//Quick and Easy Skillet Brownie

Quick and Easy Skillet Brownie

Serve up a crowd-friendly sweet with the ultimate recipe for a Quick and Easy Skillet Brownie that’s perfect for topping with your choice of ice cream.

A cast-iron skillet brownie topped with ice cream and confectioners' sugar

Two words: skillet brownie.

It’s hard to imagine anything more appealing to a chocolate lover like myself (those brownie bites definitely come close though!), but this new go-to recipe is so much more than meets the eye.

A glass bowl filled with brownie batter ingredients and butter being poured in

Of course we need a skillet brownie to be capable of supporting a scoop or three of your ice cream of choice, but beyond the perfect flavor and texture, it has loads to offer:

  • Pantry Perfection: It’s made with just a few pantry and fridge staples. Nothing fancy about this one. Just good ol’ sugar, butter, eggs and cocoa powder. (OK, and some chocolate chips or chunks!)
  • Pick Your Pan: Just because it’s called a “skillet brownie” doesn’t mean you necessarily have to bake it up in a skillet, which leads me to…

A glass bowl with brownie batter and chocolate chunks

What if I Don’t Have a Skillet?

I’m so glad you asked! This classic brownie recipe can be baked in your pan (or pans) of choice, including:

  • A 10-inch cast-iron skillet
  • An 8-inch square baking pan (lined with parchment paper)
  • A 9-inch square baking pan (lined with parchment paper)
  • A muffin pan
  • Several smaller skillets, ramekins or a mini muffin pan

A cast-iron skillet filled with brownie batter

How Long Do You Bake a Skillet Brownie?

It all comes down to the height of your skillet and/or if you’re using one of the pan variations listed above. For this recipe, which features a 10-inch cast-iron skillet, bake the brownie for 30 to 34 minutes.

Prefer a fudgier brownie with an ooey-gooey center? Simply underbake your brownie by aiming for around 28 minutes.

A cast-iron skilled with baked brownies topped with chocolate chunks

What Do You Serve on Top?

Whatever strikes your fancy! You can keep it simple and just slice this beauty into wedges to serve with an ice-cold class of milk, or you can dress her up with a confectioners’ sugar shower.

Perhaps the real winning topping is endless scoops of whatever flavor ice cream you’ve currently got stashed in your freezer. Vanilla isn’t the only option! Strawberry, peanut butter and caramel ice cream would all be great accompaniments.

A cast-iron skillet brownie topped with vanilla ice cream

What’s the Best Skillet Cookie Recipe?

For all those who are on Team Cookie rather than Team Brownie, allow me to direct you to my recipe for The Ultimate Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie!

Top down view of The Ultimate Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie topped with vanilla bean ice cream

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A cast-iron skillet brownie topped with ice cream and confectioners' sugar


Quick and Easy Skillet Brownie

  • 1/2
    (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted, plus more for greasing skillet
  • 1
    white sugar
  • 1/4
    unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2
    vanilla extract
  • 1/4
  • 3
    large eggs, at room temp
  • 1
    all-purpose flour
  • 1
    chocolate chips, chunks or nuts, plus more for topping
  • Ice cream or confectioners’ sugar, for serving

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 10-inch skillet with butter.

In a large bowl, whisk together the melted butter, sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla and salt.

Add the eggs one at a time, whisking between each addition.

Fold in the flour and chocolate chips just until the flour is combined.

Transfer the batter into the greased skillet, smoothing it into an even layer. Sprinkle additional chocolate chips on top.

Bake for 30 to 34 minutes until the center is just set.

Remove the skillet from the oven, then top the brownie with ice cream and serve immediately.

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Nutrition Facts

Quick and Easy Skillet Brownie

Amount Per Serving

Calories 534
Calories from Fat 225

% Daily Value*

Fat 25g38%

Saturated Fat 15g94%

Cholesterol 127mg42%

Sodium 285mg12%

Potassium 107mg3%

Carbohydrates 72g24%

Fiber 3g13%

Sugar 52g58%

Protein 7g14%

Vitamin A 659IU13%

Vitamin C 1mg1%

Calcium 59mg6%

Iron 2mg11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.