This time of year, I’m excited to see the peppermint ice cream show up in the freezer aisles. Although I like mint flavors, I don’t usually buy mint ice creams. For whatever reason, I don’t even think about it… until the Christmas season. That creamy, pink ice cream with chunks of candy cane just hits the spot! Add some chocolate to it, and you have a perfect festive treat.
It just so happened that last week, a fellow teacher brought peppermint ice cream and brownies to the teacher’s lounge for us to enjoy. The little sundae I created was just what I needed to get me through the rest of the chaotic school day. I enjoyed it so much, that the next day, I bought some peppermint ice cream for myself.
The combination of a brownie and the peppermint ice cream inspired me to make a new treat that combined the two. I had made brownie ice cream sandwiches before by simply replacing a regular cookie with a brownie. I decided I could easily make peppermint ice cream brownie sandwiches for a delightfully festive Christmas dessert!
Rather than making regular brownies, I used a brownie mix to make a brownie cookie. By adding extra flour and a few other ingredients to the mix, the dough comes out a little more firm than it would for regular brownies, making them easy to scoop and bake like cookies.
After allowing the brownie cookies to cool completely, simply add a scoop of the peppermint ice cream to one side and place another brownie cookie on top! You can wrap them individually with plastic wrap and place in the freezer. Or, make a whole bunch, place them in a container, and put the container in the freezer until you are ready to serve.
The recipe I used for the brownie cookies was taken from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom. It was
- 1 package of your favorite brownie mix (13×9 size)
- 1 cup flour
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup oil
- 1 container peppermint ice cream
- Plastic wrap (optional)
- Follow the directions to make these brownie cookies here
- Once the cookies have completely cooled, take out the peppermint ice cream from the freezer and let it sit at room temperature to soften for 2 to 3 minutes.
- Using an ice cream scoop, put a scoop of peppermint ice cream on on of the cookies, then place another cookie on top.
- You may have to press the cookies together to make a nice ice cream sandwich!
- If you choose, you can wrap each individual sandwich in plastic wrap and place in the freezer to enjoy!
Before eating, it is helpful to let them sit out just for a minute or so. This lets the cookie part defrost slightly, but the ice cream will stay frozen for longer!
Peppermint ice cream brownie sandwiches are sure to be a hit at your next holiday gathering!