The winter holidays may have past. But winter is still fierce and strong. This January winter is gray with the rains’ unwillingness to cease. Many trees, once gay in their multicolored autumn coats, stand barren, stark against the ashen sky. Solace however, is that California winter rains bring lush green carpets of grass. Quite a contrast to the far away snowcapped mountains where quietly, almost imperceptibly, snowflakes, large and fluffy like feathery down, float earthward.
When not a soul wants to venture beyond the warm security of their abodes, warm iron skillets of cookies fresh out of the oven transform our mood. Have you ever been to a BJ’s Brewery and ordered their world famous Pizookie? A Pizookie is an old Latin term for the best dessert in the world. It combines the two words pizza and cookie together to describe it. BJ’s has mastered the art of Pizookie making and put in the time to find the perfect ratio of warm and gooey to cold and creamy as they serve their warm cookies baked large and thick in individual pizza pans topped with cooling ice cream. BJ’s has a few different varieties of cookies that they serve this way. I attempted my own version of a Peanut Butter Pizookie, which I call Peanut Butter Skillet Cookie Drizzled with Nutella. It makes an awesome dessert for two to cozy up with and the little extra protein from the peanut butter gives you that additional fuel that is so helpful during the cold winter. This Peanut Butter Skillet Cookie is really easy to whip up with simple ingredients and absolutely delicious served warm!
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tbsp. confectionary sugar
1 tsp. Nutella
Ice cream (optional)
- In a medium bowl, stir peanut butter and sugar together until smooth.
- Add in the egg, then stir in the baking soda, salt and vanilla.
- Add enough of the dough to fill the bottom half of the skillet you are using.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes in the preheated oven or until cookie is done.
- Dust top of cookie with confectioners’ sugar and drizzle with Nutella.
- Serve warm.
- Ice Cream on top is optional.