Last Updated on July 9, 2023
EDITOR’S NOTE: Updated for 2023.
Glance over the dessert menu at certain popular restaurants and you’ll notice one common treat is a skillet chocolate chip cookie. It’s often brought to your restaurant table in the same skillet it was baked in back in the restaurant kitchen. It’s usually topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and maybe it’s drizzled with some chocolate syrup.
Skillet cookies aren’t necessarily difficult to make at home, but they do require some special equipment: namely a cast iron skillet. Cast iron cookware is old, having been used to cook over open fire before modern kitchens were a thing. They’re still popular today in part because home cooks don’t worry about potential chemicals with cast iron cookware compared to modern nonstick cookware such as Teflon. Cast iron pots and pans generally require some work before using them (they have to be seasoned), and there are some rules to using them them so they will last for years (don’t use metal utensils on them, and make sure they’re completely clean, seasoned, and dry before storing them), but most people who use cast iron cookware love it.
When it comes to baking cookies in cast iron, you can bake big cookies in larger cast iron skillets so you have enough to share with others, but you can also find smaller cast iron skillets that allow you to bake desserts in individual portions.
Aldi sells cast iron cookware from time to time under its Crofton private label, which focuses on kitchen products and cookware. Most recently, Aldi is selling a set of smaller cast iron skillets that come with wooden trivets for a complete oven-to-table experience.
What We Know:
The Crofton Cast Iron Dessert for Two set (Product Code: 705536) cost $14.99 in 2023. That’s the same price it cost in 2022, and is competitive compared to other cast iron dessert skillets or cast iron mini skillets on Amazon, where some single skillets cost as much as this set of two from Aldi.
To the best of our knowledge, Aldi has not sold a set of smaller dessert skillets like these before, although Aldi has sold other types of cast iron cookware in the past, including a larger skillet and Dutch oven and a lightweight fry pan and Dutch oven.
Here’s more information on the set, according to Aldi:
- Includes 2 cast iron skillets with wood trivets totaling 4 pieces
- Skillets feature pouring spouts
- Suitable for all cooktops including induction
- Perfect for oven-to-table serving
- Made with pre-seasoned and ready-to-use cast iron
- Offers superior heat retention and heat distribution
- Oven safe up to 475 °F
What We Don’t Know:
We haven’t yet tried this set, so we don’t know how well it works and we don’t know who makes it. Aldi also has not shared the dimensions for these cast iron pieces. Until these show up on store shelves, we don’t know how many inches in diameter the skillets measure or how much food they can hold. We also don’t see any warranty information on the Aldi website for this product, so we don’t know if this comes with any kind of after-sales service. We write open threads so readers can share about their experiences with a product.
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