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Skillet Brownies Sundae

Skillet brownies topped with vanilla ice cream, then drizzled with caramel and chocolate sauce take fudgy brownies to the next level of goodness. They become a skillet brownies sundae!

Skillet brownies topped with vanilla ice cream, then drizzled with caramel and chocolate sauce take fudgy brownies to the next level of goodness. They become a skillet brownies sundae! |

If you were to have the impression that I cook a lot, you would be right. And through all most of my experiments, recipes, failures, and success, Handsome sits and eats without saying a word. I ask if it was good, and he  may nod, or say yes, but there is rarely any excitement in his voice. After a while, you just come to terms with it. He wouldn’t care if I fed him macaroni and cheese for weeks on end, he would nod and say it was good. Which may be something I considered for a while, just to see if I could ignite some sort of reaction from him.  I wasn’t even aware that my curried pot pies were one of his favorite meals until almost a year after I made them, when he asked for them again.  The closest thing I’ve gotten to a compliment is a request for a repeat.

The other night we were killing time and prepping for the weekend by having a few drinks, an appetizer, and dessert out at some restaurants. After a fail at one place, we packed up our rodeo and headed over to one of our favorite spots. Another martini for me and a brownie for him.

A brownie.

A $10.50 plain chocolate, old fashioned brownie. With a scoop of vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup and caramel.

“The best brownie ever,” he proclaimed.

Of course, I considered that a challenge to bake him skillet brownies and make him a brownie sundae he’d remember forever.

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 Skillet Brownies

(Look at all that chocolatey awesomeness before baking)

Skillet Brownies

Skillet Brownies


  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
  • 1/4 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder, spooned and leveled
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons 1/2 stick unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, combine the sugar and eggs until fully incorporated. In another bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, and salt.
  2. In an ovenproof skillet (I used an iron skillet), bring butter and cream to a simmer over medium and butter is melted. Reduce heat to low and stir in the chocolate for one minute. Remove from heat, let stand 5 minutes and stir. Let sit another 5 minutes to cool.
  3. Pour the chocolate chocolate mixture into sugar mixture, whisking until blended. Fold in the flour. Pour batter back into skillet, and using a rubber spatula scrape down sides if needed.
  4. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 40-45 minutes. Slice and serve warm from the skillet, with a scoop of plain vanilla ice cream, a drizzle of caramel and chocolate sauce.


Really? The best brownie ever? It’s been sitting in a freezer for days waiting to be zapped in a microwave and handed to you. I make countless desserts and this is what you finally say is good??? One human hands didn’t even bake….

As you can imagine, I said no brownie would ever be created in my house again.

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“But this one has caramel and chocolate sauce.” Because we don’t keep either in the house….


And then I had to show him up.

Karma? Him walking in from work an hour early, just as I washed the caramel and chocolate from the platter. And what.

So, if you would like to impress your sweetie for Valentine’s day, or any day rather, skip the tireless work put into a fancy dessert, no need to bust out the ever faithful Kitchenaid, nope. One whisk, two bowls and a skillet. Prep, 5 minutes. Cook 40. Plop down some Ben and Jerry’s and there you have it. You can thank me later for the time you will save trying to come up with something spectacular.

Just make skillet brownies.

Skillet brownies topped with vanilla ice cream, then drizzled with caramel and chocolate sauce take fudgy brownies to the next level of goodness. They become a skillet brownies sundae! |


Saturday 16th of November 2013

So my hubby is also very much the type who doesn't have many comments when it comes to my cooking. I don't know he likes my meals until he requests me to make them when he has his friends over. Well this brownie changed all of that. After his first serving, he immediately said - BABE, that brownie was the BEST ever!!!! Totally out of character for him. So thanks for this recipe.


Saturday 16th of November 2013

I'm glad he enjoyed it! My boyfriend never says anything either >.< but he liked this one so much, he has tried to make it again on his own. Winning ;D

Mallory @ Because I Like Chocolate

Friday 8th of November 2013

Don't worry, I am sure all of the desserts you made are about 100x better than the generic brownie at that restaurant.

Angela @ Cottage Magpie

Saturday 19th of October 2013

Oh my goodness, these look sooooao good!!!

Molly Canter

Tuesday 30th of July 2013

Pinned this a couple of days ago and have been thinking about ever since. Made them tonight even though I didn't have caramel or chocolate sauce but Oh. My. Goodness. Esp lovely when still warm from the pan. I'm thinking it would be great with coffee ice cream...or mint. Thanks for the perfect recipe!


Wednesday 31st of July 2013

These are the kinds of comments that make what food bloggers do awesome. When someone really loves a recipe and lets us know! Thank you so much and Im glad you gave it a try. I may even need to whip a batch of these up this weekend now that you reminded me of them ;D

Kim in MD

Tuesday 17th of April 2012

I stumbed upon your blog today through TasteSpotting, and I am so excited that I found your blog! I've been exploring for a few minutes, and your recipes look incredible, and your photos are stunning! I am planning to make this brownie recipe for a party this weekend. Can you please tell me what size cast iron pan you used?

Thanks so much, and I look forward to stopping by on a regular basis! :-)


Tuesday 17th of April 2012

Hi Kim, glad you found PtS :D I used a 12" skillet for these and have made them several times since (that skillet being declared the brownie skillet by the BF). Hope to see you back on here. Let me know how these turn out :)

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