Summer of Sandwiches: Vanilla Berry Brownies


It was my turn to make ice cream sandwiches this week — I know, tough task! — and I was staring at some leftover rich, fudgy brownies when it hit me. Duh! Why not cut the brownies in half and fill them with ice cream?

Once I had a plan, it was time to determine the flavor. I really wanted mint-chip, but we had vanilla in the house, and more than one open container of ice cream at a time is really bad news in our house... However, I wasn't totally thrilled with plain vanilla, so I took some fresh blueberries and raspberries and mixed them in.

To learn how to do it yourself, as well as more pictures of brownie-ice cream goodness, read more

First you need to take the ice cream out of the freezer and let it thaw for a while. Next you'll gently fold in the berries. You want to make sure to be gentle so that you don't mash the berries. Once they're mixed in, put the mixture in an air tight container and stick it back in the freezer until it firms up. Or, alternatively — if you have the space in your freezer — spread the ice cream on a flat baking sheet. This will make it easier to cut into ice cream sandwich sized pieces.

When the ice cream is firm, cut into squares the same size as brownies, cut the brownies in half horizontally and stick the ice cream in between! You can serve immediately, or put back into freezer (in a container or wrapped in foil) until ready to serve.

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