This frozen dessert has no-churn ice cream sandwiched between two brownies....they're rich, filled with super creamy ice cream and the flavor combos are endless! These Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches are sure to be a hit!!Jump to Recipe
I'm ice cream obsessed. It doesn't matter what time of year it is....hottest day of summer or the coldest winter day, there's about a 95% chance I'll finish my day with a scoop of ice cream. Life is all about balance....eat popcorn at the movies, hike the nature trail, have a salad, drink a glass of wine and eat the dang ice cream!
Although I'm typically diving into a tub of Edy's, these little Brownie Ice Cream Sandwich squares are an extra special treat! As you'll see below, there are many flavor variations to try.
What are your thoughts on ice cream sandwiches? I've always thought they were alright, but am always disappointed when the cookies are hard and smash the ice cream out. Well I've swapped the cookies out for brownies and think it's the most genius idea I've had in quite some time! 😉
Are Ice Cream Sandwiches easy to make?
Typical ice cream sandwiches can be finicky. You've gotta get the scoop of ice cream just the right size. The cookies have to be perfectly soft. And then you scoop, and scoop...and scoop and hope your ice cream doesn't melt before you're done.
But with these Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches, there's NO scooping ice cream! Instead of a million cookies, you just have two sheets of brownie. And there's no scooping ice cream, because it's a no churn ice cream that will easily pour into the pan and freeze up perfectly! Read on to learn how...
What ingredients are needed?
- Brownie Mix + the ingredients needed to make the brownies. You'll want to be sure to get the 10.25 oz pouches of brownie mix. The pouch will say to bake them in a 8x8 or 9x9 pan, but we will bake them in a 9x13 so they end up being perfectly thin for the sandwiches!
- Heavy Whipping Cream. The liquid stuff in a carton....make sure you don't accidentally grab half and half or buttermilk (speaking from experience...) 😉
- Sweetened Condensed Milk. Find this in the baking aisle....not to be confused with evaporated milk.
- Flavor! Depending on what type of ice cream you plan to make, you'll need different ingredients. See additional notes in the recipe card below.
How to make Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches
1. Make the brownies
First off, it's important that you buy the pouches (not boxes) of brownie mix. The pouch will say to bake it in a square pan, but you're going to spread them in two 9x13 pans. This way, you'll have thinner brownies and a perfect brownie to ice cream ratio!
You'll also want to be sure to line the pans with parchment paper. This makes it super easy to move the brownie layers where they need to be.
2. Make the no churn ice cream
If you've made my No Churn Rhubarb Berry Ice Cream, this is the same concept! Using a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, whip the cream until stiff peaks form. Then, use a rubber spatula to gently fold the sweetened condensed milk in. This takes a little bit of time, but be patient. You don't want to mix it too vigorously because that'll change the texture.
Now's the fun part - flavor! Depending what kind you're making, this is where you can add things like crushed Oreos, colors, sprinkles, etc!
3. Make the sandwiches & eat!
You've got the first brownie piece on the bottom of one of the pans. Now, pour the ice cream over it and carefully place the other brownie piece over the ice cream. Freeze, remove from the pan, use a large knife to cut into squares and enjoy!
Let's talk flavor!
Thinking about all of the flavor possibilities with these makes me a little giddy! Ha! Dorky, I know, but seriously, the options are endless!
In the recipe card below, I explain how to make three different flavors of no churn ice cream: Mint Chocolate Chip (using fresh mint leaves!), Peanut Butter Oreo and Rainbow Confetti. However, you can always play with other flavors or add-ins. Here are a few that come to mind...
- Chocolate-Covered Strawberry: Make the ice cream base then stir in ½ cup of strawberry jam and ½ cup mini chocolate chips.
- Turtle: Add ⅓ cup caramel sauce, ⅓ cup chocolate chips and ½ cup pecans into the ice cream base.
- Candy Jar: Add ½ - 1 cup of crushed candies into the ice cream base (Mini M&M's, crushed Butterfingers, chopped up Reeses Peanut Butter Cups...)
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