Where To Try A Skillet Dessert

By Cayley Nel
vegan skillet dessert

Eating dessert becomes double the fun when it’s served to you in its own little pan. From a giant cookie to a gooey chocolate cake, there’s something special about eating a warm skillet dessert, fresh from the oven. Don’t just take our word for it, try it for yourself at some of the best spots below!

Depot Eatery

86 Federal Street, Auckland CBD
Central Otago Cherry Clafoutis with lemon curd from The Depot

Al Brown continues to dominate Federal Street with his iconic restaurants Federal Delicatessen and Depot Eatery. While we all know The Fed serves up some killer pie; it’s about time the Depot gets some extra praise for their dessert. Titled the Cookie Skillet, Al ensures that there’s a divine sweet option to end the night. Served straight from the oven you can expect crisp golden edges and the perfect amount of warmth–Encouraging the ice cream to melt into the gooey centre. On top of the ice cream sits a mouth-watering layer of self-hardening choc sauce to provide that satisfying crunch. Inside the cookie, you’ll be delighted to find a generous amount of crunchy macadamias and melted choc baked throughout. With a flavour combination this good, it’s understandable why some are left speechless. Some of their other mouthwatering flavours include Cinnamon Bread & Butter Pudding, Central Otago Cherry Clafoutis, and Macadamia Chocolate Cookie.

OKO Dessert Kitchen

291-297 Queen Street, Auckland CBD
OKO's Chocolate Fondant skillet dish

Open till 10 pm every day of the week, OKO is ready to satisfy those late-night cravings. Conveniently located in Aotea Square, this popular dessert kitchen makes for a perfect post-bowling or post-movie treat. Although their Belgian waffles and cabinet cakes are always hit, don’t forget about their divine hot skillet desserts. With three options to choose from, you may quickly become a frequent diner. First up we have their winter warmer butter cake served with blueberry cheesecake ice cream, oat crumble, and boysenberries. If you’re up for more of an indulgence, their chocolate fondant skillet is calling your name. This decadent dish is served with cherry compote, chocolate crumble, and dark choc ice cream–Simply a match made in heaven. Last but, certainly not least is their skillet apple pie. This classic dish is served with maple walnut ice cream and vanilla sauce. As each skillet dessert is baked fresh, be prepared to wait for at least 20 minutes–Trust us, it’s well worth it.

Big Fish Eatery

3/710 Great South Road, Penrose
Gooey Cookie Dough skillet from Big Fish Eatery

Big Fish Eatery sure know how to make a killer skillet cookie (or as they call it, ‘cookie dough’). Since changing up their flavours, they now offer three different options. The most popular choice would have to be the green tea cookie. Served as a gooey baked cookie with matcha and dark chocolate ice cream, it provides the perfect balance between bitter and sweet. For those up for more of a sugar rush, the white or dark choc cookie is for you. Their delicious white cookie is baked with white chocolate and macadamia mixed throughout-Finished off with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The dark cookie is then baked with crunchy peanut butter and dark choc–Once again topped with ice cream to contrast with the warmth of the cookie.

Flourmill Cafe

409a Manukau Road, Epsom
Strawberry & Rhubarb Shortcake from Flourmill Cafe

Listed under their lunch menu, we thank Flourmill Cafe for making it acceptable to order a skillet in the middle of the day. Rather than a cookie, owner Rebecca switches things up by offering a skillet baked Strawberry and Rhubarb Shortcake. With a generous amount of fruit throughout, you’ll be getting a lovely mix of sweet and sour tang. For that extra bit of sweetness, the shortcake is served with vanilla ice cream and delicately dusted with freeze-dried strawberries–Providing an adorable pop of pink. This stunning colour is easily a signature part of the cafe, in which their coffee machine and take-away cups are all a lush baby pink. With such a sleek trendy interior, it’s hard to believe that this cafe was once, in fact, a flour mill factory building.

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