Cast-Iron Skillet Desserts to Satisfy Every Sweet Tooth

Our one-dish desserts -- including hot skillet brownies, plum-berry cobbler, and gooey butter cake -- mean less time for cleaning and more time for eating. These quick and easy skillet recipes keep desserts warm while still providing a great serving pan for the crowd.

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    Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie

    What's better than a just-baked chocolate chip cookie? A jumbo one, of course. This classic chocolate chip cookie is filled with semisweet chocolate chunks and bakes to an irresistible golden brown. It serves 12 -- or should that say one?

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    Caramelized Apple Skillet Tart

    Caramelize your favorite tart-sweet apples to create a golden brown skillet dessert. Tucked under homemade dough, this all-American pastry is best served warm with hearty scoops of ice cream. 

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    Cast-Iron Gingerbread Cookie

    For a softer version of the traditionally crispy gingerbread cookie, bake yours via skillet. This cast-iron dessert combines ground cinnamon, cloves, and ginger for delicious spice flavor, while hints of sweet molasses and fresh pinneapple balance out the classic cookie.

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    Cast-Iron Mixed Berry Crisp

    Grab leftover blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries and toss them in a skillet for a berry-sweet dish. This dessert crisp's juicy filling is offset with amaretti cookies and almonds for a satisfying crunch. Pair with a few scoops of classic vanilla ice cream to complete the treat.

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    Puffed-Oven Pancake with Brown Sugar-Banana Sauce

    Pancakes are no longer just for breakfast. This powdered sugar-topped pastry incorporates bananas, apples, and brown sugar -- perfect for a morning treat or midnight snack. 

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    Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake

    This warm, moist cake is full of pumpkin flavor with a dash of vanilla spice. The skillet creates a firm crust without drying out the cake, resulting in a puffy pumpkin dish. Sprinkle powdered sugar on top -- bonus points if you use a cookie cutter or stencil to make a pumpkin-theme design. 

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    Lemon Olive Oil Cake

    Fresh lemon juice and lemon peel combine for refreshingly tender cake. The olive oil base keeps the cake moist and rich while allowing the lemon zest to shine through. We recommend topping with something citrusy, like blood oranges or nectarines, to enhance the flavor.

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    Cast-Iron Chocolate Brownies

    Use mini cast-irons to create perfectly portioned brownies -- or just bake one jumbo one (we won't judge). With hot fudge, chocolate pieces, and banana topping, this skillet brownie is comfort food like you've never experienced it. And, yes, it's encouraged to add a few heaping scoops of chocolate ice cream. 

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    Blackberry Clafouti

    This fruity, flaky dish has a souffle-like texture and is filled with fresh blackberries and orange liqueur. Use a skillet to brown the edges while the middle of the clafouti remains light and fluffy. Top the dessert off with powdered sugar or homemade whipped cream for a gourmet touch. 

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    Plum-Berry Skillet Cobbler

    This cast-iron cobbler is packed with a delicious combination of cranberries, tart cherries, and plum chunks. Flatten homemade pastry dough over the top of the cobbler, and watch as the top turns golden brown. When the fruity filling bubbles through, you know it's ready to eat. 

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    Caramel Apple Upside-Down Cake

    This upside-down cake is loaded with apples, cranberries, and chopped pecans -- an ideal dessert to whip up for get-togethers with family and friends. The sweet fruit balances against the flaky cornmeal cake, while the skillet keeps the combination soft and warm. 


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    Cajeta Quesadillas with Fruit Salsa

    In this dessert quesadilla, fresh pineapple and blackberries find a home on honey-topped tortillas. The browned quesadillas are filled with butter and dulce de leche to ensure each fruit-filled bite is as sweet as the last. 

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    Cast-Iron Plum-Polenta Cake

    With plump, juicy plums, this cake is an easy-to-make family favorite. A simple cornmeal cake can be adapted to incorporate other fruits you have on hand, but fresh plums are ideal to balance the grated nutmeg. Quickly mix together homemade whipping cream for the perfect topping. 

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    Craving a way to satisfy your sweet tooth after a taco dinner or fajita feast? Try one of our fan-favorite Mexican dessert recipes, including crispy churros and fruit-stuffed empanadas. Loaded with flavors like cinnamon, caramel, mango, and more, these festive dessert recipes will help any day feel more like a fiesta.
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