Brown Butter Skillet Cookie with Butterscotch Sauce

Some recipes that you see on this site are completely spur of the moment creations, others come from days of stewing it over in my head. This is one such recipe. What started out last week as a craving for thick brown butter blondies, eventually evolved into a brown butter skillet cookie packed with oatmeal and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar, topped with vanilla ice cream and a bourbon butterscotch sauce.

Yeah, you read that right.

A simple blondie would have been great I’m sure, but I have to say that all the add-ins and toppings make this dessert outstanding.

Brown Butter Skillet Cookie with Butterscotch Sauce

I had such a hard time photographing this giant cookie. From the moment the aroma of cinnamon and butter baking filled my house, I wanted to devour it whole immediately. And when I finally did get to dig in, I about died. Every element comes together perfectly in this indulgent treat.

Brown Butter Skillet Cookie with Butterscotch Sauce

There may be a lot going on here, but it’s not difficult to bake. It’s a simple cookie recipe and the butterscotch sauce comes together quickly. Use store-bought vanilla ice cream and you’ve got yourself an easy, yet impressive, dessert. Serve it warm or at room temperature, but I prefer it warm. The ice cream and sauce become a delicious puddle on the plate, the cookie gets a little soggy, and I can’t help but lick the plate clean.

Brown Butter Skillet Cookie with Butterscotch Sauce

Brown Butter Skillet Cookie with Butterscotch Sauce

Yield: 6-8 servings

Brown Butter Skillet Cookie with Butterscotch Sauce

A flavorful cookie with brown butter, oatmeal, and cinnamon, baked in a cast iron skillet. Top it with ice cream and homemade butterscotch sauce for a decadent treat.


  • For the cookie:
  • 1/2 cup (113 grams) butter
  • 1/4 cup (50 grams) + 1/2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup (100 grams) + 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cup (154 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (50 grams) old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • For the sauce:
  • 1/4 cup (57 grams) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup (100grams) brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (118 ml) heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tablespoon bourbon, optional


  1. To make the cookie, preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease an 8-inch seasoned cast iron skillet or round cake pan.
  2. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Continue to cook the butter until it turns golden brown. Let it cool in the fridge until it has solidified, but still soft.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter and 1/4 cup sugar and 1/2 cup brown sugar for several minutes on high speed until light and creamy. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until combined. In a separate bowl combine the flour, baking soda, salt, and oats. Add to the wet ingredients in the stand mixer and mix until combined.
  4. Spread dough evenly in the prepared pan. In a small bowl combine the cinnamon with the remaining sugar and sprinkle on top of the dough. Bake until golden brown, about 20-5 minutes.
  5. To make the sauce, melt the butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Continue to cook the butter until it turns golden brown. Add the sugar and cream and whisk to combine. Bring to a boil over medium high heat, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and stir in the salt, vanilla, and bourbon.
  6. To serve, top slices of the skillet cookie with a scoop of ice cream and a spoonful of butterscotch sauce. Serve both the skillet cookie and sauce either warm or at room temperature.

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15 Responses to Brown Butter Skillet Cookie with Butterscotch Sauce

  1. Looks heavenly. My favorite part is the pudding on the plate.

  2. Annalise, this looks outstanding. I’m dying over all the elements. The butterscotch sauce and the cinnamon sugar topping are standouts for me! Just pinned in my to make list! Glad you fought through last night and got it posted :)

  3. This cookie is gasp-worthy!!

  4. Jenn says:

    Oh yum – this sounds divine!

  5. carrian says:

    STOP THAT!!! Those stinking drizzle the goodness on top of something photos always get me. Blast, I better pin this!

  6. Oh my oh my this looks good!

  7. I am dying over this recipe. Every single part of this makes me want to run to the kitchen and make it right now.

  8. Lynna says:

    that pool of butterscotch goodness with some melted vanilla ice cream is killing me… D:

  9. Goodness gracious…does that ever look good! You can just pour that butterscotch straight into my mouth please! :)

  10. Anabelle says:

    Yum! All your recipes are amazing. I know because I have tried every, single one! I am 11 years old and live in the U.S. As an aspiring baker/chef/lots of other things, your site is very useful!

  11. marla says:

    Such a great looking sweet treat!

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  13. My mouth is watering looking at those photos! The flavors sound wonderful. And adding that sauce . . . yum!

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