‘The Pioneer Woman’: Ree Drummond’s Skillet Cookie Sundae Recipe Is an Easy Crowd-Pleasing Dessert

Ree Drummond has the easiest dessert idea to feed a crowd — and she makes it in a skillet. The Pioneer Woman star’s skillet cookie sundae is a giant chocolate chip cookie topped with ice cream, hot fudge, and whipped cream. What could be better?

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Ree Drummond loves cast iron skillets

Drummond demonstrated how to make the skillet cookie sundae recipe on an episode of The Pioneer Woman. The episode featured the Food Network host shopping for a wedding gift at a local restaurant supply store and showing some of the gift ideas in action.

One of Drummond’s favorite pieces of kitchen equipment is a cast iron skillet, which can be used for a variety of different recipes, including desserts.

“One thing I’ve learned through the years is when you’re cooking, you really don’t need a whole bunch of fancy stuff. Case in point, iron skillets. These things are the best — they’re absolutely indestructible, they’ll never leave you nor forsake you. You can do anything with them — you can fry in them, saute, cook, and in my case, bake.”

She used the skillet to make her cookie sundae dessert. “A delicious, gooey cookie baked in an iron skillet and topped with ice cream, whipped cream, hot fudge. What could possibly be wrong with that?”

Drummond made the cookie dough for the dessert by creaming together butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar in a mixer; then she added vanilla and eggs. Drummond mixed together the dry ingredients in another bowl, combining flour, baking soda, salt, and instant coffee. “The coffee just gives the cookie dough a nice richness — really sends it over the top,” she explained. “The thing is my husband doesn’t like coffee at all but he loves my chocolate chip cookies. I’m so sneaky.”

The Pioneer Woman star slowly added the dry ingredients while the mixer was running on low, then added milk chocolate chips and semisweet chocolate chips. Once everything was combined, she spread the cookie dough into a 10-inch skillet and baked it in a 350 degree Fahrenheit oven for 30 to 40 minutes.

Once baked, she allowed it to cool slightly then topped it with three scoops of ice cream, a drizzle of hot fudge, and whipped cream. “Who knew an iron skillet could result in such decadence?” she remarked.

The full recipe is available on the Food Network website.

‘The Pioneer Woman’ star explained how skillets are so versatile

During the episode, Drummond shared how cast iron skillets are such a versatile kitchen item. “Some people collect fine china, I collect iron skillets,” she explained. “I use them first thing in the morning to make scrumptious egg in the holes, croissant French toast, and individual eggberts sunrisers — all the way through to burgers piled high with fixins’, patties for patty melts, luscious cornbread, and amazing dishes like pasta primavera.”

She added, “Iron skillets are pretty much my life.”

The Pioneer Woman star bought her friend two different sizes of cast iron skillets, noting, “I know she’s going to use those the rest of her life.”

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