My Favorite Ice Cream Brownie

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Last weekend was very exciting, we celebrated the engagement of Adam and Sara (my brother-in-law and future sister-in-law)!  Lots of champagne was involved and of course I had to bake for the occasion.

The happy couple:

engagement 2

Me with the new member of the family:

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Looks like Matt and I are now the old married couple of the group;-)

engagement 3

The celebration was just a few days after my father-in-law’s birthday so I made this cake for him.  For the new engaged couple, I made a personalized Ice Cream Brownie.  I was very excited when Adam decided to propose to Sara.  When I asked what Sara’s favorite dessert is, he said she loves brownies with ice cream.  It didn’t take me more than a minute to decide what to make.

This is a dessert I’ve made often in the past, but the flavors always change depending on who I am baking for.  The basics stay the same:  brownie bottom, hot fudge and oreos on top of that, then cool whip and an ice cream of choice.  Pretty easy and oh so delicious.  ALWAYS a big hit.

Like I’ve said in the past, when there are enough tasty ingredients, lower fat parts don’t take away from the final product.  These No Pudge brownies are perfect for this recipe.  They are chewy and chocolaty, even when frozen, but not too rich to layer in this dessert.

brownie ingred

Brownie mix + yogurt + stir = easy!

brownie mix and yogbrownie batter

Spread batter thinly in a 13 x 9 pan sprayed with cooking spraybrownie batter in pan

Bake for about 20 minutes, or until knife comes out cleanbrownie done

Next step- hot fudge and oreos

oreo and hot fudge

You can crush the oreos in a ziploc bag by hand while your brownie is baking

crushed oreo

Spread the brownie with hot fudge before it is completely cool, it will be very easy to spread that way

oreos on brownie 1

Then cover the hot fudge with a full layer of crushed oreos

oreos on brownie 2

Then cover this entire layer in cool whip

cool whip

Since Adam and Sara have different favorite flavors that don’t really go together, mint and peanut butter, I spilt the dessert in half with a wall of oreos

cool whip on brownie 1

Once you have a full layer of cool whip, freeze the dessert for about a half hour

cool whip on brownie 2

Next layer is ice cream

ice creamice cream on brownie 2

Spread your ice cream over the layer of cool whip

ice cream on brownie 1

While I was planning the dessert, I realized we might want a way to identify each side before digging in

reeses and pepp patties 1

Pepperment patties and peanut butter cups

pepp patties

reeses and pepp patties 2

Once all of the ice cream is covered in cool whip, sprinkle the corresponding candy flavors on each side

cool whip on ice cream

full ice cream brownie 1

And serve to the happy couple

engagement 10 inside of ice cream brownie 2 inside of ice cream brownie


Ice Cream Brownie

Adapted from the Original Baker

Serves 12, generously


1 box No Pudge Brownie (or brownie mix of choice) and ingredients listed on box

1 cup hot fudge

12 oreos

4 8 ounce containers of cool whip, defrosted

1/2 gallon ice cream (or 1/2 container each of 2 different flavors), slightly softened

20 pieces chocolate candy


Bake brownie in a 13×9 baking pan sprayed with cooking spray, following instructions on box; bake for about 20 minutes or until knife comes out clean

While brownie is baking, crush oreos in a ziploc bag and set aside

Allow brownie to cool for about 10 minutes and then spread full layer of hot fudge

Layer crushed oreos over hot fudge

Spread 3 of the 4 containers of cool whip over oreos

Freeze layered dessert for about 30 minutes, or until cool whip layer is firm

Chop candy pieces while dessert is in freezer and set aside

Spread ice cream over top of cool whip

Cover ice cream with a thin layer of cool whip using 4th container

Sprinkle candy pieces over cool whip

Serve immediately or cover baking pan with tightly foil and freeze until serving


Have you celebrated anyone’s engagement recently?

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39 Responses to “My Favorite Ice Cream Brownie”

  1. Liz @ Blog is the New Black October 23, 2010 at 8:10 pm #

    I want some of this dessert NOW!

  2. actorsdiet October 23, 2010 at 9:04 pm #

    love those no pudge brownies. sometimes i use canned pumpkin (or even WATER when i’m desperate) instead of the yogurt.

    • KeepItSweet October 24, 2010 at 8:55 pm #

      i had no idea you could do them with water! i’ve definitely had many last minute trips for yogurt

  3. Bobbi Lieberman October 25, 2010 at 12:06 am #

    This dessert was FABULOUS! Still can’t decide which side of the dessert I liked better so—-we’ll just have to do it again!!!

  4. Jessica @ How Sweet October 25, 2010 at 8:13 am #

    Um YUM!! I have never seen those oreos?! I must find them!

    • KeepItSweet October 25, 2010 at 8:49 am #

      I found them at walmart, supposedly they are “special edition” :-)

  5. Dana - Food for Thought October 25, 2010 at 9:15 am #

    Wow! This looks so amazing… all of the best dessert components layered into one yummy cake!

  6. MelissaNibbles October 25, 2010 at 9:29 am #

    Oh my gosh…that is the best dessert I’ve ever seen. We need to be friends so you can make this for me.

  7. Amanda October 25, 2010 at 9:47 am #

    This looks amazing. Like moth watering I want to now eat it for my breakfast amazing. Great job!


  8. Heather October 25, 2010 at 12:06 pm #

    oh my gosh, i just died. i need this in my life!

  9. Florida Foodie October 25, 2010 at 5:09 pm #

    The dessert looks absolutely delicious and amazing!!!

  10. Simply Life October 26, 2010 at 8:34 am #

    wow, that is quite the dessert- that was so thoughtful of you! I wish I could have a piece!

    • KeepItSweet October 26, 2010 at 8:43 am #

      i think we should have a blogger party where we all get together and make reader favorites:-)

  11. blackbookkitchendiaries October 26, 2010 at 12:58 pm #

    can i come over for some of this? looks heavenly!! thank you for sharing.

    • KeepItSweet October 26, 2010 at 4:15 pm #

      looks like i have to make another one now!

  12. Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum October 27, 2010 at 7:34 am #

    What a fun recipe! I just celebrated my sister’s engagement… with a cake from a popular bakery (I didn’t have time to make one!) And it was amazing. Engagements are so fun.

  13. Blond Duck October 27, 2010 at 2:45 pm #

    Popped in to say hi! That sounds so good!

  14. Collette Osuna October 28, 2010 at 7:28 am #

    Wow…..fabulous recipes…I LOVE that no pudge brownie mix… really does taste fabulous….youd never know its low cal:)

    Great blog!!

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  15. fooddreamer October 28, 2010 at 1:06 pm #

    Wow, now that is a decadent dessert! Congrats to your brother and future sister-in-law!

  16. diana c. October 28, 2010 at 3:36 pm #


    I am so going to make this! I know my brother would LOVE this and I can make this for his birthday!! HOLY GOLY THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH FOR POSTING THIS!

    I want a bite of that right now!!

    • KeepItSweet October 28, 2010 at 4:43 pm #

      Thanks for the nice comment! Let me know how it goes. I am sure it will be a big hit:-)

  17. TheHealthyapron October 28, 2010 at 3:42 pm #

    wow! that is a candy/chocolate lovers dream right there! nice!

  18. Jen @ keepitsimplefoods October 28, 2010 at 4:30 pm #

    Wow. I think I need a shot of insulin after reading that post!

    • KeepItSweet October 28, 2010 at 4:44 pm #

      LOL it does put you in a mild sugar coma if you eat as much as I do.

  19. jenna laughs October 29, 2010 at 9:54 am #

    Came across your site on joy the baker. This looks so good!! I love ice cream.

  20. Tina October 29, 2010 at 1:49 pm #

    Congrats to them! And wow…that sounds delicious. And so easy.

  21. Quay Po Cooks October 30, 2010 at 2:26 am #

    Gift of love is always the best! Your cake looks so tasty!

  22. Jennifer @ Maple n Cornbread October 30, 2010 at 7:22 am #

    Congrats to them!!! :) I love how you gave this lovely dessert a healthy kick and split it :) so sweet!

  23. erica@ fashionmeetsfood October 30, 2010 at 8:22 am #

    wow that dessert looks out of this world. Definitely need to make this for the boy he’d love it. Very creative.


  24. Courtney November 1, 2010 at 5:39 pm #

    This looks so amazingly delicious! Quick question from a deprived New Zealander… what is CoolWhip?

    • KeepItSweet November 1, 2010 at 5:42 pm #

      Cool whip is basically a pre-packaged substitute for whipped cream. Pretty artificial, but it tastes good:-)

  25. rita lipson November 7, 2010 at 3:09 pm #



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