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Ice Cream Sandwich

August 10, 2012 By: Denise Leo, Global Brownie Ambassador Category: Chilled, Creative, Fun For Kids, Off the Beaten Path

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I had a fantastic time making up this recipe to create ice cream sandwiches using a box brownie mix! It’s easy and fun–and it makes a dessert that you can easily personalize for every single guest at your table. Great for family or for a party!

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup brownie mix
  • 1/2 egg
  • 2 T oil
  • 2 T water
  • Ice cream (your choice of flavor)
  • Garnish (Mini M&Ms or chocolate chips or sprinkles or crushed pretzels and caramel)

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DIRECTIONS

You’re going to have a blast making this recipe and getting creative with it. If you have kids, go get ‘em. They will have a ton of fun with this recipe!

To start, I decided to use this really cute pan from Chicago Metallic that makes pre-cut brownie shapes. I thought that would make it a lot easier to make the sandwich part, and it worked out great. Of course, you can do it by cutting them yourself, too. This was just a time-saver.

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As always, I greased the pan before pouring the batter in. I used a little more this time because I wanted to be sure the brownies came out cleanly so I’d have pretty sandwiches.

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In a small- to medium-sized bowl, add the brownie mix–not the whole box…just 1 cup. Add the “half-an-egg” (no measurement needed; I just scrambled it and poured about half of it in). Add the oil and water. Mix just until blended. Pour into 9″x9″ pan. It will be VERY shallow.

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My pan required that I put in the dividers at this point.

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Bake at 350 F. After about 8 minutes, open the oven and quickly use a toothpick to poke holes. This is to deflate the puffy brownies so they will be nice and flat for making sandwiches.

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Return to oven and bake for about 6-8 mins more. Take a peek every couple of minutes to see if they’re done. I watched for the corner pieces to be “dry” but the middle pieces to just be losing their shine. Make sense? Remove from oven and let cool completely.

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When cooled, cut the brownies into squares or rectangles, being sure to make them similar in size and shape. This is where my pre-cut brownie pan came in really handy!

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Put ice cream between two brownies. You can just scoop and smoosh, but I decided to try my hand at cutting pretty rectangle shapes out of the fairly hard ice cream. It wasn’t that hard and it made for a pretty presentation.

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Now comes the ridiculously fun part.

How often do my recipes actually say that? Pretty often, I think.

Use your creativity to garnish the 4 creamy edges with something fun. Maybe caramel and crushed pretzels. Maybe mini M&Ms. Or mini chocolate chips. Or chocolate fudge and toasted walnuts. Or colored sugar sprinkles. Or dip the edges in Creme de Menthe liquor! Ooh-dee-doo!

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Wrap each ice cream brownie sandwich in plastic and keep frozen until ready to serve.

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If you like this recipe, you might also enjoy:

Low-Fat Salty-Scotch Frozen Brownie

Iced Coffee Brownie 

Mudslide Brownie