Wow. A ton has happened since we last spoke. We basically have a lifetime’s worth of stuff to talk about, so get ready to hear all about it in the coming weeks. For now, I’ll give you the reader’s digest version, and then we’ll dive into these brownie ice cream sandwiches. Here’s a quick close-up to awaken your tastebuds:
Last Monday, July 1, we had a baby! Remember me going on and on about being pregnant with our third child, a baby girl? Well, we had the baby, and it turns out HE’S A BOY. Yep. A boy. Who knew an ultrasound at 20 weeks (in 2019, no less) could be wrong!? Well, we are overjoyed, shocked, and ridiculously blown away at the turn of events and have been spending the past week and a half getting to know our little guy, Charlie. Everyone is healthy, Aimee and George are thrilled to love on a bitty brother, and we’re all getting at least 6 hours of sleep which is worth a set of praise hands all on its own. I can’t wait to introduce you all to him a bit more, but for now I’ll just share a couple of photos my friend Jesse of Dreamtown Co. took of the baby’s arrival.
On to the second cutest thing in this post: brownie ice cream sandwiches. If you ask me, brownies are always best served a la mode. While I’ve long enjoyed the frozen supermarket version of brownie ice cream sandwiches, I really felt like we needed to explore a rich, ultra-chocolatey homemade version. What we finally landed on is nothing short of fabulous.
Here we have a chewy, soft-baked brownie layered with a huge schemer of no-churn cookies and cream ice cream.The brownie is rich and pretty dense, so to keep it chewy once frozen be sure to not overbake it. The ice cream is a cinch to make and contains little more than whipped cream, chocolate sandwich cookies, and sweetened condensed milk. We whip it all together until it becomes thick and cloud-like and then spread it in on top of half of the brownies. The second half of brownies is pressed on top and left to freeze together until solid.
There’s a few ways you can cut these brownie ice cream sandwiches. You’ll notice for the photos I opted to use a 2-1/2″ biscuit cutter, but I wouldn’t necessarily recommend doing that. I found it much easier to trim out pieces with a chef’s knife and was able to maintain a more manageable portion size that way as well. If you like the cute circles- go for it! Just keep in mind you’ll have little scraps from the cut-out rounds leftover. After trying it both ways, I totally prefer to cut small rectangles.
You definitely need to give these brownie ice cream sandwiches a try before the summer is up. They’re incredibly tasty and a delicious treat to add to your summertime dessert repertoire. Give them a try and let me know what you think! In the meantime, thank you for your prayers for baby Charlie and our new family of five. I can’t wait to introduce you more.
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Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches
These brownie ice cream sandwiches are chewy brownies filled with no-churn cookies and cream ice cream!
- Prep Time: 20
- Cook Time: 30
- Total Time: 240
- Yield: 16
- Category: Dessert
For the brownies:
- 1 cup (230 gm) unsalted butter
- 5 ounces dark (I use 70%) chocolate
- 1-1/4 cups (250 gm) sugar
- ½ cup (100 gm) brown sugar packed
- 3 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup (140 gm) all-purpose flour
- 1 cup (85 gm) unsweetened cocoa powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup mini chocolate chips (optional, see notes)
For the ice cream:
- 2 cups (480 gm) heavy whipping cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
- 18 (210 gm) chocolate sandwich cookies (like Oreos), chopped
To prepare the brownie layers:
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line two quarter sheet pans (or two 9”x13” pans) with foil that extends up the sides and grease with baking spray. Set aside.
- In a small saucepan over low heat, gently heat the dark chocolate and butter, stirring regularly, just until barely melted. Pour the mixture into a large bowl and whisk in the sugar and brown sugar. Whisk in the eggs and the vanilla extract. Scrape the sides of the bowl and then fold in the flour, cocoa powder, and salt. Fold in the chocolate chips. Spread the batter evenly between the two pans and bake in the preheated oven for about 11-12 minutes or until a toothpick inserted only comes out with a few moist crumbs. Set aside to cool completely.
To prepare the sandwiches:
- Once the brownie layers have cooled, flip them one layer out of the pan. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, whip the cream on medium-high speed until thick and fluffy. Add the vanilla extract and continue beating until stiff peaks form. Fold in the sweetened condensed milk and cookie crumbs. Spread the thick filling on top of the brownie layer still inside the prepared pan. Smooth the top as much as possible and then place the second brownie layer directly on top. Gently press down to adhere, but avoid squishing the ice cream out the sides. Place in the freezer to freeze completely, about 6 hours. Use a 3” cookie or biscuit cutter to trim out sandwiches or use a chef’s knife to cut square. Keep frozen and covered until ready to eat!
- The chocolate chips in the brownies will freeze FIRM. It is vital you use mini chips or skip them all together or you’ll risk breaking a tooth. 🙂
- I used a biscuit cutter to trim out these sandwiches but FAR PREFER to slice into skinny rectangles. It’s much easier!
Adapted from Martha Collison