Just when you thought your trusty cast-iron skillet couldn't get any handier, enter skillet desserts. Because of its heat-retaining tendencies, the skillet works great for baking, creating an evenly-crispy crust for cakes, pies, and even brownies. It makes a pretty, rustic-looking serving vessel too. Exercise special caution when removing your skillet dessert from the oven; They get rip-roaring hot, so always use well-rated oven mitts and never place a hot skillet directly on your table or countertop.
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Baked S'Mores Skillet Dip
Using the same ingredients as you would for the classic campfire treats, this s'mores dip bakes right in a cast iron skillet. It looks pretty topped with toasted marshmallows, but makes enough of a mess to please both kids and kids-at-heart when you dip graham crackers in.
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It's a pie! It's a cookie! It's a giant chocolate chip cookie baked in a skillet. With all of the ooey-gooey goodness that comes with the Toll House favorite, plus the convenience of baking all in one, this dessert's a surefire new fav.
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Skillet Peach Cobbler
Make the most of summer's succulent peaches by baking them into a toasty peach cobbler. Topping this one with chopped pistachios, Greek yogurt, and honey gives it a lovely Mediterranean expression.
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Skillet Blackberry Cobbler
Whether you pick your own or head to the farmer's market to pick up a pint, sweet-tart blackberries just taste like summer. A skillet cobbler turns them into a gorgeous rustic dessert, especially when topped with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.Continue to 5 of 11 below.
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Date Skillet Cookies
So called because the date mixture gets cooked down in a skillet before forming into balls, these skillet cookies make a fun afternoon project and sweet treat. Rolling them in flaked coconut adds texture.
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Skillet Snickerdoodle Cookie
Fragrant with cinnamon and rich with butter, sugar, and eggs, this giant snickerdoodle cookie makes a fun change from forming individual balls. Slice it into wedges and serve with ice cream or a drizzle of caramel sauce.
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Apple Pie Skillet Cake
As American as you-know-what, skillet apple pie cake will use up your pickings with tons of fall flavor. Best of all, it only takes about 20 minutes to bake for a lovely last-minute dessert.
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Skillet Pear Upside-Down Cake
Using a cast-iron skillet to make pear upside-down cake gives it a wonderful, slightly caramelized texture that complements the fruit perfectly. Bosc or Anjou pears work best, since Barlett and Comice pears tend to get too soft when baked.Continue to 9 of 11 below.
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For a dessert that comes out a little less sweet, try this simple pumpkin cornbread. Go for unsweetened pumpkin puree instead of prepared pie filling so you can flavor it with maple syrup and spices to taste. Serve with a little extra syrup on top.
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Depending on the time of year, blueberries can range from puckeringly tart to juicy and sweet, so taste yours first to see whether your blueberry crumble filling needs more or less sugar. A little lemon juice adds a hint of citrus that brings out the best in the berries.
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One-Bowl Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie
One bowl, one skillet, one gigantic chocolate chip cookie. Bake this one for a kids' sleepover, a camping trip, or whenever you need a fun dessert any chocoholic will love. Add chopped nuts, fruit, or other cookie mix-ins to customize the flavor.