When was the last time you pulled out your cast iron skillet? These dark and heavy pans are great for adding flavor and texture to your dishes, but we don’t always reach for them first — especially when we’re making desserts. However, there’s all the reason in the world to try making your sweets in your skillet. Edges get crispy, crumbles get brown, and the centers stay gooey and soft. Plus, there’s normally minimal cleanup. Put your skillet to work as you try these delicious desserts.
1. Ultimate Skillet Brownie
The only downside to making super gooey brownies is you usually have to wait a few hours for them to cool in order to cut them into squares. By baking the batter in a skillet, it’s pretty much understood that you’ll be scooping rather than cutting, so you can dig in right away. One of our favorite recipes for these molten brownies comes from Sally’s Baking Addiction. Because cast-iron pans retain heat so well, this goody will stay nice and warm as guests come and go.
- 10 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 3 large eggs, at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- Ice cream
- Chocolate sauce
- Maraschino cherries
Directions: Melt butter and chocolate in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly, until almost melted. Remove from heat and continue to stir until smooth. Alternatively, melt in the microwave, cooking in 20 second intervals and stirring between each interval, until fully melted. Transfer to a large mixing bowl and cool for about 10 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and position rack to lower-third position. Lightly grease a 9- to 12-inch cast-iron skillet.
Whisk the sugar into the melted chocolate, followed by the eggs and vanilla, mixing to thoroughly combine. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the flour, cocoa powder, and salt until just combined. Lastly, mix in the chocolate chips.
Pour batter into prepared skillet, transfer to oven, and bake 30 to 32 minutes, or until edges are dry and top looks shiny and cracked. Do not overbake.
Let brownie cool for 10 minutes. Serve with ice cream, chocolate sauce, and cherries.