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Skillet Brownie Recipe: Delicious and Easy Dessert

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Skillet Brownie Recipe

Nothing beats the satisfaction of a warm, gooey brownie straight from the skillet. Follow this recipe for a quick and easy skillet brownie that you can whip up with pantry staples. With just a few simple steps, you can create a dessert that’s perfect for any occasion.

You’ll need some basic ingredients like chocolate, butter, sugar, and eggs. After mixing everything together, you’ll bake it in a skillet and serve it hot with a scoop of ice cream or a dusting of powdered sugar. Whether you’re hosting a party or just indulging at home, this skillet brownie is sure to impress.

So, grab your skillet and ingredients, and get ready to bake a treat that everyone will love.

Exact Ingredients (+ Possible Substitutes)

Main Ingredients

  • Butter: 1/2 cup. Can substitute with margarine or coconut oil.

  • Chocolate: 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips. Use dark or milk chocolate as alternatives.

  • Sugar: 1 cup granulated sugar. Replace with brown sugar for a richer flavor.

  • Eggs: 2 large eggs. Flax eggs can be used for a vegan option.

  • Vanilla Extract: 1 teaspoon. Maple syrup can work if you’re out of vanilla.

Dry Ingredients

  • All-Purpose Flour: 1 cup. Swap with whole wheat flour for a healthier choice.

  • Cocoa Powder: 1/4 cup. Dutch-processed cocoa powder gives a deeper taste.

  • Salt: 1/2 teaspoon. Sea salt or kosher salt can be used instead.

Optional Add-ins

  • Chocolate Chips: 1/2 cup for a gooey center. Use white chocolate or butterscotch chips for variety.

  • Nuts: 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans. Omit or replace with other nuts or seeds.


  • Ensure all ingredients are at room temperature.
  • Sift dry ingredients for a smoother batter.
  • Don’t overmix; gently fold for the best texture.

You’ll love how these ingredients come together. Feel free to play around with substitutes to match your taste or diet needs!


Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).

Grease an 8 or 10-inch ovenproof skillet with butter. Set it aside.

In a large bowl, melt your butter and chocolate together over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally until smooth.

Remove from heat and whisk in the sugar until fully combined.

Add the eggs and vanilla extract, whisking until the mixture is smooth.

In another bowl, mix the flour, salt, baking powder, and cocoa powder.

Gradually fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until just combined. Don’t overmix.

Pour the batter into the greased skillet.

Sprinkle with chocolate chips or nuts, if desired.

Bake in your preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the edges are set but the center is still slightly gooey.

Let the brownie cool in the skillet for a few minutes.

Serve warm, topped with a scoop of ice cream if you like. Enjoy your skillet brownie!

Tips, Tricks & Storing

  • Use the Right Skillet: For best results, use a nonstick or cast-iron skillet. The skillet should be about 10-11 inches in diameter.

  • Temperature Matters: Preheat your oven to 350°F (177°C) before you start. This ensures your brownies bake evenly.

  • Mixing Tips: Whisk eggs and vanilla until smooth before adding dry ingredients. Gently fold in flour and cocoa powder to avoid overmixing.

  • Add-Ins: Enhance your brownies with chocolate chips, walnuts, or both. Fold them into the batter and sprinkle more on top before baking.

  • Baking Time: Bake your brownies for about 25-30 minutes. Check doneness with a toothpick inserted into the center—it should come out with a few moist crumbs.

  • Cooling: Let the brownies cool in the skillet for at least 10 minutes before cutting. This helps them set and makes slicing easier.


  • Room Temperature: Keep brownies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

  • Freezing: Wrap individual brownie slices in plastic wrap and store them in a freezer-safe bag for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature or warm them slightly in the microwave before serving.

By following these tips and tricks, you can enjoy perfect skillet brownies every time and keep them fresh longer!

Recipe Variations & Serving Suggestions

Recipe Variations

Nut Lovers:
Add 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts or pecans to the batter for a crunchy texture.

Peppermint Twist:
Mix in 1/2 teaspoon of peppermint extract and crushed candy canes for a holiday treat.

Double Chocolate:
Fold in 1/2 cup of chocolate chips before baking for extra gooeyness.

Use 1:1 gluten-free flour instead of regular flour to make it suitable for everyone.

Coconut Delight:
Substitute coconut oil for butter and add shredded coconut for a tropical flavor.

Serving Suggestions

With Ice Cream:
Serve warm brownies with a scoop of vanilla or chocolate ice cream. The contrast of cold ice cream with a warm brownie is heavenly.

Whipped Cream:
Top with a dollop of whipped cream and a drizzle of chocolate syrup for an easy dessert.

Fruit Topping:
Add fresh berries like strawberries, raspberries, or blueberries on top. It adds a fresh and tangy note.

Caramel Drizzle:
Pour warm caramel sauce over the brownies. The rich sweetness of caramel pairs perfectly with chocolate.

Dusting of Powdered Sugar:
A light dusting of powdered sugar adds a touch of elegance and extra sweetness.

Enjoy experimenting with these variations and serving ideas to make your skillet brownie unique and delicious!

Benjamin Happy Muncher

Hi, I'm Benjamin. I love cooking, long walks, and my girlfriend! Here you’ll find simple and delicious recipes that you can make in 30 minutes or less.