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20 of the Best Skillet Dessert Recipes (All Types)

Skillet Apple Pie with a cloth.

Did somebody mention dessert? If you love delicious desserts but do not necessarily enjoy using cookie sheets and baking trays, the skillet is your best friend. If you’ve been looking forward to a quick and tasty dessert with fresh ingredients, these are some of the skillet desserts you should try.

1. These Skillet Apple Pie Biscuits Are Easier Than You Think

Apple Pie Biscuits with slices of apples.

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If you love homemade biscuits, try this variation with chunks of apple pie filling baked right in. These biscuits look much more difficult to make than they are, and they can be eaten as a dessert or a breakfast. Does this recipe contain 17 steps? Yes, it does.

Does that mean you’ll struggle to make it? Not at all. You can totally use canned apple pie filling and pre-made biscuit dough if you want, making this dish even simpler.

2. Still on an Apple Fix? Try This Skillet Pie

Apple pie on a skillet and fresh apples.

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Whether you love to use granny smith apples or honey crisp apples, you’ll find that this skillet apple pie is super tasty and easy to make with any kind of apple. This pie starts with melted brown sugar and butter to form a tasty crust on the bottom, and it is topped with dough, an apple filling, and another layer of dough.

The hardest part of cooking this dish is letting it sit on the cooling rack before you can eat it.

3. Not Into Pie? Try This Apple Cake

Apple Cake on a skillet and cinnamon.

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If the apple pie wasn’t enough to fulfill your every desire, this apple cake is sure to do the trick. You’ll need just four apples (Gala apples are recommended), in addition to your usual cake ingredients. You’ll use sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg to accentuate the flavor of the apple.

Just make sure you spray your skillet before you toss it into the oven for easier serving once the cake is done.

4. Have You Ever Made a Cookie This Big?

Apple Cake on a skillet with vanilla ice cream.

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This cast iron cookie is so simple, perhaps even simpler than making a batch of chocolate chip cookies. You can eat this one-skillet meal on its own or pair it with vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup. If you are looking for a recipe that doesn’t require a mixer, needs no chilling, and has a crispy exterior, you don’t want to skip this one.

Whether you are a single person or you have plenty of people to share with, you’ll be happy you tried this giant cookie.

5. Yes, You Can Make Chocolate Cake in a Skillet

Chocolate Cake with thick chocolate toppings.

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Do you love sheet cake? Do you love chocolate? While this is not technically a sheet cake, the skillet cake is just as good and offers just as much delicious flavor and texture. Top this gooey mess with ice cream for an unmatched flavor profile.

You can throw this recipe together quite easily with a skillet and a couple of mixing bowls. With this recipe, fulfilling your craving for chocolate really is easy as pie.

6. A Totally Effortless Cobbler? Yes, Please!

Apple cake on a skillet with vanilla ice cream.

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This easy skillet berry cobbler combines raspberries and raspberries to create a tart flavor that is beautifully paired with the crust and vanilla ice cream.

There’s just something about this berry crisp cooked in a skillet that feels like home. Even though this recipe calls for a mixer, this recipe does not require much else in the way of special tools, ingredients, or time. You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to throw together a fruity cobbler that tastes as good as it looks.

7. This Caramel-Pecan Cheesecake Pie Is Deliciously Nutty

Caramel-Pecan Cheesecake Pie on a plate.

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This super simple caramel-pecan cheesecake pie is something you can serve proudly as a post-dinner treat. You only need a few ingredients for this pie as well, including pie crust, cream cheese, sugar, eggs, vanilla, pecans, and caramel. Is this the healthiest dessert?

Absolutely not. Is it one of the most delicious? Definitely. What really stands out with this treat is the texture, which is a treat all on its own.

8. A Plain Cake That Is Anything But Plain

Apple pie cake on a skillet.

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This old-fashioned skillet cake might not have any frosting, but that doesn’t mean that this cake is anything but delicious. This cake will be golden brown and perfect when served with fresh berries. You simply need sugar, flour, milk, eggs, vanilla, and vegetable oil.

A 12-inch skillet will do the trick, and you will be left with a golden cake fit for any event. You can mix and match this cake with so many different flavors, which makes it well worth your effort.

9. You’ll Live for These Fudgy Stout Brownies

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If you are in the market for a new brownie recipe, this skillet recipe is perfect. Chock full of semisweet chocolate and milk stout beer, you’ll love the flavor of this dessert with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream (or even chocolate ice cream if you want to go a bit wild).

One tip: make sure you oil or spray the bottom of the pan to ensure you can get the brownies out of the skillet easily. Make sure that you let this treat cool before you dig in!

10. Everybody Will Want More S’Mores

Baked S’mores on a skillet and biscuit.

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Just because you don’t have a campfire going does not mean that you can’t get your hands on some s’mores. In a matter of minutes, you can toast s’mores in your own kitchen. Creamy marshmallows, gooey chocolate, and crunchy graham crackers all come together in this delicious dish, which is so tempting to eat as soon as it comes out of the oven.

Let the dish rest for a few minutes after you take it out of the oven, not only to cool but also to let the chocolate finish melting. You won’t regret it!

11. Get a Fruit Fix With a Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Apple cake with pineapple and cherry.

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Why cook a pineapple upside-down cake in a skillet? For one, you’ll see a beautiful crust form thanks to the type of pan that you use. This creates a lovely texture you don’t get when you bake a cake in a pan. If you’ve got two skillets, this recipe will be even easier to make, but it’s totally possible with just one.

Either way, you build this recipe backward, beginning with the filling and ending with the cake (thus, the name). Maraschino cherries and pineapples create an amazing flavor that erupts in your mouth.

12. Not in the Mood for a Brownie? Try a Blondie Instead

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This is not just any blondie recipe. It’s a recipe for an apple-spiced blondie that is topped with cinnamon apples (and, of course, ice cream). Whether you are looking for an autumn-themed dessert or you are just craving a cinnamon dessert, you’ve got to try this.

The apples baked inside this blondie make the texture of this dessert especially unique, and the crust formed with the skillet enhances their flavor as well.

13. This Honey Cake Is Pure Sweetness

Apple cake with raspberry and blackberry.

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Do you love the taste of honey? Do you like to cook with yogurt? Do you like desserts that aren’t too sweet? This honey cake might be the perfect addition to your cooking repertoire. It requires just three steps and can be customized.

You can top the cake with a cream cheese frosting if you wish, but you can also add nuts, fruit, and even more honey. This cake also freezes quite easily, so you can enjoy it later too.

14. These Nachos Are Unlike Any You’ve Had Before

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Most likely, you have never made nachos made out of graham crackers instead of tortilla chips, but this is exactly what you can expect from this recipe. You’ll just need 10 minutes, a skillet, and your ingredients: graham crackers, peanut butter cups, Reese’s Pieces, marshmallows, chocolate, and peanut butter. Everything goes under the broiler. This is definitely a dessert you’ll want to eat right out of the skillet.

15. You Don’t Have to Go to the Fair to Have Funnel Cake

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Funnel cake is usually made with a deep fryer, but a skillet will do the trick with this recipe. In fact, funnel cake is super easy to make with items you may already have in your pantry. Simply combine your ingredients as specified in the recipe and cook the funnel cake much like you would a pancake.

In a skillet, the texture and taste will be perfect. When you dust your treat with powdered sugar, it will taste just like you’ve gone to the county fair.

16. An Elegant Pear Dessert Is the Cherry on Top of Dinner

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Even if you have never made a Tarte Tatin before, this dish is going to be very simple. You’ll use puff pastry as the crust, which makes this dish super simple. The maple caramel sauce is a delightful flavor with the tart sweetness of the pear.

Some people add a splash of brandy or bourbon to this dish to help create a more complex flavor, but you can certainly personalize this dish as you see fit.

17. Classic Cinnamon Rolls Cooked in a Skillet

Classic Cinnamon Rolls Cooked in a Skillet.

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Who doesn’t love cinnamon rolls? Even if you are used to pan-baked cinnamon rolls, the skillet offers fluffy bread, a rich cinnamon taste, and sweet, gooey icing. If you want a perfect cinnamon roll dish every time, the skillet is the way to go.

Plus, these cinnamon rolls are stored so easily, so you can enjoy them later. Just make sure that you give the dough plenty of time to rise before you bake the rolls.

18. Does Everything Taste Better in Texas?

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This Texas skillet cake recipe answers the question. You can actually cook this entire cake right in a cast-iron skillet. The edges of the cake will be chewy and crisp, but the inside will be completely soft and gooey.

This cake is super decadent, and you can eat it right out of the pan with a spoon, filling all your chocolate cravings in just a few bites. Whether you serve it cold or warm, this is not a dish you want to pass by.

19. Who Knew Pumpkin & Butterscotch Made Such a Great Pairing?

Pumpkin & Butterscotch on a baking pan.

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If you have been looking for the perfect pumpkin recipe, look no further. This pie can be served right out of the skillet, and it is so fluffy and fresh. Butterscotch adds a bit of sweetness to this traditional recipe.

You can even start with a pre-baked pie crust to make the process simpler, but you’ll want to make sure that you do not bake this pie too long. Also, feel free to use canned pumpkin puree, as it will help create a delightful and delicious consistency.

20. Blood Orange Desserts Are the Perfect Summertime Treat

A slice of orange caramel tarte.

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Here’s another Tarte Tatin to try. This blood orange caramel dessert is super sweet, and the combination of orange, brown sugar and caramel creates a light and refreshing flavor. This is not a heavy dessert, and it requires merely five ingredients (plus ice cream). When you use puff pastry, the process is so simple (and delicious).