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Skillet Brownie

This Skillet Brownie is a delicious chocolate chip brownie with a rich flavor and a moist, fudgy texture that you can enjoy right out of the skillet. The recipe is easy to make, making it a perfect choice for a quick and satisfying dessert.

This brownie has an irresistible combination of flavors. Melting the butter and chocolate chips together, either on the stove or in the microwave, creates a velvety base that creates a moist brownie. And the smell that fills the kitchen as it bakes is nothing short of divine!

Skillet Brownie topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
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I love to serve this skillet brownie warm right out of the skillet. Brownies in a Skillet are the best! I set out small bowls and a variety of toppings like vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, chocolate and caramel syrup, and chopped pecans. This is a favorite dessert for everything from weeknight dinners to special celebrations! 

While optional, I really recommend adding the espresso powder. This is a game-changer that intensifies the chocolate flavor and adds a subtle depth to the brownie.

Need another skillet dessert idea? How about a skillet cookie? This Biscoff Cookie Butter Skillet is another delicious skillet dessert that we love to make. So good!

Ingredient Notes For Skillet Brownies

See the printable recipe card below for all ingredients, specific measurements, and complete instructions.

Ingredients to make Brownie Skillet set out on the counter.
  • Butter: Melts down to create a rich and moist base for the brownie, adding a buttery flavor.
  • Chocolate Chips: Melted with the butter to form a delicious chocolatey mixture; the remaining chips are stirred in for gooey pockets of chocolate throughout.
  • Eggs: Whisked with brown sugar to lighten the color and provide structure to the brownie.
  • Brown Sugar: Sweetens the brownie, giving it a deliciously caramelized flavor.
  • Vanilla Extract: Enhances the overall sweetness, adding a subtle yet essential note.
  • Cocoa: Gives it a deep chocolate flavor, making the brownie rich and indulgent.
  • Flour: Provides structure to the brownie, balancing the gooey texture with a cake-like crumb.
  • Salt: Elevates the flavors, enhancing the sweetness and chocolatey goodness.
  • Espresso Powder (optional): Intensifies the chocolate flavor, offering a hint of depth and richness.
  • Additional Chocolate Chips (for topping): Sprinkled on top for an extra chocolaty crunch, adding visual appeal and texture.

How To Make This Skillet Brownie

Start by preheating the oven to 350º F. 

Chocolate chips and butter in a saucepan.
Brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla in a glass mixing bowl.
Melted butter and chocolate chips added to eggs and brown sugar mixture in the mixing bowl.

Now, grab the butter and about half of your chocolate chips. You can melt them together on the stovetop or in the microwave. I usually opt for the microwave. I find that 15-second intervals do the trick. You want a smooth consistency.

In a large mixing bowl, add the eggs and brown sugar, whisking until well combined. Add in the vanilla and the melted chocolate-butter goodness.

Cocoa, flour, salt and espresso powder added to ingredients in the mixing bowl.
Chocolate chips added to the brownie batter in the mixing bowl.

Stir in the cocoa, flour, a pinch of salt, and if you're feeling a bit extra, throw in some espresso powder. Trust me, that espresso powder is like a flavor booster for the chocolate – not mandatory, but a game-changer.

Don't forget the rest of those chocolate chips. They're not just for show; they add these gooey, melty pockets of chocolate.

Brownie batter is poured into a cast iron skillet.
Baked Skillet Brownie cooling on the counter.

Pour the brownie batter into a greased-up 8-inch oven-proof skillet. We prefer using a cast iron skillet for this part!

Before you slide that skillet into the oven, sprinkle some more chocolate chips on top. Bake it in the middle of the oven for about 25 minutes. 

Once the skillet brownie is out, let it cool before serving. Now, cut yourself a generous slice, square, or just dig in with a spoon! 

Brownie Skillet with vanilla ice cream on top.

Brownie Variations

  • Add a nutty crunch. Add a cup of chopped nuts such as walnuts, pecans, or almonds to the batter for a delightful crunch and extra flavor.
  • Add peanut butter. Swirl in creamy peanut butter into the batter or create a peanut butter ribbon on top before baking. Peanut butter cups can also be chopped and added for extra indulgence.
  • Replace the chocolate chips. When you add in that second handful of chocolate chips just before baking, trade them out for dark chocolate, white chocolate, butterscotch, or peanut butter chips for a new twist.

Storing and Freezing

Room Temperature: Once it's cooled to room temperature, transfer individual slices to an airtight container. It'll stay fresh at room temperature for a 2 days.

Refrigerator: Your skillet brownie should keep well in the refrigerator for about 4 days. Make sure to store it in an airtight container or wrap it tightly with plastic wrap to prevent it from drying out or absorbing any unwanted fridge odors.

Freezer: To freeze, cut the brownie into individual slices and separate them with parchment paper. Pop it in the freezer, and you have a chocolate emergency stash. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight to serve. 

Recipe Tips

  • Before you start, make sure your eggs and butter are at room temperature. Room temperature eggs incorporate more easily, and room temperature butter ensures a smoother melt when combined with the chocolate chips.
  • When melting the butter and chocolate chips, do it gradually to avoid burning the chocolate. Use short intervals if using the microwave, stirring each time. If using a double boiler, keep the heat low and stir consistently until you achieve a smooth mixture.
  • Opt for an 8-inch skillet as recommended. Using a different size may affect the baking time and result in an unevenly cooked brownie.
  •  Use a bit of melted butter to grease the skillet. This not only prevents sticking but also adds a hint of buttery goodness to the edges of your brownie.

Brownie Recipe FAQs

Do I need to grease a non-stick skillet?

Even with a non-stick skillet, it's a good idea to grease it with a bit of melted butter. This not only prevents sticking but also adds a nice buttery touch to the edges of the brownie.

Can I use a different type of pan if I don't have a skillet?

While a skillet is ideal, you can use a similar-sized baking dish if you don't have a skillet. Just adjust the baking time accordingly.

My skillet brownie is too gooey in the center; what went wrong?

Gooey centers are often a sign of underbaking. Ensure your oven is fully preheated, and consider extending the baking time by a few minutes. A toothpick inserted into the center should come out with moist crumbs, not wet batter.

Slice of brownie on a white plate.

Here are a few more easy brownie desserts to try!

My family loves this Skillet Brownie! It's a delicious combination of rich chocolate, gooey goodness, and a hint of espresso magic. With its easy recipe and endless ways to customize it, this skillet brownie is the ultimate dessert!

Brownie skillet topped with vanilla ice cream.

Skillet Brownie Recipe

Author: Judy Wilson
This Skillet Brownie is a delicious treat with a rich, indulgent flavor and a moist, fudgy texture that you can enjoy right out of the skillet. 
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 469 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (divided)
  • 3 eggs
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup cocoa
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon espresso powder (optional - intensifies chocolate flavor)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350º F.
  • Melt butter and ½ cup chocolate chips together, either over a double boiler or in 15-second intervals in the microwave.
  • Whisk eggs and brown sugar together in a large mixing bowl until it lightens in color.
  • Whisk in vanilla and melted butter-chocolate mixture.
  • Stir in the cocoa, flour, salt, and espresso powder. Then, stir in the remaining chocolate chips.
  • Pour into a greased 8-inch skillet.
  • Sprinkle with additional chocolate chips if desired.
  • Bake in the center of the oven for 25 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and let cool.
  • Serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped topping.

Notes

Once Brownies cool to room temperature, transfer individual slices to an airtight container and store them for up to 2 days or store them in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
Use an 8-inch skillet as recommended. Using a different size may affect the baking time and result in an unevenly cooked brownie.

Nutrition

Calories: 469kcalCarbohydrates: 57gProtein: 5gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 16gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 123mgSodium: 258mgPotassium: 226mgFiber: 2gSugar: 44gVitamin A: 592IUCalcium: 67mgIron: 2mg
The nutritional information provided is approximate and should only be used as a general guideline. It is an estimate that will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
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Melynda

Saturday 27th of January 2024

Looks delicious! This post is one of my features for SSPS #295, thank you for sharing with us!

Natasha Mairs - Serenity You

Wednesday 24th of January 2024

This brownie looks soo good!!!!

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