Dec 9, 2015
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I scream, you scream, and by the end of this post, we’re all going to scream for one of these peppermint ice cream sandwiches! If you love the combination of mint and chocolate, this dessert was designed for you.
Rich chocolate brownies and delicious ice cream all in one bite- let’s make it happen.
Holiday Ice Cream Sandwiches
Just from the picture, you can tell this is the ideal holiday treat! The peppermint ice cream is super refreshing between 2 slabs of fudgy brownie, and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate.
You can thank my daughter for this recipe, she loves my classic Almond Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich, and with her love for mint and chocolate- this idea was born!
It does require a bit of layering and love, but every bite is worth every minute!
What You Need
The only items you need are your favorite carton of peppermint ice cream and a batch of brownies like my homemade recipe from the recipe card or a boxed mix. Either way- the finished and frozen treat is going to be a keeper.
How to Make Brownie Peppermint Ice Cream Sandwiches
There is an order to assemble this treat, so the sandwiches turn out perfect!
Below, you’ll find a brief summary with a visual aid (video), but the entire recipe is located in the recipe card at the end of this post.
Preheat the oven to 350F and line 2 9 x 9-inch baking dishes with parchment paper.
- Divide the batter
Prepare the brownie batter and evenly divide it between the baking dishes. Allow to cool completely.
- Soften the ice cream
While the brownies cool, remove the ice cream from the freezer and let it soften.
- Grab a knife
Remove one brownie onto a flat surface and slice each in half. Cut each half into five vertical strips and remove the crispy edges.
- Spread the ice cream
Use a serrated knife to cut the entire carton of ice cream in half. Remove the carton and set the ice cream onto the brownies in the baking dish. Use a spatula to spread it across the surface.
- Top and freeze
Top the ice cream layer with the brownie pieces, cover with plastic wrap, and freeze until solid.
Once the brownie sandwich is set, lift them out of the pan and onto a cutting board, and slice it into individual servings. The rest is history!
More Festive Dessert Ideas
Treat ideas like this one are exactly what you want to get everyone in the holiday mood. If you love peppermint flavor, you’ll also love this Peppermint Milkshake, especially if you live in a climate with not-so-cold weather in the winter.
A classic option would be this gorgeous Gingerbread Cake! It’s rich in spice with a soft, crumbly texture we can’t get enough of.
For brownies lovers, you can go for these Red Velvet Brownies with frosting or the Pumpkin Swirl Brownies; both are a mega hit and sure to become yearly traditions.
Peppermint Ice Cream Sandwiches
- 1 brownie recipe
- ½ gallon peppermint ice cream of choice
- Preheat the oven according to the brownie recipe directions. Line two 9 x 9-inch baking dishes with parchment paper.
- Prepare the brownie batter and evenly divide it between the two pans. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove the brownies from the oven and allow them to cool down completely.
- While the brownies cool, remove the ice cream from the freezer and allow it to soften at room temperature.
- Remove one brownie square from the pan and set it onto a flat surface. Use a knife to remove the crispy edges.
- Slice both squares in half lengthwise to create 2 rectangles. Slice each rectangle into 5 vertical strips. *Watching the video makes this step clear.
- Remove the lid from the carton of ice cream and use a serrated knife to cut the entire carton in half lengthwise.
- Place both halves onto the brownies in the baking dish and remove the carton- the ice cream should be soft enough that it easily separates from the container but isn’t dripping.
- Spread the ice cream over the brownies with a spatula and top it with the other section of slice brownies (this will create ten sandwiches total).
- Cover the baking dish with plastic wrap and freeze for 4 hours.
- Once frozen, remove the brownie ice cream sandwich from the freezer and trim the excess ice cream edges. Cut into 10 individual sandwiches and serve.
- Wrap the leftovers with parchment paper and freezer in a large zip bag.
One of my kids favorite ways to have ice cream is actually layering ice cream sandwiches with cool whip and fudge and carmel sauce between the layers. You need to put it in the freezer and let it firm up, then take it out a few minutes before serving so you can actually cut through it. I don’t know why it takes so good, but it does!
I make cookie bowls and put a sco of ice cream in them
We eat plain bowls of ice cream far to often, but peppermint shakes are actually in the Christmas Countdown box for tomorrow!
Can’t wait to try these ice cream sandwiches. Yummy!
One special treat we just made is mint chocolate chip icecream. We bought real mint leaves and put it in the icecream mixture when cooking and then strained the mint. MMMM!!! Then we poured melted chocolate through the icecream and voila, and exquisite dessert!
Icecream cakes are a fun way to have the dessert all in one place! Since it all goes down to one place! A moment on the lips andforever on the hips! 🙂
We usually Etan adulterated ice cream, but when we do make a special treat includes caramel sauce and sprinkles. My favorite splurge is a gluten free ice cream cone from a little shop an hour and a half drive from me.
Ice cream is usually a big treat in our house. My boys get excited about just a scoop in a bowl! My mom used to make ice cream sandwiches on oatmeal raisin cookies, and oh how I loved them! Especially using neopolitan ice cream.
Brownies, two scoops of ice cream, hot fudge topped with nuts! 🙂
I love to make an ice cream treat by softening it a bit in the microwave. My favorite is mint chocolate chip, but vanilla with chocolate chips will do.
Banana split with my homemade fudge sauce and lots of strawberry’s and whipcream. Num num
Honestly I love Ice Cream any which way! Straight out of the container, in the blender with milk, even melted a bit with a spoon/bowl. Peppermint Ice Cream is my absolute favorite. Yum!
What fun! Ice cream would go great with the Vitamix on my list to Santa…
I just a post about ice cream balls. I forgot to check that I’d like to be notified of follow-up comments. Would love to read how mothers change up this idea. :o)
I make interesting and tasty ice cream balls for my grandchildren. First I let a few flavors of ice cream thaw a while in the fridge. While that’s happening I crush different flavors of cereal into separate bowls/a few of their favorite sprinkle toppings too. Then I use a small ‘meatball-er’ to scoop out ice cream balls, roll a few a time in the toppings and then place on a rimmed cookie sheet and place in the freezer till hard. After a couple hours I put them in colored cookie tins to store. After dinner is over, I bring out the various loved liquid toppings and serve in Sundae bowls. I use hot fudge, berry sauces, maple syrup, etc These are a delightful treat for adults too… especially at Christmas because there are endless ways to serve these! It hasn’t dampened our tradition in the least that a couple of the kids have food sensitivities. I just buy dairy-free alternative “ice cream” and the many delicious gluten-free cereals.
Ice cream cake is a favorite for us!
I love ice cream most when it’s on top of a brownie 🙂
I love making brownie shells with a mini muffin pan and filling them with small scoops of ice cream. Tiny treats seem to make for bigger smiles!
I melt ice cream just a little and re-freeze it in cookie cutter forms. Kids love it!
Ice cream in a sugar cone with sprinkles and hot fudge is how my family enjoys dessert.
i made apple cinnamon ice cream in my ice cream maker this fall and it was delish!
I’ve actually made a few ice cream cakes because for the first few years my son didn’t like regular cake so we did ice cream cake for his birthday.
I love making milkshakes all different ways! Your brownies look awesome. Can’t wait to try making them…
My favorite desert to make with ice cream is… an ice cream cookie sandwich. Or just plain ol’ ice cream. Or in a cone. Or a bowl. Or in/on a cake. Or brownies. Or melted. For Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner.
Don’t judge! 🙂
I made an ice cream pie! Ice cream is my favorite!
We love making milkshakes and warm brownies or Apple crisp a la mode. But we love ice cream straight out of the carton too! What’s not to love about ice cream!
One of our traditions for Thanksgiving is to make a dessert called Pumpkin Freeze. It’s a gingersnap crust on the bottom, and then vanilla ice cream mixed with canned pumpkin, and all the spices you use in pumpkin pie. It’s so yummy!
It’s Ice Cream!!!! Anyway, anytime….. (even right out of the carton if the kids aren’t around!!) with fresh berries or crumbled cookies on top, a homemade banana split, a scoop on top of a trifle made with pound cake, strawberries, bananas and vanilla pudding, or just on a piece of warm pound cake, with fried or baked apples, I could on for 365 days!!!!!
I love to make an ice cream treat with a local shop here in NE Ohio. I purchase their homemade vanilla ice cream, hot fudge and cashews and layer it together with chocolate cookies, then freeze it. We then serve it as an ice cream pie or cake. YUM.
Our favorite way to eat ice cream is to either just serve it up like it is or make a milkshake.
We love using ice cream to make ice cream cakes. No half-eaten cupcakes at our parties! It is so simple and delicious, and gets so many comments. If only they realized how easy it is….
I like ice cream over warm brownies! With sprinkles of course!
I love making ice cream sandwiches. Best combination with ice cream and cookies!
As a New Orleans girl I use ice cream to make Baked Alaska from time to time and about once a year I try my hand at some sort of ice cream cake. Last year I made an easy ice cream cake stacking ice cream sandwiches and using cool whip as frosting.
I have a great dessert recipe where you layer ice cream sandwiches with whipped topping and caramel ot chocolate sauce. So yummy!
charul @ tadka masala
Milk shakes and cold coffee with ice-creams, always does the trick.
I’ve used ice cream to make ice cream cakes. The kids usually pick their favorite cookie or brownies, hot fudge and their 2 favorite flavors of ice cream. A great treat for summer birthdays.
My family always put ice cream into our hot chocolate!!! It’s so weird but for some reason we love it!!! My son calls it a hot chocolate float!! Even tho the ice cream always melts. 🙂
this sounds delicious Jessica!
my favorite thing for ice cream is with a hot slice of cake right out of the oven
Milkshake is our favorite. I also like to add icecream on top of any desserts with syrup. Or just cook apple pieces and while it is warm put icecream on top :))
We use French vanilla ice cream to make Snicker’s pie. We also use vanilla ice cream to make our own version of Dairy Queen’s Peanut Buster Parfait!
We like ice cream in any way, shape or form. It is the best treat!!! Homemade is definitely the best, but that doesn’t happen very often.
Who needs cake pops when you can have an ice cream pops. Its fun to make little treats of ice cream covered in toppings!
My favorite treat in an ice cream cake!!!
I love to make sundaes or milkshakes with my ice cream!
They use natural color and flavors in this ice cream, then go and ruin it by adding 3 artificial petroleum-derived colors, as well as carrageenan, which is a natural thickener which happens to have inflammatory properties. 🙁
But my sister and her kids don’t mind all that crap, so hopefully I can win some ice cream for them! We just eat ice cream straight up in this house! Although my sister has made us some safe ice cream sandwiches using GF chocolate chip cookies. 🙂
I have a spiced pork chop with apple & cranberry chutney recipe that I love using the leftover chutney to mix with vanilla ice cream! I also really enjoy making mint chocolate shakes!
Love a scoop of ice cream w/ warm pie!
I like to pre scoop ice cream into muffin tins and then they come out in perfect portions with cake, brownies, cookies or any other yummy dessert!
I’ve used ice cream to make a yummy pie for dessert.
My husband loves his ice cream with brownie and choc sauce on any day of the year!
i love coffee ice cream!!!
Man,we love coffee ice cream with brownies, or Carmel cake! This summer, we made ice cream pops with strawberry and chocolate and extra strawberries,which was fun but messy!
A scoop of vanilla ice cream over warm blackberry cobbler. In June when the berries are freshly picked. Oh nums! Drooling as I type! Lol
Ice cream on top of brownies is my favorite but also love it with warm apple pie.
I like to make quick ice cream sandwiches with graham crackers
I love topping our favorite flavors with toasted coconut and pecans!
My husband makes a Brazilian dessert called cartola. It involves melting butter on a stovetop, adding bananas, then a slice (or 2) of a salty cheese. We sometimes use pepper jack for an extra kick. Once the bananas are caramelized he adds cinnamon on top and serves it up warm with a scoop (or 2) of vanilla bean ice cream. It’s got that sweet/salty combo that I love! He’s tried it on the grill too with foil. So yummy and easy!
I like putting ice cream in between cookies
We just made cookies and cream milkshakes! We love to have an ice cream sundae bar with lots of toppings! A family favorite.
Our favorite ice cream dessert is just ice cream topped with fresh fruit and whipped cream – easy and super delicious!
Our favorite treat to make with ice cream is milkshakes. Thank you for the giveaway!
We love to make ice cream sundaes. Our family tradition for birthdays is an ice cream cake- it is one tradition we never break.
I have an awesome ice cream cake recipe that we make for every gathering!
I love to make milk shakes with ice cream. One of my favorite combinations is mint chocolate chip ice cream with strawberry syrup!
Wow! This sounds amazing!! I can’t wait to make this!!
I’ve used ice cream to make delicious sundaes for my family