Pizookie

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A fully loaded deep-dish skillet cookie (Pizookie) with the absolute-best cookie dough, Reese’s® candies, chocolate chips, and M&M’s®!

This recipe includes directions for making this deep-dish cookie in a cast iron skillet or a 9-inch cake pan. Top it with plenty of ice cream and even some hot fudge if you’re feeling extra decadent.

Overhead photo of a Pizookie with melty vanilla ice cream on top.

Pizookie® recipe inspiration

When my husband and I were going to college we found a little dessert cafe that quickly became our favorite place. The cafe is in a remodeled historic mansion (built in 1909) which makes for a fun ambiance. They served all kinds of from-scratch desserts, but we never did end up trying all that many while we lived near the cafe. However, it wasn’t from lack of going there often enough; it was from our fear of branching out because we both knew their “cazookies” (also known as pizookies) would never disappoint.

Massive deep-dish cookie skillets with a generous serving of ice cream on top is what the name “cazookie” entailed. The first time we went, we each got one and quickly learned they could easily be shared with three or four other people.

We ended up graduating from college and moving a few hundred miles away from that little dessert cafe, but I knew one day I’d make my own version of that deep-dish cookie recreation. And honestly, we couldn’t be more thrilled with the result. These Pizookies are a total favorite in our home; they’re sweet and indulgent and completely loaded with our favorites: chocolate, M&M’s, and Reese’s. 

So what exactly is a Pizookie?

Pizookie is a hybrid word combining pizza and cookie.  It’s perfect for those days when you need a pizza-sized cookie!

Pizookie is actually a registered trademark with BJ’s Restaurants and Brewhouses, but is also featured in many other restaurants. This copycat recipe is less about one particular restaurant’s dessert and more about the concept of deep-dish cookie treats. We’re very respectful of trademark laws.

Typically, pizookies are made in a cast-iron skillet, but this recipe has also been tested in a 9-inch round cake pan if you don’t have a skillet!

Process shots of making the Pizookie dough: butter and sugars in a bowl; creaming the butter and sugars together; adding dry ingredients to the bowl; mixing to combine; pressing half of the dough into the pan; adding in halved mini Reese's candies.

How to make a Pizookie

Much like making a small batch of cookies, you make a Pizookie the same way! You start with whipping up the cookie dough (But don’t use just any cookie dough recipe — not all dough bakes well in a skillet). Once the dough is made, press it into a greased skillet and bake.

For my Pizookie recipe, we separate the dough into two parts and add halved Reese’s candy in between the two layers of cookie dough. I mean, talk about a treat! The Reese’s get all melty, with a chocolatey-peanut-buttery center which is unbelievably good. We add the remaining dough with M&M’s and chocolate chips added in… because we’re either going big or going home with this dessert.

Once everything is in the skillet, you’ll bake it for 20-25 minutes. You’ll want to eat it pretty quick after being baked because it’s still slightly gooey in the center (what I consider the hallmark of a perfect Pizookie!). Last, but not least, we add a few scoops of ice cream for good measure. You may just never go back to regular cookies again. 

Recipe variations

  • If you aren’t a fan of Reese’s, you can use virtually any chocolate candy for the middle of this Pizookie (or leave it without a center filling altogether). Some other candies we’ve tried and loved include Rolos®, coarsely chopped Kit-Kats®, Hershey’s® chocolate bars.
  • Leave out the M&M’s entirely or swap them out for more chocolate chips!
  • Swap out the milk chocolate for semi-sweet, dark, or white chocolate (or use a combination of a few different chocolate chips).
  • Add a drizzle of hot fudge or melted peanut butter on top of the fresh-from-the-oven Pizookie.
  • Check out these fun Pizookie flavor variations (for your own inspiration) from BJ’s restaurant, home of the original Pizookie!

Process shots: adding chocolate chips and M&M's to the dough; mixing it all together; adding it to the pan; the finished Pizookie.

Recipe tips

  • Use room temperature butter: If the butter is too soft or melted, the cookie dough will end up being too warm and not baking properly (it will burn on the edges before being baked in the center).
  • When measuring flour for this deep-dish skillet cookie, make sure to spoon and level the flour. If you press a measuring cup into a container and push flour into the cup, you’ll end up with way too much flour. Here’s how to spoon and level flour.
  • Watch bake time closely: Pizookies should be somewhat gooey and fairly soft-baked in the center. As soon as the edges turn a light golden brown, the Pizookie is ready!
  • Enjoy these treats fresh out of the oven: They are best served hot with some ice cream on top. If you do have leftovers, they will store okay (without the ice cream and hot fudge), but nothing compares to the cookie right out of the oven!
  • Speaking of leftovers, store any leftover Pizookie at room temperature, covered tightly with plastic wrap. This excludes Pizookies that were topped with ice cream; once topped with ice cream, they won’t store well. Even if the ice cream is scraped off, whatever melted into the cookie will make it soggy.

How many calories are in a Pizookie?

Short answer: a lot! Nobody’s going to try and pass this off as health food…. especially in this one that’s packed with M&M’s, chocolate chips, and miniature Reese’s cups. It’s got quite a bit packed into a cookie! But if you’re sharing with a lot of people, it ends up having comparable calories to most desserts. For 1/6 of a Pizookie, it comes to 437 calories. Different candies will affect that number, of course.

Angled shot of Pizookie with melty ice cream on top and bites taken out.

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Pizookie

5 from 11 votes
A deep-dish skillet cookie (Pizookie) with a sugar cookie base, a Reese's candy interior, and a M&M chocolate chip cookie dough topping. 
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Pizookie

5 from 11 votes
A deep-dish skillet cookie (Pizookie) with a sugar cookie base, a Reese's candy interior, and a M&M chocolate chip cookie dough topping. 
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 -6 servings
Calories 437kcal
Cost $6.91

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (113g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (111g) white granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon (66g) light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 and 1/2 cups (193g) white all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 10-12 miniature Reese's cups, unwrapped and cut in half
  • 1/2 cup (90g) milk chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup (96g) peanut butter or regular M&M's candies (2 small packages)
  • Optional toppings: ice cream, hot fudge sauce

Instructions

  • PREP: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease or spray a 9-inch cast iron skillet or 9- inch cake pan. Set aside.
  • CREAM BUTTER and SUGARS: In a medium-sized bowl, cream the room-temperature butter (See Note 1), white sugar, and brown sugar for about 2-3 minutes. Add in the egg and vanilla. Mix until combined.
  • DRY INGREDIENTS: In a separate bowl, stir together the flour (See Note 2), baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  • COMBINE: Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix until a dough forms. Do not over mix.
  • DIVIDE DOUGH: Divide the dough in half. Press one half of the dough into the bottom of the skillet or cake pan. Press the unwrapped and halved Reese's cups on top of that layer of cookie dough.
  • REMAINING DOUGH: To the remaining cookie dough, add in the milk chocolate chips and peanut butter M&M's. Stir to combine and then press that remaining cookie dough on top of the Reese's cups and smooth the dough into 1 even layer. The Reese's cups should be covered with dough.
  • BAKE: Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the edges are light golden brown. Remember, the center should be a little softer -- this is the hallmark of a delicious Pizookie!
  • SERVE: Serve immediately with ice cream and hot fudge if desired.

Recipe Notes

Note 1: Use room temperature butter. If the butter is too soft or melted, the cookie dough will end up being too warm and not baking properly (it will burn on the edges before being baked in the center).
Note 2: When measuring flour for this deep-dish skillet cookie, make sure to spoon and level the flour. If you press a measuring cup into a container and push flour into the cup, you'll end up with way too much flour. Here's how to spoon and level flour.
Note 3: M&Ms, Reese's, and Pizookie are all trademarked brand names for food items.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 437kcal

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51 Comments

  1. sonds like my kind of dessert place! I love, love cookies in skillets! who doesn’t love a warm cookie?! you must have ice cream! that is my favorite combination!

  2. Oh man, this pizookie looks amazing! Love the Reese’s cups and M&M’s in here – I would rather have this for breakfast right now with all the works and cherry on top instead of my plain jane granola and oatmeal 😉

    1. Hahaha! This would be a great breakfast, just wouldn’t feel so great after the fact haha! Have a great weekend Kelly 🙂

  3. Gorgeous photos girl! I love me a pizooke…especially with Reeses and M and Ms! I would like to face plant into this right now…at 6am please!

  4. I would probably have just ignored all reason and gone to live at that dessert place. Although now I’m tempted to go live with you if it means we can have pizookies every day!

    1. Haha!! Yay! I hope you have a great weekend! And hopefully we can finally get together this coming week 🙂 Stay warm Melanie!

  5. Looks like the ultimate cookie cake to me. I definitely need to keep this in mind for the next time there are a bunch of kids over. I just might win them all over with this awesomness!
    Pinning to my skillet board. 🙂

  6. Oh. My. Lord. This is perfect. Can you mail me one of these? I love absolutely everything about it! Also, really love the word pizookie. Never heard that one before! Reese’s are my favorite and I’m totally drooling thinking about them in the middle of this giant cookie.

    1. Haha okay someone needs to find a way to mail food or send it over the internet! Then we could switch cookies and brownies all day long!! Thanks Beth! Have a great weekend 🙂

  7. Seriously insane! This is definitely the ultimate dessert, and my husband would go CRAZY over this, he pretty much subsists on cookies. Haha

    1. Thanks Alyssa! Haha I know! I have tons of more ideas I want to do since there are so many different candy variations!

  8. Oh. My. Goodness! This is beyond gorgeous, Chelsea. I’ve been loving all the “skillet cookie” recipes lately, but yours takes the cake, ha! Love the word pizookie :). Wish I could have a slice of this right now. I can only imagine what this tastes like while still warm and gooey…

  9. Oh my, my, my!! This looks amazing Chelsea!! I have never had a pizookie and that is going to have to change!!! Is that a full size skillet? Is it wrong of me to think I could take that down all by myself?? 😉

    1. Hahaha!! That would be so awesome if you could! I wish I could eat an entire pizookie myself, but don’t think my husband would be very happy I hogged it all 🙂 It’s an 8 inch skillet, but I want to try a pizookie in a 12-inch one – that would be quite the cookie! Have a great weekend Renee 🙂

  10. Are you talking about the Chocolat’ (or something like that) in Orem? I have been DYING to go there but haven’t yet…I really need to before we move from Utah. This looks fabulous!

    1. Yep!! The Chocolate in Orem was my favorite – totally miss it! Definitely go before you leave, you guys will love it! Thank you Katie 🙂

  11. Oh my goodness, Chelsea. This looks absolutely sugar-coma inducing but I want every single bite of it and every bit of that coma that comes along with it. SO tasty.

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