Skillet Brownie Sundae

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Jun 29, 2015

For the past 20 years, a favorite family dessert has been brownie sundaes with hard toffee and caramel sauce.  My husband and brother-in-law ask for this dessert at every opportunity.  The recipe morphed over the years from a printed recipe that I think I got out of Bon Appetit.  

Since first making this recipe, I discovered the Baker’s Chocolate One-Bowl Brownie recipe…hands down the easiest and tastiest brownie recipe.  I also began using a different caramel sauce recipe.  Sometimes I soften vanilla ice cream and mix toffee bits into it and sometimes I just serve it with plain, but real, vanilla ice cream with the toffee crumbled on top.  


No matter the recipe or source, the combination of warm brownie+real vanilla ice cream+ homemade caramel sauce+hard toffee = One Delicious Dessert!

Skillet Brownie Sundae with Caramel Sauce and Hard Toffee

Baking pan brownie sundae has morphed into a skillet brownie sundae by baking them in individual 5-inch cast-iron skillets.  I can’t quite put my finger on why, but baking them in the individual skillets really takes them up a notch.  I think it’s because the brownies stay warmer longer and you get the wee bit of crunchier crust all the way around each brownie.  

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Having a very moist brownie bump up against that crunchy crust in just about every bite…um…yeah. I’ve been looking for these individual skillets for some time now and they’re not the easiest to find, in my neck of the woods anyway. In addition to using them for a skillet brownie sundae, I’d like to use them for individual berry/fruit cobblers, as well as egg dishes. I plan to use them a lot.  I ended up finding them online at Amazon (surprise!). I bought  Lodge H5MS Heat Enhanced and Seasoned Cast Iron Mini Skillet, 5-Inch – Pack of 4

A recipe for the perfect easy dessert! This skillet brownie sundae with caramel sauce will please the dessert lover in your family!

I typically use heath bars for my toffee, but you could make your own toffee or use other brands (I’ve used Werther’s before with great success).  My grocery store doesn’t carry the Bits o’ Brickle Heath Bar bits (like chocolate chips, but toffee instead), but I wish they did.  It would make this recipe just that much easier.  Instead, I put the toffee candy in a pan, cover it with a cloth and played whack-a-mole with my meat pounder.  And can we take just a minute and talk about caramel sauce?  There’s caramel sauce and then there’s CARAMEL SAUCE!  

Like most things, store-bought caramel sauce can’t hold a candle to homemade caramel sauce.  And it’s a fun thing to make…a little science experiment-y with the burning sugar and the bubbling cream.  The recipe I use is from Martha Stewart’s Living cookbook and it’s really easy.  The only problem with it is that I could, and have, eaten a big spoonful of it…by itself…just to make sure it was O.K. 

Skillet brownie sundae with a scoop of ice cream.

Individual Skillet Toffee Bit Brownie Sundaes

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Recipe for a decadent Toffee Brownie Sundaes with Ice Cream and Caramel Sauce


For Brownie

  • 4 oz. unsweetened chocolate
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup toffee bits

For Caramel Sauce (The Martha Steward Living Cookbook, recipe cut in half)

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 TB unsalted butter
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice


For Brownie

  1. Heat oven to 350°F.
  2. Butter individual skillets (or line 13 x 9 pan with buttered aluminum foil)
  3. Microwave chocolate and butter in large microwaveable bowl on HIGH 2 min. or until butter is melted.
  4. Stir until chocolate is completely melted.
  5. Stir in sugar.
  6. Blend in eggs and vanilla.
  7. Add flour and toffee bits; mix well.
  8. Pour into prepared skillets
  9. Bake 25-30 min. (35-40 for big pan) or until toothpick inserted in center comes out with fudgy crumbs. (Do not overbake.)
  10. Let cool for 15 minutes and then top with ice cream, caramel sauce and more toffee bits

For Caramel Sauce

  1. Place sugar and 1/4 cup water in a saucepan and stir to combine
  2. Bring mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, brushing down the sides of the pan with a wet pastry brush.
  3. Don't stir
  4. Reduce heat to low and simmer until mixture is a rich amber color, approximately 10 minutes. Watch carefully as you don't want it going further than the amber color.
  5. Gradually add the cream while stirring with a wooden spoon.
  6. Add the butter and lemon and stir to comine.
  7. Serve warm
  8. This caramel sauce will keep for a week or two in the fridge


Adapted from Baker's Chocolate and Martha Stewart

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And while apple pie has earned the title of ‘the All-American’ dessert and a place at everyone’s 4th of July picnic, I think a case can be made that a skillet brownie sundae with toffee bits, topped with ice cream and smothered with caramel sauce is every bit as patriotic.  Just my thoughts.

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  1. Marie

    July 2, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    Not only does this look absolutely delicious, but I totally want to make it just so I can beat up on some toffee!

  2. Mandi @ Moments With Mandi

    August 4, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    Yes! This looks amazing and I soooooo want to make it this weekend! Thank you for linking up at the Simply Sundays link party!

    • lynn

      August 4, 2015 at 3:53 pm

      Make them!!! You won’t regret it.

  3. Sonja @ SustainMyCraftHabit

    September 20, 2015 at 9:54 pm

    This looks absolutely heavenly! Thank you for sharing on #HomeMattersParty!

    • lynn

      September 21, 2015 at 6:33 am

      Thanks Sonja! I’ll be back!

  4. Danita Carr

    February 2, 2016 at 12:02 am

    Oh my goodness, YUM! After looking at these pictures and recipe, I think my diet just went out the window…;) #SmallVictories

    • lynn

      February 3, 2016 at 6:54 pm

      Bye Bye diet! Or you could do what I’ve done…I just haven’t started my diet yet so I can’t ruin it!

      Thanks for visiting Danita.

      Hugs, Lynn

  5. Stacey Gannett

    February 5, 2016 at 12:57 am

    Oh brownies have always been one of my biggest addictions! I can eat them just about any way possible. I definitely pinned this for later. Stopping by from Small Victories Sunday and have a great week!

    • lynn

      February 7, 2016 at 7:15 am

      Good Morning Stacey, thanks for coming by today. These brownies really are quite special, a regular brownie all blinged up! Wishing you a very happy week.

      Hugs, Lynn

  6. Chellie

    February 27, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    Ummm…. no words, I’m in love. 🙂 This seems like a good reason to go out and buy some individual size cast iron skillets. Thanks for sharing at From the Archives Friday!

    • lynn

      March 1, 2016 at 7:26 am

      Hi Chellie…I have enjoyed those little skillets. Not only are they fun, but practical too. Great for individually frying eggs and then topping with condiments.
      Thanks for stopping by today,

      Hugs, Lynn

  7. Linda at Mixed Kreations

    March 3, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    Oh this looks absolutely delicious, rich but delicious. I sure could use one about now, and I would probably eat it all by myself. Yum!

    • lynn

      March 3, 2016 at 8:00 pm

      Hi Linda…thanks for swinging by today. And yes, it is rather rich. The brownie by itself is almost perfect, but adding the ice cream, caramel sauce and heath bar bits…it goes a little over the top. They are perfect for a special occasion.
      Hoping you treat yourself soon…maybe on your next “Me” day!

      hugs, Lynn

  8. Nikki Frank-Hamilton

    March 7, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    Lynn, I have been a bit envious of those skillets, they are so cool! I’d be eating these desserts often, much too often. This is one of my favorite desserts, warm brownie, fudge, caramel, melted vanilla ice cream! YUM! I’ve made them for dinner before. When you have a craving, you have a craving, right? Anyway, I’m going to have to try your recipe for caramel and for the toffee bits, I may have to make them for dinner tonight! LOL Thanks!

  9. Mother & Daughter

    June 4, 2016 at 8:29 am

    All I can say is yummo. Can’t wait to make this, I have all the ingredients in the pantry. lol

    • lynn

      June 4, 2016 at 7:20 pm

      You will SO enjoy it. Made the brownies again last night and you just reminded me that I still have some upstairs. Just send hubby to round us up some…with a glass of cold milk of course.
      Thanks for swinging by.
      Many Hugs, Lyn

  10. Sam @ Raggedy Bits

    June 5, 2016 at 5:51 am

    I have so read your wonderful yummy post at the wrong time!!! Right BEFORE dinner……. What a delicious recipe and can’t wait to try it! 🙂

    • lynn

      June 6, 2016 at 6:45 am

      Hi Sam…it’s a tasty treat for sure. I baked a batch on friday to take to a picnic and they were a hit. Hope you enjoy!
      Thanks for swinging by.
      Hugs, lynn


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