Evolve Irish Skillet Cookie Full Recipe

Irish Skillet Cookie

w/ Irish Cream ice cream and whiskey caramel sauce

Everyone loves a cookie right? How about warm, and slathered with ice cream? Here I wanted to go BIG, and at the same time pay homage to my Irish roots -St. Patrick’s Day fast approaches all! Growing UP St. Patrick’s Dat was always a national holiday of revelry, often with a hint of indulgence and excess. Maybe it’s a lingering gratitude to St. Pat for finally ridding Ireland of those pesky snakes? With this in mind, I’ve tweaked my favourite skillet cookie recipe (told you I was going big!) enriching the cookie dough with bacon fat and porter stout. Quintessential Irish flavours. Served alongside scoops of Irish cream spiked ice cream, and generously drizzled with whiskey infused caramel sauce this is sure to bring a sweet touch to the day’s festivities. It’s worth noting that the ice cream here is a “no churn” variety so it’s EXTRA easy to make.

Lá fhéile Pádraig sona dhaoibhe!


  • 2 pints ice cream
  • 2 cups caramel sauce
  • 1 x 10″ cookie

The quantities in this recipe make more than enough ice cream and caramel sauce for this recipe. Any surplus can be stored as noted at the end of the recipe. Enjoy!


Irish Cream ice cream

  • 2 1/2 cups whipping cream
  • 1 can (300ml) sweetened condensed milk
  • 3/4 cup Irish cream liquer
  • pinch salt

*before starting the ice cream ensure that your bowl, beaters and cream are chilled in the fridge for a couple of hours

Caramel sauce

  • ½ cup water
  • 2 Tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, cubed, room temperature
  • 1 cup heavy cream, room temperature
  • 2 Tablespoons Irish whiskey

Skillet cookie

  • 375ml Irish porter stout
  • 1 cup brown sugar, divided into 1/4 and 3/4 quantities
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter, room temperature
  • 2 Tablespoon rendered bacon fat
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoon hot water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 Tablespoons milk powder
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 Tablespoon butter


Irish Cream ice cream

  1. In a medium bowl add the sweetened condensed milk, Irish cream and salt, whisking to combine. Set aside until needed
  2. In a large bowl whisk the whipping cream until soft peak stage
  3. Add in the Irish cream mixture, folding gently so as not to deflate the whipped cream
  4. Pour into a freezer-proof container and freeze for at least 5 hours, or overnight, until the ice cream has set. Keep in the freezer until ready to serve

Caramel sauce

  1. Combine the sugar, corn syrup, cream of tartar and water in a large saucepan set over a medium–low heat, swirling the pan until the sugar melts. Bring to the boil and cook for 10–12minutes until it becomes a deep gold colour, but not dark brown. DO NOT STIR at any point. If you need to you can gently swirl the pan to make sure the mixture is melting evenly. When the caramel begins to colour, it will darken quickly so keep a close eye on it
  2. Once it reaches the correct color, quickly, but carefully, remove the pan from the heat. Add the butter cubes and using a wooden spoon gently stir until the butter has melted and is well combined. It will bubble a little and release steam so take care not to burn yourself
  3. Next, add the cream and again slowly stir, again taking care not to burn yourself from the rising steam
  4. Once well combined, add the whiskey, and whisk to combine. Return to a medium heat and cook for a further minute, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat and transfer to a heat-proof bowl. Allow to cool completely

Skillet cookie

  1. In a pan combine the porter stout and 1/4 cup brown sugar. Heat over a medium heat and reduce until 1/3 cup remains. Remove from heat and set aside to cool fully
  2. Preheat your oven to 375 degree F. Heat a 10″ cast iron skillet in the oven while making the cookie batter
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the butter, white sugar, remaining brown sugar and bacon fat, beating until well creamed, pale and fluffy
  4. Add in the eggs one at a time, beating to combine thoroughly before proceeding. add in the vanilla extract and cooled porter stout syrup, beating until uniform in color and well combined
  5. Dissolve the baking soda in the hot water and add to the batter along with the salt, stirring to combine
  6. Add in the flour and milk powder, stirring to combine well. Finally fold in the chocolate chips
  7. Carefully remove the hot skillet from your oven, and melt the butter in it, swirling it to coat the bottom and sides of the skillet. Add the cookie batter and carefully spread it out using a spatula or spoon to fill the skillet
  8. Return the filled skillet to the oven and bake for 20-22 minutes until cookie is deep golden brown color
  9. Remove from oven and allow to cool to serving temperature

To serve

  1. To serve, finish the warm cookie with scoops of Irish cream liqueur and drizzle generously with the whiskey caramel sauce

To store

  • The baked cookie can be kept in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days
  • The ice cream should be kept in an airtight, freezer-proof container for up to 3 months
  • The caramel sauce can be stored in an airtight, sterilised container for up to 2 weeks in the fridge. If it sets too much in the fridge, remove and allow to come to room temperature


Award-winning Irish, Canadian baker, chocolate aficionada and LGBTQ+ father of two, Gavan Knox is the only competitor from Eastern Canada to appear on the third season of Food Network Canada’s The Great Chocolate Showdown. Where he defined his baking philosophy of taking point on using unexpected ingredients and flavours.

Having appeared on numerous Canadian daytime TV shows including  CTV’S The Marilyn Denis Show, Cityline, CP24, CTV Calgary, CHCH and The Kelly Kutrara Show, Knox has become the resident baking expert on CTV’S The Social and CTV’S Your Morning.

Knox has also been featured in major publications such as Foodism Toronto, The Montreal Guardian, The Guardian, Delicious Magazine, Gay Times and Attitude.





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