full recipe is published on her website, and folks, it only takes 30 minutes total to prep and cook.
Her recipe begins with a basic homemade chocolate chip cookie dough, which you’ll divide into four pieces. After pressing the first two pieces into the bottom of the skillet, get to layering! Arias instructs readers to add broken-up graham crackers, marshmallows, and Hershey’s chocolate into the center, then to top it off with the remaining dough. From there it’s a short spin in the oven, and you’re ready to go to town. Pizookie town, that is.
This pizookie recipe calls for miniature cast iron skillets, and Arias notes that she uses these 14-ounce ones from Lodge. She even includes instructions for making the pizookies ahead of time, and doubling the recipe. Arias’ Instagram fans loved this recipe, leaving comments like, “This is the best thing since sliced bread.”
As a huge s’mores enthusiast myself, I’ll definitely be bookmarking the page. After all, it’s a long way until my next summer bonfire.