Cookie Dough Ice Cream Brownies

As I wrap up my last day of vacation with my family, I am feeling grateful and happy and relaxed. It is so rare that Pete and I get to spend this kind of time with our kids and together.

Also- I am tired. Sun Valley is really active, and let’s just say I haven’t been in a really long time!

Swimming, biking, river rafting, ice skating (ha!) and lots and lots of walking.

Also- if you count eating large meals and consuming lots of wine as “active”- I have done that too.

Cookie Dough Ice Cream Brownies

In celebration of my last day of vacation, I am posting a rather celebratory recipe. At least it involves Chocolate and ice cream and more chocolate which seems celebratory enough to me.

Cookie Dough Ice Cream Brownies

Pia loved these. Chewy Chocolate Brownies. Slathered in a thick layer of Cookie Dough and then drowned in chocolate ganache. Rich enough for you?

Cookie Dough Ice Cream Brownies

Other Brownie recipe variations that you could use for the base: Espresso Brownies, Chocolate Peanut Brownies, Fudgy Brownies (or if you are in a rush- just use box brownies!)

This is how you make them:

Coat an 8×8 pan with two sheets of heavy duty foil that have an overlap of 2 to 4 inches on all four sides. ***It has been brought to my attention that using a larger pan (9×9) may help, as depending on the brownie recipe you use and how much they puff up, there may not be enough depth for the ganache on top.

Cookie Dough Ice Cream Brownies

Make half the recipe for “Brownies” (or inversely, double the ice cream and ganache for a larger recipe). Bake and cool.

Cookie Dough Ice Cream Brownies

Meanwhile, bring the cream to a simmer. Remove the cream from the heat and add the chocolate pieces. Let sit for 5 minutes.

Cookie Dough Ice Cream Brownies

Whisk the chocolate until smooth and shiny. Set aside.

Cookie Dough Ice Cream Brownies

Empty the softened ice cream to the top of the brownies. Try to spread it around with an offset spatula the best you can and place the Brownies and the ice cream in the freezer for 20 minutes.

Cookie Dough Ice Cream Brownies

Spread the ganache over the top of the ice cream and immediately place back in the freezer for 1 hour.

Pull the brownies out by the tin foil overlaps and transfer to a cutting board and trim the edges and slice the brownies into rectangles. Serve and enjoy!

Cookie Dough Ice Cream Brownies

Cookie Dough Ice Cream Brownies

Recipe: Cookie Dough Ice Cream Brownies

Ingredients

  • -1/2 a recipe of “Brownies” (I had to cut it in half to fit an 8×8 pan)
  • -1 Quart of Cookie Dough Ice Cream, softened
  • -2 cups heavy cream
  • -12 ounces semi sweet chocolate, chopped

Instructions

  1. 1. Coat an 8×8 pan with two sheets of heavy duty foil that have an overlap of 2 to 4 inches on all four sides.
  2. 2. Make half the recipe for “Brownies” (or inversely, double the ice cream and ganache for a larger recipe). Bake and cool.
  3. 3. Meanwhile, bring the cream to a simmer. Remove the cream from the heat and add the chocolate pieces. Let sit for 5 minutes.
  4. 4. Whisk the chocolate until smooth and shiny. Set aside.
  5. 5. Empty the softened ice cream to the top of the brownies. Try to spread it around with an offset spatula the best you can.
  6. 6. Place the Brownies and the ice cream in the freezer for 20 minutes.
  7. 7. Spread the ganache over the top of the ice cream and immediately place back in the freezer for 1 hour.
  8. 8. Pull the brownies out by the tin foil overlaps and transfer to a cutting board.
  9. 9. Trim the edges and slice the brownies into rectangles. Serve and enjoy!
  10. 10. I stored the extras in Tupperware in the freezer for a cold, chewy chocolate treat.

Preparation time: 5 minute(s)

Cooking time: 2 hour(s)

Number of servings (yield): 12

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Cookie Dough Ice Cream Brownies

As I wrap up my last day of vacation with my family, I am feeling grateful and happy and relaxed. It is so rare that Pete and I get to spend this kind of time with our kids and together.

Also- I am tired. Sun Valley is really active, and let’s just say I haven’t been in a really long time!

Swimming, biking, river rafting, ice skating (ha!) and lots and lots of walking.

Also- if you count eating large meals and consuming lots of wine as “active”- I have done that too.

Cookie Dough Ice Cream Brownies

In celebration of my last day of vacation, I am posting a rather celebratory recipe. At least it involves Chocolate and ice cream and more chocolate which seems celebratory enough to me.

Cookie Dough Ice Cream Brownies

Pia loved these. Chewy Chocolate Brownies. Slathered in a thick layer of Cookie Dough and then drowned in chocolate ganache. Rich enough for you?

Cookie Dough Ice Cream Brownies

Other Brownie recipe variations that you could use for the base: Espresso Brownies, Chocolate Peanut Brownies, Fudgy Brownies (or if you are in a rush- just use box brownies!)

This is how you make them:

Coat an 8×8 pan with two sheets of heavy duty foil that have an overlap of 2 to 4 inches on all four sides. ***It has been brought to my attention that using a larger pan (9×9) may help, as depending on the brownie recipe you use and how much they puff up, there may not be enough depth for the ganache on top.

Cookie Dough Ice Cream Brownies

Make half the recipe for “Brownies” (or inversely, double the ice cream and ganache for a larger recipe). Bake and cool.

Cookie Dough Ice Cream Brownies

Meanwhile, bring the cream to a simmer. Remove the cream from the heat and add the chocolate pieces. Let sit for 5 minutes.

Cookie Dough Ice Cream Brownies

Whisk the chocolate until smooth and shiny. Set aside.

Cookie Dough Ice Cream Brownies

Empty the softened ice cream to the top of the brownies. Try to spread it around with an offset spatula the best you can and place the Brownies and the ice cream in the freezer for 20 minutes.

Cookie Dough Ice Cream Brownies

Spread the ganache over the top of the ice cream and immediately place back in the freezer for 1 hour.

Pull the brownies out by the tin foil overlaps and transfer to a cutting board and trim the edges and slice the brownies into rectangles. Serve and enjoy!

Cookie Dough Ice Cream Brownies

Cookie Dough Ice Cream Brownies

Recipe: Cookie Dough Ice Cream Brownies

Ingredients

  • -1/2 a recipe of “Brownies” (I had to cut it in half to fit an 8×8 pan)
  • -1 Quart of Cookie Dough Ice Cream, softened
  • -2 cups heavy cream
  • -12 ounces semi sweet chocolate, chopped

Instructions

  1. 1. Coat an 8×8 pan with two sheets of heavy duty foil that have an overlap of 2 to 4 inches on all four sides.
  2. 2. Make half the recipe for “Brownies” (or inversely, double the ice cream and ganache for a larger recipe). Bake and cool.
  3. 3. Meanwhile, bring the cream to a simmer. Remove the cream from the heat and add the chocolate pieces. Let sit for 5 minutes.
  4. 4. Whisk the chocolate until smooth and shiny. Set aside.
  5. 5. Empty the softened ice cream to the top of the brownies. Try to spread it around with an offset spatula the best you can.
  6. 6. Place the Brownies and the ice cream in the freezer for 20 minutes.
  7. 7. Spread the ganache over the top of the ice cream and immediately place back in the freezer for 1 hour.
  8. 8. Pull the brownies out by the tin foil overlaps and transfer to a cutting board.
  9. 9. Trim the edges and slice the brownies into rectangles. Serve and enjoy!
  10. 10. I stored the extras in Tupperware in the freezer for a cold, chewy chocolate treat.

Preparation time: 5 minute(s)

Cooking time: 2 hour(s)

Number of servings (yield): 12