I first heard the term “Pizookie” at a restaurant and wondered what the heck it meant.  When the waitress came over she explained that it was a Pizza Cookie and was a chocolate chip cookie in a small cast iron skillet, then topped with ice cream.  That was heaven to my ears and figured if they could make it in a small cast iron skillet, I could certainly make one in a large cast iron skillet!

Chocolate Butterscotch Chip Pizookie

Why You’ll Love This – That One Thing

My wife was the first person to ever teach me that while chocolate chip cookies are amazing, adding just the right amount of butterscotch chips will transform the experience from awesome to OUT OF THIS WORLD.  Our Pizookie has that secret ingredient – butterscotch chips – that we hope you will try.  We still absolutely have chocolate chips in ours and a smaller amount of butterscotch chips.  

Ingredients You’ll Need – Quick Snapshot

Here are the ingredients you will need (see quantities below):

  • Light Brown Sugar – The foundation for all chocolate chip cookies
  • Milk – We used 2%
  • Vanilla – Since I was a kid, I always take a sniff of the vanilla!
  • Butter Flavor Crisco Shortening – This is actually their recipe with a twist
  • Egg – My kids just love cracking the eggs
  • All-Purpose Flour – The key dry ingredient
  • Salt – We still like using coarse salt in our recipes
  • Baking Soda – Don’t mistake this for baking powder!
  • Nestle Toll House Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips – We do a heaping cup
  • Butterscotch Chips – Our secret ingredient!
  • Vanilla Ice Cream – To make the perfect hot/cold mixture

The Process

I had so much fun making this with my daughter, Decklyn.  Follow these simple steps and enjoy the hot/cold mixture of the warm cookie with the cool vanilla ice cream all in one bite.

Mix the ingredients in separate bowls, then combine and add the Nestle Toll House chocolate chips and butterscotch chips.

Chocolate Butterscotch Chip Pizookie

Press the cookie dough mixture evenly into a. greased cast iron skillet

Chocolate butterscotch chip pizookie

Cook for 25-30 minutes until edges are golden brown…then watch out because the kids will come running!

Chocolate Butterscotch Chip Pizookie
Chocolate Butterscotch Chip Pizookie
Chocolate Butterscotch Chip Pizookie
chocolate butterscotch chip pizookie

Chocolate Butterscotch Chip Pizookie

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 8
Print Recipe


  • 3/4 cup Butter Flavor Crisco Shortening
  • 1 1/4 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup Nestle Toll House semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup Nestle Toll House butterscotch chips
  • 1/2 galloon vanilla ice cream


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • In a medium bowl, combine 3/4 cup Butter Flavor Crisco Shortening, 1 1/4 cups firmly packed light brown sugar, 2 tablespoons milk, 1 tablespoon vanilla. Beat on medium speed with mixer until well blended.
  • Beat in 1 egg.
  • In a separate small bowl, combine 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon salt, 3/4 teaspoon baking soda.
  • Mix into creamed mixture until blended. We did one half of the flour mixture, then the second half.
  • Stir in 1 cup chocolate chips and 1/2 cup butterscotch chips.
  • Grease (or spray) the ~12-inch cast iron skillet.
  • Dumb the entire bowl into the skillet and press it around the skillet with the back of a spoon, ensuring it is evenly distributed around the skillet. You might even try using your fingertips.
  • Bake the skillet for 25 – 30 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.
  • Let sit for 3-5 minutes.
  • Cut into pizza triangles and top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.


Did You Know

Who invented the pizookie?
Here is the story of the beloved dessert known as the Pizookie! So, back in the late 1980s, a brilliant mind with a passion for both pizza and cookies came up with the idea. His name was Jeff Johnson, and he was the founder of the popular restaurant chain called BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse.
Jeff Johnson, being an innovative and creative individual, wanted to create a unique dessert that would capture the hearts and taste buds of his customers. He combined two of America’s favorite treats, pizza and cookies, to create the mouthwatering masterpiece that we now know as the Pizookie.
The idea behind the Pizookie was simple yet brilliant. Johnson took a deep-dish pizza pan, filled it with cookie dough, and baked it to perfection. The result was a warm, gooey, and indulgent dessert that was served fresh out of the oven. To make it even more irresistible, he topped it off with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream.
chocolate butterscotch chip pizookie
When the Pizookie made its debut on BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse menu, it became an instant hit. Customers couldn’t resist the combination of warm cookies, cold ice cream, and the overall deliciousness of the dessert. Word spread quickly, and soon, Pizookie became synonymous with BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse.
Jeff Johnson’s invention sparked a dessert revolution, and the Pizookie craze started to spread to other restaurants and even home kitchens. People began experimenting with different cookie flavors, toppings, and variations (like adding butterscotch chips!), adding their own personal touches to this delectable dessert.
Today, the Pizookie has become a beloved treat enjoyed by people all over the world. It owes its origin to the creative genius of Jeff Johnson, who combined his love for pizza and cookies to create a dessert that has brought joy and happiness to countless dessert enthusiasts. So, the next time you indulge in a warm, gooey Pizookie, remember to raise a spoonful in honor of Jeff Johnson, the visionary who invented this irresistible dessert.

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