This Cookies and Cream Pizookie with Oreos is a chocolatey oversized pizza cookie baked in a cast iron skillet, served warm with cookies and cream ice cream. Great for easy baking and serving a crowd.
Because it is baked in a cast iron skillet the outside is a thick chewy chocolate cookie while the inside is like a fudgy gooey brownie. The best of both worlds. Plus, it's loaded with Oreos. It is topped with ice cream which melts over the still warm Pizookie.
What is a Pizookie?
A pizookie is a pizza cookie, also known as a skillet cookie, and was popularized by BJs restaurant. It’s essentially an oversized cookie made in a cast iron skillet that is chewy on the outside and gooey and melty in the middle.
This cookies and cream version is made with a fudgy chocolate batter with chunks of Oreo cookies and served with cookies and cream ice cream.
High Quality Chocolate
Choosing high quality chocolate chips is key for this recipe. I recommend either Guittard or Ghirardelli. Both companies were founded in the mid 1800’s at the forefront of the modern chocolate making era, and both are located in California. They are relatively easy to find either at your local large grocery store, Target, or Whole Foods. They are certainly more expensive than store bought brands, but the difference in quality goes a long, long way. You will notice a difference in taste, but also in how they melt and how that impacts the overall result of any baked goods. That is especially true for recipes that call for melted chocolate in the batter.
I also recommend high quality cocoa powder. It can sometimes be harder to find than high quality chocolate chips. Either Ghirardelli or Guittard is great and can be found at Target, or online on Amazon.
Cast Iron Skillet
This Cookies and Cream Pizookie recipe calls for a 10-inch cast iron skillet. Cast iron skillets are very durable and not very expensive. I bought this one for $25 at Target. They are also great for making something on the stovetop and then putting it directly in the oven.
However, I prefer to mix all the ingredients in a large ceramic mixing bowl, then press the batter into the skillet. It’s easy to melt the butter and chocolate in the microwave and then mix in the remaining ingredients. You could instead melt the butter and chocolate in the cast iron skillet on the stovetop, but it gets a little tricky mixing the rest of the ingredients in afterwards since the sides of the skillet are shallow, and the skillet would be quite warm from warming the butter on the stove.
If you do not have a cast iron skillet, it is certainly not worth it to buy one. Just use a round pie dish (even a square baker will do).
Be mindful that the handle of the cast iron skillet will be hot after coming out of the oven.
Good Quality Ice Cream
Because the Cookies and Cream Pizookie is so rich with high quality ingredients, most ice creams will work great. Some flavors that will pair really well are cookies and cream, vanilla, vanilla bean, chocolate, or salted caramel.
I typically look for brands that have a limited ingredient list (i.e. not much more than milk, cream and sugar). Turkey Hill Ice Cream has a line of ice creams called “simply natural” that fits that category and often something like Haagen Daaz has a very simple vanilla ice cream. It gets harder to find simple ingredient lists when it comes to cookies and cream ice cream, or anything else with added “toppings”, but there's already Oreos in this dessert anyway.
Step by Step Photos of Cookies and Cream Pizookie with Oreos:
See the full recipe further below.
Melt the butter and chocolate and combine. Stir in the sugar. Add the eggs, vanilla, salt, cocoa powder, and flour. Lastly add in about half of the broken Oreos.
Press into a buttered 10-inch cast iron skillet. Top with Oreos and a handful of additional milk chocolate chips.
Bake at 325℉ for 30 minutes. Allow to cool slightly, but not fully. Then top with ice cream and serve. Or cut individual pieces and top with ice cream.
Storing and Reheating Cookies and Cream Pizookie with Oreos
The Pizookie can be stored on the counter wrapped in plastic or tinfoil for up to 3 days as long as it is not already topped with ice cream.
To reheat, preheat the oven to 325℉ and bake for 8-10 minutes until warmed through. Or microwave individual slices for 30 seconds. Or just eat it at room temperature – also delicious.
How to know when the Cookies and Cream Pizookie with Oreos is done?
This Cookies and Cream Pizookie will be done when the outside edges pull away from the sides of the cast iron skillet and start to look crispy. The middle, however, should still be soft. It will continue to cook slightly when taken out of the oven, but you want a nice fudgy center, close to a molten lava cake.
If you're looking for other Oreo or chocolate recipes, you may love these:
Oreo Brookie: Half chocolate chip cookie, half brownie, lots of Oreos.
Double Chocolate Fudge Brownies: Classic fudgy brownies with melted chocolate, coco powder, and milk chocolate chips.
Salted Caramel Chocolate Tart: Super rich and decadent, Biscoff cookie crust, thick chocolate filling covered in salted caramel.
If you make this Cookies and Cream Pizookie with Oreos, I'd love to hear from you and learn how it went. Leave a rating and a comment down below and let me know how it turns out. Your feedback means a lot!
Cookies and Cream Pizookie with Oreos
- 1 cup high quality milk chocolate chips (Ghirardelli or Guittard), plus more for sprinkling
- 12 tbsp butter
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 tsp vanilla
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¾ cup high quality cocoa powder
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- 15 Oreos, broken into quarters
- Cookies and Cream Ice Cream, for serving
- Preheat the oven to 325℉. Butter a 10 inch cast iron skillet.
- In a large microwavable mixing bowl, add the milk chocolate chips and butter. Microwave for 1 minute at 50% power. Continue to add 30 seconds until the butter has melted and the chocolate has softened. Stir to combine.
- Add the granulated sugar and stir to combine. Ensure that the mixture is not hot, then add the eggs and egg yolk, stirring to combine.
- Add the vanilla, salt, cocoa powder, and flour and combine. Add about ½ of the Oreos and stir gently to combine.
- Press the batter into the cast iron skillet. Sprinkle remaining Oreos on top and sprinkle with a handful of milk chocolate chips.
- Bake for 30 minutes.
- Allow to cool slightly, but not fully. Serve warm with cookies and cream ice cream.