Frozen Brownie Sundae

Frozen Brownie Sundae

We’re on the cusp of a holiday weekend which means one thing: food! Well, for me this year, it means carrying and unpacking a never-ending mountain of boxes (yay new house!), but for pretty much the rest of the country, this weekend is the unofficial start to summer. It’s time for the grills to get fired up, for pools to open and to enjoy some serious relaxation outside on the deck or patio. No holiday picnic is complete without a great lineup of food, which of course includes dessert! I have no idea how it’s taken me a year to make this brownie sundae, because I wanted to dig into it the moment I saw it on Emily’s site nearly a year ago. Layers of brownies, vanilla ice cream, peanuts and fudge topping is pretty impossible to resist. Now that I’ve made an entire pan of it, I’m going to need to share some before I devour it all!

Frozen Brownie Sundae

For the brownie layers, you can use the recipe I’ve linked to below (my favorite thin, fudgy brownie recipe) or you can use a box mix, but if you do, be sure that it’s one that makes enough for a 9×13-inch pan (some only make enough batter for a square pan). Once your brownies are cool, top them with a layer of your favorite vanilla ice cream, lots of salted peanuts, and then cap it all off with a homemade fudge topping. Whipped cream and cherry are not optional in my world, but you can leave them off if you prefer.

Frozen Brownie Sundae

This tastes like a cross between a Peanut Buster Parfait (or a Buster Bar) and a frozen Snickers. Which is to say, if you like peanuts, chocolate and ice cream, you’re going to LOVE this dessert.

Frozen Brownie Sundae

What are you cooking up for Memorial Day weekend?

Frozen Brownie Sundae

One year ago: Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Bars
Two years ago: Rhubarb Pie-Tartlets
Three years ago: Blackberry Pie Bars
Four years ago: Greek Celebration Bread (Christopsomos)
Five years ago: Lighter Chicken Parmesan

Frozen Brownie Sundae

Yield: 16 to 20 servings

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 6 hours

A layer of fudgy brownies topped with vanilla ice cream, peanuts and hot fudge topping, served straight from the freezer.

Ingredients:

1 brownie recipe for a 9x13-inch pan
½ gallon vanilla ice cream, softened
1½ cups salted peanuts

For the Topping:
2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup evaporated milk
⅔ cup semisweet chocolate chips
½ cup unsalted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

1. Prepare the brownies as directed and allow to cool completely.

2. Spread the vanilla ice cream over the cooled brownies, then sprinkle the peanuts evenly over the ice cream. Place in the freezer until the ice cream is completely firm, at least 2 hours.

3. Meanwhile, make the topping. Combine the powdered sugar, evaporated milk, chocolate chips and butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook for 8 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract. Allow to cool for 30 minutes.

4. When ready, pour the chocolate topping evenly over the ice cream and peanuts. Return to the freezer for at least 2 hours, or until firm. Let sit at room temperature for 5 to 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

(Recipe adapted from The Culinary Couple)

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48 Responses to “Frozen Brownie Sundae”

  1. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl on May 23, 2013 at 12:06 am

    What I want for Memorial Day is this brownie sundae! Actually I want it now! YUM!

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  2. Averie @ Averie Cooks on May 23, 2013 at 12:39 am

    Good luck on your move, getting settled, boxes, unpacking, and hopefully enjoying your new kitchen!
    Peanut Buster Parfait…that just took me back to 1987, riding bikes to DQ, and eating chocolate and PB with my friends after swimming at the local pool. Thank you :)

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  3. Gloria @ Simply Gloria on May 23, 2013 at 1:10 am

    A frozen snickers…so in love! This is calling my name! Hope you have a great weekend with all the boxes to empty. But, if you’re like me, I did the kitchen first. Good luck!!

    Reply

  4. Chefs in Shorts on May 23, 2013 at 1:32 am

    Man, I put on a few kilos just looking at this one

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  5. Ellen on May 23, 2013 at 3:45 am

    Oh, geez, I think I’m in love.

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  6. Nicky @ Pink Recipe Box on May 23, 2013 at 4:08 am

    This looks fabulous and perfect for a party :) Pinning!

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  7. Johlene on May 23, 2013 at 4:38 am

    Perfect for a summer´s day treat! The combination of toffee, chocolate and peanuts (for me) is always a winner!

    Greetings,
    Johlene
    (Flavours&Frosting)

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  8. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers on May 23, 2013 at 7:02 am

    Holy Wow! What a great brownie sundae! I need this in my life, like right now!

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  9. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar on May 23, 2013 at 7:26 am

    This is so perfect for summer! Love that topping especially!

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  10. Fab on May 23, 2013 at 7:39 am

    Snickers is my favorite chocolate ever, so I can’t sit still after seeing this!!! Oh, my diet!!!

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  11. Tieghan on May 23, 2013 at 7:54 am

    Good luck on your move and getting settled and getting to organize a new kitchen!! Very exciting!!

    Love this brownies sundae!! I can not get enough ice cream lately so I am way to excited about it!!

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  12. Ellen @ The Baking Bluenoser on May 23, 2013 at 8:14 am

    Oh my god, that looks to die for!!! The fudge on top and the brownie base?! DELICIOUS! I can’t wait to make this!!! :)

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  13. Cate @ ChezCateyLou on May 23, 2013 at 8:15 am

    What a perfect dessert for the start of summer! This looks soooo good!! Good luck with the move and getting settled in.

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  14. Elaine @ Cooking to Perfection on May 23, 2013 at 8:17 am

    This has got to be the ultimate summer dessert! Easy, quick, and frozen. Sign me up! Good luck with the move. :)

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  15. Erin @ Brownie Bites on May 23, 2013 at 8:28 am

    All of these delicious summery desserts are making it very hard for me to maintain my willpower! Oh gosh, the color added from the whipped cream and cherry just reminds me of hazy summer evenings and iced tea on the porch!

    Reply

  16. Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat on May 23, 2013 at 8:34 am

    Firstly, I love brownies! Add ice cream too it and this wonderful topping…perfection! Great recipe!

    Reply

  17. Mercedes on May 23, 2013 at 9:23 am

    What a fun summer dessert! I would just like to eat that topping with a spoon!

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  18. Kim in RI on May 23, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Holy yum! I have made something very similar with coffee ice cream. And I don’t use sugar in the fudge topping. Just sweetened condensed milk, chocolate and vanilla. Pour over the top. My mouth is watering just thinking about it!

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  19. Leah | So, How's It Taste? on May 23, 2013 at 10:05 am

    This is mouthwatering!

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  20. The Twilight Chef on May 23, 2013 at 10:22 am

    This looks absolutely divine – thanks for the recipe, cannot wait to try it!!!

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  21. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts on May 23, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Oh yum!! I love the layer of brownie. These are so perfect to welcome summer!

    Reply

  22. nessa on May 23, 2013 at 10:24 am

    This looks so, so delicious! Good luck with the move!

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  23. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) on May 23, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Wow, this looks so delish! Perfect dish for the hot weather.

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  24. Tracey on May 23, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    This looks amazing! I love eating brownies straight from the freezer, so adding ice cream and chocolate topping? Heck yes :)

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  25. Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet on May 23, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    Okay yep! I will take a whole pan of these. Thank you!!! :)

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  26. Robby on May 23, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    This just sort of screams summer doesn’t it? I like to make these for warm weather events, and it’s a bonus that dessert gets made ahead. I should point out that swapping slivered toasted almonds for the peanuts and coffee ice cream for the vanilla is also pretty heavenly.

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  27. Courtney@BakeMeBetter on May 23, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    Wow! I could definitely use a huge piece of this right now. Congratulations on your house! Have fun!

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  28. Jonelle on May 23, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    I absolutely LOVE your site but I need to stop coming to it if I want to get my assets back to pre-pregnancy but OMG everything I have tried on here is sooo amazing!!! Keep it up!!!

    Reply

  29. Laura (Tutti Dolci) on May 24, 2013 at 1:43 am

    Such a fun dessert, perfect for summer!

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  30. Kathy on May 24, 2013 at 9:09 am

    Looks totally delicious! This is my kind of dessert!

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  31. Sasha on May 24, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    I just made this…with a few alterations..
    I put peanuts in my brownie & I added a layer of caramel sauce over the ice-cream…UNBELIEVABLE!
    OK..I’m off to book a dental appointment as I’m sure i’ll need it..
    Great recipe.

    Reply

  32. Jenny on May 24, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    This looks like yummy heavenly goodness.

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  33. Laura Dembowski on May 25, 2013 at 8:48 am

    That looks like the perfect Memorial Day treat! I hope moving goes really well for you :)

    Reply

  34. Martha in KS on May 25, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    I have one suggestion – “lift with your legs.” Thanks for another fabulous recipe!

    Reply

  35. Suze on May 27, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    I used a packaged brownie mix but swapped half the water with some French roast coffee left over from breakfast. I also added a pinch of espresso powder to the chocolate sauce! Really Good!

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  36. Lisa @ silkandcookie on May 27, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    This is a great idea! I’ve also seen it as a “treats-a-pizza” So great for summer!

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  37. Roblovesleo on May 28, 2013 at 5:50 am

    Made this over the weekend- to die for good! Rich..delicious…was a great big hit!
    Yummy!

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  38. Carrie (The Cake Blog) on May 28, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    This looks absolutely delicious!! Perfect for summer fun!

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  39. Meri on May 29, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    This looks incredible- do you think it would work with the baked Brownie as the base? I’ve been thinking about tackling that one, and this could give me an excuse…

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    • Michelle on May 31st, 2013 at 6:12 pm

      Hi Meri, Definitely! I love those brownies :)

      Reply

  40. Prince on May 31, 2013 at 3:04 am

    Hi Christine,
    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe for Frozen Brownie Sundae. You know what I want in this kind of brownie! The moistness right?
    When you bite you can feel the little touch of coldness of brownie.

    What if I want to add a pinch of espresso powder to the chocolate sauce? Is that OK?
    Thanks a lot!

    -Prince

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    • Michelle on May 31st, 2013 at 6:17 pm

      Hi Prince, You can definitely add a pinch of espresso powder if you’d like.

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      • Prince on June 3rd, 2013 at 11:11 pm

        Hi Michelle,
        Thank you so much! I’m glad to say the I tried it already and that is really good Michelle! I hope you can share another recipe for this! Thank you so much Michelle.

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  41. Kathi on June 4, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    I made these for my hubby’s birthday last week. Oh. My. Yumminess! The fudge on the top is incredible! Thanks for posting!

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  42. Joan on June 7, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    I made this using a box brownie mix and walnuts instead of the peanuts. Everyone loved it. A great dessert!! Really cured my chocolate craving-so fudgy & rich. My daughter requested I try it with caramel sauce next time just for her. Thanks for the recipe. :)

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  43. Jennifer on June 7, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    Everything has gone smoothly until I cooled the top chocolate layer. Followed directions exactly – Bring the mixture to a boil and cook for 8 minutes, stirring constantly. Reduced quite a bit. After 30 minutes of cooling, I was left with the mixture in a crumb consistency – almost like a praline. What did I do wrong?

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    • Michelle on June 7th, 2013 at 11:55 pm

      Hi Jennifer, Sometimes stovetops vary in their heat, so it probably just boiled too long at too high a temperature. Next time, reduce the temperature and boil for a little less time. That should fix it.

      Reply

  44. Emily (The Culinary Couple) on June 20, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    A favorite in our house!!!

    Reply

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