A skillet is a terrific tool to make a quick and easy dinner or even dessert. These Fudgy Skillet Brownies are mixed in one bowl and then baked into a rich, chocolate coma-inducing dessert.

Homemade Brownies made in a cast iron pan make a fun presentation when serving up wedges topped with ice cream. It’s classic comfort food with a new look! I took my Best Brownie Recipe and gave it a try.

Fudgy Skillet Brownies slice on a square white plate with a red handled fork.

Why You Must Make

This is the time of year when we’re all looking for speedy dinner ideas. School has started as have all those accompanying after-school activities. Time is at a premium, so it’s the perfect time to break out your skillet and cook up a meal made in one pan. Start to finish an hour or less. Some of my favorites are Skillet Italian Sausage and Peppers Sandwiches, Creamy Italian Sausage Pasta, and Chicken Piccata. But don’t you dare forget the last course…dessert!

  • Skillet desserts are the best! They’re a bit rustic served right out of a cast-iron skillet, and so delicious!!! 
  • These make a unique presentation without much effort.
  • Who doesn’t love a fudgy brownie???
Skillet Brownies ingredients with labels on a metal sheetpan.

Ingredient Notes

  • Kitchen Staples – Butter, Sugar, Salt, Flour
  •  Semisweet Chocolate – Chopped, then melted with the butter. I use Ghirardelli bars.
  •  Instant Coffee Crystals – Coffee accentuates the flavor of chocolate in desserts. You may omit if you’re not a fan of coffee.
  •  Eggs – I use large eggs unless otherwise noted; have them at room temperature for easier incorporation into the batter.
  •  Vanilla Extract – Make sure it’s real vanilla extract, not artificially flavored. I use the Nielsen-Massey brand.
  •  Milk Chocolate Chips – Optional, but if you have them in your kitchen, go for it!

Fudgy Skillet Brownies

I have a handful of skillet recipes that I make over and over, but almost all are entrees. It was time to increase my repertoire.

These fudgy skillet brownies are thick and decadent, but best of all, they’re a snap to make! I whip them up mid-afternoon and let them cool on the counter till after dinner.

Served in wedges, they can be jazzed up with a scoop of ice cream and a drizzle of fudge or caramel sauce. Swoon-worthy.

Slice of a Fudgy Skillet Brownies with ice cream and berries on a square white plate with a fork.

How to Make

Recipe Tips

  • I used a 10-inch Le Creuset Skillet and this recipe filled the pan to the brim. If your skillet is smaller, I’d suggest making of this recipe or you may have a mess in your oven.
  • Make sure you grease the pan well so you can get the brownie wedges out easily.
  • With a smaller skillet, increase the oven temperature to 350º and decrease the time to about 40 minutes. You’ll have some leftover batter.
  • With brownies, it’s hard to tell when they are done. The toothpick test that you use for cakes is not accurate. I know when my kitchen fills with an intense brownie aroma, the time is near. They’ll pull away from the edge of the pan very slightly and should have risen to the top of the skillet.
  • PRO-Tip: You may also cut a little divot out of the middle of the brownies. If this exposes wet batter, replace the divot, cook for at least 10 more minutes, and recheck.
  • The baking time will vary depending on your skillet and oven. I baked a batch with a new oven and my brownies took 15 more minutes than in my old oven. So make sure to check them with a toothpick or skewer to make sure the center is cooked.
  • I added some milk chocolate chips to tone down the chocolate intensity for one particular family member. Add white chocolate, bittersweet, semisweet chips, or even chunks of toffee to customize them for your family. Toasted walnuts would be fabulous, too, but they wouldn’t fly with my picky crew!
Fudgy Skillet Browniesin a red skillet with 2 hot pads.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Should You Store Skillet Brownies?

Just cover the skillet with plastic wrap or foil to keep them airtight.

How Long Will Skillet Brownies Stay Fresh?

If you wrap your brownies well, they’ll keep for 3-4 days stored at room temperature.

What Are the Keys for Making the Best Brownies?

Use good quality ingredients, especially the chocolate. Don’t overmix and don’t overbake.

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Fudgy Skillet Brownies - One bowl, one pan, one decadent dessert!

Fudgy Skillet Brownies Recipe

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Yield 12 servings

One bowl, one skillet, one delicious, fudgy brownie recipe!


  • ¾ cup butter (1 ½ sticks)
  • 12 ounces, semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee crystals
  • 2 ¼ cups sugar
  • 6 eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour
  • ¾ cup milk chocolate chips, optional


  1. Preheat the oven to 325º.
  2. Grease a deep 10-inch skillet with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  3. In a large, microwave-safe mixing bowl, gently melt the butter and semisweet chocolate, stopping to stir occasionally, until smooth.
  4. Whisk in the instant coffee. Set aside to cool slightly.
  5. Whisk in sugar, then eggs, and vanilla. Stir in salt, then the flour until just combined. Mix in chocolate chips.
  6. Spread batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 55 to 1 hour, 10 minutes. Time will vary depending on your skillet and oven.
  7. Cool, cut into wedges, and serve with ice cream if desired.


The brownies will be denser if you don't use an electric mixer to blend.

The instant coffee accentuates the chocolate flavor without tasting overtly of coffee. You may omit it if desired.

If you're unsure if your brownies are done, take a knife and cut into the center of the brownies. You should not see any batter if they're done.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 wedge

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 482Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 126mgSodium: 227mgCarbohydrates: 63gFiber: 2gSugar: 58gProtein: 5g


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