One of my favorite restaurants to eat at is Outback Steakhouse. Outback was founded here in Tampa Florida in 1988. The original restaurant on Henderson Bouvelard is still open. I have so many favorites that I have tried and enjoyed the many years since I have been dining there. Their Salted Caramel Cookie Skillet is my latest favorite. The star is the cookie with white chocolate chips, toffee bits and pretzels. Just the cookies alone would be delicious. Outback changes their menu frequently so when I find something I like, I try to figure it out so I can enjoy it at home after it vanishes from the menu.
1 c flour
1/2 t baking soda
1 stick butter, room temperature
6 T granulated sugar
6 T brown sugar
2 t vanilla
3/4 cup white chocolate chips
3/4 cup toffee chips
1/2 cup pretzels, crushed into small pieces (I placed mine in a plastic bag and crushed them with a rolling pin)
Vanilla Ice Cream
Salted Caramel ice cream topping
Whisk together flour, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl and set aside. Mix together softened, granulated and brown sugar. Add egg and vanilla and blend well. Gradually add dry ingredients and combine with wet ingredients. Stir in white chocolate chips, toffee chips and pretzels.
No skillet? No worries, just make a big cookie on a cookie sheet and eat it from a bowl when the cookie is baked. I highly recommend parchment paper or a silpat on your cookie sheet if you are just baking cookies.
Place cookie dough in a small cast iron skillet or make big cookies on a cookie sheet. Bake 8-11 minutes for normal size cookies. If you are making larger dessert size or skillet size cookies on a cookie sheet, they will take longer. I used a 6″ cast iron skillet and mine baked about 16 minutes. Time will vary with the size of cookies you make. Top with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream and salted caramel ice cream topping. Serve warm. This recipe yields 4 very large cookies. Enjoy!