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Skillet Brownie For Two


posted: 12/14/16

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This Skillet Brownie for Two comes together fast in just one bowl and is perfect for a date night or even an after dinner dessert for a family of four!

In a cast iron skillet, the Skillet Brownie is topped with caramel gelato.


I’m so happy to be partnering with Breyers and sharing this easy dessert that is the perfect compliment to their Breyers Gelato Indulgences.

I vividly remember bringing Gavin to the pediatrician for the first time when he was just two days old. Like I can remember what I was wearing, which room we were seen in, where I was sitting in the office . . . everything. And I also remember the pediatrician giving us a long list of do’s and do not’s. Do wake him up to feed him every three hours. Don’t take him on an airplane before two months. You know, basics.

But I also vividly remember her telling us that we really needed to make sure to schedule one date night every month.

I think I must have looked at her like she was a crazy person. My mom had just died. I had just had ANOTHER HUMAN BEING come out of my body like that was something normal to do. She was serious? We are talking about date nights?

In a cast iron skillet, the Skillet Brownie is fully cooked topped with three caramel gelato scoops.

Next week it will be nine years since we sat in that office, and I’m wishing I could go back and tell that 20 something Lisa that yes, the doctor is serious. I would give her a hug and tell her it’s all going to be okay, but she really does have to make her marriage a priority. I’m not suggesting in any way that I haven’t. I have. I mean I REALLY have. But in a lot of ways only as a matter of survival. After losing my mom and Elliot, it became pretty clear that if I didn’t have Nathan in my life, I would lose it. And keeping Nathan in my life after everything that happened was going to take some serious work.

A photo of Breyers' Gelato Indulgences Vanilla Caramel.

Guys. Date nights don’t happen once a month. I mean, we try reeeeeaaaaaallly hard to do it. But it’s not always easy with busy schedules, three kids, and an absence of an endless pool of reliable babysitters. And that’s with not even having babies anymore!

Over the last nine years, we’ve really had to make an effort at making date nights happen even when we can’t go out. They aren’t always as exciting as going out, but they always do the same thing for our marriage: remind us why we wanted to hitch our cars to each other’s trains for the rest of time.

But the date night in does have to be special. No computers, no phones, and if we watch tv together it has to be like one show that we both really like and we pause 18 times to talk about. And it always has to have delicious food. This Skillet Brownie for Two is peeeeeeeerfect for a date night in. And I’m not going to lie. It’s a big brownie, so it would also work if you are having a double date night in and having some friends over. It comes together fast in just one bowl and then just 18 minutes in the oven.

And then. AND THEN!

A close up photo of Breyer's Gelato Vanilla Caramel showing the caramel swirled into the gelato.

Then you top it with the most delicious topping ever. You throw some of this amazing Breyers Gelato Indulgences on it. It is the most amazing trio of textures: the amazing creamy gelato, a delicious sauce, and luxurious toppings. You can see all three in the photo above.

I grabbed their Vanilla Caramel, because caramel is the way to my husband’s heart. Come to think of it gelato is also the way to his heart. When we were in Italy on our honeymoon, he had gelato every single day. So I love that I can just pick some up here and bring a little of our honeymoon to our date nights now that we are old and married. ;)

The Breyers Gelato Indulgences compliments this brownie perfectly, and is perfect for a date night in. The brownie is amazingly rich, and the gelato is the perfect creamy compliment to break up some of it’s intensity.

Or if you are Nahtan, you skip the brownie all together and just have the Vanilla Caramel Gelato. Seriously, he must have asked me 18 times if I was done with this post yet so he could eat the other container of gelato just waiting in the freezer. It’s that irresistible.

An overhead photo, of the Skillet Brownie with melted Caramel Gelato.

To see all of the amazing flavors of Breyers Gelato Indulgences, be sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.


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Skillet Brownie For Two

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  • 1 egg whisked until bubbles form
  • 2/3 cup flour spooned and leveled
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 4 TBSPs unsalted butter melted
  • 2 TBSPs hot water
  • 1/4 cup milk chocolate chocolate chips


  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk your egg until bubbles begin to form, about one minute.
  • Add in the other ingredients and stir to combine. The batter will be very thick.
  • Grease an 8 inch cast iron skillet with butter. Pour in the batter and bake for 18 minutes or until the edges begin to pull away from the side of the pan and a toothpick in the center comes out with crumbs and not liquid batter. Be careful not to over bake.
  • Serve with Breyers Gelato Indulgences.
Author: Lisa Longley

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In a cast iron skillet, the Skillet Brownie is topped with caramel gelato.

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Hi! I'm Lisa Longley, and I am committed to giving you simple dinner ideas and recipes that are easy to make; recipes that will fill your home with joy. I am the owner and author of SimpleJoy.com and I'm so glad that you are here.

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  1. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says

    I know, I think that date night is SO hard! We strive for every month too, but now that I’m thinking about it…it’s been over that. We’re due!! This brownie. You know I’m in love!

    • Lisa Longley says

      Thank you Dorothy!! It’s hard to stay on top of them with life being so busy! Good thing you guys are still amazing together.

  2. Jlee says

    What happens if I don’t have a cast iron skillet? Would a normal pan do the trick?

    • Lisa Longley says

      Yes, but you will have to watch it and probably adjust cooking time.

  3. Lori says

    Would semi sweet chocolate chips work?

    • Lisa Longley says

      My gut reaction is yes, but I know sometimes they melt differently depending on the brand.

  4. Lizzy says

    Thanks for this recipe! I bought an 8 inch skillet for my brother for his wedding and gave it to him along with this recipe and all of the dry ingredients ready to go!

    • Lisa Longley says

      This is such a cute idea!

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