Chocolate Covered Brownie Ice Cream Sandwich

Brownies and Bars, Chocolate, Dessert, Frozen Desserts, Guest Posts | 68 comments

I’m taking some time off to be with my family for a little while.
The following recipe is written by Jaime of Sophistimom. Welcome, Jaime!

Last year, while developing a recipe for homemade Ho-Ho’s, I accidentally made something more like a thin brownie than a cake. Rather than just eat the mistake plain, the kids and I spread it with vanilla ice cream, and made ice cream sandwiches. They were chewy, even when the ice cream set.

Brownie Ice Cream Sandwich Recipe

When Katie invited me to write this post for today, it was still cold and rainy here in the Rocky Mountains. But I knew by the time I would I post it, the weather would be warm enough for something cold and sweet. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get my imagination past the gloomy weather. It still had me daydreaming about macaroni and cheese and apple crisp rather than something you’d eat in the summer.

So I turned to my food magazines for a little help, as I often do. I found my inspiration while perusing an an old issue of Martha Stewart Living. She had a beautiful ice cream bar enrobed in dark chocolate on the cover of the May 1999 issue. Do you remember that? It was gorgeous.

And that became my starting point.

Martha’s ice cream bar had only one cookie layer, so I wanted to make it a little different—more like an ice cream sandwich. Then I remembered our impromptu brownie ice cream sandwiches from last year.

Chocolate Covered Ice Cream Sandwich

To make them easier to dip in chocolate, I inserted wooden Dixie cup spoons, and turned them on end to set. The chill of the ice cream makes the chocolate set fast, perhaps faster than I would have liked, but it was perfect for my kids who had been begging me for the ice cream sandwiches since the moment I made the brownie layers.

What about you? What kitchen mistakes have been the start of a new recipe?

Need another Ice Cream Sandwich Recipe? Try these Easy Raspberry Ice Cream Sandwiches!

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Chocolate Covered Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches

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For the Brownies:
1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa, plus more for pan
2 eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3/4 cup flour
pinch of kosher salt

For the Ice Cream Sandwiches:

1 quart vanilla ice cream, slightly softened
2 pounds chocolate chips
1 teaspoon oil


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter a quarter sheet pan (a small jelly roll pan), or a 13x9inch pan. Place a sheet of parchment paper in the bottom, spread with butter, and dust with cocoa powder. Set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter, sugar, and 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder. When the mixture is creamy, and all lumps are gone, add in eggs, one at a time, incorporating well after each addition. Add in vanilla.

With the mixer on low, add in flour and salt. Mix until just combined. Spread into prepared pan and bake until shiny on the top, 10-15 minutes. Remove from oven, and allow to cool completely.

Remove brownie from the pan, and cut in half. Spread ice cream on one half, and top with the other half. Freeze for 2-4 hours, until firm.

Cut the large ice cream sandwich into smaller sandwiches. Insert wooden popsicle sticks, and freeze for another hour.

Melt the chocolate chips with the oil in the microwave in 30 second intervals, until chocolate is smooth. Dip each ice cream sandwich in the chocolate, and let set on a sheet of parchment paper. Wrap in parchment paper and freeze until ready to serve.

About the Author:

sophistimom jaime mormannJaime Mormann-Richardson started Sophistimom, when she wanted to keep a record of the food she made for her family. Since her own kids were picky, she figured someone else’s children in the world would benefit from her cooking.

Over the years, Sophistimom has become a collection of original recipes, book recommendations, and her journey of raising her children to become respectable adults, and hopefully a little less picky when eating good food.

She can be found on Twitter and Facebook.

Katie Goodman

About the Author:

Katie’s lifelong interest in cooking good food has shown her that part of the goodness in life is enjoying delicious food with friends and family. She is: Mom. Writer. Photographer. Recipe Developer. Website Founder. Lover of all things good in life. A mix of great recipes, family memories, and yummy photography is what Katie serves up each week at GoodLife Eats™. Katie and her family reside in Colorado.

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  • 1
    Caroline @ chocolate and carrots - June 15, 2011 @ 6:04 am

    Jaime that looks incredible! I can almost taste that bite taken out of such a delicious treat!!! :-)


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    Ali - June 15, 2011 @ 6:05 am

    What a clever idea Jamie! Ice cream sandwiches are such a classic Summertime treat, but these are va-va-va-voom ice cream sandwiches :D Loving the brownie and ice cream combo.


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    Blog is the New Black - June 15, 2011 @ 6:09 am

    LOVING this idea! :)


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    Erin - June 15, 2011 @ 7:45 am

    Mmm I love this. Because I love brownie sundaes and now it’s on a stick!


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    SnoWhite @ Finding Joy in My Kitchen - June 15, 2011 @ 8:08 am

    These look amazing! With food allergies, I haven’t had an ice cream sandwich in years! Can’t wait to try these this summer. Thanks for sharing today, Jamie.


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    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction - June 15, 2011 @ 3:17 pm

    Love these… They look amazing! Ice cream sandwiches have always been one of my favorites.


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    Kristen - June 15, 2011 @ 3:59 pm

    Those are incredible – what a great on a stick idea!


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    Aimee @ Simple Bites - June 15, 2011 @ 7:26 pm

    Love seeing Jaime over here! And these bars? Incredible. Jaime, you’re such a cool mom.


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    Jaime {sophistimom} - June 16, 2011 @ 12:29 am

    Aww, thank you, everyone!!


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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen - June 16, 2011 @ 2:32 am

    Boy do I wish I had one of those right about now. I’m going to be craving these!


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    Angela@spinachtiger - June 16, 2011 @ 6:17 am

    I am so glad to find this blog. Beautiful photos, great recipes and depth (she reads) and does a book club. The whole package. It was a great way to start my morning.


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    redraven - June 16, 2011 @ 8:40 am

    Now I don’t have to venture out in this hot weather, and yummmi get to have my ice cream and brownie toooo.
    This is a gr8 dessert for my grandkids, oh yess and grammi will be cheating while I fix their delights, blessing to all, redraven


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    Happy When Not Hungry - June 16, 2011 @ 9:02 am

    Wow my mouth is watering!!! This looks fantastic :-)


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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet - June 17, 2011 @ 6:30 am

    This looks way too delicious! We had brownie ice cream sandwiches passed around at our wedding, but they weren’t covered in chocolate like this!


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    Peggy - June 17, 2011 @ 6:42 am

    Oh wow… this sounds like an awesome idea! Next time I make brownies, I may have to “mistakenly” make them too thin (and be sure to have ice cream in the freezer, too) =)


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    mary kathryn - June 17, 2011 @ 8:11 am

    One question: the recipe indicates that there are chocolate chips in the brownie mix, but I don’t see that on the ingredient list for the brownies. How much choc. chips go into the brownies? I’ve never put chips IN a brownie recipe before. Do they melt into the batter while baking? I want to make this recipe today, so I hope you respond with an answer for me – thanks so much!!


    • Jaime {sophistimom} replied: — June 26th, 2011 @ 10:52 AM

      Sorry, Mary Kathryn, I don’t know what happened there! No need to add chocolate chips. I must have been imagining them. Sounds good, though, doesn’t it?? Just for reference though, if you were to add chocolate chips, you would melt them, and let them cool a bit, and then mix them in right after the eggs and vanilla! Thanks for catching that!

    • Sara replied: — February 18th, 2012 @ 2:32 PM

      I put chocolate chips in my brownie mix all the time and it makes them extra gooey and wonderful!! They pretty much melt all the way, but if they don’t they are a nice treat! If u are freezing them though I don’t know who they would do though-they might get too hard-but I would try it!

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    Kelly Hartman - June 17, 2011 @ 4:32 pm

    Holy smokes. It’s Friday, and I’m now officially ready for the weekend (and postponing my diet until Monday).


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    Destiny - June 18, 2011 @ 11:11 am

    It says to add the vanilla and chocolate chips to the brownie mix, how much chocolate chips? Looks super yummy!! My husband will love this for Fathers Day!


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    Paula - June 20, 2011 @ 9:36 pm

    Had the granddkids this weekend and they had as much fun making these as they did eating them (me too).


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    Lauren from Lauren's Latest - June 23, 2011 @ 3:25 pm

    This is a genius idea. I’m totally stealing this idea!


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    carrie - June 24, 2011 @ 1:33 pm

    oh my gosh that looks so good. I feel like i should go on a diet after looking at them. But i’m sure my kids and hubby will like them ;)


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    Alison @ Ingredients Inc. - June 24, 2011 @ 6:34 pm

    These look incredible!


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    Jen - June 29, 2011 @ 7:39 am

    We add chocolate chips to brownies all the time- SO delish! I just toss 1/2 cup to a cup in with the batter, and they melt a bit during cooking. No need to melt them or do anything special.


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    Kathy - Panini Happy - June 29, 2011 @ 10:50 pm

    What a fantastic save! Great idea to use the spoons as well. Yum!


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    smashinbeauty - June 30, 2011 @ 1:15 am

    WOW that looks amazing :) I will try this


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    jess white - June 30, 2011 @ 3:12 am

    oh wow. so decadent and gorgeous!


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    Maria - June 30, 2011 @ 7:06 am

    Amazing recipe it’s one of my favorite icecream coated with chocolates. Thanks for sharing this recipe :)


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    Amber @ Caleigh's Kitchen - June 30, 2011 @ 8:41 am

    Wowza..thse look beautiful! I need one right now! YUMMMM!


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    Kathryn - June 30, 2011 @ 9:46 am

    What a delish summer treat! What a great idea!


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    Carolyn Jung - June 30, 2011 @ 10:28 am

    Seeing close-up photos of these decadent chocolate treats at 9 in the morning is torture! But in the best of ways. ;)


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    Jenn - July 02, 2011 @ 10:25 pm

    Great idea! Sometimes kitchen mistakes turn into the best new recipe!


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    Emily @ Life on Food - July 05, 2011 @ 6:12 pm

    Oh man, I am drooling right now. These look so yummy! I am scared to make these because I think I just might eat the whole bunch, or fight my husband over them. And I mean fist fight. Delicious!


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    Lynn - July 30, 2011 @ 8:10 am

    These are just perfect! I love combining ice cream sandwiches and brownies, and dipping it all in chocolate. What could be better?


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    Joanna - August 14, 2011 @ 3:25 pm

    I have made them and they are really delicious. Thank you so much for sharing these!


    • Jaime {sophistimom} replied: — June 28th, 2012 @ 2:41 PM

      So glad they turned out for you, Joanna!

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    Carolyn - August 21, 2011 @ 6:16 pm


    I am doing an end of summer ice cream round up on my own blog, All Day I Dream About Food, and would love to include this recipe. I would use one of your images, and link back to you, but I wouldn’t be posting the recipe directly. If you would like to be a part of it, please email me at carketch29 (at) yahoo (dot) com.



    • Katie Goodman

      Katie replied: — August 21st, 2011 @ 6:19 PM

      That will be fine, Carolyn. Thanks for asking. :)

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    David S - August 30, 2011 @ 4:11 pm

    oh that sounds magical :) ))))))))))))


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    Mrs. Jen B - September 01, 2011 @ 8:11 am

    Oh mah gah…

    I’ve lost the ability to form coherent thoughts.

    That is…just…



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    Jen-Eighty MPH Mom - October 04, 2011 @ 9:33 am

    Mmmm these look heavenly!


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    Skye - February 02, 2012 @ 2:32 pm

    WOW these look so very good. Easy too my kind of baking. Thank you for posting. I just joined up on pinterst cant wait to read more. I can see why many told me this site can be addicting. Hugs to you.
    Keep on girl. Phil 4:13


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    aly - February 08, 2012 @ 8:40 pm

    I’m in the process of making these now! I had to hold myself back from eating all of the brownies so I could have some to make the sandwiches!!


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    ATasteOfMadness - March 02, 2012 @ 8:14 am

    This may be the best kitchen mistake I have ever seen. There is no way I’m going to pass up making these, they look great!


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    Aarean - March 08, 2012 @ 10:57 pm

    holy cow. These look ah-mazing. Actually more than ah-mazing! I totally linked this recipe! Thanks for sharing! Truly! :-)


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    Nancy - March 17, 2012 @ 9:37 pm

    These were really interesting! My brownies didn’t turn out as dark as yours, but they were really tasty seeing there was more butter and sugar than flour (haha). But I think adding some chocolate chips (melted or whole) would be a nice touch too. I used two different cartons of ice cream and overall it turned out chewy and delicious. I didn’t dip mine in chocolate because I was too lazy to increase the amount of calories on the sandwiches but they were still just as good. :P I’m still looking for a good choco chip recipe to make ice cream sandwiches though!. Thanks for the recipe! Great idea.


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    PrincessMe - April 12, 2012 @ 11:51 am

    Hi, I know it depends on how small you cut them, but how many sandwiches do you think I can get from these? I’m thinking about doing them for a party and would like to know how many this recipe made for you.

    Thanks in advance.


    • Jaime {sophistimom} replied: — June 28th, 2012 @ 2:46 PM

      This made about 6 huge sandwiches for us. But they could easily be made smaller. You might be able to get as many as 10. Have extra chocolate on hand, though since the surface area will be greater, but I think 2 pounds oughta do it.

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    Nathalie - April 19, 2012 @ 6:04 pm

    OMG… these look amazing! I am so going to try them out with my kids! I can totally see dressing these up for holiday-type things, too. Or even for birthdays! I think I’m going to try a white chocoalte coating and try to get some sprinkles or cake decorating stars on before it sets… that would look so pretty!


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    Diana - May 08, 2012 @ 12:56 am

    Can’t wait to make these ice cream brownie sandwiches when I host our Sister’s on Sunday
    “SOS” get together next month. I think they will gobble them right up. We take turns hosting a get together on the first Sunday of the month for a good lunch & fantastic dessert and an afternoon of card games!


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    Jewel - May 12, 2012 @ 12:02 am

    These look beautiful. I’d like to give them a try soon – perhaps make them with my 6 year old son.
    You ask what culinary disasters turned into something tasty – well, I can’t say I’ve had any but my mother in law once tried to make custard that had turned out lumpy into ice cream, with less than spectacular results(!)


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    Leia - May 29, 2012 @ 8:45 am

    Great recipe. I love the ideea of dipping it in chocolate…Thanks for sharing!


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    erin - June 01, 2012 @ 12:45 pm

    hey jaime, ..gonna try these for guests tomorrow, …how many sandwiches does this recipe make please?


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    erin - June 01, 2012 @ 12:49 pm

    how many can i gat from this delicious recipe please/


    • Jaime {sophistimom} replied: — June 28th, 2012 @ 2:42 PM

      It makes about 6 big ice cream sandwiches.

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    Rachelle @ PictureSmiths - June 03, 2012 @ 10:43 pm

    I’m making these for my son’s classroom birthday celebration in a couple of weeks. I did a trial run today and had trouble getting the chocolate to stick to the ice cream portion of the sandwich–I think because the chocolate was still too hot. Do you wait until the chocolate is room temp before covering the sandwiches? BTW, the brownie “accident” is delicious! :)


    • Jaime {sophistimom} replied: — June 28th, 2012 @ 2:45 PM

      Yes, perhaps the chocolate was too hot. Maybe if you let it cool down a bit, it would help. Also, make sure the ice cream sandwiches are very, very cold. That seemed to make my chocolate stick on contact, and very quickly.

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    Laura - June 07, 2012 @ 3:00 pm

    I found it kind of hard to spread the softened ice cream. It either was too thin at the edges or overfowed. I wonder if it wouldn’t be better to use a carton of ice cream so it’s rectangular, keep the ice cream really well frozen, and then cut slices to put between the brownie. Then you don’t have to worry about spreading or anything.


    • Jaime {sophistimom} replied: — June 28th, 2012 @ 2:42 PM

      Laura, that sounds like an excellent idea.

    • Denise replied: — April 25th, 2013 @ 4:31 PM

      I agree. I had a terrible time with the ice cream. Went to check on it in the freezer and it was running all over the place. Hardly any left inside. So frustrating. I don’t think I have the patience for ice cream desserts. They sound so yummy though!

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    Katie - June 12, 2012 @ 4:00 pm

    I just made these. I changed it a bit by dipping them into homemade Magic Shell. SUPURB!


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    RecipeNewZ - June 15, 2012 @ 5:41 pm

    I just made this ice cream sandwich and it was absolutely delicious! I saw the post on Pinterest a week ago and could not stop thinking about it, and today finally the daydream came true :-) . I also added strawberries to the ice cream layer as a variation.
    Thanks for the inspiration and have a lovely weekend!


  • 55
    Meri - July 05, 2012 @ 9:21 am

    This recipe is what fantasies are made of! I can’t wait to test it out!! Thanks for the inspiration (which I shared with my readers HERE: http://seektobemerry.blogspot.com/2012/07/uhhh-back-to-work.html)


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    Tina G - November 16, 2012 @ 2:43 pm

    One look & I thought this would be perfect for a Christmas dessert. My family loves chocolate & ice cream.
    My most recent “mistake”, just last week I dropped a beautiful yellow cake on the floor (hot)
    I scrapped the top off…alot of it crumbled while I was trying to salvage the part that wasn’t touching the floor. Well I put a portion into cups..in some I added ice cream & pie filling, in others I put spoons full of frosting & added whipped cream on all of them. My grans called it “cake in a cup” they thought it was hilarious….I called it a good memory.


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    Armando - January 14, 2014 @ 11:03 pm

    Is this legal? hahaha :P looks awesomely delicious


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    Alica - February 07, 2015 @ 9:43 pm

    You’re right @Jen, this does look heavenly. Can I substitute the ice cream with yogurt? Will it hold its shape?


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    Rachel - September 04, 2015 @ 4:57 pm

    Just wondering how many sandwiches this recepie makes? Thank you.


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