Brownie Mint Chip Ice Cream Sandwiches

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Brownie Mint Chip Ice Cream Sandwiches

August 20, 2019

Summer may be winding down but I think we all know that some of the hottest weeks of the year […]

Summer may be winding down but I think we all know that some of the hottest weeks of the year are likely just around the corner. September, and even October, can be a real scorcher here in So Cal but I’ll be armed and ready with a freezer full of icy desserts. In this last installment of “Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich Month” here on the blog, I’ve got a semi-homemade frozen treat that will make your sweet tooth swoon. These Brownie Mint Chip Ice Cream Sandwiches are the real deal and let’s be honest, this flavor combo is a total winner any day of the year.

Brownie Mint Chip Ice Cream Sandwiches

Mint chip is a go-to, all time favorite ice cream flavor for three out of the five of us in our fam. So it’s no surprise that these brownie ice cream sandwiches literally caused a line to form around the freezer door. My kids are wasting no time living it up during these final days of summertime with not a care in the world….sandy toes, salty hair, and sun drenched beach days are the only thing on the agenda at the moment.

I’m in charge of sweeping up piles of sand from the doorstep, washing load after load of sun faded beach towels, replenishing empty sunscreen bottles and ensuring that the freezer is adequately stocked with cold treats.  Totally fine by me. If there’s one thing I remember from being a kid, it’s that after a long day in the sun and sand, there’s nothing better than sinking your teeth into a mouth watering, sweet and chewy ice cream sandwich. This dessert is as simple and as fuss-free as it gets and it’s exactly the way I want to celebrate the final days of what we all wish was an endless summer.

Brownie Mint Chip Ice Cream Sandwiches

I think it’s safe to say I’ve secured mom of the year status with these bad boys. I mean, let’s face it. Brownies are just better with ice cream.  A la mode is the only way to go and while technically this frozen dessert is not a “cookie” sandwich, I doubt you’ll get too caught up in the verbage after one bite of these delicious homemade frozen sammies. The only downside is that you do need to bake and cool the brownies in advance and then allow time for the sandwiches to freeze once assembled. It’s a real test of patience but I’m quite certain you are up for the challenge.

It’s worth the wait. Promise!

Brownie Mint Chip Ice Cream Sandwiches

HOW TO MAKE BROWNIE ICE CREAM SANDWICHES

To make these brownie ice cream sandwiches, I opted to go with a homemade brownie and store bought ice cream. Pair the two together and you have the most irresistible, semi-homemade frozen dessert. If you prefer to make your own ice cream from scratch, by all means, go for it. Don’t let me stand in your way. But for the purpose of this recipe, I’ve decided to keep it basic which means more beach time and less time fussing about in the kitchen.

I love the cool, refreshing flavor of all natural mint chip ice cream {sans the green coloring, thank you very much}. But honestly, any ice cream your heart desires would be a match made in heaven with these ultra-chocolatey brownies. Vanilla, coffee bean, salted caramel or even my slow churn Dark Cherry Ice Cream are a few other flavors that come to mind.

Anything goes!

A few tips to remember when making these brownie ice cream sandwiches. First, don’t over bake the brownies. To keep these rich and super chocolatey brownies soft and chewy once frozen, you’ll want to remove them from the oven before the center of the pan is fully set. We are going for slightly under baked here folks.

Second, allow the brownies to cool completely and then freeze the batches BEFORE cutting the squares. Don’t skip this step. It will make your life a whole lot easier. Trust me on this.

Finally, once you have assembled the ice cream sandwiches, return them to the freezer for at least two hours to set for best results. If you can’t wait, just know that you’re in for a bit of a mess.

Brownie Mint Chip Ice Cream Sandwiches

You absolutely need to give these brownie mint chip ice cream sandwiches a try before the summer ends. And be sure to check out all the other new ice cream sandwich recipes that hit the blog this month. They are getting rave reviews already all over Instagram and there is something for everyone. Chocolate and peanut butter lovers will love my Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sandwiches. If you are a big cherry fan like me, be sure to try these Dark Cherry Ice Cream Sandwiches. And let’s not forget my personal favorite sammie….Brookie Ice Cream Sandwiches. The best of both worlds in every single bite! Every one of these frozen treats is a delicious way to celebrate summer.

If you make any of my ice cream sandwiches, please do tag @brownedbutterblondie on Instagram. And leave me some love below in the comments. Nothing makes me happier than to know you enjoyed one of my recipes. This has been a crazy fun ice cream sandwich month here on the blog and I hope I’ve given you lots of fun ideas for frozen summertime desserts. Enjoy this last bit of summer and stay cool bakers!

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Brownie Mint Chip Ice Cream Sandwiches

Brownie Mint Chip Ice Cream Sandwiches

  • Author: Browned Butter Blondie
  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 3 hours
  • Total Time: 3 hours 30 mins
  • Yield: 12-16 1x
  • Category: Frozen Treats

Description

A homemade, rich and chewy brownie filled with mint chip ice cream makes for the perfect summertime treat for all ages!


Ingredients

Scale
  • I cup unsalted butter
  • 6 ounces dark or bittersweet chocolate (70% or higher)
  • I cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 3 large eggs, plus one egg yolk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour (all purpose is fine too)
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (not Dutch process)
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 quarts store-bought mint chip ice cream or any flavor you choose.

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray bottom and sides of two 9 x 13 pans with non stick cooking spray and line with parchment paper that extends up and over the sides.
  3. Set aside.
  4. In a small saucepan melt the chocolate and butter over medium low heat until barely melted. Be sure to stir regularly to prevent burning.
  5. Pour the mixture into a large bowl and add sugars.
  6. Whisk to combine completely.
  7. Whisk in the eggs and vanilla until fully incorporated.
  8. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder and salt.
  9. Add to the chocolate and egg mixture and gently fold together until no streaks of flour remain.
  10. Divide batter evenly between the two prepared pans and use an offset spatula to level the tops. Batter will be thin and may not reach edges of the pan.
  11. Bake 12 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few crumbs remaining.
  12. Do not over bake.
  13. Remove from oven and set aside to cool completely.
  14. Once cool, remove brownies from pans and trim edges with a sharp knife.
  15. Using a sharp knife or a 2 inch square biscuit cutter, cut individual squares of brownies.
  16. Set on a parchment lined cookie sheet and freeze for 30 minutes to an hour.
  17. Cut and peel the carton off of a one quart container of ice cream.
  18. Set on it’s side and use a sharp knife to slice rounds of ice cream to desired thickness.
  19. I made the ice cream squares about 1 1/2 inches thick.
  20. Use the same 2 inch biscuit cutter or sharp knife to cut squares of ice cream.
  21. Set ice cream on top of a chilled brownie square, top with a second square.
  22. Press together gently and return to freezer for 2 hours or more before serving.
  23. *Alternatively, ice cream can be softened and spread into a 9 x 13 in pan lined with wax paper. Level the top with an offset spatula and then freeze 4 hours or overnight. Remove from pan when ready to assemble ice cream sandwiches and cut squares using sharp knife or square biscuit cutter.

Notes

Square cookies and ice cream can be made in a round version if desired.
Cooking time includes freezing time.
Store in freezer tightly wrapped.

 

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