Sweet, Delicious Recipes That Can Be Baked in a Cast-Iron Skillet
From skillet cookies to cobblers and cornbread, these recipes are easy to make and guaranteed to please.
Our food editors treasure cast-iron skillets for their durability, nonstick quality, and the fact that they can be passed down from one generation to the next. They're not just used to make pan-fried steak or breakfast casseroles. They can be used to make skillet cookies, cobblers, cornbread, and so much more—here, we're sharing our favorite cast-iron skillet baking recipes that put this beloved piece of cookware to good use.
One of our favorite things to bake in cast-iron is a skillet cookie—in fact, we love this dessert so much that we included three different recipes for a skillet cookie: a regular chocolate chip, a double chocolate chip, and one that features coconut and oats, as well as chocolate. They're all sweet, family-friendly desserts that everyone will love. Pro tip: They're best served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.
Another cast-iron skillet baking recipe that we love is cornbread. We have a classic version, as well as one that calls for fresh sage and honey, which adds sweetness and an earthy, herby quality to this all-star Thanksgiving side dish. Plus, the perk about baking something in a cast-iron skillet is that you can serve it directly in the same piece of cookware because in addition to being functional, it looks good, too.
Looking for something to end your meal on a sweet note? We offer inspiration for making use of seasonal fruit like plums, peaches, figs, and berries galore. From skillet cakes to cobblers, buckles, and grunts, these cast-iron skillet recipes will take your dessert to new, delicious heights.
Chocolate-Chip Oat-Coconut Skillet Cookie
Martha's Plum Skillet Cake
Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie
Nothing will compare to eating a slice of this rich, double chocolate cookie warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. You can both bake and serve the cookie directly in the same cast-iron skillet.
Fruit Skillet Cake
Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie
Blackberry Skillet Cake
Sage and Honey Skillet Cornbread
Cornbread baked in a cast-iron skillet is one of our favorite recipes to make all year long, but especially on Thanksgiving—this recipe features fresh sage leaves, which bring earthy flavor, and honey for sweetness.
Cast-Iron Huckleberry Cobbler
Here's a genius use of frozen fruit huckleberries—they top this one-skillet cobbler that's made with a combination of flour and cornmeal. It bakes in a cast-iron skillet until the cobbler is golden brown and fruit is bubbling.
Plum Skillet Cake
All you need for this cast-iron skillet baking recipe are basic pantry staples (think flour, sugar, baking powder, and baking soda), butter, buttermilk, and two ripe plums. It's best served warm, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a friendly dollop of whipped cream.
Just ¼ cup of buckwheat flour adds a nutty quality to this buttermilk pancake recipe. Before flipping the pancakes, thinly sliced apples are added to the top of each.
Skillet-Cooked Mixed-Berry Grunt
Consider this your go-to recipe for a cast-iron skillet cornbread. A combination of yellow cornmeal and all-purpose flour are used for the base of this northern-style cornbread, plus buttermilk which adds tang.
Dutch Baby with Apples and Honey
Martha's Peach Buckle
Our buckle recipe consists of fruit and cake baked together, topped with sanding sugar for a crystallized finish. Here, juicy summer peaches hide just below the surface of this tempting dessert.
Sweet Snowflake Crisps
For this festive holiday treat, wonton wrappers are cut into a snowflake-like shape, then shallow fried in a cast-iron skillet until crispy. Dust with confectioners' sugar for serving.
Apple-Cardamom Brown-Butter Dutch Baby
Southern-Style Individual Peach Cobblers
Small cast-iron skillets are a fun baking vessel for these single-serve cobblers. Peach wedges are tossed in cinnamon and sugar, then spooned atop the cobbler batter to bake for 25 minutes.