Cast Iron Skillet Brownies

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These Cast Iron Skillet Brownies combine the perfect chocolate brownie with crunchy pecans, chocolate syrup, and of course, a big scoop of vanilla ice cream! It’s the perfect date night dessert and makes a great family Valentine’s Day dessert, too!

Cast iron skillet brownie with nuts and vanilla ice cream and nuts on a yellow dish cloth.

This easy skillet brownie recipe is a delicious, decadent dessert for a small group, date night, Valentine’s day, or whenever you get the urge for chewy, rich, chocolatey, homemade brownies! The mini-skillet makes a fun and festive presentation, but you can also make these in a larger skillet or in a regular baking pan, too!

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WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS RECIPE

  • Chewy brownies with a rich chocolate flavor
  • Impressive dessert to serve guests, yet super easy to make!
  • Great recipe for date night, Valentine’s Day, or a fun, family dessert!

RECIPE INGREDIENTS

You’ll need the following ingredients to make this delicious Cast Iron Skillet Brownie Recipe:

Ingredients needed to make Cast iron skillet brownies.

INGREDIENT NOTES

Cocoa Powder: Make sure to get unsweetened cocoa powder!

Chocolate Chips: Semi-sweet chips work best, but if you want a little more sweetness, milk chocolate chips are also good. You can also substitute dark chocolate chips.

Chocolate Syrup: Pre-made–this is optional for the topping!

HOW TO MAKE CAST IRON SKILLET BROWNIES: STEP BY STEP

Here are some quick visual instructions. Remember that full instructions with exact ingredients will be in the recipe card below!

Step 1: In the microwave, melt butter and chocolate chips. Stir until the chocolate melts in with the butter.

Butter and chocolate melted together in a large glass bowl.

Step 2: Add white sugar and vanilla; stir to combine.

Sugar and vanilla being added to the chocolate mixture.

Step 3: Whisk eggs until frothy, then add to the chocolate mixture. Be sure the chocolate and butter have cooled so your eggs don’t scramble.

Egg being added to the chocolate mixture.

Step 4: Add cocoa powder, flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir to combine.

Dry ingredients being added to the chocolate mixture.

Step 5: Pour batter onto your mini cast iron skillet. Sprinkle with nuts (if desired). Bake 25-30 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out fairly clean (a few moist crumbs are OK). Serve with a big scoop of ice cream, a generous drizzle of chocolate syrup, and more chopped nuts!

Cast iron skillet brownie before being baked.
Cast iron skillet brownie with nuts and vanilla ice cream and nuts on a yellow dish cloth.

RECIPE TIPS & TRICKS

  • If you don’t want to make all three mini skillets at once, you can store the brownie batter, tightly covered in the fridge for up to a week! You can pull it out when you want and have warm brownies quickly!

⭐️ CONFIDENCE TIP ⭐️
If you bring your butter and eggs to room temperature first, they incorporate into the brownie batter much more easily.

HOW TO STORE

Storage: Store leftover, baked brownies in an airtight container for up to a week. You can also wrap them tightly in aluminum foil or plastic wrap.

You can also store leftover brownie batter! Store brownie batter in an airtight container and place it in the fridge for up to a week. When you are ready to use it, give the batter a big stir to reincorporate all of the ingredients, then bake. You will have to add a bit of baking time if the batter in right out of the fridge.

ADDITIONS AND SUBSTITUTIONS

Here are a few additions you can try:

  • Espresso Powder: This will give yoru brownies even more of a rich, chocolate flavor WITHOUT making them taste like coffee!

Here are a few substitutions you can make:

  • Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips: Dark chocolate chips or milk chocolate chips (or a combination!) work just fine.

  • Nuts: You can use almonds, walnuts, or other nuts of your choice. You can also omit the nuts completely.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Are these brownies fudgy?

Yessss!! This recipe has a minimal amount of flour and a high butter-to-flour ratio, making them nice and fudgy, not cakey.

Can I store leftover brownie batter?

Yes! Since this recipe makes 3 mini-skillets. If you just want to make one, you can store leftover batter in an airtight container (or covered tightly with plastic wrap) in the fridge for up to a week.

How many people does one brownie skillet serve?

That depends on the chocolate lover eating it! Typically, one 6.5″ skillet will serve two people.

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Cast iron skillet brownie with nuts and vanilla ice cream and nuts sprinkled on the counter next to it.

TOOLS FOR THIS RECIPE

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Mini Cast Iron Skillet: This mini skillet is affordable and perfect for these skillet brownies!

Measuring Spoons: essential for baking–I love this set!

Glass Mixing Bowls: Love the lids that come with these–great if you are storing leftover brownie batter.

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I hope you love these Cast Iron Skillet Brownies! If you make it be sure to leave a comment and a rating so I know how you liked it. Enjoy, xo!

Cast Iron Skillet Brownies

Casey Rooney
These cast-iron skillet brownies combine the perfect chocolate brownie with crunchy pecans, chocolate syrup, and of course, a big scoop of vanilla ice cream! It's the perfect date night dessert and makes a great family Valentine's day dessert, too!
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 585 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks) salted or unsalted butter is fine
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips milk chocolate or dark chocolate also work
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans optional
  • 2 tsp espresso powder optional (See Note 1)
  • vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup, for serving

Instructions
 

  • Prep: Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat your small 6.5" cast iron skillet(s) with oil or a non-stick spray. In a small bowl whisk eggs until slightly frothy (about a minute).
  • Prepare Chocolate: In a large mixing bowl (microwave safe), add butter and chocolate chips. Heat in the microwave in 30 second increments until butter and chocolate are melted. Using a rubber spatula, stir until you get a nice, smooth chocolate mixture.
  • Add: To the melted chocolate mixture, add sugar and vanilla until well-combined. Then whisk in the eggs. Make sure the batter isn't hot when whisk in the eggs or they'll scramble-it's OK if the batter is a little warm.
  • Add Dry Ingredients: Add flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt into the chocolate batter and fold together until incorporated. Mix in chopped pecans, if using.
  • Bake: Pour brownie batter into your prepared skillet, filling it a little more than halfway. Place brownie(s) into preheated oven and bake for 25-30 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out almost clean–the toothpick shouldn't have WET batter on it, but a few moist crumbs are OK! (See Note 2).
  • Finish: Let the brownie cool for a minute or two, then place a big scoop of vanilla ice cream on top, drizzle with chocolate syrup and garnish with more pecans!

Notes

Note 1: Adding a little espresso powder deepens the flavor of the chocolate WITHOUT making it taste like coffee in any way. This is optional but delicious!
Note 2: This recipe makes (3) 6.5″ mini skillets. If you don’t want to make mini skillets, you can use a larger 10-inch cast iron skillet to make one giant brownie! Just adjust the cooking time up a bit!
 
Nutrition is only an estimate based on the Very Well Fit Nutrition Calculator

Nutrition

Calories: 585kcalCarbohydrates: 66gProtein: 6.8gFat: 36gSaturated Fat: 21.8gCholesterol: 190mgSodium: 628mgPotassium: 172mgFiber: 3gSugar: 53gVitamin D: 31µgCalcium: 36mgIron: 2mg
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  1. 5 stars
    These are some of the richest brownies I’ve ever seen. I can’t wait to try this recipe. The last skillet brownies I tried came out too dry, but these look amazing!