Brownies in a Cast Iron Skillet

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If you are a fan of chewy, fudge-like brownies, you’ll love this recipe. I did have to make this twice, to make sure I had the baking time right, but it was worth it. They are truly fabulous! Thick, chewy, rich!  You won’t need any mixing bowls for this recipe, everything happens in the cast iron skillet. The only additional tools will be some measuring cups, a measuring spoon, a wooden spoon for stirring, and a rubber spatula.
Brownies in a Cast iron Skillet - AmandasCookin.com

I developed this recipe myself. It’s adapted from one that I have always baked in a 13×9 baking pan, so I scaled it down a bit. If you have a favorite brownie recipe of your own, you can certainly use that and just watch the baking time. It’s also important to note that I used a 9 3/4″ cast iron skillet. If yours is larger or smaller, you’ll need to adjust the baking time a bit.


Brownies in a Cast iron Skillet - AmandasCookin.com
You’ll also notice that my oven temperature is set to 325, rather than the standard 350 that most brownie recipes call for. That’s because these are fairly thick brownies and you don’t want to over bake the outside and under bake the insides. So instead, I decreased the temperature and increased the baking time. In fact, the picture of the individual slice above is from the first batch, which was a little underdone, BUT would be perfect warmed with ice cream. So on to the recipe, shall we??
Brownies in a Cast iron Skillet - AmandasCookin.com

Don’t they stick to the pan?? No, the seasoning from your cast iron skillet will keep the brownies from sticking. I suggest using an icing spatula to remove the wedges.

Brownies in a Cast iron Skillet - AmandasCookin.comEnjoy!

Brownies in a Cast Iron Skillet

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Yield: 9 wedges

Serving Size: 1 wedge

Brownies in a Cast Iron Skillet


  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 3 oz unsweetened baking chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 F. Place cast iron skillet on stovetop burner.
  2. Cut butter into 6 chunks and place in skillet with the chocolate. Cook over very low heat, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon.
  3. Because the heat is low, it can take some time, so measure out your other ingredients while it's melting, so you aren't tempted to turn up the heat!
  4. When the chocolate and butter are completely melted, remove pan from the heat and add both sugars. Stir until everything is combined.
  5. Add eggs, one at a time, stir well after each addition.
  6. Add vanilla, stir well.
  7. Add flour and salt and stir until there are no traces of flour left.
  8. Use a rubber spatula around the edge of the pan to clean off the sides and get all the batter into the middle.
  9. Place skillet in the oven and bake for 50 minutes. Insert a toothpick into the center to test for doneness. Toothpick should come out clean, with the possibility of a couple of crumbs. If it's still wet, put back in the oven and bake at 5 minute intervals.
  10. Allow to cool on a wire rack for about 15 minutes. If you like warm brownies with ice cream and chocolate sauce (mmmmmmm!), cut a wedge now. :) Otherwise, cool brownies completely before cutting into wedges.

Here are some other recipes you may enjoy:

From Amanda’s Cookin':
Pineapple Upside Down Cake in a Cast Iron Skillet
Chocolate Brownie Bars
Football Brownies
Brown Sugar Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

More great cast iron recipes:
Cast Iron Cornbread – from The Paupered Chef
Blackberry Cobbler – from Buns In My Oven
Cast Iron Skillet Pizza – from Last Night’s Dinner
Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies – from The Alchemist

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72 Responses to Brownies in a Cast Iron Skillet

  1. 1
    Cowgirl Chef says:

    I love that you made brownies in a cast iron skillet. Beautiful.

  2. 2
    Megan says:

    Oh oh oh, this would be perfect for camping. Gotta love having a camp trailer! ;)

  3. 3
    Kristin says:

    Yum. I might just have to go out and buy a cast iron skillet just so I can make these. They looks insanely good!

  4. 4
    jose manuel says:

    Que original forma de hacer los brownies. Se ven estupendos. Un saludo

  5. 5
    Katrina says:

    Camping brownies! ;)
    Great idea. I'll have to try it. I was just about to make some brownies with some fun mix-ins, wonder if I should try it in the skillet??
    I think another good reason to use a lower temperature is because of the dark pan, you should always use 25 degrees less than a recipe says if your pan is dark.

  6. 6
    Sue Sparks says:

    Love it! Can't wait to try it! You've done it again:)

  7. 7
    Scott K says:

    I love my cast-iron skillet, but have never thought of doing this. Looks wonderful!

  8. 8
    gail says:

    I love that you made EVERYTHING in the skillet! Brilliant!

  9. 9
    Marie says:

    That tears it, I have to find me an iron skillet!! Those look fabulous!

  10. 10
    Tia says:

    this sounds awesome! that's a great idea Amanda, I love it.

  11. 11
    Ingrid says:

    Very cool! Love that it's made all in one bowl, er skillet! :)

  12. 12
    Kathy@theshebearofeleven says:

    I have an iron skillet and two granddaughters here right now, we're going to bake these brownies. Thank-you for the recipe.

  13. 13
    Chow and Chatter says:

    cool how you cooked it looks so moist

  14. 14
    Von says:

    Cooking it in a skillet is such a good idea! And these look delicous too!

  15. 15
    Tasty Eats At Home says:

    I bet that cast iron skillet makes such perfectly chewy edges. This is genius. Yum!

  16. 16
    cookies and cups says:

    very cool ~ I have a cast iron skillet that I almost never use..not sure why, but I guess I will be dusting it off to make these!

  17. 17
    Lisa Marie Mary says:

    That sounds so uber delicious and in fact, your underdone one looks just *perfect* to me! Yumm! Going to send this to my SIL and see if she wants to try it out!!

  18. 18
    Valerie says:

    I'm a big fan of making minimal dirty dishes, AND brownies are a huge favorite at my house. Looks like this recipe is going onto the "to try soon" list. Thanks for sharing!

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    Mimi says:

    I love baking in the cast iron skillet. I never thought of doing dessert in one. Thanks for sharing your wonderful idea!

  20. 20
    Angie says:

    So Cute, I love it! Nothings better than a fudgy brownie

  21. 21
    Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen says:

    I love when I don't need four bowls to make dessert. Amazing idea and I love making stuff in my cast iron skillet. Super amazing idea.

  22. 22
    Barbara Bakes says:

    What's not to love about a one pan brownie recipe!

  23. 23
    ajcabuang04 says:

    I have yet to find a good brownie recipe!! I think I'm going to use your recipe. It looks pretty easy to make! :)
    Would you mind checking out my blog? :D

  24. 24
    5 Star Foodie says:

    What a great method of making delicious brownies! Very neat!

  25. 25
    ButterYum says:

    What a great idea. I just baked some cornbread in my cast iron skillet two nights ago. The family will get a kick out of this for sure!!


  26. 26
    Gail @ Faithfulness Farm says:

    I am cast iron cookings #1 fan and have a regular blog segment called Skillet Suppers. I would love to link to your wonderful recipe. Thank you for sharing :)


  27. 27
    Chef Dennis says:

    skillet brownies, what a wonderful recipe! I amazed at how much I have learned from other blogs…It truly incredible! Thanks so much for the great step by step photos!

  28. 28
    Culinary Cory says:

    I love the rustic charm of using a cast iron skillet for cooking. My favorite is baking corn bread in one. Your brownies sound great!

  29. 29
    Cookin' Canuck says:

    This is brilliant! I love the idea of the crisp crust around the outside of the pan.

  30. 30
    Deeba PAB says:

    Absolutely intriguing Amanda… you've held my attention with every word on the post! WOW!! Love the very idea!

  31. 31
    Laura says:

    These look delicious! What a great idea.

    Thanks for sharing at Saturday is Crafty Day!
    Laura @ along for the ride

  32. 32
    Nana Jackie says:

    Made these for dessert tonight, and oh my word! So easy, and so very delicious. Every week my far-flung daughters and I share one recipe and we all make it for our families. I think I know what we'll be baking this week!

  33. 33
    RecipeGirl says:

    I love it. Very appealing to those who like to make things in a one-pan sort of recipe. I'd be topping these with vanilla ice cream and then drizzling hot caramel over the top too :)

  34. 34
    Amanda says:

    katrina – definitely a good point about dropping the temp 25 degrees for dark pans! :)

    jackie – so glad you liked them! This is my favorite brownie recipe :)

    Lori – oooooo hot caramel, mmm!

  35. 35
    MySweetCreations says:

    That's awesome!

  36. 36
    Jane says:

    Those look yummy! I am always up for BROWNIES! Stopping by from Something I Whipped Up Mondays. :)

  37. 37
    anne maskell says:

    Ohh, I think I gained weight just looking at the pics! They look awesome. Thanks for commenting on my blog!

  38. 38
    Marti says:

    That looks yummy! I might have to make it 3 or 4 times to test it out before I share with anyone. ;)

  39. 39
    Susan says:

    Those look fabulous Amanda! And I love that you can do them in the pan…no extra dishes! I will definitely give these a try.

  40. 40
    Maria says:

    I need a skillet so I can make these!

  41. 41
    Kimberly says:

    I have so many cast iron skillets. I'll be making lots and lots of brownies! :)

  42. 42
    Stephanie Lynn says:

    Thanks so much for joining The Sunday Showcase. I greatly appreciate it! Hope you have a wonderul week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  43. 43
    Rory from Tools Are For Women Too! says:

    These look wonderful…here in the south a cast iron skillet is used for alot of this type of cooking/baking. Love cornbread made in one of these…Rory

  44. 44
    Dina says:

    cool! i once made a sweet potato pie in the skillet but that's because it was thanksgiving and the oven had broken!

  45. 45
    Room to Inspire says:

    I clearly need to invest in a cast iron skillet! Thanks for linking this yummy recipe up!


  46. 46
    Lanie Ree says:

    Mmmm this looks good! I need a cast iron skillet, bad!

    Thank you for participating in the Creative Therapy Session at Life in the Pitts

  47. 47
    Cheryl says:

    My husband is all about his cast iron skillet, so this is a great idea. Thanks for sharing with Craftastic Monday!

  48. 48
    Threeundertwo says:

    Oh great, now I have to clean the drool off my keyboard! What a great idea to use a cast iron skillet. I love mine. I'm definitely going to try this one. Thanks so much for linking up to Finished for Friday.

  49. 49
    Teresa says:

    I am soooo loving that everything is done in a cast iron skillet!
    This recipe ROCKS!
    I love my cast iron skillet!

  50. 50
    Michelle says:

    They look delicious!

  51. 51
    Tyrone says:

    Mmmmmm! Excellent use of a cast iron skillet!

  52. 52
    Otehlia says:

    I love anything that can be made in one dish. I have made plenty of thins in my cast iron skillet, but never brownies. Looks great!!

  53. 53
    Jerri says:

    Yum! I just love brownies!

    Thanks for linking up for Friday Favorites!

  54. 54
    Zee says:

    Is that 9 3/4" measured at the top or bottom of the skillet? Cast-iron skillets usually taper to a smaller diameter at the bottom and can vary as much as 2" from the top. Thanks! Can't wait to try your recipe this week. :-)

  55. 55
    Amanda says:

    Hi Zee :) That's measured at the top, outer edge to outer edge. Let me know how they turn out! :)

  56. 56
    Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] says:

    I realllly need to get a cast iron skillet! This looks so good :)

  57. 57
    Kathy says:

    I just bought my first SQUARE cast iron skillet (the rest are various sizes of round) and I am initiating my new skillet with your brownie recipe! Thanks Amanda!!

  58. 58
    Amanda says:

    A square skillet?? Outstanding! Never seen one of those, now I'm going to be on the lookout, hope you like them! :)

  59. 59
    Nimi SunilKumar says:

    Super yummy!

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    Cooking Rookie says:

    Amazing recipe – one of the best looking brownies I've seen. Saved to the "To make soon" list :-)

  61. 61
    Kat says:

    Making these brownies for the second time tonight, AMAZING and DELICIOUS recipe!!! Definitely recommend it to anyone thinking of trying it!

  62. 62
    Jeff Blackwell says:

    Regarding the brownie recipe. Did you write 15 sticks of butter? Or is that 1.5 sticks? Looks delicious!

  63. 63

    holy heck look at all of those comments! Go Amanda, GO Amanda! Love the brownie in the skillet!

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    Tasha B. says:

    My folks have been making cornbread in a cast-iron skillet since forever.. why the hell didn’t we ever think of this?! XD

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