By now we hope you know about the miracle of a skillet dinner—everything cooks together in one sizzling pan, which means more time eating and less time doing dishes. Turns out, the same principle applies to dessert. You get all the good stuff (a warm, gooey dessert and a house that smells like heaven) without any of the hassle. Here are 12 of our favorite cast iron skillet desserts.
20 Easy Cast Iron Skillet Desserts, Because You Love Baking but Hate Cleaning
1. Easy Cherry Skillet Cake
We love this with cherries, but really, any fresh fruit would work well. Just be sure not to skimp on the whipped cream on top.
2. Skillet Peach Cobbler
This is everything a cobbler should be—warm peaches in a cinnamon caramel, a flaky biscuit topping and plenty of ice cream on the side, of course. Be still our summer-loving hearts!
3. Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie
Why have a regular old chocolate-chip cookie when you can have one as thick and buttery as a slice of pie? Bonus: You don’t even need a mixer to make it.
4. Mini Skillet Funnel Cakes
We always thought of funnel cakes as a special treat reserved for the boardwalk or state fair. But actually, they’re super easy to make at home (and the mini versions are just too cute for words).
5. Ultimate Skillet Brownie
Warning: This is not exactly an everyday dessert. It’s rich, decadent and each piece is basically the size of our head. But as a once-in-a-while indulgence, it can’t be beat.
7. Chocolate Skillet Cake
This classic chocolate cake is sophisticated enough for company, and easy enough to throw together on a Wednesday night when you’ve just had that kind of day. We recommend eating it by the spoonful, straight from the hot pan.
8. Skillet Strawberry Cobbler
When it comes to strawberry desserts, shortcakes tend to get all the love. But we’d like to make a case for the cobbler—the strawberries get warm and jammy, which goes perfectly with the crisp, cream-cheese biscuits.
9. Mixed Berry Skillet Fruit Crisp
Our idea of a perfect summer day: go berry picking, and then come home to this. It’s faster and easier than a cobbler but just as delicious.
10. Upside Down Caramelized Banana Bread Skillet Cake
What could possibly be better than banana bread? Banana bread topped with sticky sweet, cinnamon-scented bananas, of course.
11. Chocolate Peanut Butter Skillet Cookie
We admit it: We’re powerless to resist any chocolate-peanut butter combination that crosses our path. And this epic cookie is no exception (it actually has mini peanut butter cups instead of chocolate chips, and melted peanut butter drizzled on top).
12. Simple Skillet S’mores Cookie
We understand that there are many virtues to camping (nature, fresh air, etc.), but we’re generally mostly in it for the s’mores. This cookie gives us all the melted chocolate and toasted marshmallow goodness we crave, without any of the dirt or bugs.
13. Triple Cookie Skillet Pie
You could make a regular batch of cookies, or you could completely blow everyone away with this triple cookie skillet pie.
14. Skillet Blueberry Cornbread
It’s like a combination of a blueberry muffin, coffee cake and cornbread—and it’s delicious.
15. Cast-iron Cornbread
This cornbread recipe is sweetened with maple syrup and contains brown butter...yum!
16. Blackberry-raspberry Skillet Cobbler
This cobbler has all the summery-sweet perks of pie without so much effort.
17. Deep Dish Double Chocolate Pecan Skillet Pie
Crispy, decadent, delicious. You’ve earned it, baby.
18. Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie
Remember those incredible cookie cakes your family would order every year on your birthday? Well, now it can be your birthday every damn day of the year.
19. Giant Cinnamon Roll
The only thing better than a freshly baked cinnamon roll? A giant freshly baked cinnamon roll. Pizza dough acts as the base for a quick and easy crowd-pleaser that leaves your house smelling next-level delicious.
20. Broiler S’mores
The ’mallows will be toasty and the chocolate melted just enough--without all the fuss. (You’re welcome.)