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Vanilla Ice Cream Brownie Bars

Rich brownies meet sweet ice cream in one super indulgent bar.


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Active Time

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1 Hour

Inactive Time

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3 Hours

Total Time

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4 Hours



3 cartons of Häagen-Dazs® Vanilla or Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

4 ounces unsweetened chocolate

3/4 cups butter

2 cups sugar

3 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup flour

1 cup chopped nuts like walnuts or pecans (optional)

Whipped cream (optional)


Hot Fudge Sauce:

1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 cup sugar

1 cup heavy Cream

1/2 cup butter

3 teaspoons vanilla or almond extract


Step 1

For Brownies: Preheat oven to 350F. In a double boiler, melt chocolate and butter. Stir in sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Remove from heat; add flour and nuts. Place batter in a greased 13x9 pan. Bake 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool.


Step 2

Let ice cream soften on the counter until it’s spreadable. Spread over brownies, and return to the freezer for 2 hours.


Step 3

Top with hot fudge (directions below), cover, and refreeze for at least one hour, up to one day. Remove from the freezer 15 minutes before serving. Garnish with whipped cream.


Step 4

For Hot Fudge: Combine cocoa powder and sugar in a medium saucepan. Whisk in cream and place over medium heat, until the mixture warms. Add butter, vanilla, and heat until right before boiling. Turn off the heat and allow mixture to cool for a few minutes. Fudge needs to be cooled for 2-3 hours before you can pipe it. Can be cooled in a glass jar.


Step 5

Fill a gallon plastic bag with fudge. Cut a small hole in one of the bag corners. Pipe out stripes of fudge diagonally across the brownie.