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Cast Iron White Chocolate Cranberry Blondies

Ramona King

Cast Iron White Chocolate Cranberry Blondies


6 of our favorite desserts made better by baking in cast iron

Cast iron skillets were made for making desserts. Thanks to a properly seasoned coating, everything from cakes to brownies, cobblers, and cookies get a golden, crisp crust and a perfectly cooked, deliciously gooey interior. Plus, these rustic kitchen wares can go directly from oven to table — what is more impressive than a beautiful cast iron skillet filled with a unbelievable dessert? 

Try these six recipes out in your favorite cast iron skillet on your shelf.

Cast Iron White Chocolate Cranberry Blondies
Pairing tart cranberries and decadent white chocolate gives this classic blondie recipe a sweet and sour twist. Baking these blondies in a cast iron skillet makes them that much more irresistible by giving them a crisp, caramelized crust while leaving the center just-barely-cooked and totally irresistable. 
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Cast Iron Apple Cobbler
Nothing beats a warm apple cobbler for when outside is bitingly cold. (I blame you, Punxsutawney Phil.) Pre-cooking the apples in a cast iron skillet help to release some of their moisture and gives the filling a comforting, thick texture that pairs perfectly with a crisp biscuit topping. We recommend tart Granny Smith apples, which cook nicely under high heat and provide a nice contrast to the sugary sweet filling. 
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Cast Iron Pound Cake
Baking pound cake in a cast iron skillet lends a tender, moist crumb to the cake and gives the exterior a beautifully crisp crust. With a light, sweet flavor, there are dozens of ways to make this cake your own — try serving it with a seasonal fruit compote, a scoop of your favorite ice cream, or a drizzle of homemade caramel sauce
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Apple Clafoutis with Bourbon Caramel Sauce
This classic French dessert, a heavenly mix of a cake and flan, gets a kick of Southern comfort by serving it with a decadent, rich bourbon caramel sauce. Feel free to swap out your favorite seasonal fruit and up the treat-yourself moment by serving it with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. 
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Cast Iron Chocolate Chip Cookie
Everyone loves chocolate chip cookies, so why not make it like a cake? A cast iron skillet is the perfect vessel for transforming cookie to cake — you'll end up with a perfectly cooked crust and a center that is just the right amount of ooey gooey. This recipe is super adaptable, so try out different confections, such as M&Ms, white chocolate chips or mini peanut butter cups, inside — the world is your cookie cake! 
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Peach and Blackberry Cobbler
This quick and easy cobbler captures the essence of summer with juicy peaches and sweet-tart blackberries, even if you use frozen fruit in the dead of winter. While you can certainly use a glass baking dish for this ultra-easy dessert, we love the rustic appeal of cast iron.
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Photo credit (Cast Iron Apple Cobbler): Ramona King 
Photo credit (Cast Iron Pound Cake): Danielle Atkins 
Photo credit (Apple Clafoutis with Bourbon Caramel Sauce): Vic Campos 
Photo credit (Chocolate Chip Cookie): Derick Jaros
Photo credit (Cobbler): Ideabar Austin

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Dena Rayess is a recipe editor and cookbook author based in San Francisco. She enjoys exploring new foodways in and around the Bay Area and beyond, and has been known to whip up a mean house cocktail at dinner parties.