There is nothing quite as delicious as a chocolate chip cookie straight from the oven! Hot and delicious, the chocolate still melted and the center of the cookie so soft and delicious it breaks apart in your hand. My mouth waters just thinking about it!
I'm not a chain restaurant kind of girl. I like to search out the local small restaurants and support them, but I do have a certain weakness for one particular brewery-based chain in Southern California. The food is decent -- what you would expect from a corporate-created menu, but what I really go for is the skillet cookie! Hot from the oven and slightly under baked, then topped with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. The ice cream melts slightly into the warm cookie, making the whole dessert even more decadent. Sadly, I no longer live close to this restaurant and therefore need to resort to creating my own.
The first items that you are going to need are mini cast iron skillets These are necessary items in creating a crispy edge, while maintaining a soft and gooey interior. The second necessary item is Tahitian Vanilla Bean paste from Beanilla. Beanilla's Tahitian Vanilla Bean Paste adds a sweet, but complex, vanilla flavor that is floral and fruity. Vanilla paste provides the simplicity of using vanilla extract while allowing the convenience, flavor and appearance of using whole vanilla beans.
The third, and final, necessary item is a panel of taste testers, but I'm sure you will have no problem finding that!